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Cohab needs your help to bring the first shared commercial kitchen to the chefs, bakers, and food artisans of North Louisiana!
Cohab needs your help to bring the first shared commercial kitchen to the chefs, bakers, and food artisans of North Louisiana!
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182 backers pledged $20,181 to help bring this project to life.

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Cohab is North Louisiana's first and only coworking facility.

At Cohab, we offer businesses with individual and group memberships, 24/7 access to our workspace, free access to meeting space, free wifi, free coffee, access to business education classes, a brick and mortar mailing address, and more.

Everyday we see web designers chatting with non-profit consultants working with mobile app developers helping out church leaders. It is an amazing way to do business.

It's worked so well, in fact, that we're almost ready to open our doors to some of our favorite business owners, the ones who make great food!

In our new space under the Texas Street Bridge, Cohab has the dream and the beginnings of what will be an amazing commercial kitchen.

We need your help to make it a reality.

Raising $20,000 with help from supporters like you will allow Cohab to repair and purchase the equipment our members will need to cater events, host pop-up restaurants, create artisan food for retail, and bake gourmet cakes, cookies, and candy.

What's more, they'll be able to do it in a fully legal, health code inspected facility that will support their businesses as they grow.

So what are you paying for? We're glad you asked! Your contribution will allow Cohab to buy...

  • Gas Range
  • Convection Oven
  • Fryers
  • Tabletop Mixers, Food Processors and Blenders
  • Reach in Refrigerators and Freezers
  • Slicer & Meat Grinder
  • Pressure Cookers & Vacuum Sealers
  • Serving Utensils and Tools
  • Assorted Storage
  • Containers for hot and cold foods
  • Food preparation tools ( skillets,pans,pots,utensils, cutting boards,etc)
  • Assorted Baking work, prep and assembly items
  • Dishware and Glassware for catered events
  • Lockers
  • Janitorial Supplies
  • Basic Pantry Supplies

Will you give just a little to bring amazing local food to Shreveport-Bossier? We always appreciate your support!

Risks and challenges

Expanding a small business or non-profit's scope of service always presents its own unique set of risks and challenges. This quest is no different.

Commercial kitchens, shared or otherwise, have to be carefully run to ensure the quality of the space meets the needs of our members, their customers, and the health department. In order for anyone to use the kitchen they need to be able to find it, which leads to new marketing challenges. Once we're up and running we need to be able to make enough revenue to keep the gas on and cooking.

These are all challenges we'll face once we're open, but they're all challenges we're looking ahead to now.

We have brought in some of the best minds in Northwest Louisiana to help us make sure that our design, marketing, and ultimately the way our kitchen runs, will meet the high standard we've always set for our services.

As we face challenges, we'll meet them the same way we always do, by relying on the best small business community anywhere.

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    We think you're awesome, and we want to shake your hand. With your contribution, we'll thank you on Facebook, then send you an electronic invite to our grand opening celebration in September so you can come see what you helped us build!

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    You're making a difference in our community and we think you should be recognized for it! We'll give you a big old thank you on Facebook (ok, the post will be normal size, but the sentiment behind it is huge), an electronic invite to our grand opening party in September, 2013, and a Cohab sticker for you to display proudly on your laptop, window, or pet. Your call.

    We'd love to meet you, so we'd prefer all contributors pickup their reward at the party, but if you can't make it, let us know and we'll ship you your sticker by the end October!

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Coffee is the fuel that keeps the entrepreneurial spirit moving forward. Drink your coffee like a rock star in our sweet Cohab travel coffee mug. It's lightweight, attractive, and will keep you energized throughout the day.

    In addition to that, we'll thank you on Facebook and send you an electronic invite to our grand opening party in September 2013.

    We'd love to meet you, so we'd prefer all contributors pickup their reward at the party, but if you can't make it, let us know and we'll ship you your mug by the end of October!

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    We love your look, but we want to add one more staple to your wardrobe (note, this description just exhausted the fashion vocabulary we've collectively developed watching Project Runway).

    Pledge $100 and we'll give you one of our stylish Cohab t-shirts. It's perfect for jogging, casual shopping, or writing code in your friendly neighborhood coworking joint.

    In addition to that, we'll thank you on Facebook and send you an electronic invite to our grand opening party in September 2013.

    We'd love to meet you, so we'd prefer all contributors pickup their reward at the party, but if you can't make it, let us know and we'll ship you your t-shirt by the end of October!

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    You've done a good thing and we'd like to treat you and three of your closest friends to dinner! For your contribution we'll send you four tickets (alcohol NOT included) to a Gulf Pig Dinner (www.gulfpig.com) hosted by our very own kitchen guru Michael O'Boyle! In addition to that, we'll thank you on Facebook, and send you an electronic invite to our grand opening party in September 2013!

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Want to see Cohab succeed for reasons that hit closer to home? With your donation of $500 we'll give you three months unlimited individual use of the Cohab space (kitchen hours NOT included) for yourself or a friend (take a look at our story for details about our memberships). Come in, work with us, and as a member, get a great hourly rate in the kitchen. In addition to that, we'll thank you on Facebook and send you an electronic invite to our grand opening party in September 2013.
    (Please note that a portion of this donation will exceed the market rate for Cohab membership and will be considered a donation).

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    We want you to come and enjoy the space you helped create! With your contribution we'll give you one free event rental for up to 75 people once the new Cohab is up and running. You provide the guests and the refreshments and we'll help you out with a place to put them all. In addition to that, we'll thank you on Facebook, send you an electronic invite to our grand opening party in September 2013, and treat you to one Cohab pack with a pen, mug, sticker, and t-shirt to be picked up at your event.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Want to see Cohab succeed for reasons that hit closer to home? With your donation of $1000 we'll give you six months unlimited individual use of the Cohab space (kitchen hours NOT included) for yourself or a friend (take a look at our story for details about our memberships). Come in, work with us, and as a member, get a great hourly rate in the kitchen. In addition to that, we'll thank you on Facebook and send you an electronic invite to our grand opening party in September 2013.
    (Please note that a portion of this donation will exceed the market rate for Cohab membership and will be considered a donation).

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    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    The new Cohab kitchen's not just for professional chefs. With your contribution we'll treat you to a cooking class for up to 10 people (chose from a list of class options). In addition to that, we'll thank you on Facebook, send you an electronic invite to our grand opening party in September 2013, and treat you to one Cohab pack with a pen, mug, sticker, and t-shirt to be picked up at your class.

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    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    Want to see Cohab succeed for reasons that hit closer to home? With your donation of $2500 we'll give you 24 months unlimited individual use of the Cohab space (kitchen hours NOT included) for yourself or a friend (take a look at our story for details about our memberships). Come in, work with us, and as a member, get a great hourly rate in the kitchen. In addition to that, we'll thank you on Facebook and send you an electronic invite to our grand opening party in September 2013. (Please note that a portion of this donation will exceed the market rate for Cohab membership and will be considered a donation).

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    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    Experience the true essence of the new Cohab with a private dinner for you and 25 of your closest friends. Work with our chef to pick the date and cuisine that suits you best, and we'll take care of the rest In addition to that, we'll thank you on Facebook, send you an electronic invite to our grand opening party in September 2013, and treat you to one Cohab pack with a pen, mug, sticker, and t-shirt to be picked up at your dinner.

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Funding period

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