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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.

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Comment by Rae Stang on March 4, 2009 at 9:34pm
Hi Everyone. I started my chocolate business in upstate NY 3 years ago.
We specialize in small batch truffles with intense flavor profiles and really dark chocolates & panned nuts. We use organic and fair trade chocolate exclusively and organic nuts and fruits. I am very interested in getting into the bean to bar thing. I think this group is going to be an amazing resource and hopefully I can help others too.
My shop is www.luckychocolates.com if anyone wants to check it out.
Comment by Rae Stang on March 4, 2009 at 9:29pm
Hi Everyone. I have a chocolate shop in upstate New York, USA.
I want to get into making bean to bar chocolate. Right now we specialize in intense flavors and super dark chocolate and healthful chocolates using organic and fair trade chocolate and ingredients.
I think this group will be an incredible resource for finding everything from friendship, bean sources and equipment.
Thanks!
I love that I have found this group. It's lonely out here!
Comment by David Ralston on March 4, 2009 at 9:06pm
Hey group. Looking to start up a business in with my partner. He's attending the French Pastry School in Chicago. He's the talent . . . I'm just the money. Not much more to add now, since this is all new, but really glad to have found a group like this on the web.
Comment by Andre Costa on January 15, 2009 at 11:30am
Hi everyone!
My name is Andre Costa. I am Brazilian, but I've been living in New York City since 2001.
I am beginning my chocolate journey now! I am going to take my first chocolate course in February at the Institute of Culinary Education here in NYC. After that I want to take the online training at Ecole Chocolat. And after that, who knows what I will do? One thing for sure, there will be chocolate in it!
Comment by Langdon Stevenson on January 7, 2009 at 10:50pm
Welcome to the group Emily (in reply to your group message). I would be interested to hear your thoughts on socially responsible chocolate. It is an issue that my partner Samantha and I care about greatly, so always interested to hear what other people have to say about it.
Comment by Langdon Stevenson on January 5, 2009 at 4:38pm
Hi Kate, it's a common oversight so don't fret :-) Very interested to hear more about your plans for direct trade if you go that way. Can you tell us more about your aims (when your ready)?
Comment by Kate Greene on January 5, 2009 at 4:29pm
Oops, Langdon, thanks for asking. I meant fair-trade. But, as I'm doing more research, I may be thinking more along the lines of direct trade. I'll be able to articulate my ideas more clearly in the near future. (After I take that "proof read your comments before submitting them" course.)
Comment by Langdon Stevenson on January 5, 2009 at 4:12pm
Hi Kate, great to hear your plans and particularly your interest in sustainability and bean-to-bar chocolate manufactures. Did you mean free-trade, or fair trade?
Comment by Clay Gordon on January 5, 2009 at 12:44pm
Kate: Welcome to Startup Central. There are many experienced resources here that should be able to help. :: Clay
Comment by Kate Greene on January 5, 2009 at 12:32pm
Hi all! I'm sorry I neglected to introduce myself when I joined earlier. I'm planning to open a chocolate shop in Chicago. Both physical location and web retail. Lots of ideas about promoting awareness of free-trade/sustainability issues and bean-to-bar chocolatiers and those concerned with best practices from the processing of the beans through making the chocolate. I'm in the initial planning process, trying to get a business plan developed, identify site location, identify web site developers, etc. Still lots to think through and ideas to more fully develop. Looking forward to sharing my story and getting any and all advice and suggestions! - Kate
 

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