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By Domenic Betters
$1,135 pledged of $10,000 goal
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About

Hello!

My name is Domenic Betters, otherwise known as Captain Fancy Stache, and I have a passion for beef jerky.  A passion so strong that I am now reaching out to you, the good folks of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and beyond.  I want to provide beef jerky that is unrivaled in flavor and variety to as many people as I can.  I want my passion to be your passion and I need your help to do it.   

I already have the ball a-rollin'.  My good friends down at the "Butcher on Butler" in Lawrenceville have already provided me with a home and a work space to call my own.  As I write this, my jerky is already for sale, produced in small batches using a ten-tray dehydrator and the top notch beef and ingredients they provide.  At any given time you could walk into the Butcher on Butler and find Traditional, Taco, General Tso, Rustic Italian, Jamaican Jerk, and Buffalo Ranch flavored Jerky.

So why then am I asking for more help?  Well, first and foremost I would like to be able to see my jerky beyond the lovely walls of my favorite butcher shop.  I'm hoping to get as many local grocery and food purveyors on board with the Captain as I can.  To do so requires several things;

-I need the funding to be able to have each flavor of jerky tested for nutritional value and labeling.  It's an FDA requirement that I need to abide by, otherwise I suffer a pretty hefty fine.  This testing isn't cheap, $650, and when you want to sell anywhere from 4 to 6 flavors, it quickly adds up.

-A much larger dehydrator.   If I am going to be producing on a larger scale, I need a larger dehydrator to make the magic. Plus the improved settings and interface ensure that every batch turns out top notch.

-A jerky slicer.  It would just make life easier. 

-Lastly I will need packing supplies,  These include the pouches, the little oxygen soakers you find in every bag of jerky ever, and a label maker.     

Risks and challenges

My main challenge will be selling my jerky to food stores in the area. Most already have some form of beef jerky on the shelves and I need to make sure mine stands out from them. I'll do this by keeping it competitively priced and by offering flavors far from the regular fair we see everyday. Plus I have been in the meat industry for a while now and have some pretty good connections with local establishments like Wholefoods market.

The other challenge I see is making that transition working my regular 50 hour work week, to having ample time to begin production. But with the proper motivation and timing, I should be able to produce enough jerky to fulfill the rewards on time. Plus if I see any set backs my wife is more than happy to help.

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    Pledge 10 doubloons and receive a free sampler pack of my various jerkys.

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    35 doubloons nets you the sampler pack and a T-shirt with the Fancy Stache Logo on it. Look stylish as all hell while you shove delicious dried meat in your face.

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    60 doubloons gets you a pound of whatever flavor of delicious jerky your heart desires.

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    100 doubloons provides to you, not one, but two pounds of whatever kind of jerky you want.

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    Now we are talking some serious rewards. Ever want enough jerky to last you a year? With 2000 doubloons you can have just that. One pound will be sent every month for the entire year starting in July. To put that in perspective that would be like having a new bag of jerky every week, plus a little extra on top.

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    You single handedly put the Captain in business and he will reward you not only with a years supply of delicious dried beef, but he will also create whatever flavor you want and name it after you. That's right. Anything you can think of (within reason) and he will make it happen.

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