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andBEYOND Event Studio

An Event Studio for a bustling suburb to have a local taste of BIG City living! Offering curated and events in a dynamic facility.

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Project Description

 I have an amazing opportunity to develop my community in Crofton, MD by providing a NEW and exciting place for events! We want to open the doors in 2021 and will need your help!!!!

&BEYOND Event Studio, LLC is the future of community engagement. Built on the mindset that culture isn’t exclusive to the city. The studio will be set in an industrial backdrop, imagine a space with grit and glam, to celebrate life's infinite possibilities.  

 

Harnessing the desire to have a place to call yours after work, class, a long day, or on the weekend. We pride ourselves on being the ideal location to kick back, network, connect, and mix & mingle with like-minded individuals.

With limited or scattered venue options for “nightlife” and event spaces in Crofton, MD, there is currently nothing available operating under this business structure!

The community will have an ideal location for their personal and professional needs. While also having a private place to host events of their own in an exclusive setting.

There is a market for those of us who are seeking different cultural experiences, niche interests, and non-traditional locations to host our distinctive events, and are looking for a place of our own.

&BEYOND plans to operate as a dedicated space that hosts events AND rents space! Gone are the days of inadequate UBER and Lyft rides from equidistant Washington, D.C, and Baltimore. Gone are the days commuting over 30 minutes for something trendy to do, experiencing the same-ole’ kind of events at one of the restaurants/bars. Let’s create this Dedicated Event Space &Beyond...

Whatever our client's needs are... let &BEYOND champion on the community's behalf to deliver quality events, which turns the idea of traditional upside down, and shakes out the future of community engagement!

What if you could...

Learn to mix a drink with an area bartender?

Speed Date with other Potter fans?

Crush your competition building the dopest LEGO creation?

Make a name for yourself at our video game competitions?

Have a photoshoot with a Drag Queen?

Enjoy a game of “Not Your Nana’s BINGO”?

Pounce around at playtime with your furry friends?

Dominate the city in Scattergories?

Learn a new skill?

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with local singles instead of alone?

I can go on and on because we have a CALENDAR fullllll of opportunities for you to find your next favorite thing, or enjoy it with someone new!

But, we're not just hosted events!

You can have your wedding ceremony and reception here (I’m an Ordained Minister)! Celebrate your baby showers and sprinkles, Mazel Tov to you and yours at a bar/bat mitzvah! Throwdown at your Bachelor(ette) parties, and then some!

 

 

We are trying to raise $5,000!!!

The goal of this campaign is to secure a physical location. Utilizing any additional crowdfunding income to offset the needs of traditional business loans.

Traditional business loans can cripple underrepresented female entrepreneurs. By supporting, sharing, and contributing to this page you assist a young female entrepreneur in having a fighting chance. 

Your support will give us the opportunity to start the process of developing an inclusive space in the suburbs for ALL.

When you support this campaign, you're not only chipping away at our financial goal. You are starting the ripple effect of creating a space for the in-betweeners who aren't quite yet at the stage of adulthood, but for those who are "adulting", and in need of community support when things get hard. A place that feels like at any given moment you'd bump into someone who could help you with that thing you don't quite know how to accomplish alone. I want to create a place that gives you the experience of the city, yet with the warmth of the suburbs. I am creating a place where NO MATTER WHAT, the fact that you are a living breathing human being, you belong.

However, this will just be a dream without your contributions!

This isn’t just for Crofton, with the success of this first location; we can expand our reach and bring the idea of big city living to the suburbs nationally!

So help us get closer to you by contributing too!!!

OPPORTUNITY CHASERS

That's who WE are...

&BEYOND is the brainchild of an experienced Events and Marketing Professional who was tired of the lack of unique spaces to host an event in the area. In an effort to create a space that felt like somewhere she and her friends wanted to hang out or celebrate... & BEYOND was conceived.  

Dedicated to epic events, we ensure the vision for your special occasion becomes a reality. Taking your embers and turning them into flames. 

Our Event Studio offers everything you need to create the stunning occasion you and your guests will always remember.


With over 10 years of special events, project management, and marketing expertise, we're ready to bring your vision to life &BEYOND... 

 

RIKIA C. CEASAR                                           

Owner, Chief Executive Officer
BACHELORS OF ARTS, CORPORATE COMMUNICATION

Skilled in Project Management, Events, and Marketing. Bringing 10+ years of varied professional experience. 

 

 

 

 

JESSIKA BROWN                                             
Honorary Opportunity Chaser

Critical member to the mission of &BEYOND. Providing necessary support for success. Background in excellence, community service, and bringing an unprecedented edge to our team!

