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Trouvaille LLC

Immersive global travel and exquisite experiences; Trouvaille ~ a lucky find, for you!
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$2,200,000

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$27,700

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16

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80% Discount Rate
20% Revenue Participation
4X Repayment Multiple

Pitch

Who are we

The Trouvaille Vision. Trouvaille's vision is to connect people; to bring people together to better understand, experience, and appreciate the amazing diversity of the peoples, cultures, histories, and natural environments of our planet. We are a small group travel hosting company that is dedicated to transforming the travel industry through meaningful and immersive travel experiences. With our focus on small group travel led by expert hosts, Trouvaille Travelers experience the culture, the history, the natural beauty, the cuisine, and the authentic “vibe” of each destination.

 

The Trouvaille Mission. Trouvaille ultimately exists to help people to travel better and more easily, to help people learn about their world through travel, and to help more people to make travel a part of their lives. We believe that travel expands minds, opens hearts, and adds to our collective quality of life.

 

Trouvaille Values. Trouvaille values the basic integrity and decency of all people from all cultures and all walks of life, we value open and respectful communication and discussion, we value personal discovery as a way to learn and grow as an individual, we respect our collective similarities and differences, and we value sustainability and the wise use of resources on our planet.

 

Trouvaille ~ We are a lucky travel find, for you!

 

 

 

 

Our Pitch Deck

(also available as a PDF download in documents section)

 

 

Problem

Let’s face it. Travel is hard. It takes planning. It takes effort. It takes time. It takes money. There are many reasons that people don’t travel today and those reasons range from fear of the unknown and language barriers to not enough time or lack of money. Travel also becomes more difficult as we get older and the mind might be willing, but the body not as much.

 

Also, and in a much different way, we are living in a paradox. We are more connected today than ever before in the history of humanity, but we are also more disconnected from our neighbors and communities than ever before. We keep our faces down looking at our phones, we hear the messages and images that appeal to us, but we sometimes forget to look up, look around, and to learn … by doing. 

 

So, ultimately, we have many barriers that prevent us from thinking about traveling, let alone actually trying to travel. The problem of barriers to travel is what we want to overcome, be they of the mind, of the body, or some external impediment.

Solution

Trouvaille aims to make travel more meaningful and less stressful by offering travel options, destinations, and services that are as comprehensive and as all-inclusive as possible. We provide signature Trouvaille travel experiences that are local and global – from locations around the U.S. to around the world. Our experiences are expansive and range from one day to 10 days in length. We also provide the greatest flexibility possible when offering our specially curated travel experiences. Last, but certainly not least, we care about our travelers and we are committed to the very best in customer service all the time. Providing superior service is not just a slogan, it’s a living principle.

 

In addition, the diversity of our services includes serving businesses as well as consumers, but with the same goal of connecting people to their world. We are dedicated to providing turnkey, full-service solutions to provide companies with seamless travel solutions that allow their employees to focus on their task – work or play – and their company mission. It’s a synergistic, mutually beneficial, community-oriented focus where we are all working as a team to help everyone reach their full personal and professional potential.  

Achievement & Traction

The Trouvaille Team is working tirelessly to fulfill its primary objective to become the preeminent experiential travel solution in the world! As of March 1, 2018, Trouvaille has achieved the following:

 

  1. We have developed and refined our business model, which features scalability, a focus on personalized services, and creating three revenue streams that include: 1) Trouvaille's signature travel experiences in the U.S. and around the world, 2) our B2B efforts to offer turnkey group travel and planning solutions to companies and corporations, and 3) our ability to create custom travel solutions for individuals, families, non-profits, and other small groups.
  2. Our website has been recently redesigned (January 2019: https://www.trouvailletravel.org), which now features a big, bold, visual presence while retaining our focus on personalized service, exciting and unique travel experiences, and our long-term efforts to expand access to travel for everyone.
  3. We validated our operational methodology and approach, as well as our trip costing and expense estimates, during trips with our successful south Caribbean sail (August 2018) and Napa Valley trips (November 2018). 
  4. We are working to develop our permanent home in the Tucson/Oro Valley area of southern Arizona. Trouvaille is how a member of the Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce, Local First Arizona (https://directory.localfirstaz.com/listing/trouvaille-llc.html), and Business Networking International (https://bniarizonasouth.com/en-US/chapterdetail?chapterId=9xU%2BjP5%2BZDWTb1WXDgEhAg%3D%3D&name=BNI%20Sunrise%20Success). Integrating into the Tucson business community is an ongoing activity and we are making substantial progress with our efforts.
  5. We are offering a full line of 10 signature Trouvaille travel experiences in 2019 that can be found at https://www.trouvailletravel.org/destinations. Most of our travel experiences will be offered annually.
  6. We are beginning a dedicated Google Ads campaign in February 2019 to successfully deliver the Trouvaille brand and message to our primary demographic, which includes individuals and couples aged 40 and older, with a strong preference towards women.
  7. Our social media presence is growing and has become more consistent with regular activity on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and YouTube. 
  8. Our 2019 goals including: 1) opening a commercial office in the Oro Valley/Catalina area (we have a very attractive offer that we would like to pursue ASAP), 2) successfully conducting as many of our travel experiences as possible, 3) achieving a consistent and steady revenue stream, and 4) obtaining the resources necessary for both the commercial space and the commencement of TV advertising.

