Total loan: $6,000


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Long Island City, NY, United States / Retail

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A loan helped hire a chef to help with production, purchase next packaging shipment for Valentine's Day, and purchase additional molds to increase production.

Milene's story

Milène’s passion for creating desserts started as early as she could pick up a cookbook and hand mix sugar into butter. Her parents added the long list of her ingredients on their grocery visits as they felt it was a positive creative outlet. The sweets quickly became favorites at family celebrations and holidays. She transformed her love of desserts into a business 10 years ago by making chocolate favors, platters, and centerpieces for weddings, parties, and art exhibitions. At the same time, her business skills were developed through her extensive travel and intense training at Macy’s renowned Private Label Headquarters. Milène left Macy's as product director and decided to dedicate her skills to building her own brand Milène Jardine Chocolatier that aligns with her lifelong fervor for confections and travel. Milène Jardine Chocolatier was launched on 10/31/16 to capitalize on the peak Q4 gifting time period. With the proper planning and organizing, I was able to sell, produce, and ship $10.5K in truffle orders for the holiday season as the sole operator/employee. Looking forward to 2017, I want maximize this momentum and build a team to grow the company to $100k in annual sales.