Having the gift of gab is just one of Sunshine’s many talents. She also a military brat, graphic designer, Steppin instructor, and now add to that, candle maker. As a former writer for ChiStepper.com, I’ve watched her go hard in the paint for 10 straight years, but her dedication to her now company “Candle Sharks” is unparalleled. She’s on the verge of taking her company to the Oscar’s and ChiStepper chatted with her to get the full scoop.
Sunshine, give us the scoop on the Candle Sharks Oscar’s Opportunity.
Candle Sharks was selected as one of 40 companies from across the world to be a featured company in the celebrity gift suite at the Oscars’ Red Carpet celebration, Saturday Feb., 27, 2017. This ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY means so much to the branding of Candle Sharks. It will offer instant exposure that I would not otherwise get; A chance to meet potential investors and celebrity sponsors to help Candle Sharks go to the next level. But most importantly it will allow me to create jobs for the youth, as well as open the doors for other small black own businesses to have the same opportunity to be a part of this event so they [can] go to the next level as well. My heart’s desire is to use this as a way to give back to my community and motivate others to follow their dreams.
I saw that you reached out to your fellow comrades in the Steppin community to help support the dream. What is the ask?
Candle Sharks needs help raising $8000 in financial assistance to cover the large participation fee (due Jan 10th) and help buy branding supplies and inventory to fill “Swag Bags” with my handcrafted candles and handmade all natural bath and body products to give to the hundreds of celebrities and potential investors that will be in the VIP Gift Suite. This type of exposure is important to my company and will open doors for major growth.
What kind of donation are you looking for?
A donation of just $10 will make it possible for the only black-owned small business to be selected to be a part of this event at the Oscars. I appreciate anything anyone can give. No amount is too small and sharing the info on Facebook to get the word out would also help tremendously.
Well there you have it Steppers. Helping Candle Sharks go to the Oscars is only $10 and she’s already over a quarter of the way there. The registration date is coming quickly though, so if you can help, do it soon!