PubHub #50 - Steve and Kate Shaffer of Black Dinah Chocolatiers

June 1, 2016 / 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM / Mechanics' Hall, 519 Congress St., Portland, ME

Kate and Steve Schaffer started making a living from chocolate in 2007 when they launched Black Dinah Chocolatiers in 2007. From their Isle au Haut haven, they were featured in Down East Magazine, Gourmet Magazine, and Martha Stewart Living. Kate won national awards, including the 2016 Good Food Award. And they produced as much of their exceptional truffles, barks, and caramels as possible from their 500-square foot location. But in 2015, they recognized that if they wanted to grow, they had to move – not only to a larger facility, but also to an off-island location where it would be easier to manage their mail order business and work with suppliers and retail accounts. Today, they are poised for growth from their new state-of-the-art facility and retail store on Main St. Westbrook. Kate and Steve will speak at the June 1 PubHub all about scaling up: what factors they had to consider when deciding to upgrade to a new space, the challenges to overcome, and how they made the transition.


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Who will you meet this month? What will you learn?

PubHub is a unique event in the Maine ecosystem – smart people share their expertise in a casual format with no Powerpoint presentations or classroom setup. You’ll learn about how they got funding, how they grew their business, how they sold, how they staffed up, and many of the mistakes they made along the way. And you’ll get it all up close and personal.

You’ll meet people from all kinds of companies – the next great startup, the growing small business, and Maine’s biggest firms. Connect with people who have launched a bunch of companies, or meet the newest entrepreneur on the block. You really never know who you’ll meet at PubHub – that’s part of what’s so great. Connect one on one and make some super helpful new friends.

We have food and libations, but most of all we have ideas. We’ll share ours if you share yours – bring a friend and join us at PubHub.

Have a speaker idea? Want to volunteer? Just reach out.

We’re always looking for help with PubHub. If you have a gift for wrangling name tags, like greeting people at the door, want to be in charge of icing down the beer or picking up the party platter, or are a champ at managing post-party cleanup, we’d love your help.

Maybe you have an idea for who should be the next speaker? Let us know. We ask that all speakers share business information that can be helpful to others – this isn’t the place for a sales pitch. If you know someone who wants to share their expertise, introduce us.

Just reach out to Alison Harris and she’ll be in touch.


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