For those of you curious about what we've been up to over the last few months, here you go:
The Kickstarter reward fulfillment process is almost done. (We are close to fulfilling nearly 1,000 orders!) Only those who have not responded to our follow up survey are missing. We hope to hear from those of you who have not received your rewards yet soon. We have plenty of product laid aside for you!
If you have any questions regarding the status of your reward, drop us a line! We thank you for your patience as we work diligently to get your rewards to you as soon as possible. Thank you again! None of this would have been possible without you!
We moved our shop to a brighter, bigger location, with better, safer tools. Giving ourselves and our employees some much-needed elbow room, with a particular emphasis on maximizing employee safety.
Sun Cedar has fulfilled more than 700 orders since the Kickstarter success, and we are well on our way to the 1,000 mark.
We've even added a new product! Our hand made, cedar clothes hangers are the best on the market. Lovingly made and practically unbreakable, your most treasured clothing items will last the longest and smell the freshest on a Sun Cedar hanger.
We've geared up for the holiday season with a surplus of more than 2,000 trees and continue making more every day, including a new tree profile to be unveiled in advance of our big holiday push! We know many of you are planning to give our socially equitable Sun Cedar products as gifts this year to loved ones and co-workers. We're ready to make your holiday shopping easy and fulfilling.
During 2015, we have been able to employ people for a whopping total of nearly 2,000 hours. This has had a huge impact on our employees’ lives.
We've assisted in housing 75 percent of all of the folks hired since Sun Cedar started business in 2014. Including one veteran and two mothers.
50 percent of our employees have been successfully placed in new jobs at other businesses.
Our star employee has worked enough to have paid off all of his outstanding fines, complete probation and has been accepted into a local university.
As a result of our successful campaign, Sun Cedar has made some great strides organizationally- We are proud to welcome three outstanding new voices to our organization::
- Former State Senator and philanthropist, Wint Winter, is the owner of a local small business called Banking Unusual. Wint has years of experience working on making our world a better place, and defying the status-quo in his approach to local politics and organizational management.
-Radio personality and director of marketing for People’s Bank, Warner Lewis, is a great supporter of the arts and a valuable voice in our board meetings as Sun Cedar grows.
-Executive Director of the Small Business Development Center at the University of Kansas, Will Katz, has been an asset from the inception of Sun Cedar. Will helped Shine write our business plan and visualize outcomes which keep Sun Cedar small, streamlined and simple, while allowing us to grow and expand into the market as a well organized entity.
We have retained a business accountant and entered into a fiscal sponsorship with the local 501(c)3 organization, 'Percolator,' while we continue to pursue our own federal status. This means we can now accept donations that provide all continuing and future donors with an EIN number for tax deductible write offs. This is great news for us and you!
Our upcoming goals for the next months and beyond:
Epilog Zing - $8.5 k. Zia is looking at getting this prototyping laser/engraver for a 30% discount – -Our Kickstarter stretch goal of acquiring a laser engraver which will open up the huge niche of corporate gifts and boutique logos.
A new space - Sun Cedar wants to be able to expand into a better, more comfortable space, allowing administrative offices/shipping area to be in the same facility as the shop, along with a break/training room. This area would allow us to provide various wrap around services to further assist our employees.
Operating Capital - We need to expand our administrative staff. Right now, Shine is still volunteering his time. Every person involved in the administration of Sun Cedar is...
With a better budget to work with, Shine can add a Sales Rep, full time Assistant and Webmaster to our staff. These crucial positions will allow for Sun Cedars' growth via wholesale accounts and freeing Shine to run the shop, expand our product line and focus on media.
Thank you, from all of us here at Sun Cedar.