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Take the Cake

€5,980 of €20,000 goal

Raised by 46 people in 11 months
My name is Krissy Gibson, and I am the founder of Take the Cake.  I started TTC a year ago because I love baking.  I now supply five stores with my cakes.  TTC also trades in three weekend farmers' markets.  The bulk of our business has been through direct orders from our menu.  Our first year has gone incredibly well, and our products have been well-received.  Our Facebook page (Take the Cake Dublin) has generated over 700 Likes organically, and our website ( www.takethecake.ie) has brought us consistent business.  My products have received consistent positive reviews, and I have met so many wonderful people.
To date, my husband Kevin Gibson and I have funded Take the Cake ourselves, and from TTC revenue.  In order to continue our venture, we need to raise more funding and hopefully even hire someone.  We need this help as soon as possible.  All donations would be seen as heroic gestures that would not go unappreciated.
Here are some of our more urgent requirements for which we need to raise funds:
Continuing shelf-life and microbiological testing 
Refrigerated commercial delivery vehicle lease
Personalised gazebo for market trading
Display refrigerator for markets
Commercial sink for markets
Commercial kitchen rental
Market rent
Ingredients/supplies
Packaging/labels
Kitchen equipment
Large Igloo coolers 
...And by 2019 I would like to open my own bakery.
Within that same timeframe, we would like to make nation-wide deliveries possible.  
Your support would mean the world to me.  Even €5 would be a heroic gesture.  I am at a crossroads right now, having to decide whether to continue TTC or give it up.  I really do not want to give it up, because I feel it has come too far.  So many of you have already helped -- my regular customers are the ones who have kept this business afloat.  I will always be grateful to you for helping me get TTC off the ground. 
Lastly, to my sister Jennifer Pepping, my sister-in-law Dee Gibson and my friends Sarah Covalt and Eldrid O'Driscoll, I want to thank you for encouraging me in these last few weeks especially.
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Hello Crowdfunders, because of your help, and with the help of our local Enterprise Board, Take the Cake is now undergoing shelf-life testing on three products, as well as nutritional analysis. We will also have our first mock-up of the new branding this week! Krissy Gibson will also be making her first appearance on TV3's "Saturday AM" on 23rd June, doing a demonstration for viewers in Ireland on the program's cooking segment. Hope you can tune in, and thanks again for your support
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Hello friends and family, although our GoFundMe effort has stalled, we want to take a moment to thank you again for your support, and to let you know what we have accomplished with your help. We have been able to raise over 1/4 of our goal, and will even keep this account open for any other contributions.
Here is what we were able to get done, thanks to you:
- 4 new coolers for markets
- Kitchen rent paid up-to-date (huge for us!)
- Market rent paid almost-up-to-date
- Signed up/paid for three summer festivals! See our Facebook page for updates on these.
- We have decided to go with Dave Curran Design for our updated branding, and will be improving our packaging for our Carrot Cake, Chocolate Cake, and Coffee Walnut Cake. Updates done by July.
- Starting soon on our nutritional analysis and shelf-life testing. This information will be reflected on our new packaging.
With any luck, we'll get a business loan and a grant in the coming months. Our goal is to buy -- or even rent -- our very OWN production facility.
Thank you again for all your support and enthusiasm! Please feel free to share this GoFundMe link with any of your contacts. Even small donations are extremely helpful.
Thank you so much,
Krissy Gibson
TTC
Soon-to-be-improved Carrot Cake package!
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Two TTC updates thanks to you, our fearless, loving and generous Crowdfunders -- Today we have our first meeting for our new packaging! An exciting change that should be implemented by June... and also thanks to you, Take the Cake now proudly owns four big (and much-needed) coolers for our markets. We will now happily dispose of our ragged styrofoam ones! Thank you. They may not look like much, but it's a big deal to us.
ooo la la. four of these babies!
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What an amazing start this campaign has had. Thank you to all our supporters. I have been blown away by the amount of encouragement and generosity given to us, and give you my word we are going to keep TTC going! To date, we have stayed in markets and supplied all our stores. Thank you thank you thank you.

I ask that, if you are willing, you share this campaign with contacts! Even donations of €1 and €5 are welcomed and appreciated. https://www.gofundme.com/takethecakedublin

With our GoFundMe progress, here is what we are achieving at this time:

Receiving:
Shelf-life and microbiological testing
Researching:
Personalised gazebo for market trading
Paid:
Commercial kitchen rental
Market rent
Ordered:
Ingredients/supplies
Packaging/labels
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€5,980 of €20,000 goal

Raised by 46 people in 11 months
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