Gilbert Chamber to Host Jonathan Buford of Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company

Buford will be featured speaker of Chamber’s September 21st GEM Talks event

GILBERT – Local restaurateur Jonathan Buford, founder of Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company, will share his entrepreneurial journey with attendees at a GEM Talks event, a program of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce.

In 2010, while enjoying a backpacking trip in the Arizona wilderness, Jonathan—who had been hungry for a new career path—dreamed of creating a craft brewery and brewpub. The journey led him to Gilbert, were he successfully completed a Kickstarter campaign, raising $40,000 from backers to begin his new craft beer endeavor. The time it took from home-brewing beer in his garage to building a successful craft brewery was just three years!

This GEM Talks event is made possible by our sponsor, Emily Evans of Aflac. You can hear Jonathan Buford on Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 4-5:30 PM at Main Event Entertainment, 1735 S. Santan Village Pkwy in Gilbert. The cost is $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and $5 for students. Registration is available online at  Other sponsors include Main Event Entertainment and Infinion Marketing.

GEM Talks are a series of interesting and lively interactive sessions featuring successful entrepreneurs. They provide an opportunity to learn how the speakers became successful and hints on how attendees, too, can succeed. These events are patterned after “TED talks” and are called “GEM Talks”, which stands for Gilbert, Entrepreneurial, Motivational.

To register or for additional event information, please visit the Event Calendar at For m.ore information about Arizona Wilderness Brewing, please visit

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 700 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 52,000 employees. The Chamber proactively serves as a business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert. To learn more about or join the Chamber, please contact (480) 892-0056 or visit