Tiramisu Paperie: Paper Goods That Lift You Up

Sass+Spunk=Tiramisu Paperie, a Collection of Paper Goods with Attitude! Employing those with Special Needs to give them a chance at success!

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Project Description

The Method to our Madness

 Founded in Nashville, Tennessee in the Spring of 2014, Tiramisu Paperie is a destination for those wanting a curated mix of paper goods that reflect their personal sense of humor. In 2012, I lost the two women who raised me–my mother and my

grandmother– those losses were a huge blow to my heart. Cards poured in telling me how sorry people were and that “God didn’t give me what I couldn’t handle”. I was over it! I wanted someone to tell me, “to hell with cancer”, “you should be pissed”, “punch someone” or even “yell at the mailman for no reason”. I needed a lift in my spirits and well, I didn’t see any cards that did that. As a result, I just cried even more.

Because of this loss, I became humbled and realize time is precious and those you care about need cards that express honest, raw emotion. Your friends and family love you because you are that way—direct, bold, funny, awkward and honest- so why not give them a card like that to lift their spirits? Makes sense right?!?

Tiramisu Paperie was developed specifically for those raw moments and to lift those who are just having a crappy day. In Italian, Tiramisu means “a little pick me up” which is exactly what our brand is about. Whether it be a card, a pillow or even a pencil, someone will smile when they receive one of our products, and then tell you, "this is exactly what I needed".

Since starting this company, I have decided to include my child in this journey to hopefully give him a future for when I am gone.

At three years old he was diagnosed as PDD-NOS, which means he is autism spectrum. Then at nine years old he was classified also as bipolar. Once this information was delivered to me I knew I had to help shape his future in a different manner than parents of a typical child; "Who will be there for him as an adult?", help him daily with simple things like his medicine and even tying his shoe?

Tiramisu Paperie will allow him to gain a sense of purpose and financial freedom as an adult. There are not many options past high school for children like him and planning for this now will make things easier. He will be helping me sort, pack and ship out orders as well as serving as my inspiration for new ideas.

As a parent of a special needs child you have to have a sense of humor or you will get yourself in a dark place due to guilt. Tiramisu Paperie allows me to laugh and not worry about the small stuff, because in the end it’s all trivial and we need to "let that shit go" . Tell friends that you love them, or give your sister a card reminding her she is “your favorite pain in the ass”. Because in the end you don’t know what curve ball life is throwing you and you are going to need a good ol’ fashioned pick me up.

When my son graduates high school, he will join the other 85% of those with special needs who will be unemployed. That number is outrageous. People with special needs also have extremely special talents, amazing personalities and a loyalty that melts your heart. As a parent you want your child to be successful, but when there are limited opportunities you have two options: be sad or make a path for them. Guess what option we are taking?

We desire to grow this business to employ those with special needs and allow them to flourish alongside peers who will help them gain confidence as we help them become financially independent. The funds that are raised through the campaign can start this process of not only growing the business but also starting a movement. Tiramisu Paperie will help build awareness in the community and hopefully start a new movement with small businesses. Having funds for this will help us secure a space so we can hire those with special needs. It will also assist us in hiring others that can help these employees model proper work environment behaviors as well as social behaviors via peer-to-peer modeling.  For more information on the peer to peer process, see the FAQs section above.

ADDITIONAL READING
http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2016/11/27/real-talk-greeting-cards/94522918/

 

Updates

The Project FAQs

Employing those with special needs is a risk but with the funding we receive we can hire Peer Models who can work side by side to help them TIRAMISUPAPERIE_THANKYOUANDSHITstay focused and provide support. These employees are specially trained and would be sourced via community programs such as Best Buddies and ARC.  Did you know a company gains an advantage by being able "to reach, engage, and cater to this growing subset of the population of those with special needs"? The family and friends of those with special needs and/or disabilities hold an estimated "$269 billion in buying power, and consumers in general (87 percent) prefer organizations that employ those with disabilities." (http://bit.ly/2hkk9Op)

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Hiring people with disabilities increases workforce morale. Many employers report that teamwork and morale improves when disabled workers become part of the staff.
  • People with disabilities make good, dependable employees. Employers of disabled workers consistently report that, as a group, people with disabilities perform on par or better than their non-disabled peers on measures such as productivity, safety and attendance.
  • People with disabilities are more likely to stay on the job. The costs of job turnover, such as lost productivity and expenses related to recruitment and training, are well known to most employers.
  • According to a University of Massachusetts survey, 92% of the American public view companies that hire people with disabilities more favorably than those that do not.
    http://www.businessanddisability.org/images/pdf/factsheets/ilodisabilityfactsheets_why_hire.pdf

We are aware that there can be good days and bad days with those with special needs, and are prepared for that. It's life and they need to know that they can get support outside of their inner circle of family and friends. Employment for them will be a confidence boost and a way togrow their social skills as well.

