Beer can in man’s waistband mistaken for gun

Palm Beach Post

West Palm Beach Police

Theft: A man walked into a store in the 4600 block of Broadway. He filled a bag with cleaning supplies and hygiene products, then left without paying for them. The store manager told police that the man steals from the store frequently. She estimated the value of stolen items from his recent visit to be $100.

Theft: A man stole $694 worth of merchandise from a store in the 1700 block of Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard. He ran out of the store and into a waiting vehicle. A customer provided police with the tag number of the getaway vehicle. The incident was captured on surveillance video.

Vehicle burglary: An officer on patrol at 2:45 a.m. spotted a green bicycle lying on its side on the driveway of a residence in the 3100 block of South Olive Avenue. A vehicle parked nearby had its

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Before Selling Her Craft Beer Business to a Beverage Giant, She Sold It to Employees

a woman smiling for the camera: Kim Jordan, co-founder of New Belgium Brewing.

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Kim Jordan, co-founder of New Belgium Brewing.

In 2019, Kim Jordan sold New Belgium Brewing–after spending years distributing equity to every member of her staff.

Editor’s note: The story of New Belgium Brewing’s sale is part of a series on Inc. 5000 companies making a big exit. The other articles in the series describe the exit strategies of two other companies: Home Chef and Nutanix.

  • Humble Beginnings: Jordan co-founded New Belgium Brewing in 1991 with her then-husband, Jeff Lebesch, who ran a homebrew operation out of their Fort Collins, Colorado, kitchen.

  • A Business Role Model: New Belgium, an Inc. 5000 honoree in 2010 (No. 3,482) and 2013 (No. 4,804), began sharing equity with staff in 1996; it became 100 percent employee-owned in 2012 and a certified B Corp in 2013.

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