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Hobby to Business: A Step-by-Step Guide with Sugar Strategist at the Chocolate And Coffee Festival

Hobby to Business: A Step-by-Step Guide

You love the DMV Chocolate and Coffee festival and want to take things to the next level and be a part of the festival!!?? Are you ready to take the leap into entrepreneurship and start your own business? Our festival is passionate about supporting small businesses and helping entrepreneurs thrive, so we've invited the professionals at Sugar Strategist to teach a class at this year's event focused on helping you take the next step to build a sustainable business in the gourmet foods industry.

In this class, discover the essential steps and practical strategies to transform your dessert hobby into a thriving business. Gain valuable insights and guidance on getting started, navigating challenges, and laying the foundation for success. Not sure if you want to take your hobby to the next level? This interactive session will not only provide valuable insights on getting started, but also offer guidance on overcoming challenges and answering your questions so you can determine how you'd like to move forward.

This class will take place in the Next Level Classroom at the 2023 DMV Chocolate And Coffee Festival taking place October 7-8 at the Dulles Expo Center. Join the founders of Sugar Strategist, Monica and Louis, for their class on Saturday afternoon at 1:30PM and then again Sunday afternoon at 12:30PM. Find the Next Level Classroom on the floor plan by clicking here.

About the instructors:

Monica's deep passion lies in baking, chocolate making, and entrepreneurship. With two decades of experience in the dessert industry, she recognizes the pivotal role of a supportive community in achieving success in this field. Her journey mirrors yours, fueled by creativity and a genuine love for her craft, while also navigating challenges and uncertainties. Having managed both an ecommerce site and a physical storefront, she understands the gamut of obstacles you encounter — from branding and product development to order fulfillment and team expansion. Now, Monica is enthusiastic about paying forward the same level of support by providing guidance, sharing valuable insights, and furnishing the resources necessary for your success in the dessert industry.

Louis, an accomplished business expert with over 25 years of experience, has a proven track record of providing essential collaboration and unwavering support to Monica. His instrumental role in the successful sale of her company, Sweet Signatures, highlights his expertise in business development, strategic planning, web technologies, and operations. Louis also has expertise in contract management, legal affairs, and financial intricacies. Louis and Monica's collaboration is reminiscent of the perfect pairing of Chocolate and Peanut Butter. Individually, each skill set is valuable, but when combined, they create a synergy that can take your dessert business to the next level.



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