How A Black Woman Entrepreneur Made Harlem Chocolate Factory Stand Out

“As long as there is chocolate, there will be happiness.”—author Wayne Gerard Trotman

If you’ve tasted Harlem Chocolate Factory’s flavors, you know that truer words were never spoken. So it may surprise you that there were plenty of bumps along the road to growing the business.

Jessica Spaulding, the founder of Harlem Chocolate Factory, had always wanted to be a chocolatier but never pursued it because she needed startup capital. However, after losing her job and seeing notices for the New York StartUP! Business Plan Competition, she seized the opportunity. Sponsored by the New York Public Library, entrants can win $15,000 to start their business and gain

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