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 March 2018 Professional Chocolatier Program Plus, the Business Plan portion of the program will start June 15, 2018.
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 June 15 - July 13, 2018.
Ecole Chocolat STUDENTS OR GRADUATES
Click on LEARNING CENTRE And login to your current program or if you are a graduate, login to the Graduate Centre. Once IN your current program or Graduate Centre scroll down the center table of contents to the last module: Continuing Education. You will find the program overview link - click on that.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for enrollment in this program. Registration fee is $195.00 US.
What Will I learn?
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.