Good to Go is happy to announce that we have been awarded an Otsego County Micro-Enterprise Grant! This will help us buy the equipment and materials we need. However, we still need investors–including workers willing to be paid in shares (each share is a 0.1% equity stake in the company and is worth $100). Please go to our Get Involved page for more information on investing (money or time) in our crowd-funded enterprise.
My update (at long last, I know, and I appreciate everyone’s patience) brings very good news.
The micro-enterprise grant Scott so painstakingly applied for in February was awarded to us. Out of about sixty businesses, two were chosen, and we got $22,100 out of the possible $35,000.
Basically, we won! The great County of Otsego, in its infinite wisdom, has decided to believe in me in the form of putting their $ where their mouth is, just as all of you caring folks have. I am so deeply grateful and honored, and I cannot wait to get started.
We reworked the business plan start-up costs to accommodate the new figure, and are waiting (more waiting! Whatever, Rome wasn’t built in a day or even in a year and a half) to sign on the dotted line and find out exactly what we can spend the money on. So far all we know is none may be spent on labor. I am hereby spreading the word that I am looking for people willing to work for shares and/or food down the line. I’ll paint myself, but I need:
a general contractor
The grant allows us to not have to go to the bank for a loan, practically guaranteeing Good To Go’s success, as our break even mark is so much drastically lower. But I still have to open; I hope by Labor Day (fitting, no?). It will take more money than I have to get there, as even my part-time gallery job is gone now.
If I can’t “gladly pay Tuesday for a hamburger today” where labor is concerned, I need to sell more shares. That worries me because it took a whole year of selling myself just to get to the nest egg of 65 shares, and 37 of those are family!
My hope is, now that I have Otsego County’s endorsement, people that have considered investing will jump to my side of the fence now that success is so likely. So please, encourage your peeps to join you on the Good To Go bandwagon, as we are absolutely, positively Good To Go.
Happy New Year! 2015 is an exciting one here in Cherry Valley. The Little Restaurant That Could has been building support and Good To Go is just beginning to chug up the hard part of the mountain. In a few weeks we are going to apply for a loan, and we are not quite where we need to be investor-wise.
I’m hoping this mail will draw the attention of all the wonderful folks that said they were interested last year, but haven’t yet done the Paypal, Dwolla, or sent a check. Every hundred helps.
To my dear list of investors, we appreciate your support and patience with the project. Anyone you can encourage to follow your lead would be greatly appreciated.
I dream the dream every minute of every day, and I look forward to when money isn’t in the way of getting started.
Bring your questions, appetites, and checkbooks to the Cherry Branch Gallery at 25 Main Street in Cherry Valley, New York.
Please feel free to download the event flier and post on local bulletin boards. Local farmers are encouraged to contact us as possible suppliers.
Real food, really easy: an affordable, healthy, organic, and local food takeout restaurant created by Robin Supak in Cherry Valley, NY (between Cooperstown and Sharon Springs). Open from noon to 6pm, with some exceptions. Closed Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Check this site for updates.