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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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$200.00

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$7,800

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6

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

Pitch

Who are we

Our 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 experience 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. You don’t just visit our destinations; you live them! In addition, by offering nearly all-inclusive travel and personalized customer service that is second to none, we make travel easier, safer, and more enjoyable. 

 

Our Mission: Trouvaille accomplishes its mission by focusing on three activities:

  • Our Trouvaille Signature Travel Experiencesoffer annual, uniquely-curated, and expertly hosted small group travel experiences in the U.S. and around the world. Our small group travel experiences are designed for small groups ranging from 4-20 travelers.
  • Our Trouvaille Day Trips offer all-inclusive day experiences in select U.S. cities that highlight the unique cultures, cuisines, histories, and natural beauties of our destinations. We currently offer day trips in Tucson, Arizona, and New York City, but we plan to offer day trips in every U.S. state.
  • Our Business-to-Business serviceswhere we offer comprehensive, turnkey travel solutions for businesses small and large. From day trips and small group travel experiences to travel planning for events of all sizes, we are a partner in helping businesses succeed.

 

Our 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 is working to provide a comprehensive, full-service solution for the travel industry. We combine the personal approach and adventures of a small group travel experience company with the variety of services of a travel agency, and you create a truly convenient, one-stop-shopping environment for travelers that makes travel planning easier than ever before!

 

From the small group travel perspective, Trouvaille offers a three-pronged approach to suit travelers of all types. Our Signature Travel Experiences provide a deep dive into the destinations where we travel with visits to historical sites that provide understanding, with visits to cultural sites to better understand the people that live there, with exposure to the local cuisine to see how people live and eat, and experiencing the natural beauty to revel in the environment that is an integral aspect of every place that people live. Our travel experiences range from 2-14 days and span the globe with destinations that include Maine, Napa Valley, South Florida, and Hawaii in the U.S.; the Bahamas and St. Lucia in the Caribbean; Ireland and Isle of Man in Europe; and Thailand, Australia, and the Cook Islands in the Southeast Asia and Pacific region. More destinations will be added as we grow and expand.

 

Our travelers can also take advantage of our all-inclusive Trouvaille Day Trips, which currently highlight the local cultures, cuisines, science, nature, and history of Tucson, Arizona, and the surrounding southern Arizona region, as well as New York City and the Upstate New York region. We have the goal of developing and offering day trips in every U.S. state and territory.

 

Finally, Trouvaille offers the same personal touch and travel convenience to its business-to-business (B2B) approach by offering all of our Signature Travel Experience to corporate clients, being available to develop custom travel experiences anywhere in the world, and by developing and conducting company meetings, events, and travel to help businesses achieve their missions.

 

Another important part of our travel adventures is the inclusion of travel hosts with all of our experiences. Whether one of our Day Trips or larger Signature Travel Experiences, we provide local hosts that lead the group and give travelers the type of local experience that only someone who lives and works in the area can provide.

 

The second big part of Trouvaille is the travel agency services that we provide. By obtaining [T]True travel agency accreditation through CCRA (https://ccra.com) and the necessary travel agent certifications through The Travel Institute (i.e., the TripKit and Certified Travel Associate), Trouvaille staff will have the skills, resources, and credentials to perform travel bookings of all types for travelers – whether they are joining one of Trouvaille’s travel experiences or going out on their own.

 

This vital ability will truly expand Trouvaille’s consumer and business appeal by offering a wide array of services – all working to help Trouvaille’s vision of connecting people to the world in a meaningful, personal manner.

