CociNana Start Up Food Truck

$15,480 of $15k goal

Raised by 123 people in 3 months
Michael Terrence O'Connor  WASHINGTON, DC
I have been trying to figure out how to launch my food business for almost two years and though the plans and scope may have changed a few times here and there, I am pleased to announce that things are finally coming together.
I have taken the action to start a Food Truck in the Arlington, Va area. Many of you have shared the road of exploration as I initially focused on trying to launch my line of Tamales into the Take Home and Delivery market. For various reasons this presented challenges that were hard to figure out and develop a start up plan I could execute with my modest funds and wild dreams. As we approached this new year I was determined to give the whole idea a fresh look. In doing so I kept coming back to the Food Truck, an idea, that I will admit, I fought hard against from the beginning. What I wanted was to get my Tamales in your house where you could enjoy them with your community of friends or to treat yourself with one of my favorite childhood comfort foods and family dishes. I could find no clear path to starting that process rolling other than the small private orders I had always done for friends and acquaintances. In taking a fresh look at things though, I suddenly realized that though the Truck was not my end goal, the Truck was an achievable start up point. With a little help from you, my family of friends, art and heritage. So as I embark on this journey I am reaching out to you through this campaign to help me raise some funds to get the CociNana truck on the road.

CociNana is an endearment to the many years of my youth I spent in the kitchens of my Grandmas, Tias, Aunties and other Nanas.

Nana's Kitchen. Cocina Nana. CociNana

Though the primary initial focus of the truck will be the Tamales I have been trying to get in yours and others hands for the last two years, I will be offering up other comforts discovered in Nana's Kitchen.

I have found the truck I want and have reached an agreement with the sellers who have accepted my initial deposit and worked with me to structure a private financing agreement that lets me get the truck on the road sooner rather than later.

The truck has been freshly outfitted and approved through all Arlington county inspections recently, so though I will have to do some of this again for my specific use case on the truck the process should not present much challenge. I am in discussion with a few kitchen/depot partners to secure the other big end of the regulatory demands. Once that is set there will hopefully be a clear road to hitting the Boulevards and byways of Arlington.

I will be working hard between now and then to do pop ups, drop ins, and parties to raise money, awareness of our products and hopefully invite new faces to this growing campaign.

I hope to raise $15,000+ over this one month campaign.

A large part of these funds will help me make a secondary payment on the truck that will greatly reduce the amount of monthly expenses the truck financing payments would eat up. This secondary payment is due January 15th, the closing day of our campaign. 

Additionally the funds will be used to:

Outfit the new kitchens for a truck oriented service.

Help secure our Kitchen/Depot contract.

Brand and Merchandise the CociNana truck.

Meet regulatory hurdles, fines and procedures.

Hopefully if we meet or exceed this goal we will have a small but necessary cushion to facilitate day to day operations and help catch our fall for the unforeseen gifts that Murphy brings.

So many of you have shared in this road so far and with your help I hope to continue to grow this dream.

I am eternally grateful for all your support and look forward to seeing you out the window.

You will find some rewards for particular levels of giving listed here but if there is something you don't see but would convince you to support this dream just drop me a line and let me know.

If you would rather make your donation offline and in person your gift amount will be noted here with whatever level of public acclaim (or not) you are comfortable with.
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Update 23
Posted by Michael Terrence O'Connor
20 days ago
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The day has finally arrived. All permits and inspections done. See you tomorrow in Ballston for the first day of truck sales around 10-2pm for the lunch launch!
Check our twitter @ CocinaNana for details.
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Update 22
Posted by Michael Terrence O'Connor
1 month ago
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See you later today at Clare n Don's in Falls Church at 3pm for the launch party!
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Update 21
Posted by Michael Terrence O'Connor
2 months ago
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Thanks for all your support in meeting our goal. Now come sample some of the wares and share in the community that made it possible. The launch party is this Sunday the 29th and if you contributed and plan to attend please RSVP by tonight.
The fiesta will be held at Clare n Don's in falls church on the 29th from 3-7.
See you there!
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Update 20
Posted by Michael Terrence O'Connor
2 months ago
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We made our goal!
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We are a week from the launch party.
As such in order to get a better head count of those contributors planning to attend the launch fiesta, I am requesting that you email me at tamales@cocinana.com with a confirmation and head count. Remember that all contributions from the $5 up level include an invitation to the fiesta. So if you have a curious friend or two encourage them to join us. If they don't want to participate in the GoFundMe they can still make a suggested donation at the event. For logistics purposes I would still request an email confirmation of their intent to attend. Please RSVP by the 22nd.
The fiesta will be held at Clare n Don's in falls church on the 29th from 3-7.
See you there!
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Gwendolyn Alexander
2 months ago

Makes me miss my home CRYSTAL CITY, Virginia

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Tony Fernandez
2 months ago

Hi Mike! My donation is from Ana Mercedes and me 50/50. We are so happy to support you in this venture and wish you MUCH SUCCESS. May your dreams take you farther and higher than you can even imagine. Fuerte abrazo y mucho cariño !!

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Krystal L. Ramirez
3 months ago

Will the CociNana food truck have any vegetarian or vegan options?

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$15,480 of $15k goal

Raised by 123 people in 3 months
Created December 14, 2016
Michael Terrence O'Connor  
JG
$100
jennie gundersen
19 days ago

Thought I did this before! Hope there's room for my name!

$15
Tony Fernandez
20 days ago

Dear Mike, CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR FIRST DAY OF BUSINESS! THANK GOD! I'm so happy for you, and I'm sure it will be a success ! Un gran abrazo!! (Por favor dame tu email porque quiero preguntarte algo urgente. El mio es: EAFernandezN@gmail.com. Gracias.

JC
$25
Jehan Chase
1 month ago
MA
$100
Margaret Allen
1 month ago

Hoping I can still do this - sorry it is late! Love & miss you!

KH
$25
Kristin Hopkins
2 months ago
KU
$50
Katharine Uravitch
2 months ago
DC
$50
Dani Cook
2 months ago

We are so psyched for you! xo

$1,000
Anonymous
2 months ago(Offline Donation)
DR
$25
Dale Roberts
2 months ago
$25
Alex Parez
2 months ago

Best wishes to your new business, Michael!!! :-) :-) Much much love, El Rojo

Gwendolyn Alexander
2 months ago

Makes me miss my home CRYSTAL CITY, Virginia

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Tony Fernandez
2 months ago

Hi Mike! My donation is from Ana Mercedes and me 50/50. We are so happy to support you in this venture and wish you MUCH SUCCESS. May your dreams take you farther and higher than you can even imagine. Fuerte abrazo y mucho cariño !!

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Krystal L. Ramirez
3 months ago

Will the CociNana food truck have any vegetarian or vegan options?

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