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$2,235
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, June 18 2017 7:21 PM UTC +00:00
$2,235
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
32
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, June 18 2017 7:21 PM UTC +00:00

About

Hello! I'm Monica D. Nye, owner of A Smart Cookie LLC, and I make delicious baked goods from scratch with quality ingredients in Charlotte, North Carolina. I’m taking a leap of faith to pursue my dream of owning a dessert company. This project is to help me transition my home-based baking business to a pop-up baking company. My goal is to work in a shared commercial kitchen space and take online orders to sell to customers and at local businesses.

For years, I have been baking at home for colleagues, friends, and family. Because I have developed an increased demand for baked goods and many repeat customers, I decided now is the time to pursue my dream. 

With your support, I will be able to collaborate with a commercial kitchen where I can scale-up production to meet the increased demand and produce baked goods for pop-up events. I appreciate every contribution - no amount is too small! 

Here are a few incentives for supporting the campaign:

  • Contributions of $35 or more within the first week will receive a half-dozen cookies free with first order! 
  • The first 20 people to contribute $100 will receive their choice of two dozen cookies or six cupcakes shipped to you as a thank you for your early contribution! 
  • The first 10 people to contribute $150 or more will receive their choice of either the fan-favorite Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies, three dozen cookies, or one dozen cupcakes 
  • Contribute $200 or more at any time during the campaign to earn honorary customer status and a free order of the fan-favorite Red Velve Cheesecake Brownies!

Once the Kickstarter campaign reaches 20%, it has a higher success rate of being fully funded. Since this is an all or nothing funding campaign I would like to encourage you to contribute early!

Thank you for supporting my dream and I look forward to expanding my baking business in Summer 2017!

The story

A Smart Cookie was birthed earlier this year after deciding to leave my career as a cancer researcher and biology professor to pursue my dream for over 10 years of owning a dessert company. Baking, in itself, is a science and I love experimenting in the kitchen. Since I was 8 years old, baking has been a hobby, and I’ve spent the past few years perfecting my craft. In fact, the highlight of a trip to Europe in October 2016 was taking a macaron baking class in Paris! Since coming up with a company name and deciding to pursue my dream full-time, I have received an incredible amount of support and requests to bake for several special occasions, which further confirmed that now is the time to launch. The company logo represents my story. I have a Ph.D. in molecular pharmacology and experimental therapeutics from Mayo Clinic College of Medicine Graduate School. Currently, I serve as a research assistant professor studying the molecular mechanisms of pancreatic cancer. Some might say I'm “a pretty smart cookie." I am a scientist and a baker who LOVES cookies and high quality desserts!

 

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How your support will help make my dream a reality.

 To turn this dream into a full time reality, I am seeking your support in ensuring the start-up costs for the first year at the commercial kitchen can be covered. 

Moving my home-based baking business to a commercial kitchen is an estimated $10,000 investment. The following are initial costs I expect to incur:

  • $6000 for deposit + One Year Rent at commercial kitchen
  • $500 for one year of liability insurance
  • $1500 for equipment such as a KitchenAid stand mixer, baking pans, cooling racks, baking utensils, and storage racks
  • $1000 for marketing
  • $1000 for supplies

Would you like made from scratch baked goods delivered to you?

 

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies
Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

 

Galaxy theme cupcakes
Galaxy theme cupcakes

 

Soft Snickerdoodles
Soft Snickerdoodles

 

Macaron practice: lemon curd, salted caramel, and strawberry jam
Macaron practice: lemon curd, salted caramel, and strawberry jam

 

Holiday cookies for my students
Holiday cookies for my students

 

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake
Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

 

 

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge to successfully expanding A Smart Cookie LLC is ensuring I have the financial support from my community (near and far) to take my business to the next level. Raising the $10,000 during this campaign is critical to ensuring a successful start to my commercial business, and enables me to expand my customer base to the general public.
I believe your generosity will help get this campaign funded, so I can create and deliver delicious products filled with goodness that makes the soul happy!

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Funding period

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