 

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 February 1, 2020, Trouvaille has achieved the following:

 

  1. We have developed and refined our business model, which features the combined approach of a small group travel experience company and a travel agency, which is something new in the travel industry. Our model has inherent scalability, a focus on personalized services, and four revenue streams that include: 1) Trouvaille's Signature Travel Experiences in the U.S. and around the world, 2) all-inclusive Trouvaille Day Trips in Arizona, New York, and eventually across the U.S., 3) our B2B efforts that offer turnkey group travel and planning solutions to companies and corporations, and 4) travel agency services for individuals and groups of all sizes.
  2. Our website is attractive, functional, secure, and offers all of the services expected in a modern website. Review the website at: https://www.trouvailletravel.org.
  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 and Marana Chambers of Commerce. 
  5. Trouvaille currently offers at least 15 Signature Travel Experiences and Day Trips annually, as well a custom travel solutions for groups of all types. For 2020, we already have bookings for our Maine, Ireland, and St. Lucia travel experiences – traction that has been increasing over time as news of Trouvaille spreads across the U.S.
  6. Trouvaille is working closely with a major corporate client in the Tucson area that, once successful, will provide Trouvaille a long-term B2B revenue source that will lay the foundation for the growth of the company.
  7. Our social media presence is growing and has become more consistent with regular activity on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and YouTube. 
  8. Trouvaille earned the “Winner” and “Favorite” ratings in the 2018 and 2019 Arizona Daily Star’s Readers’ Choice Awards, respectively.
  9. Our 2020 goals include: 1) obtain investment funding (> $400,000), 2) establish a commercial office in the greater Tucson metro region, 3) develop and implement specific marketing strategies for each Signature Travel Experience, 4) expand the areas where Trouvaille Day Trips are available, 5) sign our first major corporate client by Summer 2020, 6) add more local travel hosts to the Trouvaille Team, 7), achieve travel agency certification through the Computerized Corporate Rate Association (CCRA), and 8) set the foundations of the company that will lead to profitability in 2021 and beyond.

 

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 four revenue streams include:

  1. Trouvaille Signature Travel Experiences. 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 15 signature trips in 2020 and will continue to expand its offerings. Trouvaille has validated its trip operational and costing methodologies by successfully completing travel experiences to the south Caribbean, Napa Valley, and Maine. This experience gives us confidence that we provide a valuable service that can be very profitable.

    Through a combination of rigorous cost control, well-defined costs for each destination, and a constant profit per customer, the path to profitability will be built on volume in both the number of trips per destination annually and the number of travelers on each travel experience
  2. Trouvaille Day Trips. Trouvaille offers all-inclusive day trip experiences in the Tucson, Arizona, and New York City areas. Revenue growth in this revenue stream will depend on the number of day trip offers at each destination, the number of travelers at each destination, and an expansion of day trip offerings to other states. The goal is to offer at least one day trip per state in the U.S.
  3. Business-to-Business Travel (B2B). Trouvaille offers beginning-to-end group planning solutions for companies that need assistance for group travel planning, events, trips, and services. 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. 
  4. Travel Agency Services. Trouvaille will provide a standard array of travel agent services to the consumer and business markets, which include arranging air transportation, accommodations, rental car reservations, and activity reservations for travelers both participating in Trouvaille travel experiences or going out on their own. This approach vastly increases Trouvaille’s appeal in the marketplace and will offer a company that is unique in the array of services that it provides.
Team

Paul S. Hardersen, Chief Executive Officer, Founding Partner, Ph.D. Dr. Hardersen is an experienced traveler who has spanned the globe through the course of his life. 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. He is also a Certified Travel Ambassador via the CTANetwork (https://www.CTANetwork.com) for the Tucson, Arizona, region, and will achieve his Certified Travel Associate (CTA) certification through The Travel Institute (https://www.thetravelinstitute.com) in February 2020.

 

Sarah Nolan, Human Resources and Policy Development. Sarah helps Trouvaille with the administration, policy development, and trip hosting. An Australian native living in the U.S., Sarah is an alumna of Griffith University in Queensland, Australia. There, she obtained her Master’s Degree in Public Health and subsequently studied with the United Nations. Sarah is passionate about community, sustainable development, and travel. In retrospect, she feels blessed her parents moved from the United Kingdom to New Zealand when she was a child because her time in New Zealand ignited her interest in the environment and caring for this world. After 23 years of living in Australia raising four awesome kids, Sarah happily relocated to Tucson, Arizona. She finds it an excellent base to explore all corners of the United States!