[ P.S. <---- That's a backer! She decided to bite the bullet! Wanna be featured here and on our site!? Hop into the Honorary Opportunity Chaser reward option! It looks good on you, oh, and on your resume!]

 

Forecasted Employees



Opportunity Chasers     
Event Staff
 

Covers event logistics, set-up/break down, cleaning, office maintenance, inventory, on-site event services, and other duties as assigned.

 

 

 

The ideal location would be a FLEX use commercial space currently in the partial buildout phase. Boasting an open concept, exposed and vaulted ceilings, with minimal storage, and accessible restroom facilities. 

Think WeWorkTM, the GardenTM, warehouse/industrial complex, and New York Loft space, had a baby, then raised it in a suburban landscape. 

THE VISION...

 

COVID-19 Business Viability

Understanding that this is not an essential service, &BEYOND is conscious of the impact on the success of a venture like this. Planning for the sustainability and longevity during an uncertain time; &BEYOND functioning as a private event facility would still be able to maintain contracted and scheduled event services. The COVID environment wouldn’t change the pricing structure as &BEYOND was already priced competitively and economically for the area.

Following the Anne Arundel County Road to Recovery, Social Gatherings are permissible to 25 people indoors and up to 100 people organized outdoors.
Utilizing protocol and PPE safety measures, &BEYOND can withstand the NEW COVID Economy.

 

Weddings
Event capacity, as seen in similar trending business economies... wedding ceremonies and receptions have been scaled down, but are still being held; couples are moving forward in an effort to not lose all previously invested resources and purchases. Having a facility that is private to the contracted party, ensures that couples are still able to hold their services in one safe location. Drifting us into the Micro-wedding trend! 
 

Meeting spaces

Having a space and location for businesses who needed to have access to office equipment when transitioning to telework, &BEYOND could still rent the facility for 2-4 hour time periods. Sitting in a mask for hours isn’t ideal, so having a functional workspace to conduct business in while being safe, is an organizational qualifier for &BEYOND.

 

scheduled events
Manned at a 25 person, staffing inclusive capacity, events can still maintain, with the appropriate facility, social distancing guidelines, PPE materials, and protocols in place set forth by the Governor of Maryland and County Executive. Offering those who are inching into their new normal, safety while participating in peace of mind breaks from isolated self-quarantines.

 

::CONTRIBUTE::

With your support of this campaign, you empower small businesses, re-energize communities, develop tribes, and fund the efforts to foster an inclusive environment for ALL people.

.:SHARE:.

Move this campaign further and further through the waves of opportunity by spreading the word! Maybe you'll email it to a coworker who just mentioned needing a place for her next birthday party! You might even text it to a friend who loves a good game night, but hasn't found a place that plays their game of choice! Hey, what about posting it to your socials, so that all those faithful followers of yours can see how you put your money where your mouth is! Whatever way you chose, don't let your efforts stop here! It'll take a village! Seriously, check out our The Village webpage to see others who've helped us get here!!!

..DISCUSS..

This isn't just for me! It's for creatives, techies, movie-buffs, visionaries, wallflowers and flies on the wall, in-betweeners, those who have it figured out, and those figuring it out. It's a space for aspiring and seasoned professionals to learn, grow, and network! This is an opportunity for advancement for all people in places and spaces where they aren't always afforded opportunities. It's a classroom, it's a boardroom, it's a ballroom
It's all of that
...

 

Should you want to know more, have some ideas you'd like to discuss (cause it's a community effort!), or want to stay in touch...

Email me at opportunitychaser@andbeyond.events
Check out our BLOG
..:: Follow our ::.. 
Instagram @andbeyond.events 
Twitter @andbeyond_es
Facebook @andbeyond.events

Check out the website for more info!!

Thank you for your time! 

Biyeeee 👋

 

The Campaign FAQs

What are some of the foreseen challenges?

The biggest challenge we may face is finding an ideal location that fits the desired monthly budget. As well, being the ONLY thing like this in the area, it could take time to develop a facility supported clientele. 

How have you considered COVID-19 for this style of business?

The biggest risk and hardest challenges are wanting to open an Event Studio in an uncertain socially distressed environment. 

Shifting the business in a COVID environment, to virtual based platforming, and being exclusively open to intimate private events, wedding ceremonies, and receptions will allow us to maintain the proper safety protocols, delivering quality service to our clients, while still keeping the books full. 

How do you plan on finding a location, What are your intended steps?

Staying tuned into the local commercial real estate market, I receive alerts for upcoming and available properties that should keep us right on track! In the meantime, I am developing relationships with area vendors, residents, and the community as a whole, drumming up enthusiasm for this new offering, knowing once some traction sticks, it's nothing but hard work and strategic planning from there.

