Hi, my name is Tracey, I am known to my community as Tracey Stones. I do a lot of work to support live music in my town and around the state of NC and all of the musicians who make it. For the past four years, I have done this by publishing a music blog which can be found at www.ncmz.live
. This is a free service that accepts donations. To date, those donations total up to $2,000 for those four years of service.
Unfortunately, it has not panned out to be a lucrative investment and it has cost me a lot of time and money for fuel and car repairs. Though the work has been worthy, and it has made a huge difference in our music community, it has left me completely at a loss and constantly struggling for funds.
After six months of floundering through the year, I recently made the decision to return to work as a cleaning contractor, a job I have done for 14 years as a self-starter and an entrepreneur. Most of my house cleaning work (68%) was lost to Florence and 100% of my music bookings, washed away too, as I had commissioned dates for Harvey Mansion and The Double Tree, both remain closed indefinitely. The combination of all of these losses has made for a very difficult year. When I approached the SBA, they refused to help given my bad credit following a divorce. My credit is still an issue that needs my attention.
Going from bad to worse, 2019 marks the first year of 14 years in business that I didn't have enough money to register my businesses with the state. I have two businesses in total. It was the first year I could not meet my tax obligation. All of my bills are late and the list goes on.
Currently, the greatest needs are maintenance for my truck, which has 411,231 miles and needs a tune-up and tires all around. Settling my debt with the state and my accountant is key and catching up on all of my bills so to keep my services on. (phone internet, etc.) Moving forward, I also need to get the insurances I need to conduct business safely, and properly and I must buy the equipment I need to go forth in the cleaning business. Those costs include three new vacuums, a handheld, an upright, and a backpack vacuum, a ladder and a restocked supply closet, as I supply all of my own equipment for each job we do.
This fundraiser has been a long time coming, and I have held off in creating this, time after time, as I have not wished to seek charity for myself. Nonetheless, here we are and I thank you for reading and considering my needs in returning to business.