WHAT THE FUNDS WILL PROVIDE

  • A space to work from
  • Hiring of a bookkeeper
  • Hiring of 2 employees
  • Development of new product
  • Attending gift and stationery trade shows to increase employee skill and knowledge

OUR FUTURE GOAL

Within the next few years we want to be able to have our own space for retail and for wholesale. This brick and mortar would carry not only our products but those that have a social purpose, as well as products made in the USA. (Kinda a big deal to us.) As we grow this business we want those on the journey to actually be 110% behind what we are doing for those with special needs and for those who needs a little lift in their spirits.

Has reading more about our concept lifted YOUR spirits??!?  If so, join us via the campaign options listed.  Every little bit will go a long way in helping our dream become a reality.

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02/03/2017
Monetary Contribution With No Reward
$2
02/03/2017
(Early Bird Special) Discounted Gift Card ($100 value)
$110
02/03/2017
Quarterly Stationary
$75
02/03/2017
Quarterly Stationary
$75
02/04/2017
Chin Up and Tits Out People!
$20
02/04/2017
Monetary Contribution With No Reward
$200
02/04/2017
Monetary Contribution With No Reward
$500
02/04/2017
Carpe This Stationary
$30
02/05/2017
Quarterly Stationary
$45
02/05/2017
Quarterly Stationary
$45
Monetary Contribution With No Reward

Just Because I Care

80 Supporters
Contribute
$12
A Little Card Surprise

A set of 3 of our best selling cards along with a hand written thank you for your contribution.Price includes shipping. (Retails for $12) Est. Delivery Date June 2017

13 Supporters
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$20
A shout out on social media or our website

Thanks for donating to our campaign! When the campaign is over, we'll give you a shout-out on social media and/or our website! Est. Delivery Date June 2017

3 Supporters
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$30
Carpe This Stationary

This is great for those who are obsessed with paper and office supplies. I mean who isn't? This reward contains a Carpe The Hell Out of This Diem notepad, Carpe The Hell Out of This Diem set of 6 pencils and a Carpe The Hell Out of This Diem Gold Foiled card.Price includes shipping. Est. Delivery Date June 2017

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9 Supporters
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$45
Quarterly Stationary

Receive our stationery once a quarter to your mail box for a year! This is the perfect gift for the paper obsessed in your life-YOU! Every 3 months you will receive a few paper surprises for your stationery collection. Stationary sets will be mailed on the 15th of every month.Price includes shipping. (retails $48). Est. Delivery Date June 2017

21 Supporters
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$75
(Early Bird Special) Discounted Gift Card ($100 value)

You will receive a gift card for $100 to use in our shop or to give as a gift to a paper obsessed friend so they can use it. Limited to the first 20 people who donate! Est. Delivery Date June 2017

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2 Supporters
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$80
Discounted gift card ($100 value)

You will receive a gift card for $100 to use in our shop or to give as a gift to a paper obsessed friend so they can use it. Price includes shipping. Est. Delivery Date June 2017

1 Supporter
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$110
A Year of Stationery for the Paper Obsesse

Receive our stationery once a month to your mail box for a year! This is the perfect gift for the paper obsessed in your life-YOU! Each month you will receive a few paper surprises for your stationery collection. Stationery sets will be mailed on the 15th of every month. Price includes shipping. (retails $120). Est. Delivery Date June 2017

15 Supporters
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$220
Chin Up and Tits Out People!

Oh some days we need to own it and being a boss lady, I have to remind myself that I need to put my CHIN UP & TITS OUT! This package includes our 3 Chin Up Tits Out notepad, 2 pencil set, 3 notecards, 2 mugs, 18" by 24" poster and TSHIRT. Price includes shipping. Est. Delivery Date June 2017

1 Supporter
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$530
The Stationery Stockpile

You will get a good supply of our paper good so you are never without a card! 100 A2 notecards, 1 set of our Assorted Pencils, a set of Asshole Receipts, a set of our You're Awesome Receipts, a set of custom WITH LOVE notecards, 1 large notepad, 1 skinny notepad and 50 of our 3" mini notecards. Price includes shipping. Est. Delivery Date June 2017

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0 Supporters
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$1,100
All That's Missing Is The Kitchen Sink

You Will Get A Good Supply Of Our Paper Good So You Are Never Without A Card! 100 A2 Notecards, 14 Sets Of Our Assorted Pencils, A Set Of Asshole Receipts, A Set Of Our You're Awesome Receipts, A Set Of Tooth Fairy Receipts, A Set Of Santa Claus Receipts, A Set Of Custom WITH LOVE Notecards, 8 Large Notepads, 10 Skinny Notepads, 50 of our 3" mini notecards. Price includes shipping. Est. Delivery Date June 2017

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0 Supporters
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$1,100
All That's Missing Is The Kitchen Sink

You Will Get A Good Supply Of Our Paper Good So You Are Never Without A Card! 100 A2 Notecards, 14 Sets Of Our Assorted Pencils, A Set Of Asshole Receipts, A Set Of Our You're Awesome Receipts, A Set Of Tooth Fairy Receipts, A Set Of Santa Claus Receipts, A Set Of Custom WITH LOVE Notecards, 8 Large Notepads, 10 Skinny Notepads, 50 Of Our 3" mini notecards. Shipping is included in price.

