Starting a Nonprofit Tea Shop/Job training for adults with disabilities-- Need a Tea Supplier

I leading a group of community members, disability service providers, and families with disabled family members in the creation of a nonprofit tea & coffee shop in Davis, CA. One of the primary foci of Mosaic Tea & Coffee (https://www.facebook.com/MosaicTeaAndCoffee) is job training and community building for adults with disabilities. We are looking for recommendations for a Tea Supplier, someone who could offer high quality teas at a discounted rate.

We have a large building that will likely be donated and we will be staffing the shop with volunteers. The only paid employees will be the adults with disabilities and a few managers. So, the intent is not profit, but social good. We’re hoping there’s a company out there whose mission might have a social good slant to it and would be willing to supply us at a discounted rate. We appreciate any recommendations!

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Azzrian said

I commend you for doing this! My daughter is disabled physically and it is difficult for her to find something or some place that understands her needs!
Thank you for being a positive in this world!

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Thanks Azzrian. We’re all excited about this venture. We’re even playing with a “gift economy” model, much like Karma Kitchen (http://vimeo.com/29671761). This is gonna be one heck of a creative ride : )

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52teas said

We would be interested in discussing this with you. Shoot me an email at frank @ 52teas . com. Let me know how much tea you think you are going to need and what your timeline looks like.

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Azzrian said

Yay Frank! :)

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52teas said

I’ve actually been looking over your business plan and pro forma (via your facebook page links) and I would love to offer additional assistance/consultation as both a former tea bar owner and an accountant. This looks like a great project. I would love to see it succeed. Here in Wichita, we have a coffeehouse that was started by a local church. No job training program, but I think it’s still non-profit. It’s called Mead’s Corner. Anyway, yes, definitely send me an email and let me know how I could help.

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WOW!!! Thank you. Thank you. I’m putting my kids to bed right now, but will send an email tomorrow morning. Thanks 52teas.

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52teas said

We are getting ready to do a three day show at the All About Her Expo here in Wichita this weekend, so don’t fret if I don’t get to respond right away, but I will.

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Sounds good! Thanks again!!

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