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Disabled Entrepreneur Seeks Grant Money For Money Making Donut Business

by Dennis R. Marshall
(Price, Utah, USA)

My name is Dennis Marshall. I am 55 years old and live in Price, Utah. I have been fighting for Social Security Disability benefits for 13 years.

I have been happily married for 35 years. We have 6 children, and 11 grandchildren.

I started a small ceramic business in 1993. It did very well. We traveled around and did art festivals, craft fairs and other events.

The problem was that this type of work caused a lot of pain with all of my disabilities and I got to where I was barely able to move after each event.

Then I would have to go home and work hard to get the product ready for the next event. My doctor told me I had to quit.

My son was able to take over the business so we weren't out any of the money that was invested over the years for equipment. I was able to help him with contacts and set up events for him.

Recently I found a small business that would allow me to work for myself. It's called the Lil' Orbits donut maker.

My friend is in the craft business. My family and I have been checking out other fairs, festivals and events and have not encountered any business of this type making and selling miniature donuts on site in Utah, which would be our target area.

This would be a new item to the craft circuit and with my research it would be very profitable.

This is very exciting to me because I feel like I would finally be able to help provide for my wife and help with all the responsibilities that I haven't been able to do for over 13 years.

I would be on the events circuit again, which I actually enjoyed doing because we met a lot of nice people, but this time in the food vendor business.

Having been involved with these events for years I know that food vendors are always busy. We have a friend that started quite a few years ago with his Dutch oven barbeque menu and he has had to double his product every year for the last three years.

With this kind of product there would be very minimal physical effort. The donuts are made and equipment cleaned on site.

There would be no work in between the fairs and festivals to get ready for the next event. The ceramics were continual heavy lifting and I had to work hard every day between events to get ready for the next one.

Between 1977 and 1992 I had about 18 surgeries including the total knee replacement. I sustained a severe injury to my left knee while working in a coal mine, which was the primary industry in our area.

The heavy lifting required in the ceramic business caused more problems to my body. I had to have bi-lateral shoulder, elbows, and wrist surgeries and I have had three heart attacks with the placement of four stents.

The only income we have is my wife's SSD and workers comp. And it barely covers the basic bills each month and doesn't leave enough to save for anything else.

Trying to cover basic monthly expenses leaves nothing to purchase the necessary equipment needed.

I would need enough to buy the equipment, six months worth of craft fees, licenses, and the product to get us through a few fairs until it starts paying for itself.

I still have all of the contacts for the fairs, art festivals, and other events that my son and I have done over the years, with knowing how it works, and with help I know this would be a successful business opportunity.

As for other equipment needed I already have the canopies, and other items kept from the first craft business I owned.

With the ceramic business we did very well so I know with the amount of fairs I have attended that the donut maker will pay for itself in no time at all.

I hope you can see that I have researched this thoroughly and I know it would be a good investment, I hope you will be able to help me and my family and as soon as possible.

The Lil' Orbits donut maker has many different sizes of express packages. I have been looking at the smallest one the SS800 mini express package for the discount price of $3,595, which makes 800 donuts per hour.

With the package you would be able to make 8,000 donuts in a day, and with your first batch you would make $3,595 selling them at $3 a dozen.

If we could also get the Dippin' Donuts package for $495 we can add 50 to 75 cents a dozen, which would also pay for itself in no time.

The Dippin' Donut package comes with high quality chocolate, vanilla and two of their six fruit-flavored dips and serving trays needed.

Another possibility is the SS1200 mini express package, which makes 1200 donuts per hour. This package is $8,295.

The difference is that the SS1200 automatically turns the donuts and drops them so there's no chance for error. The SS800 has to be turned every 20 seconds, so if you get sidetracked by a customer, there is more of a chance for error.

They're both complete packages with all equipment and supplies needed but with my knowledge of events and food booths, the amount for the small unit would last for approximately a two-day event and the large one a four-day event.

The smaller unit would be fine. I was trying to provide as much information as possible with comparison pricing between the two packages.

I would hope that I could get enough extra to buy more supplies such as mix, oil bags and other items needed to get through at least three to four two-day events. I know after that the machine will be self-sustaining.

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