If you love to cook or bake or are a chocolate connoisseur – and
you’re intrigued by the idea of actually making a living from your
passions – you’ll love these resources!
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People Are Eating Up Specialty Foods and Gift Baskets
Three times a year the National Association of the Specialty Food
Trade (NASFT) sponsors three Fancy Food Shows®, each one
attracting some 19,000 to 32,000 attendees from specialty food, wine,
gift and department stores, supermarkets, restaurants, mail-order and
other related businesses.
Even if you're not quite ready to be an exhibitor yet, being exposed
to over a thousand exhibitors from around the world, presenting over
50,000 specialty foods to discover and sample is sure to be an eye-
The shows also features a series of educational programs on topics
like growing a gift basket business, how ethnic- and minority-owned
businesses can succeed in the specialty food industry, and how to
succeed in catering.
The Fancy Food Show
is held in multiple cities. Find details at
Calling All Chocolate Lovers
A client told me she has a gift for determining the quality of
chocolate. She can even tell what country it comes from! Okay, I
thought, how might a chocolate lover make a living? So I hopped on
the Internet and found out there are actually schools for chocolatiers!
Their spring program is full, but if you want to launch a career in
making chocolate, you can still sign up for
Professional Chocolatier Program training. This intensive, part-time
program is delivered 100% online over a 3 month period so, as the site
says, “you can learn without ‘re-engineering’ your work and personal
life.” Good thinking.
In addition to their catalog, online store, and consulting business,
eChocolates offers the
Chocolate. This French based school holds classes in the cacao
region of Ecuador. The university is geared toward professional
chocolate buyers, cocoa traders, pastry chefs and others in the
chocolate business. But they’ll also accept chocolate aficionados from
the general public on an availability basis.
Finally, here’s a small business owner after my own heart.
Fine Chocolates by Design is a European Style Chocolate store &
factory in Dunedin, Florida that features chocolates exclusively from
Belgium, Germany, and France. In addition to a thriving mail order
business aimed at the corporate and special occasions markets, they also
were smart enough to offer one-on-one classes – both private and public
– for those interested in going into the chocolate and candy business.
If you’re not quite ready to take the training plunge, but are intrigued
by the idea of having a sweet career in chocolates, you may just want
to start with a subscription to Chocolatier Magazine.
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About the Author
"Profiting From Your Passions®" expert Valerie Young abandoned her corporate cubicle to become the Dreamer in Residence at ChangingCourse.com offering resources to help you discover your life mission and live it. Her career change tips have been cited in Kiplinger's, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today Weekend, Woman's Day, and elsewhere and on-line at MSN, CareerBuilder, and iVillage.com. An expert on the Impostor Syndrome, Valerie has spoken on the topic of How to Feel as Bright and Capable as Everyone Seems to Think You Are to such diverse organizations as Daimler Chrysler, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Harvard, and American Women in Radio and Television.
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