Liddabit Sweets is a small Brooklyn-based candy business. We need two pieces of expensive, non-finance-able equipment to expand & create more jobs!
We (Jen and Liz) have worked crappy kitchen jobs before, and strive to make the environment at our candy company, Liddabit Sweets, the opposite of that: friendly, collaborative, relaxed - as well as respectful, efficient, and professional. We have a couple really talented and dedicated part-time workers and interns who we'd like to have on permanently, but don't have the ability to make enough candy - to make enough money - to do so.
To that end, we need to acquire two pieces of large, expensive equipment that will streamline our production and expand our volume, enabling us to hire our brilliant part-timers and, eventually (hopefully), offer internships to students for school credit, as well as teach classes and encourage young people, especially young women, to consider cooking as a viable, admirable, and creative long-term career option.
The money raised by this project will procure a coating machine, to cut down the massive amount of time we spend hand-dipping our candy bars; and a guitar cutter so that we don't have to hand-cut all of our caramels and pates de fruits. Any remainder (if we, knock wood, raise more than our goal) will go towards hiring long-term employees sooner and offering them health benefits; as well as upgrading some of our more worn-out utensils, pots and pans. As little as $1 will help, and you will have our eternal gratitude.
WHY DON'T YOU RAISE YOUR OWN MONEY/GET A LOAN/FINANCE THE EQUIPMENT?
Good question! To raise our own money, we would need a) a bunch of time and rich friends and family, of which we have neither; or b) to give up control of our company to investors, which we don't want to do. We started this company, and by golly we're gonna keep it!
As for a loan -- if anyone's tried to get a loan recently, they know it's really really tough. Really tough. Especially for small businesses, sadly enough -- lenders don't want to take a risk on something that's not a "sure thing." Since we're such a young company and banks are still tightening their purse strings, it's not really an option for us.
As far as financing goes -- unfortunately, this equipment is all-or-nothing. The manufacturers don't do financing.
The good folks at Kickstarter came to us and encouraged us to start a project; they know that our customers and friends are loyal, vocal and supportive of our cause -- they think we can reach our goal and possibly exceed it. Donate a buck or two, pass it around -- help us prove them right!
You guys all kick ass. Thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.
-Jen and Liz
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A kickass thank-you postcard signed by us and a free lollipop!
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A thank-you postcard, a free lollipop, and a 6-pack of Sea Salt Caramels.
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A thank-you postcard, a lollipop, and a dozen sea salt caramels. Enough to share with a loved one!
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A postcard and a Candy Bar sampler: one each of King, Snacker, PB&J and Coconut-Lime candy bars, plus a tote bag.
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A postcard and a Kickstarter Special gift package! One each of King, Snacker and PB&J bars; 6-packs of Sea Salt and Beer & Pretzel caramels; a package of dark chocolate honeycomb; and a bag of caramel corn. You'll also receive a Liddabit tote bag.
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Get a customized ice cream sundae bar for 6 people! Pick two decadent sauces (caramel, hot fudge, butterscotch, beer caramel), two crunchy toppings (candied nuts, candied cocoa nibs, honeycomb crumbs, pretzel bits, caramel corn or candied bacon), and one candy bar topping (King, PB&J, Lime & Coconut, or Snacker); plus a tote bag. We won't tell if you end up not inviting anyone else to the ice cream party.
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Attend a personalized, hands-on class for you and three of your friends! The two-hour class will be taught in our sunny kitchen on the topic of your choosing (caramel, hard candy, nougat, marshmallow – basically, anything we make). Take home everything you make, and learn how to give the best homemade holiday gifts EVER.
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Create your own candy bar! Give us your idea and we’ll make it a reality. It will be named after you (or given a name of your choosing) and you can come in to the kitchen with us one day and help us make the candy bar. We'll sell it as a limited-edition sweet, plus you’ll get your picture (with one of your two Liddabit tote bags, of course) and story up on our web site!
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We will name one of our machines (enrober or guitar cutter - first come first served!) after you. We will affix a permanent plaque with your name and date of donation, and you'll be invited to our kitchen for the inaugural batch of candy made on your machine! (Yes, you get to take some home.) You'll get shout-outs on all our social media and on our website -- plus, your machine will have its own Twitter account, updated daily to let you know what it's up to. Did we mention the two Liddabit tote bags? No? That's probably because the rest of the reward is so cool.
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