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  • 05-Jul-2016

DT Callis Seafood, LLC

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At DT Callis Seafood, we harvest and purchase the freshest local oysters from watermen here in the Chesapeake Bay area. Our oysters are boxed for the half-shell market and the remainder are shucked, cleaned, processed and packaged in quart and gallon containers for restaurants and seafood establishments. Our business supports local watermen in an industry decimated by economic downturns. Oysters are making a comeback. The resurgent East Coast market for fresh oysters is bringing back the industry and the growing demand will ensure the future of our company. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyCC7BL49_M

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Who is your customer?

DT Callis Seafood is our label and we sell oysters for your table. We box fresh local oysters for the half-shell market and package in containers for other seafood businesses.

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

Our Plant on the river gives local watermen access to our docks to sell catch immediately. We pay fair prices & will break the stranglehold of low paying big monopolies.

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

Deb has a history of successes in business and is prepared to keep that record intact. She lives in Lancaster County with her husband, Terry, who is an astute businessman in his own right. They reside in the Chesapeake Bay area, and aim to use its fertile waters to launch a successful and sustainable business. Deb has done her research. Oysters have started to make a comeback and the demand for oysters is growing. The oyster house would also help this rural community to work close to home. The business would also donate food to the local food bank that serves around 350 families. DT Callis Seafood processes the larger oysters for shucking to supply restaurants and seafood businesses. We have also begun the ½ shell oyster business. It proves to be “hot” right now and the buyer she has secured will purchase all that we can supply. Our business will give oystermen a market where they can negotiate price for their catch and not deal with faceless, corporate giants.

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

Deb is the Member and owner of the business, DT Callis Seafood. She oversees all aspects of our business. Her husband, Terry, is the day-to-day manager. The oyster business was once the bedrock of this community, but the decline of the oyster beds and the economic downturn wreaked havoc. Oysters are recovering, demand for them is growing and creating jobs, with a starting goal of hiring 20-35 employees. Her processing plant will create a market for the many watermen who ply the rivers and sell their harvests. Overall, the business will directly benefit a community hard hit by unemployment. The oyster house would also help this rural community to work close to home. The business would also donate food to the local food bank that serves around 350 families. DT Callis Seafood processes the larger oysters for shucking to supply restaurants and seafood businesses. We have also begun the ½ shell oyster business. It proves to be “hot” right now and the buyer she has secured will purchase all that we can supply. Our business will give oystermen a market where they can negotiate price for their catch and not deal with faceless, corporate giants. Deb works every day in creating a business that will help revive the oyster business in the Chesapeake Bay area and revive the community as well. She is on the water daily and is engaged in every aspect of the business