Hello! We have a great opportunity to expand our business, Bilberry Jams and Jellies. As a family we've been creating small batch jam recipes for nearly six years under the Michigan Cottage Food Law. It has always been our dream to be able to produce our products in a licensed kitchen. Doing so would allow us to ship our jam to customers and also permit our jam to be sold by other retailers. Currently, all of our sales must be made face-to-face, and we do so weekly at the Kalamazoo Farmers Market and other markets in Southwest Michigan.
Bilberry Jams and Jellies produces traditional jam including flavors like: Tart Cherry, Strawberry, Red Raspberry, and Concord Grape Jelly. Some of our more unique flavors include: Blue Monkey (blueberry-banana), Peach Moscato, Cherry Amaretto, Sweet Heat (apricot-habanero), Strawberry-Pineapple, and CheRhub (tart cherry-rhubarb). Our fruit is locally sourced from many Southwest Michigan farms, except for fruits like pineapple, mango, banana, and coconut, of course.
Recently an opportunity was made available to us to purchase a local, gourmet popcorn business. By purchasing this business, we will have our own licensed kitchen to produce both our jam and the gourmet popcorn. For years we have had requests to ship our product throughout the United States. Now we will be able to do just that! We foresee this as a chance to expand our jam business and the current gourmet popcorn business.
Here's the bottom line:
We have secured funding to purchase the popcorn business, and are looking for investors to allow us to get a "head-start". The additional funds we are hoping to further secure would cover: Security Deposit and first month's rent on our building lease, a new, updated point-of-sale system, supplies, and other business expenses. Any "over-funding" will be put toward our business loan debt.
So, why are we offering popcorn as a reward for helping us expand our jam business? The main reason is that we won't have jam made in our licensed kitchen right away. There are a few modifications that need to be completed in the kitchen before we make jam. We hope to be able to start producing jam there in May 2018.
About the Popcorn:
Popcorn is popped fresh daily in trans fat free coconut oil. Here is a sampling of some of the popcorn flavors available: Kalamazoo Mall Mix (blend of caramel corn and cheddar cheese), Bronco Mix (blend of black cherry, vanilla, and caramel corn, Rainbow Mix (blend of blue raspberry, cherry, grape, banana, orange, green apple) Buffalo Wing Cheddar, Bacon Cheddar, Kettle Corn, Dill Pickle, Butter Rum Caramel, Movie Theater, and many others. Popcorn makes a great gift, is fun to share, or munch all by yourself.
Thank you for considering an investment to further our desire to expand both the jam and popcorn businesses. Please, "Spread The Love" and share this project with your friends.
Risks and challenges
Due to the hectic schedule of our large, busy family our biggest challenge taking on this business will be "manning" the store. We feel that with our many children and family members willing to assist, we can overcome this obstacle, so the risk is minimal! Many hands make light work.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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