 

Market

The demographic market segments that Trouvaille is prioritizing includes: 1) the active (and notably female) senior travelers (40-70 years old), 2) the upscale traveler + family, and 3) the younger Millennial traveler seeking greater off-the-beaten-path experiences. 

 

From initial advertising that Trouvaille has conducted through Tucson.com/Arizona Daily Star (see below) and Facebook, we have significant data that shows Trouvaille strongly appeals to the active senior traveler demographic. 

 

More broadly, and based on data from the National Travel and Tourism Office, U.S. citizen travel out of the country increased by 8% in 2016 and shows continued robustness. In addition, top destinations in the U.S. include New York, Hawaii, Napa Valley, and South Beach. Couple these data with generally high interest in experiential travel, we can tap into this concern by providing unique trips, responsive customer support, value-added services, and assistance that will ensure that Trouvaille Travelers receive the highest quality experiences and service in the industry.

 

Competition

The travel industry includes competitors that focus on experiential travel, all-inclusive travel, global travel, or any combination of these components. Our direct competitors include those companies that perform all three activities in a coordinated manner. Examples of these companies include Ker & Downey (kerdowney.com), Backroads (www.backroads.com), GeoEx (www.geoex.com), and G Adventures (www.gadventures.com). These companies have somewhat different areas of focus and prices, which include the types of travel experiences that they offer (group trips, custom trips, epic hikes, luxury travel, etc.), but all of them offer experiences around the world and to a large number of sites.

 

Trouvaille is unique from these companies by offering local day trip experiences, by creating trip itineraries that truly are unique and different compared to the competition, while also devising unique travel incentives and promotions to attract travelers to the Trouvaille brand. 

Business Model

Trouvaille has developed a scalable, flexible business model that will allow the company to achieve its overall mission, establish multiple revenue streams, and grow consistently into a mature, responsive, and successful travel company. This approach will help Trouvaille to achieve its primary goal, which is to become the first nationally-known small group travel company in the United States.

Our three revenue streams, two of which are already developed, include:

  1. Trouvaille Signature Trips. Annual, hosted, small group travel experiences in the U.S. and around the world. Trouvaille is known for its focus on small group travel with expert hosts and immersive itineraries – all designed to give travelers the most positive, impactful experience possible. Trouvaille currently offers 10 signature trips in 2019 that will become annual offerings. The company is also investigating the addition of other travel destinations that include Cuba, Barbados, Germany, and Africa. In addition, Trouvaille offers and conducts day trips in the New York City and Tucson, Arizona, areas, which makes Trouvaille unique in the small group travel market.

    Trouvaille has validated its trip operational and costing methodologies by successfully completing travel experiences to the south Caribbean (August 2018) and to Napa Valley (November 2018). This experience gives us confidence that we provide a valuable service that can be very profitable.
  1. Custom Trip Planning and Development. Trouvaille also offers consumer services that include: a) group trip planning to any location in the world, b) group trip planning and hosting to any location in the world. Trouvaille has the skills, ability, and knowledge to plan meaningful travel experiences to destinations that match the needs of the client. We offer a turnkey, full-service solution so groups can focus on their travels and not worry about the logistics. Trouvaille has begun taking clients to fulfill this type of service.
  1. Business-to-Business Travel. Trouvaille offers beginning-to-end group planning solutions for companies that need assistance for group travel events. From corporate retreats to employee vacations, Trouvaille is available to offer a full-service solution to help companies with all of their travel needs. We will work closely with corporate staff to define the travel parameters and wants, followed by execution until completion and full client satisfaction. 

This approach will ultimately produce a three-pronged revenue stream that will provide Trouvaille with the resources, flexibility, and resiliency to succeed in today’s competitive travel market.

 

Team

Paul S. Hardersen, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Founding Partner. Dr. Hardersen is an experienced traveler who has spanned the globe through the course of his life thus far. Whether it be throughout the U.S., the ~35 trips to Hawaii, or internationally to a variety of European countries (England, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Romania), the Middle East (Israel, Jordan), Asia (Singapore), Mexico, and the Caribbean, Dr. Hardersen has the travel savvy and business sense to lead Trouvaille. With additional careers in science and education, and now travel, Dr. Hardersen is combining all three areas to best leverage Trouvaille's focus, activities, and growth. As a university professor, Dr. Hardersen earned a university-level professional teaching award lin 2013 from the University of North Dakota. He is also an active planetary scientist whom regularly publishes world-class scientific research with an emphasis on main-belt asteroids, their compositions, and the information they can tell us about the early solar system. Dr. Hardersen is also a well-known foodie with a foodie trademark and blog (Astrofoodie) who will also soon contribute his entrepreneurial drive and enthusiasm to the development of a casual, upscale lobster restaurant and franchise concept.

