Total loan: $10,000
Fort Gibson, OK, United States / Food
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A loan helped fund the replacement of our hand-stamped packaging with pre-printed packaging, a commercial guitar caramel cutter and working capital to allow us to maximize our production time for our growing artisan confectionery.
I'm a wife and mom of a seven and five year old. I grew up in a mid-size community in central Oklahoma with a younger brother and two hard working parents. From my parents, I inherited many traits--work ethic, love of the outdoors, passion for supporting small businesses, culinary skills, optimism, and sense of entrepreneurship. I'm truly blessed to be able to say that I married my best friend--although he is my biggest cheerleader, he is also my coach and isn't afraid to be a true partner in all aspects of life from raising our kids to growing our business. Unfortunately, we lost my father in March 2011. Rather, than be paralyzed by our loss I choose to celebrate his life everyday by growing this company in his honor. He often dreamed of new business ventures in the food industry but never had the opportunity. My dad had quite the sweet tooth for anything caramel and loved even more to experiment with new culinary flavors. I started my first business at 15 and my parents often 'worked' with me. Upon college graduation from Oklahoma State University with a major in horticulture I started a landscaping company and grew the business until I was 7 months pregnant with our first child. As a mom, my priority has been my children so I opted to be a stay at home mom for a few years while growing a full time direct selling business over the last 7 years. I felt like a piece of me was missing the minute I closed my landscaping business but it wasn't necessarily the industry I was missing--I've truly found my calling.