"This is the best salsa I've ever had!! It has a smoky, perfect blend of flavor and heat."
There's good reason we keep hearing this. Pirate Ringo's Salsa really is THAT GOOD! We already have fans in over a dozen states.
Our problem (which our fans are already coming up with solutions for): we need to launch our fledgling business while still maintaining the monthly expenses for our growing family. And business start-ups aren't cheap!
The solution: you told us you wanted to help! You talked; we listened - and here's the crowdfunding site you asked for. Like you pointed out, this will enable us to keep you posted on where we're at, and what our next step(s) need to be. We've been overwhelmed by all the enthusiasm and offers of help so far. You've offered to help process salsa, you've babysat our kids while we met with people at City Hall and local businessmen who offered to mentor us, you've given us ideas, you've offered to help us at farmer's markets as soon as we're licensed, you've shared our Facebook page over and over again. And we're immensely grateful.
Here's where we're at:
- We can't continue much longer with prepping and processing salsa in our small kitchen because of a lack of space/equipment, and the needs of our growing family. We have fans in over a dozen states, and just this month alone, we've sold approximately 70 jars. And we can only sell to friends and family, since we're not licensed yet!
- We've done our research regarding co-packing. licensing, liability insurance, barcodes, local venues, recipe testing for acidic shelf-stable foods, LLC's, packaging, labeling, shipping, suppliers, and more.
- We have two recipes ready to take to a co-packer (Original, and Pirate's Inferno) and another that is almost ready (Pieces of Eight).
- We've been approached by someone interested in providing both a business partner and a financial backer, and are exploring that option. But as you know, even if that option looks like it's going to work out, we're looking at significant legal fees to get contracts and paperwork drawn up.
In order to keep moving forward, we're going to have to knock out this list SOON. As in, before we go meet with a co-packer after the first of the year:
- Get city business license ($55/yr)
- Get state business license ($152)
- File LLC ($250)
- File EIN (free)
- Get liability insurance ($500/yr)
- Get barcodes (For 10 barcodes: $250 membership fee
$50 annual fee)
We're tackling as many of these things as we can on our own, but we also know that you've been enthusiastic about helping us launch Pirate Ringo's Salsa, and you might want to get involved in the big leap we're attempting to make in getting to a co-packer in early 2017.
Are you ready? Here we go!