 

James Mueller, Trip Host. James serves as a Trouvaille host for our Ireland and Isle of Man cultural adventures. His story began 20 years ago with a simple question: "Do you want to go to Ireland?". At the time, James was a post-graduate who enjoyed Irish ceili dancing on the side. Who would have guessed that one request by his then-dance instructor to plan and execute their first trip would lead to over 100,000 miles of driving through Ireland, plus excursions to England, Scotland, the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, and Austria? Now a certified Irish dance instructor and adjudicator, Jim shares his 20 years of travel experience in Europe with Trouvaille.

 

Sarah Nolan-Hardersen, Administration. Mrs. Nolan-Hardersen originates from England, has lived much of her life in New Zealand and Australia, and emigrated to the U.S. in 2016. Her background is primarily in public health, community programs, and sustainable development. She assists Trouvaille by assisting in the development of company policies, graphic arts design, and blogging.

 

 

Use of Funds
  1. To obtain commercial office space for the company in the Oro Valley/Catalina region in the Tucson metro area.
  2. To conduct a rigorous online and print advertising campaign. The online campaign will utilize Google Ads, Facebook, and Twitter. Print and digital advertising for the local Tucson area will utilize the Arizona Daily Star.
  3. To develop local television advertising in the Tucson metro area.
  4. To hire employees who will be tasked with marketing and promotional efforts.
  5. General operational expenses for trips and events.

Updates

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen2 days ago

Trouvaille has successfully completed two day trips this October for LIV Unlimited, a concierge service for Manhattan, New York, apartment residents. On October 12 and October 19, Trouvaille hosted about 35 residents each to visit a variety of sites in upstate New York. On October 12, the group was treated with visits to Catamount Aerial Adventure Park and Taft Parks. On October 19, that group enjoyed a visit to the DIA:Beacon art center, Barton Orchards, and Walkway over the Hudson. Trouvaille is happy to have worked with LIV yet again to provide their residents with fun and engaging activities to enjoy the fall weather in New York. 

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen2 weeks ago

Happy October everyone! Trouvaille has just unveiled a Bahamas small ship sailing adventure that will occur in early 2021 and we are working to develop a travel experience to Thailand that will also occur in 2021. 

Trouvaille continues to seek investors committed to our vision and mission of making travel better, more accessible, and more experiential. Invest today and let's truly reinvent the travel experience! 

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersena month ago

Greetings everyone ~ Yesterday, Trouvaille just signed the biggest sales deal of the company's young life, which will help us conduct two day trips for LIV Unlimited in New York City in mid-October. In addition, we are beginning discussions with Past Preservers (https://www.pastpreservers.com) to organize and conduct travel experiences in association with Past Preservers. This is an exciting development and holds the promise of dramatically extending the reach and visibility of Trouvaille to people around the world. Stay tuned!

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersena month ago

Hello everyone ~ We are beginning to offer an incentive for our crowdfunding campaign that begins today and extends to December 1, 2019. Invest and earn Trouvaille Travel Bucks for use on any future Trouvaille Signature Travel Experience.

Learn more here: 

https://www.trouvailletravel.org/earn-travel-bucks-and-invest-in-better-travel-with-trouvaille/

 

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen2 months ago

Trouvaille Travel announces a new 7-part podcast series that will feature the destinations at our upcoming south Florida adventure, February 15-22, 2019. We are also planning on including guest speakers for most podcasts. Taping begins in September.

Read more here:

https://www.trouvailletravel.org/trouvaille-travel-and-dennis-littley-to-produce-upcoming-florida-podcast-series/

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen2 months ago

Trouvaille announces its first Signature Travel Experience for the 2021 calendar year -- a small ship, hands-on sailing experience in the Bahamas. This will be an all-inclusive, week-long experience. The details will be finalized in the coming weeks. Learn more at https://www.trouvailletravel.org/destinations/sailing.

 

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen2 months ago

Happy Saturday everyone ~ Trouvaille is now developing an immersive and experiential small ship sailing experience in the Bahamas. This will give our travelers the opportunity to learn sailing and dive into the history of the Bahamas. Coming in early 2021. Stay current of developments here: https://www.trouvailletravel.org/destionations

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen3 months ago

Hi everyone ~ We are beginning to notice interest in our Arizona day trips, which is a positive development. Also, we are planning a January 2021 small ship Caribbean sail along with the epic trip to Australia in September 2020. We need your help to make our experiences the very best possible for travelers and show everyone that there is a way to deliver better travel experiences to a large audience. Thanks!

