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Bipolar Disorder Disabled Grandpa Seeks Grant Help For Gourmet Cook Biz Opp

by Tim
(Polk, Ohio, USA)

I am a 50-year-old grandpa of three GREAT grandkids. My wife and I have been married for 30 years. We have always struggled to make ends meet.

We have three sons, the oldest is a Iraq war vet and was wounded in action, the second son is now on his third tour of active duty in the Army and our third son took the same hard road as us and had kids early in life.

After raising three sons, I worked three jobs and my wife worked a full-time job for years. The stress really got to both of us.

In 2004, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, depression and other things that made it real hard to function.

I did not want to give up and kept up with everything until 2006 when the physical symptoms were just too much to deal with.

My wife also was injured at work and now she is unable to use both arms because of carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis and tendonitis. I was granted SSI but she was denied.

Since neither of us can work, we have been living off of my small SSI check and it has not been easy.

I have my insurance through Medicare but that does not pay much of the bills. She is totally uninsured so if she needs medical attention we have to pay the full bill.

Unfortunately we can't afford life insurance so if anything happens to either one of us we are in deep trouble.

Right now we only survive on SSI and we try to sell things online. We do not seek donations or anything free. I guess that is our upbringing that makes it real hard for us to do that.

We want to earn anything we get and just want the opportunity to do that.

We are looking for a loan/grant or some way to start a business. I have a business background and we both are gourmet chefs.

We have the building to do this but not the money to make physical changes to it and satisfy all the health codes.

We would like to offer specialty gourmet foods that is not available anywhere. We would have little or no competition and the profit margins are very attractive.

If we could find an investor, grant or even a loan to start this, I would be willing to pay interest, put the equity in my house up or give a share of the company.

Our goal is simple, not to get rich but to be able to buy life insurance and give her a business to run if something should ever happen to me.

Profit margins run 50% on lower priced items and more for higher dollar items and I have been assured by one of the top 10 chefs in the US, that my ideas would go big if we pursued them.

If anybody is interested, please contact us through your comments here.

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Mar 25, 2012
Thank You
by: Tim

Thank you so much for your advice Don. I have completed the first of the two tasks and will get right on building a Facebook page. You have no idea how much this means to us. It gives us a glimmer of hope when we thought that was gone.


Mar 25, 2012
Alternative Approach
by: Don from Accessible.org

Look at www.ability-mission.org/bizsponsor for the possibility of an online business approach. It would at least help you determine the market and how best to approach it. (There is no cost, except for your own time, as long as your application is accepted.)

Whether you got a sponsorship or not, it would help if you started a little blog, supported by a Facebook page, (again, no cost except for your time) to publicize your gourmet cook abilities.

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