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Startup Central

Are you looking to start a chocolate business? Want to talk to others who've been there or done that - or have you been there and done it and want to share with others? This is the place to discuss it.

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Startup Central

Do you make great chocolates? Know everything there is to know about tempering chocolate and cooking the perfect caramel? Able to turn out thousands of finished chocolates without blinking any eye?

Does the thought of using Quickbooks or writing a business plan sends you screaming into the walk-in begging for mercy?

This group is for you. When you join, please introduce yourself to the group in a comment on this page. Yes, I know you have a profile page, but it would be great to have you add a few words about you and your business in the context of this group. If you have a website, feel free to post a link to it. Please don't post a link to your profile page, people can just click on your profile photo to visit that.

PS. Below is the full picture I used for the Group photo. It's a chocolate store/cafe in Mexico. Those are stone mills (the kind Taza uses) to the right of the guy with his back to you in the blue shirt and notice that they are selling beans. The stone mills suggest that this store is located in Oaxaca.

Discussion Forum

Do you patent new ideas with regards processes or new candy?

Started by Joe Camerlin. Last reply by Michael Arnovitz on Thursday. 3 Replies

Shared Journey

Started by David Senk. Last reply by Landen Zernickow on Monday. 124 Replies

NW Chocolate Festival in Seattle

Started by Piper Niemann Sep 9. 0 Replies

Wholesale chocolate themed items

Started by Jo-Ellen Fairbanks. Last reply by Dan Sundell Sep 7. 1 Reply

Old melangeur vs. modern wet grinder

Started by Andy Koller. Last reply by Andy Koller Sep 3. 2 Replies

wholesale cacao beans/nibs

Started by Lisa R. Last reply by Juan Pablo Buchert Sep 2. 33 Replies

Ball Mill For Chocolate

Started by Harald. Last reply by Mark Allan Sep 2. 24 Replies

Sourcing cacao beans

Started by Landen Zernickow. Last reply by Landen Zernickow Sep 1. 5 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by xinhong liu on November 21, 2009 at 5:42pm
Hi, I'm Xinhong and new here. I'm from UK.

Glad to find evreryone here. I've found ' Advice for start-up machines' extremely helpful to me because I'm thinking to start my artisan chocolates business within the next 12 month and want to share all your knowladge and experience with me. Hope you'd like to help

Write more later.
Comment by Giuseppe Marzagalli on November 18, 2009 at 12:31pm
Who wants to start up a great business setting up a new Corner of superb Probiotic Swiss Chocolate? Taste & Health!
Let me know
Comment by Kristin McGary on November 17, 2009 at 9:33pm
I am extremely excited and grateful to have found you all!! I'll be posting lots soon, must read all the great things already written. And pack for a trip...
I'm new to cacao, I feel as if I've been kissed by the Cacao Diva! I'm being given spectacular opportunities to share my passion for healing combined with exquisite cacao, mindfully made with the finest ingredients and highest vibration! And I'm being called to create a business, creating sacred healing chocolates accompanied by incredible meditations. I'm looking for guidance in many ways. I will keep you posted after I read what is already being offered.
I'm grateful for your experience and wisdom!!
Blessings of Peace, Joy, Abundance, Love and Chocolate,
Kristin Grayce
Comment by Heather Garza on November 13, 2009 at 1:59pm
Hello, My name is Heather Garza and I am new here. Congrats to Eric on his shop. I would love to find out how you did it. I have been making chocolate creations for years a gifts and am being inundated with requests to buy. I need to get business plan together but cannot seem to find a sample plan out there to help get started. Any help anyone can give would be gratefully accepted. I am in Kansas City, MO and want to... ok need to open a shop (MO laws make it hard to make it at home). Also anyone who can explain laws pertaining to alcohol in truffles would be great as I have amazing recipe but may not be able to sell. Again I love reading all the wonderful information from great people.
Comment by Mike on October 28, 2009 at 5:14pm
hi there, i'm about as new as it gets to chocolate (<1 yr) and even newer to starting a business, so i'm here to learn as much as possible.
Comment by Eric Cayton on October 15, 2009 at 1:20am
Hello to all you chocolate-lifers out there, I just wanted to drop by to post up a photo of some of our chocolates, and see what all was going on in here. My name is Eric Cayton, and I'm the Executive Pastry Chef & Chocolatier for Derry Church Artisan Chocolates. We FINALLY got our website completed and I wanted to post our link in here as well: (heartfelt thankyou to Clay for allowing us to post our links!) and I wanted to also wish you all the best of luck in your chocolate endeavors........You guys are what this is all about, and there is some KILLER competition out there now!!!
Comment by Danyle Johansson on October 5, 2009 at 4:09pm
Good Afternoon,

My name is Danyle and I have a very (very) small chocolate business in California named Cocoa Danyle. I am still working on the branding of my company and recently needed to find space.
Nice to join the group.
Comment by Greg Sorini on August 31, 2009 at 1:13am
My name is Greg Sorini. I started a small time chocolate business, GS Confections. The name came from a logo I doodled about 8 years ago. I have a preliminary website using Wordpress; I make molded, dipped chocolates and truffles. I'm looking to talk with others who have started a business. The chocolate is easy, the business part, not as much. Looking forward to this group.
Comment by Ezekiel Holliday on August 16, 2009 at 2:56pm
Hello everyone,

My name is Ezekiel. My wife and myself are in the process of planning and starting a small bean to bar chocolate business. We will also be making truffles, brownies, maybe cookies, and other things with our chocolate. Initially we will start with just chocolate bars. Then we will grow into the other stuff.
Comment by MANJU SETHIA on August 12, 2009 at 4:20pm
Hi my name is Manju
and i have just started my chocolate business. have been working with chocolate for the last 10 years now , but baking since my early teens. I am 90 % self taught. Have been teaching cakes and cake decorations since the last 10 yrs or so. Was making very simple chocolates by adding ground almonds to the chocolate and setting them in the polycarbonate moulds just for my friends and family (same old story) but never had confidence to start selling them UNTIL i did the diploma course with Callebaut . I became obsessed. Now with help I have started my chocolate business and i want to make the best in taste and in looks. The one big problem I am having is the condensation problem . Can anyone tell me what is the shelf life of truffle and fruit filled chocolates?
My website is getting it upgraded soon.

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