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen3 months ago

Hi everyone ~ This is just another short message to encourage you to invest in Trouvaille today. We are ready to expand and become the leading small group travel company in the U.S. -- based on our business plan, our vision and goals, our fabulous team, and our commitment to making the world a better place. We are striving to finish this campaign ASAP and there is an opportunity for a lead investor to be a big part of this effort. Thank you for all of your support!

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen3 months ago

Trouvaille is a Finalist in the 2019 Arizona Daily Star's Readers Choice competition, which is an annual competition sponsored by the newspaper that ranks Tucson businesses in categories based on their popularity and reach in the Tucson area community. This is the second year in a row Trouvaille has been voted into the Finalist category; Trouvaille won the 2018 competition in the small group travel category. Read more here: https://www.trouvailletravel.org/trouvaille-a-finalist-in-2019-arizona-daily-star-readers-choice-competition/

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen3 months ago

Good morning everyone ~ Trouvaille continues to expand the company's visibility with partner organizations and target markets. We now have a live listing on the Isle of Man visitor website, which has 70,000 visits per month. View our listing here: 

https://www.visitisleofman.com/things-to-do/trouvaille-group-travel-p1347361

Trouvaille offers annual travel experiences to Isle of Man with the next experience occurring July 18-25, 2020.

 

 

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen3 months ago

Trouvaille announces today that the company is a part of the TripAdvisor Experiences network, which is an online platform that offers a global reach of more immersive, memorable, and impactful experiences for travelers. "Expanding our marketing reach in the travel market is a key to expanding our business and reaching more travelers who are committed to excellence in travel experiences," said Dr. Paul Hardersen, Trouvaille CEO. "Trouvaille is an ideal fit for TripAdvisor Experiences as we emphasize travel that immerses people in the history, culture, natural beauty, and diverse cuisines of our destinations."

Trouvaille currently offers two Arizona day trips, along with its Signature Travel Experiences to South Florida and Hawaii, on the TripAdvisor Experiences platform. Other Trouvaille destinations will be marketed on the platform in the near future.

Learn about TripAdvisor Experiences at: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ExperiencesInsights

Trouvaille is a small group travel experience company based in Tucson, Arizona. The company's vision is to connect people to the world by offering unique, hosted, small group travel experiences as well as specially-curated day trips in select U.S. cities.

Learn about Trouvaille's collection of travel experiences at: https://www.trouvailletravel.org/destinations.

Contact Trouvaille with questions at: travel@trouvailletravel.org.

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen3 months ago

Good morning, everyone ~ We are working several lines of financing at the moment and want to include our CF raise in those funds. We need to raise another $1700 to access these funds. We are also in the process of receiving our first-ever SBA loan, which will provide us with the resources to grow and expand. Join the Trouvaille Family and become a part of our vision to bring people together through travel. Thank you!

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen4 months ago

Trouvaille CEO Paul Hardersen has successfully completed the Newchip 12-week crowdfunding accelerator course. As a part of the first cohort of the program, Dr. Hardersen and Trouvaille were among 32 companies to successfully complete the course. This course has provided vital knowledge that will allow Trouvaille to successfully grow, thrive, and capture market share. Learn about Trouvaille at: https://www.trouvailletravel.org.

Learn about the Newchip program here: https://launch.newchip.com/curriculum/.

 

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen4 months ago

Good morning, everyone ~ I invite you to walk a short video of Trouvaille, our vision, and our services. Go online here: https://youtu.be/ReCyTefafhk.

We're gaining momentum and are ready to take Trouvaille forward. Join us!

 

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen4 months ago

Good morning, everyone ~ We have a few announcements for you this morning:

1. We are beginning to get survey results from travelers on our Maine trip and they are positive thus far.

2. We successfully conducted a New York City day sailing event on June 14 for 40 people.

3. We are excited to announce a once-in-a-lifetime, 3-week adventure to Australia that will occur in the September/October 2020 timeframe. Details to follow, but read the latest: HERE.

4. We are participating in an Investor Showcase event with Newchip. We have developed a 3-minute investor video and a 12-minute pitch deck presentation that will be a part of the showcase. This is our latest effort to show that Trouvaille is ready for major advances and growth.

As always, please contact us at travel@trouvailletravel.org or here if you have any questions. 

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen4 months ago

Hi everyone ~ Trouvaille successfully hosted 15 travelers from around the United States to spend a long weekend in Maine to explore the state's past and present. The trip was a tremendous success and we are already looking forward to doing it again next year. Read the press release here:

https://www.trouvailletravel.org/trouvailles-long-weekend-in-maine-a-big-success/.

 

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen5 months ago

Good morning, everyone ~ We have released our company's vision and mission statements. You can read them here:

https://www.trouvailletravel.org/about/.