 

Therese Perreault, Trouvaille Travel Host. Therese Perreault brings an authentic and hospitable approach to small group travel and cultural retreats. Born and raised in Boston, but now living in the desert of Tucson, Therese continues to pursue her passion for photography and storytelling and weaves her creative energy into every travel adventure. She is also a fine art documentary photographer, media producer, digital storyteller and facilitator, certified yoga teacher, activist, cultural worker, marketing connoisseur, gardening/hoe, and hospitality queen. Therese has lived in Maine, Florida, Arizona, London, Mexico, and Italy. She has traveled throughout the US, Caribbean, and Great Britain. She is a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) for the Tucson metro region.

 

Stephanie Jaworski, Trouvaille Travel Host. Stephanie is very sociable, positive, and detail-oriented. These qualities are brought to all of the excursions and events that she is involved with. She has been very active in the world of fashion with her own company, Fashion 1st, which has brought her to be very much involved in many of the events of the major fashion designers from around the world. She has always had a love for dance which led to her love for ice skating, particularly ice dance. She skates weekly and has been a competitor with a synchronized figure skating team that has brought her to numerous locations around the country. She has also been on the board of the Skating Club of New York since 2009. In that capacity, she has been very actively involved in managing competitions and helping to organize trips for the skaters. In recent years her career in the travel industry has blossomed. She has been hosting, organizing and coordinating various trips and events for school groups, seniors and families both in New York and around the northeast. Growing up in the “Ocean State,” Rhode Island, Stephanie has always had a love for the beach and has never met an oyster that she didn't like! She originally moved to New York to study psychology at Fordham University and has lived in NYC ever since.

 

Russell Cischke, Business Advisor. Russell works for Newchip, a crowdfunding accelerator and fundraising platform based in Austin, Texas. Russell serves as a business advisor to Trouvaille and provides advice and consultations, as needed.

 

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

Good Sunday everyone ~ Trouvaille has submitted the paperwork to become travel agency certified. We could be accredited by the end of February, but definitely by some time in March. We are also finalizing our public liability insurance policy and will have that coverage by March, also. 

Traction for our travel experiences continues to increase. With bookings for Ireland, Isle of Man, St. Lucia, and Maine, we are working hard to increase our bookings, revenues, and to build on this momentum. 

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen7 days ago
Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen7 days ago

Trouvaille's Paul Hardersen will be receiving certification as a Certified Travel Associate (CTA) with The Travel Institute after having passing the necessary coursework and examination. In addition, Paul Hardersen and Therese Perreault have already been certified as Certified Tourism Ambassadors for the greater Tucson, Arizona, area. 

Finally, Trouvaille will be covered under a public liability insurance policy by the end of the week. This is an important policy to have as a tour operator and provides valuable coverage for our travel operations. 

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen7 days ago

Trouvaille is updating our pitch deck for investors to reflect our expanded vision and business model. We hope to have it available here by the end of next week.

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen2 weeks ago

So far, travelers have booked four of Trouvaille's travel experiences in 2020. These include St. Lucia, Maine, Ireland, and Isle of Man. This is the best consumer traction yet for Trouvaille and we will continue to market and advertise to expand our reach in the marketplace. 

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen2 weeks ago

Trouvaille is currently working with collaborators to develop an immersive, culture-focused travel experience in Thailand. We expect this travel experience will go public in March 2020. 

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen2 weeks ago

Good day, everyone. Trouvaille has just reached an agreement with the websites, tours.com and sightseeing.com to promote and market a variety of Trouvaille's Signature Travel Experiences. Trouvaille is already present on the TripAdvisor Experiences and Bokun platforms, but we are working to expand our reach to a larger segment of the travel market. We also plan to increase the number of trips present on these websites in the near future. 

