Hello. I am requesting funding to assist me with a candle comapny business startup. I have already invested thousands myself but need to raise $50,000 to help cover buying a few pieces of equipment (I have purchased most of it myself), the cost of renting/buying the building and purchase more inventory. My plan is to move back to my hometown and open a small business there. Why? The county I am from in NC has been hit hard economically for many years. The unemployment rate is currently at 11.6% and there is hardly any manufacturing jobs, or any for that matter, within the county. I want to go back home and start my small business with the hopes of growing the business and creating jobs. I know this is a stretch, but it can be done. This would be the way I would give back to my community. I have longed to go back, as I have been gone for over 10 years now. This is a dream of mine that I want to see come to fruition. I am very motivated and focused on this business startup. This opportunity will allow me to fulfill my creative ambitions, as well as, help my community grow.This project will allow me to make a variety of candles and sell them to the public. I currently make candles to order for those customers who truly enjoy the allure of a nicely scented candle that appeases the senses. I want ot expand my services so that i can fulfill my dream and sell a product that brings about beauty and a sense of well being. I am also going to include the opportunity for someone who is willing to donate $4500 or more a candle scent just for them and offer it to the public. I ask for donations of any size to assist me in obtaining my goal. I feel that I can and will make a difference in my community. I am grateful for all who donate and should you be unable to donate, please forward my project to others. Please know I truly appreciate anything you may do to get my project out to others for possible funding. I am confident I will obtain the money needed for my candle company business startup. I want to brighten the world, one candle at a time. Thank you for taking the time to read about my project. May you be prosperous and in good health. Sincerely, C.L.