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Breaking Barriers: FCIA Strategies for Supporting Minority-Owned Fine Chocolate Businesses

  • July 23, 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • FCIA Zoom

Breaking Barriers: FCIA Strategies for Supporting Minority-Owned Fine Chocolate Businesses

Thursday, July 23, 2020 


The FCIA recognizes that minority business owners face unique barriers to entry and commercial growth in fine chocolate, and that racial inequities span the entire value chain. As these barriers are increasingly brought to light, the FCIA is committed to taking meaningful action. We welcome you to join this discussion with panelists Selassie Atadinka of Midunu Chocolates (Accra, Ghana) and Andal Balu of CocoaTown (Alpharetta, GA, USA), who will speak to the specific challenges they have faced or witnessed as minority business owners in fine chocolate, and offer their vision and suggestions for the FCIA to meaningfully address these challenges. FCIA Executive Director Bill Guyton will offer his reflections on these and other member suggestions for supporting minority-owned businesses. Panel moderator: Dr. Kristy Leissle, Cocoapreneurship Institute of Ghana (Accra, Ghana)

FCIA members: You are invited and encouraged to submit your own suggestions for FCIA programming or any other support to address minority-owned business challenges in fine chocolate, prior to this panel. We will read and reflect on your suggestions in advance, and discuss them during the panel presentation. Thank you.

FCIA Membership Assembly immediately following and is open to all FCIA members as well as guests. 

Thursday, July 23, 2020
9am PST, 10am MST, 11am CST, 12pm EST

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