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen2 weeks ago

One other note: consumer traction for our travel experiences is increasing. We have bookings for three of our travel experiences in 2020 already, with bookings for a fourth pending. 

Also, in an effort to continue differntiating the company from our competitors, we will develop special interest travel categories that we think will be attractive to a wide range of consumers. From island adventures to volunteering trips, we will continue to work on innovating travel experiences that have meaning for our travelers.

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen2 weeks ago

Good morning everyone ~ We have updated our offering to reflect our more recent business developments, modifications to our business model, and an expansion of our vision for travel. Trouvaille will be seeking travel agency certification by June 2020, which is a strategic move to expand the company's abilities and marketability. This will also make Trouvaille a unique member of the travel community in that we will offer travel agent services AND serves as a small group tour operators. These tasks are usually separate with a company only doing one of these two tasks. We think that combining these tasks in one company will not only expand our market reach, but also provide more of a one-stop-shopping experience for travelers that will make travel easier. 

In the past month, we have added Travel Hosts to our staff and we will continue to do so.

In addition, we are working to secure a major B2B deal with a local TV station to provide a client trip every two years for the station. If this deal closes, this will be Trouvaille's first major B2B sales deal and will develop a stable, regular revenue flow for the company that will set the stages for our other efforts. Stay tuned and thanks for your support!

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen3 months ago

Trouvaille will be hosting a group of executives from CIMx Software, Cincinnati, Ohio, in Tucson in mid-November. Trouvaille is arranging a specially-curated meal that highlights the local cuisine of the area, as well as a hiking excursion and other Tucson-centric items. This event represents Trouvaille's second corporate client as we work to build all three revenue streams of our business.

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen3 months ago

Hello everyone ~ I have a very important announcement that will have a significant and positive impact on the future of Trouvaille. We are in the process of creating and implementing a significant media partnership that can be considered nothing less than a breakthrough event for Trouvaille. This partnership, once it begins in early 2020, will provide Trouvaille with the public and media exposure that will catapult the company to the forefront of the small group travel market. In addition, this partnership will involve developing and conducting custom travel experiences that will have a substantial dollar value. There is also the potential for this becoming a long-term partnership that will provide consistent revenue and media access for the company. Details will be released once this partnership is finalized. This is a very exciting time and we look forward to sharing the details as soon as we are able.

Paul Hardersen
Paul Hardersen4 months 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 Hardersen4 months 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 Hardersen5 months 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 Hardersen5 months 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 Hardersen6 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 Hardersen6 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 Hardersen6 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 Hardersen7 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 Hardersen7 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 Hardersen7 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 Hardersen7 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 Hardersen7 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 Hardersen7 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 Hardersen8 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 Hardersen8 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 Hardersen8 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 Hardersen8 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 Hardersen9 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 Hardersen9 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 Hardersen9 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 Hardersen9 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 Hardersen9 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 Hardersen10 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 Hardersen10 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 Hardersen10 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 Hardersen10 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 Hardersen10 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 Hardersen10 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 Hardersen10 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 Hardersen10 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 Hardersen10 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 Hardersen11 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 Hardersen11 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 Hardersen11 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 Hardersen11 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 Hardersen11 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 Hardersen12 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 Hardersen12 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 Hardersen12 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

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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 - Investor2 years 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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The Company may make Irregular Use of Proceeds. Such Irregular Use of Proceeds, which may be in material amounts in excess of $10,000, may include by way of example and not limitation: Vendor payments and salary made to management, business associates, relatives, related parties and/or affiliates thereof; expenses labeled "Administration Expenses" that are not strictly for administrative purposes; expenses labeled "Travel and Entertainment"; and expenses that are for the purposes of intercompany debt or back payments.

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Moreover, we operate in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment, and new risks emerge from time to time. It is not possible to predict all risks, nor can we assess the impact of all factors on our business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements we may make. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this offering may not occur, and actual results could differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to revise or publically release the results of any revision to these forward-looking statements, except as required by law. Given these risks and uncertainties, prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements.
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