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen5 months ago

Happy Saturday everyone ~ Here is the latest news for you:

  • We have secured three customers for our St. Lucia trip in December 2020.
  • We are ready for our Maine trip, which begins next Friday.
  • We are preparing for our NYC sail that occurs on June 14.
  • Be sure to review our updated pitch deck, forecast, and use of funds.
  • CEO Paul Hardersen is working his way through the Newchip crowdfunding accelerator course, which is providing very useful knowledge for startup companies. 
  • Trouvaille is eligible for an SBA loan, the application process has begun, and the anticipated arrival of those funds is August 2019.

We are still striving to raise our full $107K by June 30. Your support for this effort is greatly appreciated and Trouvaille now is ready for real growth. It's been 2 years of sweat, toil, and learning, but our passion for making travel for everyone is quite genuine. More needs to be done to make this world better for everyone and we want to do our part. Join us! 

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen5 months ago

Hello everyone ~ Trouvaille CEO Paul Hardersen will be the guest speaker for a live interview on the Mark Bishop Show, May 23 at 10:30 am. We will talk about Trouvaille, the company's vision and mission, how we are getting established in Tucson, and how Dr. Hardersen began this venture. Learn more at: https://themarkbishopshow.com and at: https://www.trouvailletravel.org/ceo-paul-hardersen-interview-on-the-mark-bishop-show-may-23/.

 

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen5 months ago

Today is the beginning of Week 3 of our crowdfunding blitz! Help us achieve our funding goal by June 30 and help Trouvaille launch to the next level. Your support of our mission of connecting people through travel is vital, we think, for a better world for everyone. In addition, our constant efforts to codify and formalize company operations, adding strategic partners, and planning for growth demonstrates our readiness to succeed. Please review our Data Room and all of the information as everything has been updated to represent Trouvaille as we are today. Thank you!

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen5 months ago

Happy Mother's Day everyone! Trouvaille is now offering travel business and planning services to its overall portfolio. Read more here: https://www.trouvailletravel.org/news-b2b-travel/

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen6 months ago

Hello everyone -- Our updated pitch deck is now live on the offering page and via YouTube here: https://youtu.be/GtdWIk_qcnM

We are striving to raise $107,000 by the end of June. We also feel we are now positioned to accomplish all of our goals and take Trouvaille to the next level. Please review and write with any questions. 

Thanks,

Paul

 

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen6 months ago

Good morning everyone! We have just begun Week 3 of our crowdfunding blitz and we have now achieved 9% of our goal. In addition, an updated pitch deck will be on our offering page later today or tomorrow. Please write to us with any questions at travel@trouvailletravel.org. I'm also happy to speak with you personally. Have a great week!

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen6 months ago

Hi everyone ~ We will be updating our Dataroom this Friday with an updated, more focused pitch deck that will demonstrate our vision, competence, and commitment to making Trouvaille a successful company. 

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen6 months ago

Update! After Week 1 of our crowdfunding drive, we are 8% towards our goal! Not a bad start at all. Read more about it here and how we're "Shootin' for the Moon": https://www.trouvailletravel.org/week-1-crowdfunding-update-we-have-liftoff/.

More will be coming in the coming days and couple of weeks that demonstrate that our plan for growth is robust, reasonable, realistic ... and inspirational! I hope you will join us.

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen6 months ago

Hi everyone ~ We are in Day 4 of a 70-day challenge to raise funds via our Reg CF offer here and things have begun rather well! We are striving to close out this round by June 30, so we can jump-start the next era of Trouvaille and to expand what we can accomplish, both operationally and profitably.

To that end, we will be posting an updated pitch deck in about 10 days, which will demonstrate our evolving vision. I'll post again here when it is available.

Thanks for your support and please inquire with any questions.

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen6 months ago

Good morning, everyone ~ As a part of the company's development, we are explicitly defining our company vision, mission, values, and business tenets. These will help to guide all company actions in the future and position us as a forward-looking innovative company that not only has values, but lives our values. Have a great holiday weekend!

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen6 months ago

Good morning everyone ~ We have three important updates for you this morning:

1. Trouvaille is seeking to improve its company team and we will begin a search for people this week. We aim to add people with relevant experience in the travel industry and in marketing. This will combine with continuing improvements to our pitch deck to show that we are positioning the company for growth and expansion.

2. We have a new Travel Partner: Dennis Littley of www.askchefdennis.com. Dennis is an active food and travel blogger and we are already investigating ways to collaborate and cross-promote each other's brands.

3. In an effort to give travelers more options, Trouvaille's signature travel experiences will not be available year-round. The only requirements is that groups must be 4 or larger and we'll work with people to get sufficient advance notice to be able plan for their experience. 

Thanks and write with any questions,

Paul

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen7 months ago

Trouvaille has begun work with Visit Tucson (https://www.visittucson.org) and is partnering with Visit Tucson to promote day trips in the greater Tucson metro region. Trouvaille will begin developing 4-5 Tucson area day trips and will be available to develop customized day trip itineraries, as requested. We are excited to become a part of the local Tucson tourism community and provide unique, fun, and engaging activities for visitors. 

