This is part of a year-long ‘Love for Local’ series called NB365: portraits of New Brunswick entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations. Huddle is a media partner with Love for Local. Today, we hear from Dominique Chartrand of Chocolat Voyageur in Hampton.
I HAVE WANTED TO OWN MY BUSINESS SINCE I WAS A CHILD BUT NEVER KNEW WHAT TYPE OF BUSINESS I WANTED TO OWN. WHEN I FELL IN LOVE WITH MAKING CHOCOLATE, I KNEW I HAD FOUND MY NEXT CALLING AND BUSINESS IDEA.
Making and selling chocolate enables me to work for myself and it brings quality products to the local market.
Supporting local is very important to me and my business. I work with direct trade cacao beans, and supporting local producers is an important part of my business model.
When I select ingredients to make and add to my chocolate they need to match the quality of my beans. Local produce tends to have more flavour and is better for the environment.
I love supporting other businesses that love and care about their products and business as much as I do. The attention given to each ingredient helps to enhance the taste of my chocolate.
As we work together, we create a network and supply chain that highlights our area and supports all of our work. Together, we strengthen our community, province, and country.