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Help Carrie fund her dream of owning business!
$1,050 Raised
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2 Years running
Hello Dear Friends and Family; For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to be a small business owner.  In the last year since I moved to Victoria, BC I've realized that this dream can be an obtainable reality.  I've worked in several ... More ...

Hello Dear Friends and Family;

For as long as I can remember, I've dreamed of owning a small business.  In the last year since I moved to Victoria, British Columbia, I've seen many small businesses thrive and succeed with a unique and desirable product.  Thus, I've realized that my dream can be an obtainable reality.  I've worked in several industries: most recently as an apprencice on organic farms; as a kitchen assistant in a health-food cafe; in public outreach for a local non-profit and currently in a sales position with a local food business at a very busy public market.  It's taken me a while to come up with the ideal business plan that supports my passion to support local agriculture here in BC, while offering a desirable, nutritious, affordable food product.  My business will involve a vegetarian local food product that would be served out of a mobile hot-dog cart.  My target customer base would frequent local markets, festivals and concerts in the Victoria metro area. 

So far in Victoria, there isn't a mobile food business that cateres entirely to vegetarians (not that I'm aware of anyway), and I believe this product will be a fun and healthy alternative to the greasy burger or hot-dog (even though I know these food items serve their purpose and I'm not above them).  The reason I'm reaching out to my loved one's through this fundraising approach is becuase I've found a great small business loan that would support the business for at least 6 months and allow it to get up and running.  The total loan is $15,000 and I would need at least 10% of that amount saved in order to qualify ($1,500).  I originally intended to save this money myself - but with a part-time income and going to school it would delay the project another year before I could get the money saved.  In addition, the business would need to launch by late spring/ early summer of 2014 in order to have a successful start.  This way the business is available for the busy tourism season, and the festivals and markets here in BC.  Furthermore, once I have the funds I can promply apply for the loan and get the mobile-cart, commercial kitchen space, marketing materials etc.  

Most importantly, I know this may not be the most preferred approach to obtaining funding, but I've waited and waited for the right time, and I'm excited and ready to finally take action!  I have a strong desire to contribute my grain of sand to the world with a bit of creativity and nourishment while supporting our local BC food producers.  Now is the perfect time here on Vancouver Island as the mobile food industry is just starting to really take off.

Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to read this.  I am forever grateful to anyone that is willing to contribute.

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