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen7 months ago

Trouvaille has just fully booked its wine and cheese sailing event in New York City, which will occur on Friday, June 14, 2019. The sail will include 40 passengers along with the Trouvaille host, Jazmin Jourdain. The 2-hour private sail has a wine and cheese theme, and will include a wine expert, four types of wines from around the world, and appetizers. We are excited to host this event for New Yorkers so they can enjoy a fun Friday evening on the Hudson River!  Learn more about this day trip at: https://www.trouvailletravel.org/destinations/new-york.

 

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen7 months ago

Hello everyone! Trouvaille is undertaking new initiatives to favorably position the company for growth and investor funding. We are beginning a rigorous branding effort that will make the company distinct, recognizable, and known -- all while supporting the company vision and objectives. Yesterday, CEO Paul Hardersen underwent a personal branding photography session that will produce many useful images for the company. Throughout April, we are conducting a branding effort that will be unveiled as soon thereafter as possible. Stay tuned and please write with any questions.

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen7 months ago

Good Saturday, everyone! We are *very* excited to let you know that Trouvaille has been accepted into the Newchip crowdfunding accelerator program! This was a very competitive process with more than 600 applicants, of which fewer than 10% were selected to participate in the program. This program will begin on April 1 and last for 13 weeks, which will provide us with the knowledge to most effectively search for, and acquire, investor funding. 

Learn more here:

https://get.newchip.com/accelerator/?fbclid=IwAR1UZA2PLCYGrlyQeKvu5hpcxynz33qUf2N8AOpfZ-fpufVsnbS1KGx64a4

Please write with any questions and have a great weekend! 

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen7 months ago

Trouvaille has been notified today of the acceptance of our application to participate in the 2019-2020 Visit Florida Targeted Marketing Assistance Program (TMAP). This opportunity will give Trouvaille the marketing resources and connections to more effectively promote our South Florida travel experience, which occurs every February (https://www.trouvailletravel.org/destinations/south-florida).

Being a TMAP member will provide a wide range of benefits that include grant opportunities, enhanced website listings, consultations, webinars, access to an online hospitality training program, and much more! We are very excited to have been selected and look forward to working with Visit Florida to show the world the beauty and diversity of the Sunshine State.

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen7 months ago

Hello everyone ~ I hope you are having a good Saturday. Here are the latest Trouvaille updates for you:

1. We are beginning a series of Instagram stories to brand the company and reach a wider audience. Our followership on IG is already greater than 10,000 and growing!

2. We are also beginning an effort to blog and share photos and videos of all of our staff travels. Currently, Jazmin Jourdain is in Barbados. I will be in Florida and Mexico in April and early May, respectively. 

3. The commercial space that I have mentioned in the past that is available to us is still available. 

4. We have most of the logistics for the Maine trip already set. We have 13 people going on this experience with us in early June and hope to add 7 more in the next two months to fill out this event. 

5. Follow our blog as we post weekly updates. The link is: https://www.trouvailletravel.org/news

Finally, your help in reaching our goal of raising $107,000 by June will truly help us launch Trouvaille and become an established company in the Tucson area. Please write with any questions and I thank you for your support of our goal to make travel better ... for everyone.

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen8 months ago

Good Sunday, everyone! Today, Trouvaille will be out in the community and up at Catalina Craft Pizza to celebrate that restaurant's 2nd anniversary. Trouvaille will be giving away travel goodies, accessories, and games; adorning the restaurant with the state and national flags of our travel destinations; playing music from around the world; and conducting an hour travel raffle where entrants can save up to $1000 on one of Trouvaille's signature travel destinations. Oh, and specialty pizzas from around the world, too! It should be a good time and this is just another way we are working to become an active member of the business and civic community.

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen8 months ago

We have a new video promoting our three tropical destinations to Hawaii, St. Lucia, and the Cook Islands. View here:https://youtu.be/OQXwmGsSAeY

Have a wonderful evening!

Paul

 

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen8 months ago

Hi everyone ~ Our offering is being updated in real-time today and please view when you have the opportunity. All updates should be posted by the end of today. You can also view our updated pitch deck on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/MCkP8mdMT18.

 

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen8 months ago

Hello everyone ~ We are also updating the 'Business Model' section of our offering. Our business approach has evolved greatly since the publication of our original offering and it is in need of updating. You should find that we now have a more robust and mature business plan and model in place, which we are implementing. 

I expect all of our various updates to go live this week, but I'll also keep you informed.

Thanks,

Paul

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen8 months ago

Good Saturday everyone ~ We are updating our Pitch Deck and video. I suspect they should be on the offering website sometime next week. If you have been following us, then you should be able to notice how our focus has evolved and expanded since the original offering. 

