PinkE’S E.A.T.S, LLC
My name is Pinkey Reddick. I am a young African american woman born and raised in Washington DC. My mom’s family is from Ft Lauderdale Florida and my dad family is from Columbia South Carolina so I have southern roots. It all started when I spent a summer in Quitman Georgia with my granddad and grandmother; waking early in the morning to prepare breakfast with grandma by 6am and dinner prepped and prepared by noon daily, which created my passion for cooking. During my childhood I spent hours with my mom perfecting my grandmother’s recipe for 7up pound cake, sauerkraut and ribs and many other recipes. We didn’t have a lot of money but we had food. My mom was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2010 since I have taken over as the family cook. I am the cook for most of my friends and family and my food has always been complemented as having flavor and style. I cook Sunday school breakfast for my church every Sunday morning. I have been in the food industry for the past 14 years and managing for the last 4 years at the Olive Garden. I love food and have a vast pallet. On many occasions I have found in my local area I can’t find the food I want when I want it. When I found that food it is typically bland. We do a lot of fasting so having flavorful veggie options makes it easier. My son’s school does not currently have a lunch program and his former school lunch was not good. I was sending lunch to school with him and teachers and other students became interested and once a month I prepared lunch for others as well. The idea came to me that there is a great need for flavorful food for teacher’s students businesses, and families so I decided to start Pinke’S E.AT.S.
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My business mission is to provide my community, students and their families with nutritious food that excites the taste buds. Providing school lunch, meals for the whole family and catering for special events. I filed for my business in April of 2016 and I recently quit my job as a restaurant manager in June of 2016 to pursue my dreams of PINKE’S E.A.T.S. My biggest challenge is marketing and capital. I have put about $7000 of my personally money funding this business and need funding to ontinue to grow. My goal is to secure at minimum three school lunch contracts and at least two catering jobs a week to sustain and grow my business. I am proud to say with limited marketing I have been able to capture a Love for my food by word of mouth. My customers range from teachers and students, stylists and barbers, office workers, business lunches, those trying to throw a great party or just a great lunch for an event. I cater to the guests wants with a lot of customization. Flavor is my main goal no matter the occasion.
What is the purpose of this loan?
The loan will be spent to purchase a much needed food warming equipment to hold temperature for hot products. ($600 warming cabinet) ($ 1,500-buffet warmer with shield) A scooter ($2000)will be purchased to effectively deliver the food. We are a food delivery service. This will enable us to reach more guests in a timely manner. Marketing(5000) website built , flyers, t shirts, hot-bags to carry food, attend vending events. Marketing will be a direct help to gain capital quickly and return on investment. The more we get our name and brand known the more money we will bring in.
Years in operation: 6 months – 1 year