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Meet the Alumni

Andrew Chmielewski

Harrison Township, MI

Industry
Food
Year founded
2011
Business
Dave’s Sweet Tooth
Partner College
Wayne State University, Oakland Community College, Macomb Community College
The whole 10,000 Small Businesses program is designed around finding your growth opportunities and building a plan to execute against that growth plan.

Business Overview

Dave’s Sweet Tooth is a family-owned candy manufacturer. The business is named after Andrew’s father, Dave, a retired Detroit Fire Fighter, and his signature homemade toffee.

Challenges

One of Andrew’s challenges was to grow the business to keep up with strong demand from customers. Since each batch of toffee is made by hand, Andrew had to expand the company’s production and packaging capabilities, while hiring staff and managing the logistics of a rapidly expanding business.

Results

Since graduating from the program, Andrew has hired seven employees, launched a fundraising program with schools, sports teams and nonprofit organizations, and has expanded into new distribution channels. In fact, Dave’s Sweet Tooth has done as much in sales in the past two months than for all of 2014. “The program has helped me immensely in handling that rapid growth.”