Also, we are expanding our collaboration with Jetzy and they will begin promoting four of Trouvaille's signature trips in the coming weeks and months.

Thanks and please write with any questions,

Paul

 

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen8 months ago

Good morning, everyone! Trouvaille has entered into a collaboration with Jetzy (https://www.jetzyapp.com) to promote a sailing event in New York City. The sunset, wine & cheese sail will occur on Friday, June 14, 2019, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Go here to read the details:https://www.trouvailletravel.org/go-sailing-on-hudson-bay-in-new-york-city/.

This is the first collaboration between the two companies, which has the potential to lead to greater partnering in the future with Trouvaille signature travel experiences.

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen8 months ago

Good morning, everyone ~ The "Achievement and Traction" and "Team" sections of our offering have been updated. This reflects our work for the past year and we are excited for our growth this year! Please ask questions as they arise. 

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen8 months ago

Good morning everyone ~ We are in the process of updating the "Achievements & Traction" section of our offering here. This will bring everyone up-to-date on our achievements as well as our plans and activities for 2019. To stay current of everything that we do, visit our website at: https://www.trouvailletravel.org. Feel free to write to us at: travel@trouvaille.club with any questions. Thanks!

 

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen8 months ago

Hello everyone! In our continuing efforts to network in the regional Tucson, Arizona, area, Trouvaille is now a member of Local First Arizona, which is an organization that promotes local businesses and local business. View our profile here: 

https://directory.localfirstaz.com/listing/trouvaille-llc.html.

In addition, you can learn about all of our local activities on our blog, which you can read here:

https://www.trouvailletravel.org/news/.

Please support Trouvaille and also please write with any questions.

 

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen8 months ago

Happy weekend everyone! Trouvaille's activities of the last two weeks have focused on developing our local connections in the greater Tucson metro area. Trouvaille is now a member of LocalFirstAZ, which is an organization that promotes local business development within Arizona. We have joined the Tucson-area group. Second, we are quickly becoming active in our BNI Chapter, Sunrise Success, in Tucson, and we are working with our business partners there to educate them about Trouvaille and to help them refer business to Trouvaille. Third, we continue working with Catalina Craft Pizza to cross-promote our brands. All of that, plus the rollout of our Google Ads campaign next week and continuing promotions of our trips, we have been busy! Please consider investing in Trouvaille now so we can secure our first commercial space and build the company into the first nationally-known small group travel company in America. Yep! That is the goal and we plan to do just that.

Visit our website: https://www.trouvailletravel.org

 

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen9 months ago

One more Saturday thought: Although our Trucrowd campaign runs through the end of the 2019 calendar year, we are aiming to achieve our goal by June 1. Doing this will allow us to establish the company during this year and position ourselves for rapid growth. We are entering a very dynamic phase for the company and we are working hard to make our vision a reality. Thank you!

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen9 months ago

Happy Saturday, everyone! Since our last post, Trouvaille has begun a print marketing effort in the Oro Valley area, began implementing a strategy to increase our day-trip business in New York City, we began to define a March 10 open house and travel event in association with Catalina Craft Pizza (www.catalinacraftpizza.com), and we are still searching for a route to accept the very attractive commerical space in northwest Tucson where Trouvaille would have its first commercial office. Those activities, along with promoting our 2019 lineup of trips, is keeping us very busy. Please write with any questions and we thank you for your support!

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen9 months ago

Trouvaille is happy to announce that we are now a member of the Sunrise Success Chapter of Business Network International (BNI). This membership will be a vital way to integrate Trouvaille into the Tucson and Oro Valley area business community. We are looking forward to helping to promote business in the area, and to grow and diversity the local economy. Learn more about BNI here: www.bni.com.

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen9 months ago

Good morning, everyone ~ To give you an example of the type of planning and effort that goes into each Trouvaille trip, please follow the link to our Cook Islands trip and itinerary, which will occur from October 19-26, 2019. To us, it's all about making travel personal, easier, more enjoyable, all for better living and a better life for all involved. Oh, and fun, too! 

Explore the Cook Islands trip here:

https://travefy.com/trip/6yw9rqu2eggsqz2azyrsgh2asnr6kmq

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen9 months ago

As a part of our efforts to develop company "roots" in the Oro Valley/northwest area of Tucson, we will be conducting a large insert mailing in an area newspaper called SaddleBag Notes. We have decided to focus on this area as it includes the demographics and incomes that are relevant to Trouvaille. This, in concert with our continuing partnership and promotions with Catalina Craft Pizza, will establish us in the area. We have also applied for membership with Business Networking International (BNI) at a local Tucson chapter, which we think will significantly boost our business. And, last but not least, focusing on truly helpful and personal customer service is something we are committed to doing always. Too many companies fail on this aspect of business and there really is no excuse for it.

