South Bend Chocolate Co.

South Bend Chocolate Co.

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Initial Investment

LOW: $74,950
HIGH: $295,500

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Company Profile

Founded

1991

Franchising Since

1997 (19 Years)

Corporate Address

3300 W. Sample St. South Bend, IN 46619

About South Bend Chocolate Co.

Chocolate is in the Tarner family’s blood. When Mark Tarner founded the South Bend Chocolate Company (SBCC) in 1991, he had already spent several years working in his father’s chocolate factory. Privately owned and operated, the SBCC got its start making chocolates under a license from the University of Notre Dame, and currently makes licensed chocolates for other schools, including Indiana University and Purdue University. In addition, SBCC also wholesales its product line to gift shops, gourmet food stores, coffee shops and gift basket companies throughout the country. SBCC franchises operate retail kiosks, Chocolate Café sites and Café Express coffee carts in malls throughout Indiana and other states.

Financials

Financial Requirements

Initial Investment

$74,950 - $295,500

Net-worth Requirement

$100,000

Liquid Cash Requirement

$50,000

Ongoing Fees

Initial Franchise Fee

$35,000

Ongoing Royalty Fee

4%

Ad Royalty Fee

2%

Units (Locations)

Operations & Franchisor Support

Training Onsite: 80 hours

Training at headquarters: 10 days

Additional Training: Ongoing (monthly visits)

Ongoing Support
Newsletter
Meetings
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Internet
Field Operations

Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Slicks
National Media

Absentee Ownership Allowed

Number of employees required to run: 6 - 20

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Updated: July 17th, 2013

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