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GenNext: Meredith Sutton Q&A

Meredith Sutton, 35

Creative Director/Owner, Service Brewing

Sutton has helped raise $40,000 for charity in two years of business. She was a finalist for Atlanta Food and Wine “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award 2016.

What technological or cultural advances are you looking forward to?

Shrink wrap applicator for our cans. This will allow us to package all of our beers, including our seasonal offerings in cans! We have been working with a local company, Focus Lab, and have some exciting new labels/identities to introduce for our seasonal and limited-production ales and lagers.

What qualities or assets will distinguish Savannah and preserve or advance our local economy?

We have so many creative entrepreneurs in Savannah and I believe that has contributed to our ever evolving growth. Just in the past 10 years we have been able to really see that growth and benefit from the small businesses that are putting their heart and soul into their work, and watching them succeed and be recognized. Being supportive of small business really helps everyone in the community.

What economic drivers and business sectors promise the most growth in the next year or decade? Why?

Improving the laws for craft breweries in Georgia. This means more jobs, local economic impact, and increased tax revenue for city, county, and state. One new brewery job supports 64 jobs in our logistical chain!

What college degrees will be the most in-demand in the area? Why?

We are the “hostess city” of the South, and from the looks of the hotels that are being built every day, I’d say hospitality would be a good one.

What advice do you have for other Savannah leaders?

Stay true to yourself and always consider your first instinct. It’s usually the right one.

What innovation of yours do you hope will be remembered by future generations?

I’m not sure, I still have a lot to do.

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