Cristina Saralegui once said, “To realize the American dream, the most important thing to understand is that it belongs to everybody. It’s a human dream. If you understand this and work very hard, it is possible.” My husband Paul and I have been together for 10 years and always had the dream of owning our own business and being successful. We both have full time jobs and two small boys and can never quite seem to get ahead. Over time we realized that working 9 and 5 and taking several extra side jobs wasn’t enough for us to save for our dreams of owning our own home, have enough money to go on a family vacation, or help support others in our extended family. We both have charismatic personalities and are natural born leaders, so entertaining our friends lead us into our current business. We truly feel that if we work hard, stay positive, and use our energy wisely we can reach the stars together.
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We are a bar staffing and full liquor bar catering service. We evolved after being requested several times to staff the bars of a huge local music festivals since 2010. We grew each year from only staffing one bar and 7 bartenders to seven bars and over 50 cocktail specialists. That restaurant establishment continued to ask us to find staff for their other events like SEC Beach Fest and Oyster Cook-off. With the growth of our talented bartenders we thought why not do it year around as a form of catering service in our city and surrounding areas. Our current services include having the capability to providing skilled bartenders and liquor planning and consultation for weddings, corporate events, charity balls etc.
We also are proud to say we share a portion of our proceeds with a local charity called Child Advocacy Center that protects abused children. We have already combined our resources with local businesses in our area to raise $1,000 for this worthy cause! We want to continue to be able to give back to our community.
Our main goal is to be “The Go To” people for event bar catering! We envision a future in which we will have beautiful hand crafted portable bars and set up accessories to bring for our future clients. We want our impeccable service to stand out from all other catering companies. The aspect of our company that we love the most is being able to help our staff in the hospitality industry to make extra money and in turn also have a better quality of life! We hope that our bar catering dream will become a brightly lit reality.
What is the purpose of this loan?
Our business plan includes using our loan money to procure insurance, purchase portable bars, bar set up accessories, collaborative office working space, and have money for more advertising to gain new clients. Our business desperately needs to get off and running, but can not without insurance and our needed equipment to make our bar catering service possible. If we reach our goal and are successful in receiving this loan we will have more resources to be competitive with other bar catering services and establish a true brand in our city. Most importantly this loan could be the catalyst we need to gain clients and provide a more financialyl stable future for our family.
Years in operation: 6 months – 1 year