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Alan Jacobson
Alan Jacobson - Investorone year ago
I really appreciate the thoughtful answers. This is clearly a fair deal for investors and I think I am going to invest, just not sure how much. I did a poor job wording my main question below. What I'm looking for is more simple than I made it sound. Given your expenses per trip and such, the fact that you'll only be keeping 80% of gross revenue, and the fact that at some point all of you who are putting time in will need to be paid a living wage, how much do you need to raise here and then how much growth in number of trips/year do you need to see to ensure that you can stay in business long term? Put differently: At minimum what needs to happen to ensure you stay in business long term?
Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen - Issuer    
Hi Alan ~ I'll answer your questions from both a short-term perspective and a long-term perspective. For the short-term, our overhead expenses primarily consist of advertising and basic software/office expenses. They will be relatively low as we work to grow with an integrated, aggressive marketing campaign being the primary expense. That will begin once we succeed in this campaign and have the necessary resources.

As we scale up and expand, the plan to is to: a) secure a commercial office space, b) begin paying salaries for the CEO (and others, as we are able), c) stipends for office staff and travel hosts (as needed), and d) continued marketing. This scaling upward and transition is set to occur over a three-year period, but with the goal of increasing as fast as possible (read: in 2019) as I want this to be my full-time effort and where I can derive an income. An advantage for the relatively near-term is our partners have incomes from other sources, but I have the goal of having Trouvaille as my only commitment (which I love this work, by the way!) as soon as I can make that happen.

To have a successful 2019, we already have a lot of interest in our Maine trip, but we need to gain traction for our other travel experiences also. We will continue to develop new, unique travel experiences and will continue to hone our branding and how we make each travel experience unique. We are already making a name for ourselves in Tucson despite being here a relatively short time, and I will continue seeking strategic partnerships to help us achieve our goals.

So, without being too long-winded, I hope this answers your question. I've become hopelessly addicted to doing this and I'm committed to it.

Thanks,

Paul


one year ago
Patrice Florie
Patrice Florie - Investorone year ago
Is this a onetime investment
Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen - Issuer    
Greetings Patrice -- Thanks for writing. This will likely not be the only offering that we present, but it is our first offering that is going through the end of this year. The plan is to obtain this initial seed funding, which will be followed by a larger offering next year. Please write to me (Paul Hardersen) at travel@trouvaille.club and we can continue the conversation.

one year ago
Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen - Issuer    
Hello again Patrice ~ Yes, this is a one-time offering for the ROI that we are include (4X). If we do conduct another offering later, then it would have a lower ROI. Thanks for your query and please write if you have any other questions.

one year ago
Alan Jacobson
Alan Jacobson - Investorone year ago
Hi, I like what you are doing and your dedication to your mission. You describe things well, but I'm looking to fill in some blanks: 1. What is gross revenue and net profit so far this year (if salaries or other compensation was deferred, please include)? 2. What is the minimum gross revenue/year going forward (assuming a low raise here even though I hope you do well!) that you need to stay open and keep your team together? 3. What is the math involved with the 4x payback - how will the 20% be affected by a lower raise, how much can that 20% be diluted beyond 107K (i.e. is 20% of gross revenues locked in to this 107K, or could their be subsequent funding that would also share the same 20%?
Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen - Issuer    
Hi Alan ~ Thanks very much for your inquiry. The business has just begun to gain traction this past July with monthly revenues now coming in at $8K+ per month. We just finished our first trip successfully with the south Caribbean sail, we will conduct our Napa Valley trip in early November, and we have significant interest in our June 2019 Maine trip where we are already expecting to fill that trip up completely. The current partners are not yet receiving any salary and are focusing on getting the business established, so the overall goal is to break-even financially this calendar year. The purpose of the crowdfunding campaign is to garner the resources for we can expand our brand awareness efforts in a truly integrated marketing campaign as well as have resources for operational activities and some salary support.

As per your specific questions about the ROI, I will respond in more detail in another communication. I am on travel today, but will endeavor to complete this response by Monday.

one year ago
Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen - Issuer    
As a quick follow-up, we also plan to conduct a larger campaign once this campaign receives the necessary funding of $107,000. Thank you, Paul

one year ago
Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen - Issuer    
Good morning, Alan ~ I'll begin to address the latter questions that you initially posed. For the minimum gross monthly revenue to keep going and being that we have raised ~$8K per month since July, I would suggest that a minimum monthly revenue target is $5K. However, the monthly sales goal is now $10K. The answers to your other questions will be forthcoming soon. Thanks, Paul


one year ago
Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen - Issuer    
Good morning, Alan ~ I now have the answers to your remaining questions. The Revenue Participation security is only for this offering. Any later securities will not be as lucrative as a 4X ROI. The 20% that is set aside for investors will only be for the investors of this funding offer and it will not be diluted. That will be true even if we decided to conduct another Revenue Participation offering later. If you have any other questions, then please write anytime. Thanks, Paul


one year ago

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