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Perfect Pop Kettle Corn

Submitted by: Jim Zei
Business Website: http://None yet
State: Illinois
City: Woodstock

Business Description

We pop, package and sell kettle corn in various flavors and sell them through non-profit agencies for fundraising. These items will return 40% of the gross to the non-profits.

What one unique aspect of your business will make you succeed over the next year?

We have chosen to focus on the very much needed non-porfit sector of the business world. Too many non-porfits are in need of a financial boost and we believe that we can help them with that. We can supply the non-profits with a fundraising idea/event that will return 40% of the gross sales right back to them. Kettle corn is a very tasty and easy to sell item that has a great return with no investment for the agency. Most fundraising companies return less than 20% to the non-profits, but we can and will blow that model away. This will profit us, no doubt, but it will certainly help the community in many ways.

How does your business make a positive impact on the community?

When we help a non-profit raise funds to do their community work we help people all across the community spectrum. Our fundraising items return a significant portion of the profits right back to the grassroots organizations in a much higher portion, 40%. Most companies are returning less than 20% of gross sales. This impact is both great and immediate. The 40% of gross sales is received by the organization before we receive our portion. Higher margins, immediate return to the grassroots organizations...that's how we make a positive impact on our communities.

What would you do with a $1,000 Sam’s Club gift card, training, and help from a SCORE mentor to grow your business?

We are a small business that is poised on the edge of huge growth. The $1000 gift card would go directly for supplies, both office and manufacturing supplies. We could always use more sugar, salt and oil and we will never not have a need for office supplies. These items will directly impact our bottom line, making it more likely that we can increase the margin that we give to the non-profits. All that increases our impact on the communities. The SCORE mentor will likely prove invaluable to our business. As a small operation, we currently wear all of the hats. Well, nobody can be an expert at everything and that includes us. We can certainly use input on business structure and finance. SCORE mentorship could certainly be useful.
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