Lil’ Jakes Indoor Safety Village & Playground LLC
As a dad of two little girls (9 and 10 years old), a disabled Veteran, a 28-year Firefighter/EMT, Public Safety Educator and a Fire Service and an EMT Instructor I intend to build an indoor interactive learning safety village and play center in Nashua, NH where children and their families will learn through experiences. My mission is to provide: • Hands-on life-saving skills through experiences, • Combat childhood obesity through unstructured free play (UFP), • Disabled children an equal opportunity to experience UFP with their peers on all inclusive climbing structures. It is said that I am a pragmatic disabled Veteran and visionary with strong leadership skills. While attending an entrepreneur program at Northeastern University (Boston, MA) and the Entrepreneur Boot camp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) at Syracuse University I have encountered high-level mentors who have been very instrumental in building Lil’ Jake’s. In fact, in the beginning I started with needing 21,000 sqft of space and a budget of $1.2 million; we scaled to 9,000 sqft of space and a budget of $400,000.00. As an entrepreneur I own 3rd Degree Safety Solutions LLC (3rd Degree). I intend to leverage 3rd Degree to create Lil’ Jake’s Indoor Safety Village & Playground LLC.
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More about this loan
3rd Degree is a safety training company that offers education to small businesses that are in need of being OSHA compliant. We educate our clients in first aid, CPR, AED, Bloodborne Pathogens and fire safety education. The programs we teach are the American Heart Association (AHA) and Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI).
We are a mobile company which is extremely convenient for our clients because they do not need to travel away from the office. This model allows for very low cost overhead, so low that our main expense is purchasing supplies.
I created 3rd Degree because I truly enjoy educating people. After educating adults for so long and hearing stories about their children I began doing research on childhood safety. The realization is that, yes as public servants we are required by our job description to educate children regarding life-safety skills. It took me 28 years to realize we are not connecting with the children we are educating. For instance, we tell children, “if our house is on fire, you “fall and crawl”; If you are on fire, then, “stop, drop and roll. Children seem to miss the “fall and crawl” and “if you are on fire” portions of the statement. So what the child knows is if your house is on fire you should stop drop and roll. Knowing this response, I realized there was a market for this style of learning, hence Lil’ Jake’s.
What is the purpose of this loan?
The loan will allow us to purchase one climbing structure and the required safety flooring. Together they cost just under the requested loan amount. We believe there will be an increase in revenue and profit by 1000% (percent). This loan reduces the overall amount needed, while allowing us to build our business credit score. Receiving this loan will have a direct impact on my, as well as my family’s life style as it will give us the confidence to know where are closer to making a positive impact on our community and society.
Years in operation: More than 5 years