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 March 2019 Professional Chocolatier Program Plus, the Business Plan portion of the program will start June 21, 2019.
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 21 - July 19, 2019.
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:
Please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
How do we teach chocolate making online?
Our school faculty
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.
“Yes, although it will take me some time to absorb all this great information! So much information given by a professional who has experienced it all. ”
Kirsten, 2019 Graduate
“They were met and exceeded -- as in every course from Ecole Chocolat. Great information both broad about business planning and marketing, and also specific about business planning and marketing for chocolatiers, with some great online tools that I had not come across on my own.”
Rebecca, 2018 Graduate
"Yes, there is so much valuable information to digest. I have printed the entire program so that I can take time to reread every detail several times. Examples from people who have been on the 'frontlines', people who have been through the entire chocolate business building process. The resources are invaluable."
Angela, 2018 Graduate
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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