 

Nicole Laboy
12/10/2020
Monetary Contribution
$150
Janice Dyson-Ceasar
11/19/2020
Commemoration Station
$100
Monica Christensen
11/11/2020
Backers Choice
$25
Dave Cardinale
11/02/2020
Commemoration Station
$100
11/01/2020
Commemoration Station
$100
10/31/2020
Monetary Contribution
$15
Jessica Brown
10/18/2020
Honorary Opportunity Chaser
$50
10/16/2020
$75 Balloon
$75
Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

2 Supporters
Select this reward
1.00 USD
Support Me!

Thanks for getting me a buck closer to my dream!

You ROCK!

I'll keep you updated with what's going on throughout the WHOLE journey via my BLOG on https://Andbeyond.events. Plus you'll be mentioned as a backer on our Village page!

0 Supporters
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5.00 USD
(9) DIY &BEYOND Stickers

Look what we can do!

One of the fun weeknight events at &BEYOND will be creating your very own DIY Stickers! You, however, can be the proud owner of a 4x6" sheet of EXCLUSIVE branded stickers!

There are (9) total stickers coming your way! 

I'll also keep you updated with what's going on throughout the WHOLE journey via my BLOG on https://Andbeyond.events/read-about-it. Plus you'll be mentioned as a backer on our Village page!

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25.00 USD
Backers Choice

Hey Backer!

You can choose the design/art for the Infinite Possibilities Wall for (1) Month out of the Year! You'll submit your idea w/ a visual and it will be voted on & installed at the studio as an art installation. The photo of the wall will be uploaded to Our Socials w/ tag to the winning backer's page! Submission rules and exclusions will be sent to backers upon successful project completion.

You'll also get all of the perks and rewards valued below this $25 Reward! 

That's right! You'll get rewarded for:

  • (9) DIY Stickers (Total sheet is 4x6")

I'll also keep you updated with what's going on throughout the WHOLE journey via my BLOG on https://Andbeyond.events/read-about-it. Plus you'll be mentioned as a backer on our Village page!

*Photo is just for representation purposes

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1 Supporter
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75.00 USD
$75 Balloon

Well, you guessed it... actually you didn't!

Yes, the balloon is going to cost you $75, but that's not just it! Your name (or name of your choosing) will be written on (1) of the balloons inside of the facility at the Grand Opening Event! Once the event is over, all balloons will be safely deflated and placed on the Infinite Possibilities Wall as a month-long art installation w/ a tag to your social media page.

You'll also get all of the perks and rewards valued below this $75 Reward! 

That's right! You'll get rewarded for:

  • Honorary Opportunity Chaser
  • Backer's Choice
  • (9) DIY Stickers (Total sheet is 4x6")

I'll also keep you updated with what's going on throughout the WHOLE journey via my BLOG on https://Andbeyond.events/read-about-it. Plus you'll be mentioned as a backer on our Village page!

*Photo for representation purposes. Not actual facility.

1 Supporter
Select this reward
100.00 USD
Commemoration Station

Aren't you lovely? Aren't you wonderful?

We think so! Your photo will be printed and showcased FOREVER at the &BEYOND Event Studio! That's right! You, your photo! Submit a photo once the project closes of you and those pearly whites, so EVERYONE who steps foot in OUR place, will see that the contribution from amazing people like YOU made it happen! Photo size will vary based on the total number of backers support, but will NOT be larger than 8x11". The wall will be adorned with a commemorative sign telling the story of how community, funded community!

You'll also get all of the perks and rewards valued below this $100 Reward! 

That's right! You'll get rewarded for:

  • $75 Balloon
  • Honorary Opportunity Chaser
  • Backer's Choice
  • (9) DIY Stickers (Total sheet is 4x6")

I'll also keep you updated with what's going on throughout the WHOLE journey via my BLOG on https://Andbeyond.events/read-about-it. Plus you'll be mentioned as a backer on our Village page!

*Photo for representation purposes. Not actual facility.

3 Supporters
Select this reward
1,000.00 USD
Will you get Married here?

Seriously, get married at &BEYOND for just $1,000.

This will include our 6 Hour Facility Rental Fee, Tech Packages, Table covers, place settings, chairs, tables, minor decorations, and ME as your Officiant (I am actually Ordained!) For commuters within 0-50 Miles from Crofton, MD. More than 50 Miles away? All additional expenses are at the sole responsibility of the backer. &BEYOND assumes no responsibility for accommodations made outside of Event Studio.

You'll also get all of the perks and rewards valued below this $1,000 Reward! 

