We are attempting to build a full service food truck here in Michigan. What makes our project unique is the story behind it and the benefits the project has had on our lives. I lost my eye in Iraq Memorial weekend 2004 and have been struggling with PTSD and depression since being medically discharged. This project has not only ignited a new passion for life, but has gotten us involved with the community, and hopefully will put us in a position to help others dealing with similar issues as the wars wind down and other veterans return.
We were on a roll working with the VA and have purchased the box truck itself with a small business loan, since the VA will not buy any sort of vehicle when trying to help a veteran with self employment or college in VOCREHAB. The plan was for us to get the vehicle and the VA to help purchase and retrofit the necessary equipment. But due to budget cuts the chances of this are off the table. Hence our Kickstarter Campaign that friends family and community have supported us in launching. Here are some of the nitty gritty details and plans for our company.
As you can see we have very detailed and professional plans all ready to go, with only funding holding us back. Below you will see the cost breakdown of the build out. Remember, this does not include Sales Tax.
So, after cost of retrofit of the kitchen, Sales Tax, Amazons Processing Fee, and the awards to be given to our contributors, $50,000 is the magic number. We have exhausted our funding options with the purchase of the truck itself and are asking for the minimum to get the kitchen built. If the community supports and we surpass the goal, we will be able to get the exterior art completed as well. Here is an evolution of our exterior concepts and what it may look like once completed.
This was our initial plan, but as the project grew and we received more feed back we connected with a Graphic Designer (NR Creative) who helped us build a logo and more professional truck theme.
These are all super- imposed images, as it stands now the truck is just white. As the project moves forward, please leave us your thoughts and ideas on the trucks appearance.
Once again from my family and me, Thank you so much for taking the time to support and share in our dream.
Special Thanks to Sonny & Cindy Owners of Hogzilla BBQ restaurants and catering, and the locations of my commissary. Locations in Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Michigan. Without the support and knowldge they have given me the last two years, none of this would be possible.
To Kevin Romeo, Angel, and the rest of the Rhino Media Crew. Without them I would not be able to get my story heard. Their work is outstanding.(Produced Video)
And NR Creative for helping me build a logo and image for the business that I can be proud of.
And Sprout Urban Farms of Battle Creek, For consulting and general community support and networking.
Risks and challenges
With any project of this scale there are risk of delays and unforeseen issues. But with the partnership with my commissary; a ten year established restaurant, and vetted food truck building team. Any hiccups should be trivial and not delay the fulfillment of your rewards and timing of the trucks arrival. If fully funded the truck will begin its retrofit within a week with a build window of three - four weeks. Once fully fitted, the truck will undergo licensing and inspections by the health department. This should take another week or two. In all, the truck should be serving delicious meals late July / early August of 2014.
Every Dollar Counts! We Thank every Backer for their support. Help us keep the momentum rolling, Share our project on Facebook, or your Favorite social media site, and we will give you a Shout out on our Face Book Page & Twitter.
Everything mentioned above plus one meal ticket good for any of our sandwiches of meaty goodness and two of our homemade sides. (Meal tickets are redeemable at the food truck only and will be good for two years)
Two Meal Tickets. You can use this ticket to share BBQ with the one you love, Or Pig out and order two meals for yourself or one meal on two separate occasions. Plus an awesome Tshirt or Military challenge coin that can hook onto a key chain and serve as a bottle opener for your favorite soda or brewed drink. (Meal tickets are redeemable at the food truck only and will be good for two years)
Two meal tickets. T shirt or Challenge Coin, Bumper Sticker And VIP Access to our Launch Party Where we will have truck tours, Local bands beers and produce. (Meal tickets are redeemable at the food truck only and will be good for two years)
Free Sandwich or side for a year (One a Day) Picked up on location of Food truck on days of operation. Tshirt and Challenge Coin and VIP Access To Launch party. (Sandwich and sides are redeemable only on location of food truck)
You are forever immortalized on our menu with a signature Special Item named after you. We will even talk to you and get some of your influence and ideas involved. Meal Ticket for two, and Tshirt or Challenge Coin. VIP Access to the Launch Party.
We will cater an event for you and 25 of your friends, family, or employees from our truck. Also includes Challenge Coin and Tshirt. VIP Access to the Launch Party. (Catering Must be Located within 60 miles of Battle Creek MI. If further fuel charge may apply. Catering includes full service, Plates napkins and cutlery, A meat choice, two sides, Corn bread and Buns. Smile and a good time also included)
Cater event for you and 40 others, Plus you get the swag basket with our Tshirt, Coin, And Bumper Sticker. Did we mention the VIP launch party? (Catering Must be Located within 60 miles of Battle Creek MI. If further fuel charge may apply. Catering includes full service, Plates napkins and cutlery, A meat choice, two sides, Corn bread and Buns. Smile and a good time also included)
The community service pack. We will Make enough sandwiches to serve 100 and will give them out at your charity or shelter of choice. This is a great way to support two causes in the community or a way to give to our project and give back to others if your out of state and cant be catered. (For this package we will travel to any location within 100 miles of Battle Creek MI)
Sponsorship Level One. We will wear your company name or logo on our uniform for upto 3 years. Plus place you on our website as a sponsor for as long as the internet keeps on inter-netting. plus the Tshirt, Coin, And Bumper Sticker. VIP Access to the Launch Party.
Mega Cater Pack: Includes inclusion on our sponsors page on the website, and a catering event for 100. Plus Tshirt, Challenge Coin, and Bumper Sticker. VIP Access to the Launch Party. (Catering Must be Located within 60 miles of Battle Creek MI. If further fuel charge may apply. Catering includes full service, Plates napkins and cutlery, A meat choice, two sides, Corn bread and Buns. Smile and a good time also included)
Sponsorship level two. We will place your company name or logo on the truck for up to 3 years. Place your company name and logo on our sponsorship page on the website indefinitely. Plus Tshirt, Challenge coin, and Bumper sticker. As well as VIP Access to the Launch Party.
Deluxe Cater Pack. 200 Person catered event or two events worth 100 guest each. Plus Tshirt, Challenge Coin, Bumper Sticker. As well as VIP access to our Launch Party. (Catering Must be Located within 60 miles of Battle Creek MI. If further fuel charge may apply. Catering includes full service, Plates napkins and cutlery, A meat choice, two sides, Corn bread and Buns. Smile and a good time also included)