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Chocolaterian Café – Financing Growth Into A Second Retail Location

Chocolaterian Café – Financing Growth Into A Second Retail Location

Chocolaterian Café, a successful growing business with (now) two locations, is a third place between work and home that specializes in dessert and wine. Founder and owner Leanne Cordisco wanted to remove existing debt, buy out a business partner AND build a second location. Expense projections were reaching $800,000 and doubts were beginning to arise as Cordisco had yet to learn that growth isn’t two times the money and time, but rather three times or more. Cordisco estimated that FFI’s Tera Johnson saved her two months of work and $8,000 to $10,000 in fees through her advice, experience and expansive network of private investors, bankers, an attorney and a Wisconsin SBDC financial expert (Dan Lemmer).

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