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Cleveland Whiskey Bond

Asset-Backed Promissory Note, High ROI, Whiskey Conversion Option at Maturity

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Todd and Fares interviewed Cleveland Whiskey Bond on October 13, 2020. Play Video
Todd Folk
Founder/CEO of AppApp 10+ years in the hospitality industry. Serial Entrepreneur, Tobacconist, & Rum aficionado.
Fares Ksebati
CEO of MySwimPro
says, "From an investment standpoint, the best strength is this is an established company generating solid revenue. This drastically limits potential down side. Beyond that, the man clearly knows about his sector and they are creating new and unique products in a relatively mature market. "
says, "Tom Lix, the company’s CEO is extremely knowledgeable on every aspect of his business, the market, and competitive landscape. The company has a fantastic track record of growing revenue consistently and a strong positive outlook in the coming years. "
says, "Potentially looking into other ways to get your product into currently unserved markets, via online. Things like Flaviar or other whiskey clubs may be a good way to prep the path of where to best expand. "
says, "I would like to see a more developed strategy to leverage existing wefunder investors to grow distribution and the brand. This is a unique differentiator that can help further Cleveland Whiskey’s brand recognition and growth trajectory. Best of luck! "

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