Est. Delivery Date is June 2017.

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution With No Reward

Just Because I Care

80 Supporters
Contribute
$12
A Little Card Surprise

A set of 3 of our best selling cards along with a hand written thank you for your contribution.Price includes shipping. (Retails for $12) Est. Delivery Date June 2017

13 Supporters
Select this reward
$20
A shout out on social media or our website

Thanks for donating to our campaign! When the campaign is over, we'll give you a shout-out on social media and/or our website! Est. Delivery Date June 2017

3 Supporters
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$30
Carpe This Stationary

This is great for those who are obsessed with paper and office supplies. I mean who isn't? This reward contains a Carpe The Hell Out of This Diem notepad, Carpe The Hell Out of This Diem set of 6 pencils and a Carpe The Hell Out of This Diem Gold Foiled card.Price includes shipping. Est. Delivery Date June 2017

91 Left
9 Supporters
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$45
Quarterly Stationary

Receive our stationery once a quarter to your mail box for a year! This is the perfect gift for the paper obsessed in your life-YOU! Every 3 months you will receive a few paper surprises for your stationery collection. Stationary sets will be mailed on the 15th of every month.Price includes shipping. (retails $48). Est. Delivery Date June 2017

21 Supporters
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$75
(Early Bird Special) Discounted Gift Card ($100 value)

You will receive a gift card for $100 to use in our shop or to give as a gift to a paper obsessed friend so they can use it. Limited to the first 20 people who donate! Est. Delivery Date June 2017

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2 Supporters
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$80
Discounted gift card ($100 value)

You will receive a gift card for $100 to use in our shop or to give as a gift to a paper obsessed friend so they can use it. Price includes shipping. Est. Delivery Date June 2017

1 Supporter
Select this reward
$110
A Year of Stationery for the Paper Obsesse

Receive our stationery once a month to your mail box for a year! This is the perfect gift for the paper obsessed in your life-YOU! Each month you will receive a few paper surprises for your stationery collection. Stationery sets will be mailed on the 15th of every month. Price includes shipping. (retails $120). Est. Delivery Date June 2017

15 Supporters
Select this reward
$220
Chin Up and Tits Out People!

Oh some days we need to own it and being a boss lady, I have to remind myself that I need to put my CHIN UP & TITS OUT! This package includes our 3 Chin Up Tits Out notepad, 2 pencil set, 3 notecards, 2 mugs, 18" by 24" poster and TSHIRT. Price includes shipping. Est. Delivery Date June 2017

1 Supporter
Select this reward
$530
The Stationery Stockpile

You will get a good supply of our paper good so you are never without a card! 100 A2 notecards, 1 set of our Assorted Pencils, a set of Asshole Receipts, a set of our You're Awesome Receipts, a set of custom WITH LOVE notecards, 1 large notepad, 1 skinny notepad and 50 of our 3" mini notecards. Price includes shipping. Est. Delivery Date June 2017

10 Left
0 Supporters
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$1,100
All That's Missing Is The Kitchen Sink

You Will Get A Good Supply Of Our Paper Good So You Are Never Without A Card! 100 A2 Notecards, 14 Sets Of Our Assorted Pencils, A Set Of Asshole Receipts, A Set Of Our You're Awesome Receipts, A Set Of Tooth Fairy Receipts, A Set Of Santa Claus Receipts, A Set Of Custom WITH LOVE Notecards, 8 Large Notepads, 10 Skinny Notepads, 50 of our 3" mini notecards. Price includes shipping. Est. Delivery Date June 2017

10 Left
0 Supporters
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$1,100
All That's Missing Is The Kitchen Sink

You Will Get A Good Supply Of Our Paper Good So You Are Never Without A Card! 100 A2 Notecards, 14 Sets Of Our Assorted Pencils, A Set Of Asshole Receipts, A Set Of Our You're Awesome Receipts, A Set Of Tooth Fairy Receipts, A Set Of Santa Claus Receipts, A Set Of Custom WITH LOVE Notecards, 8 Large Notepads, 10 Skinny Notepads, 50 Of Our 3" mini notecards. Shipping is included in price.

Est. Delivery Date is June 2017.

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