AmeriCandy sells the finest milk, dark and white chocolates designated by ‘state’ at www.americandybar.com . TOUR OF AMERICA VIA CHOCOLATE
What inspired you to get into the business you are in today?
i had retired at age 65 but the Entrepreneurial ‘ spirit’ was still very strong. My wife Anne had a book store in a Louisville tourism site where customers also asked for quality candies . So it was a natural to create the idea for a chocolate for each state. — hence AmeriCandy was born. . After 2 years of research in the confectionery industry we opened our first retail store and packing center in Louisville, KY.
How do you define success for yourself and for your business?
Success is getting up early each day , working 10 to 12 hours , at the young age of 87 , knowing that when I turn on the AmeriCandy computer — a sale of AmeriCandy chocolates or retail stores/ kiosks await me. Business success is knowing that your creative work is being accepted by consumers of quality chocolates world wide . hence a good nights sleep awaits me each and every night in the beautiful city of Louisville in the Bluegrass state of Kentucky in America.
How would you use the FedEx SMB Grant money to make a significant impact on your business and/or on others?
Having recently created the world’s 1st 100 % AmeriCandy Retail Interactive Kiosk known as ARIK , the Fedex Small Business Grant money will enable our ‘ test’ market to roll out on schedule. Upon a successful ‘test’ market , we will then be positioned to deliver ARIK’S to 329 quality Malls and 180 V A Canteen Services Units in V A Hospitals across America. Thus keeping our sweet slogan alive and well — A TOUR OF AMERICA THOUGH CANDY.