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$606
pledged of $45,000pledged of $45,000 goal
15
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, April 29 2019 12:30 AM UTC +00:00

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A bag of Dad's Bragging Rights
A bag of Dad's Bragging Rights

Gliding Eagle Jerky Official Site 


In loving memory of David Fowler

This business and everything I do with it is in dedication and memory of my father David Fowler. Without him, I would not be starting this company. I loved my dad dearly and I was deeply saddened when he suddenly passed away in 2014. His birthday is March 14 and this is the day we are launching our funding campaign in his honor and memory. 

When my dad and I used to travel the countryside on road trips, we always sought out the best jerky. We found some of the best jerky in very small towns as we drove through the Midwest in 2000 on our way back to California from Pennsylvania. We decided then, on that road trip, that we would make our own jerky. After several years of giving our jerky away, our friends and family encouraged us to sell it and that’s exactly what we did. 

A little background

In 2012, Angela Fowler was hurting for cash. She had a son to raise and a father who needed her help and support. She was in school full time, and financial aid only goes so far. To make ends meet she decided to turn her hobby, making beef jerky which dazzled her friends, into a side business. Now, with the launch of Gliding Eagle jerky, Angela is taking her little side business to the next level.

Gliding Eagle Jerky was founded on two core principles: making the best beef jerky money can buy and empowering people with disabilities to achieve their full potential. 

Quality

When we set about planning this exciting venture, Angela made one thing crystal clear: she will not compromise on quality. So, when you bite into a piece of Gliding Eagle Jerky, you can be sure you are getting nothing but the best. This is why we use only top-quality beef and the freshest ingredients. 

Empowerment

Angela Fowler was born totally blind and with a significant hearing loss. She believes that given a little training and a chance, people with disabilities are just as capable as their non-disabled peers. This is why we partner with businesses run by people with disabilities and if they wish, feature them on our website. This is why we pledge to offer people with disabilities job opportunities which give them the opportunity to showcase their skills out in the community, building skills, a resume and reputation which will allow them to soar to greater heights. The video above, in fact, was produced by Jimmy Cong, a filmmaker and DJ who happens to be blind.

Our Products

We will launch with the three products Angela has been crafting since 2012. She has perfected the recipes over the years, and we think they’re as good as it gets. 

Take Flight Teriyaki

This masterpiece is our best seller, and why not? Sweet and smoky, it is a hit with all beef jerky lovers and especially popular with the kids. If you like beef jerky but don’t want spice, this one’s for you. Spice rating: don't worry, you’re completely safe with this one.

Dad’s Bragging Rights:

This peppery and semi-sweet delight is a legacy of Angela’s father, David Fowler, who designed it in the midst of an intense family competition. It was so good, Angela declared her dad the winner and hasn’t changed a thing about it. Spice rating: A bit of a bite.

Ragin Cajun:

Get ready for this one! Bursting with flavor and sizzling hot, this baby will have spice lovers reaching for more and the rest of us running for ice cold water. Spice rating: better bring a fire extinguisher!


Expenses

Launching a business is an expensive undertaking. If you back this project, your money will go toward the following:

Compliance, (nutritional facts, ingredients lists, shelf life tests, etc.) $15,000

Production of 1000 bags of each flavor, $9,000

Packaging and labeling $1,000

Administrative costs, (insurance, trademarking, etc.) $8,000

Reimbursing Angela for previous expenses, (formation of legal entity, attorneys fees, etc.) $1,500

Misc. (marketing, transportation, etc. $3,500

Kickstarter fees $2,250

Timeline:

If this campaign is successful, we should have our start-up costs in hand in the first week of May, at which time we will begin the process of obtaining FDA and DEA compliance. Barring unexpected snags, we should have our products approved and the labels made, and hope to have the first batch of jerky produced by the fourth of July. This will allow us to fulfill the pledges of our early backers and sell enough jerky online and in stores to fund the production of our second batch in mid-August. At this point we will be able to fulfill all pledges. 

Risks and challenges

There are risks in every venture. For a small company trying to make it in a highly competitive market like jerky, the primary risk would be not gaining enough market share to become profitable. We hope to mitigate this by marketing our product to a wide market share including small convenience stores, grocery stores, bars and taprooms, facilities managed by blind vendors and online.
Producing products commercially can be a complicated business, involving recipe development, package design, and becoming compliant with federal and state regulations. Though I am confident that we will have our first batch of jerky produced by August, there is a chance unforeseen delays will push back the fulfillment of your rewards. Bear with us, we're good for it. Angela has a plan and she's determined to make it happen. Meanwhile, we'll keep you well informed as to our progress.

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    A personalized Thank You

    An emailed statement of Angela's heart-felt gratitude.

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    Gliding Eagle starter kit

    One of each flavor of Gliding Eagle Jerky plus get a downloadable copy of my KickStarter video.

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    Starter kit with swag.

    One of each flavor of Gliding Eagle jerky plus a T-shirt with our logo.

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    Gliding Eagle big box

    Three bags of each flavor plus a T-shirt with our logo.

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Funding period

- (45 days)