The Business Plan for Chocolatiers Program is an intensive, part-time program in developing a business plan delivered 100% online over a one-month period at the end of the Professional Chocolatier Program. During the program, students focus each week on a different section of the plan: management, marketing, operations and finance using the knowledge and research you learned during the Professional Chocolatier Program.
Committing to a business plan forces you to do your homework and focus on what you know and don't know about your business. This practical curriculum covers all the elements of a business plan while at the same time focusing on those issues of importance to a chocolatier. The curriculum touches on all chocolatier business models selling through the following sales channels: retail, wholesale, Internet and/or events/markets.
Mentoring is as important as the curriculum. Our Ecole Chocolat Business Instructor and Tutor Rachel McKinley will be there right with you, giving advice and tips to make sure you don't forget anything. Besides writing the majority of the curriculum, Rachel pens a Tales from the Frontline in each module relating her direct experience in compiling – and then later revising – her own business plan.
For registrants of the January 2017Professional Chocolatier Program Plus, the Business Plan portion of the program will start April 7, 2017.
For those people who want to register for the Business Plan program but are not taking the Professional Chocolatier Program Plus, the next available Business Plan program is November 4 - December 2, 2016.
Ecole Chocolat STUDENTS OR GRADUATES
Log onto the Master programs through your current program or Graduate Centre in LEARNING CENTRE
Non-Students or Graduates, you should:
- Already be working in the industry so you know the business and your target market;
- Or feel you have completed all your research into the business aspects of owning and operating a chocolate shop.
Please contact us at: email@example.com to arrange for enrollment in this program. Registration fee is $195.00 US.
The business plan and management
The marketing plan
The operations plan
The financial plan
This is a non-certificate course, so there are no graded assignments. You'll be working through your plan, step by step, each week using a guided worksheet focused on each module. Our goal is that you have your business plan in first-draft form by the end of this one-month program. You should plan to set aside at least six hours per week for research, thinking and writing.
Protecting your plans
All students are anonymous to each other in this program to protect your privacy and intellectual property. We do strongly encourage questions for the tutor and discussions in our forum, but, again, anonymously.
What our graduates have to say
“The course is like a 'hand holding exercise' for those of us that have the creative vision for the business but not the practical knowledge of how to make the vision a reality. It is definitely a 'how to guide,' and the fact that it is specific to the industry that I am entering, makes the course spot on!” - Donna, Nov '15 Graduate
"Absolutely, I felt that, in just a few weeks, this class jam packed a lot of useful information that is needed in order to start your own company. I'm excited that I am able to save this information for future reference, especially all of the spreadsheets. I feel a lot more prepared than I did before I took this course."
- D'Andre, Aug. '15 Graduate
"I kept thinking I needed to take a business plan course, but having the opportunity to take such a course specifically geared to chocolate is so fantastic!"
- Kim, Aug. ’14 Graduate
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When is the Business Plan for Chocolatiers Program offered during the year?
We offer sessions of the program starting at the end of the Professional Chocolatier Program in April, June and November each year.
Is there a restriction on the number of students you take each session?
Even though the curriculum is online, we do cut off registrations when we reach the maximum number of students our instructor and online tutor feel they have adequate time to be able to work with properly.
You can cancel from the Business Plan for Chocolatiers Program up to three days before the start of the program. A refund of your registration fee, minus a 10% administration fee, may take approximately 10 working days to process. Because our programs are usually full, and in order to make sure all students are committed, on the start date of your program your registration fee becomes non-refundable and non-transferable to another session (except in extraordinary circumstances).
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