That's right! You'll get rewarded for:

  • Commemoration Station
  • $75 Balloon
  • Honorary Opportunity Chaser
  • Backer's Choice
  • (9) DIY Stickers (Total sheet is 4x6")

I'll also keep you updated with what's going on throughout the WHOLE journey via my BLOG on https://Andbeyond.events/read-about-it. Plus you'll be mentioned as a backer on our Village page!

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0 Supporters
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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

2 Supporters
Select this reward
1.00 USD
Support Me!

Thanks for getting me a buck closer to my dream!

You ROCK!

I'll keep you updated with what's going on throughout the WHOLE journey via my BLOG on https://Andbeyond.events. Plus you'll be mentioned as a backer on our Village page!

0 Supporters
Select this reward
5.00 USD
(9) DIY &BEYOND Stickers

Look what we can do!

One of the fun weeknight events at &BEYOND will be creating your very own DIY Stickers! You, however, can be the proud owner of a 4x6" sheet of EXCLUSIVE branded stickers!

There are (9) total stickers coming your way! 

I'll also keep you updated with what's going on throughout the WHOLE journey via my BLOG on https://Andbeyond.events/read-about-it. Plus you'll be mentioned as a backer on our Village page!

100 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
25.00 USD
Backers Choice

Hey Backer!

You can choose the design/art for the Infinite Possibilities Wall for (1) Month out of the Year! You'll submit your idea w/ a visual and it will be voted on & installed at the studio as an art installation. The photo of the wall will be uploaded to Our Socials w/ tag to the winning backer's page! Submission rules and exclusions will be sent to backers upon successful project completion.

You'll also get all of the perks and rewards valued below this $25 Reward! 

That's right! You'll get rewarded for:

  • (9) DIY Stickers (Total sheet is 4x6")

I'll also keep you updated with what's going on throughout the WHOLE journey via my BLOG on https://Andbeyond.events/read-about-it. Plus you'll be mentioned as a backer on our Village page!

*Photo is just for representation purposes

99 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
75.00 USD
$75 Balloon

Well, you guessed it... actually you didn't!

Yes, the balloon is going to cost you $75, but that's not just it! Your name (or name of your choosing) will be written on (1) of the balloons inside of the facility at the Grand Opening Event! Once the event is over, all balloons will be safely deflated and placed on the Infinite Possibilities Wall as a month-long art installation w/ a tag to your social media page.

You'll also get all of the perks and rewards valued below this $75 Reward! 

That's right! You'll get rewarded for:

  • Honorary Opportunity Chaser
  • Backer's Choice
  • (9) DIY Stickers (Total sheet is 4x6")

I'll also keep you updated with what's going on throughout the WHOLE journey via my BLOG on https://Andbeyond.events/read-about-it. Plus you'll be mentioned as a backer on our Village page!

*Photo for representation purposes. Not actual facility.

1 Supporter
Select this reward
100.00 USD
Commemoration Station

Aren't you lovely? Aren't you wonderful?

We think so! Your photo will be printed and showcased FOREVER at the &BEYOND Event Studio! That's right! You, your photo! Submit a photo once the project closes of you and those pearly whites, so EVERYONE who steps foot in OUR place, will see that the contribution from amazing people like YOU made it happen! Photo size will vary based on the total number of backers support, but will NOT be larger than 8x11". The wall will be adorned with a commemorative sign telling the story of how community, funded community!

You'll also get all of the perks and rewards valued below this $100 Reward! 

That's right! You'll get rewarded for:

  • $75 Balloon
  • Honorary Opportunity Chaser
  • Backer's Choice
  • (9) DIY Stickers (Total sheet is 4x6")

I'll also keep you updated with what's going on throughout the WHOLE journey via my BLOG on https://Andbeyond.events/read-about-it. Plus you'll be mentioned as a backer on our Village page!

*Photo for representation purposes. Not actual facility.

3 Supporters
Select this reward
1,000.00 USD
Will you get Married here?

Seriously, get married at &BEYOND for just $1,000.

This will include our 6 Hour Facility Rental Fee, Tech Packages, Table covers, place settings, chairs, tables, minor decorations, and ME as your Officiant (I am actually Ordained!) For commuters within 0-50 Miles from Crofton, MD. More than 50 Miles away? All additional expenses are at the sole responsibility of the backer. &BEYOND assumes no responsibility for accommodations made outside of Event Studio.

You'll also get all of the perks and rewards valued below this $1,000 Reward! 

That's right! You'll get rewarded for:

  • Commemoration Station
  • $75 Balloon
  • Honorary Opportunity Chaser
  • Backer's Choice
  • (9) DIY Stickers (Total sheet is 4x6")

I'll also keep you updated with what's going on throughout the WHOLE journey via my BLOG on https://Andbeyond.events/read-about-it. Plus you'll be mentioned as a backer on our Village page!

10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward