June 1, 2016 – 6:00PM to 8:00PM — Mechanics’ Hall, Portland
Kate and Steve Shaffer 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.