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To start a business to be self sufficient off SSDI
$460 raised
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Ended May 2, 2014
Hello Friends! I have the chance to start a floral business that I have owned in the past before I was forced to go on disibilty and SSI.  The fee's for permits and starter supplies, however, are more than I can handle on my own, with my current ...

Hello Friends!

I have the chance to start a floral business that I have owned in the past, before I was forced to go on disability and SSI.  The fee's for permits and starter supplies, however, are more than I can handle on my own, with my current income.

There are two farmers markets, and several opportunities within the city, that desperately want a Cut Flower vendor in their markets, such as the new St. Roch Farmers Market in my neighborhood, and the French Quarter Farmers Market, run by the FQ Business association.

The concept is to provide old fashioned " Costermongers" or "Victorian Flower Sellers" in costume with baskets of Flowers to sell.  < see attached photo"> 

The name of business is/will be " NOLA Blooms".

I am asking for my friends to lend a hand and help me become self sufficient again by gaining the permits needed in Orleans Parish, and the State License I need to sell Cut Flowers.  Funding will also be used for the supplies I need to get started, such as buckets, preserver, wire, ribbon, flowers, baskets and more.  However, the bulk is for the many fee's required by Orleans Parish to do business in the French Quarter legally.

I know this will work, and I know I can make this a success for me. I have already been doing some marketing, and have talked with those in both Markets, and they are extremely excited to have someone wiling to be in said Markets.  

I have also been out and about in the public to see how well the concept would work here in New Orleans, and I was actually amazed at the welcome I received both from the public and from businesses in the area. 

I believe, with the right backing, and support, along with the proper permits, I can make a life for myself again and thus become self sufficient again.  Living on 730.00 a month allows me nothing, but low self esteem, depression, and constant worry and stress. With my disability of COPD, PTSD, and Clinical Depression, holding a normal job is not feasible, as many days I just cannot breath and thus can not leave the house.  Owning my own business allows me to work when I can and only several days a week.

I so want to live as normal a life as I can, even with my limitations and to be a productive member to society.

If you have any questions, please let me know!!  I will be happy to answer any you may have.

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