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Michigan Celebrates Small Business | Grocer's Daughter Chocolate

Michigan Celebrates Small Business
April 18, 2022 4:00 PM


MCSB Michigan 50 Companies to Watch & SBDC Best Small Business Awardee,
Grocer's Daughter Chocolate

In a lead-up to the 2022 Michigan Celebrates Small Business Gala Celebration Jeffrey Mosher spoke with several winning companies from this cycle. This year’s gala will take place at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, MI, on May 3rd! Please visit michigancelebrates.org/

Here, Jeffrey Mosher speaks with Jody Haydn, Owner, Grocer's Daughter Chocolate. Empire, MI, a Michigan 50 Companies to Watch award winner and SBDC Best Small Business for 2022.

To listen to their full interview please click on the embedded SoundCloud PodCast shared below!

About Grocer's Daughter Chocolate

A Business Built on Friendship

These three women, and the friendship they hold, have built Grocer's Daughter Chocolate into what it is today. Mimi Wheeler as the business founder, Jenny Samaniego (left) who makes our chocolate in Ecuador, and Jody Hayden (right) who currently co-owns the shop with her husband, DC.

Our History

We’ve been making premium chocolate confections in the sweet little town of Empire since 2004. Mimi Wheeler, originally from Denmark, started Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate after making bonbons for her friends for holidays and events for many years. She was never satisfied with the chocolate she could purchase in the United States so, after a career as a social worker, she opened GDC in a small building just south of Empire. The name ‘Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate’ harkens back to Mimi’s youth, when her family owned the small grocery store in the rural village where she grew up.



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About Michigan Celebrates Small Businesses
Michigan Celebrates Small Businesses is a non-profit (501c3) organization that is composed of statewide founding organizations that provide small businesses with resources to help their company grow. MCSB has Since 2005, their awards gala has celebrated and honored the impact small businesses have on our communities and state. MCSB makes small businesses their priority and will continue to support, connect, and celebrate small businesses in Michigan.

Michigan Celebrates Small Business is a partnership of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Edward Lowe Foundation, Small Business Association of Michigan, U.S. Small Business Administration, Michigan Business Network, and the Michigan Small Business Development Center. 

Kinexus Group is the Managing Partner of the 2022 Michigan Celebrates Small Business gala.

Information about Michigan Celebrates Small Business can be found at www.MichiganCelebrates.org 

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