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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?

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Shared Journey

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NW Chocolate Festival in Seattle

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Wholesale chocolate themed items

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Old melangeur vs. modern wet grinder

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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

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Grinding & winnowing

Started by Beth Bromund. Last reply by Landen Zernickow Aug 24. 13 Replies

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Comment by Donald Tyler on December 16, 2008 at 6:25pm
Howdy all I'm a partner at Holy Kakow (, A start-up in Portland Oregon. We make organic chocolate syrups and resale the cacao powders we use in their production. Once we get some momentum we plan to expand our product offerings including hot cocoa mixes, and possibly chocolate nut-butter spreads, and fruit and chocolate bars (more on the nutritional side opposed to a confection).

I'm the marketing, creative and customer care person. I also do the books, god i don't like quick books.

We're in our first months of business and it's going well. I'm here to offer advise and ask for it t the same time : )
Comment by Langdon Stevenson on December 15, 2008 at 5:14pm
Hi Anne, thanks for the welcome :-) Indispensable? That's the joy of small business. Ultimately we are all indispensable.
Comment by Annette Jimison on December 15, 2008 at 9:08am
Hello Langdon!
My gosh! You certainly are indispensable! Glad to have you here in Start Up. Hope you will contribute as time allows you. Welcome!
Comment by Langdon Stevenson on December 15, 2008 at 6:00am
Hi, my name is Langdon Stevenson. I work with Samantha Madell at Tava. I look after the business side of Tava. I design and build our machinery, do the book keeping, look after importing, customs, transport etc.

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