Sweet Mission Cookie Company
My name is Jason Mercado and I am originally from Salem,NJ. Most of my life I moved around(by choice) to try to find the “perfect” place to live and the “perfect” environment to be in or grow up in as I DID NOT want to be a product of the environment that I was born in. I was predominantly raised by my grandmother and grandfather.I have always had leadership qualities,yet never really had a specific role model in my life,as my father departed this life when I was a mere baby(so never got to meet him) .In the process of trying to find myself or fit in or “keeping up with the Jone’s”,I fell into the grips of addiction and ended up going to jail several times for NOT paying attention to life.I have always wanted to work for myself and eventually own a business…I have ALWAYS loved baking and making people happy.I baked as a kid and even cooked for my family whenever we had the ingredients to do so.
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Sweet Mission Cookie Company is an award winning fresh baked cookie and dessert company located in Santa Ana,California.I started Sweet Mission Cookie Company on June 1st,2012 as a result of being homeless. After 8 years of employment with a prominent coffee company,I was laid off. I ended up being on the street of Philadelphia,Pa with no specific action plan. It was at that time that I decided to start my own cookie company. Though the odds were against me,I was able to get a scholarship to take some business classes and really focus on this idea of a cookie company. A past of drug addiction,being a felon,bad credit,no collateral and being homeless were the reasons why people said I would NOT be successful at opening a business. Starting this company has been a way for me to give back to people through my talent of baking . The goals of Sweet Mission Cookie Company is to work with those who find themselves at a disadvantage in life(ex-felons,recovering addicts,at-risk youth,homeless individuals) and teach them not only about entrepreneurship,but also to give them a second chance in society to make something positive of themselves and to live out their dreams.I would like to open up a coffee shop and provide training for people as well and help them to learn that there PAST DOES NOT define them,but what they choose to do with their future it was really counts. My customers range from delis to coffee shop to catered events. I am MOST proud at the fact that against ALL odds and with almost nothing I was able to live out my dream of being a business that can impact a community. I was also given the opportunity to do cookie catering for an Oscar’s Post Party,a BET Awards Post Party and several other Red Carpet Events. Sweet Mission Cookie Company was selected as a 2015 American Small Business Championship Winner through SCORE and Sam’s Club. We were 1 of 2 companies selected in the state of California and 1 out of 102 companies selected in the US. We have been featured in several publications such as Huntington Beach Independent Newspaper,HB Culture Magazine,L.A.Focus Newspaper and several others
What is the purpose of this loan?
Sweet Mission is need of more equipment to produce,this will allow us to take on more customers and also create more products in our dessert line. With this loan we will be able to spend dollars on finalizing additional licensing which could be as much as $600.00 in total. We are also in need of additional marketing materials that will be used to reach the masses. With this KIVA loan this will increase our sales by 100% and we are working towards being able to hire employees as well(which is MUCH needed now)
Years in operation: 1 year – 3 years