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    My Story: Daisy Latimore

    I am the owner and operator of The Chocolate Box. In the year 2000, I was being downsized from corporate America for the third time. I wanted to start my own business. I had already been doing gift baskets as a hobby, and someone told me about the Business NOW program at Goodwill Industries® of North Georgia (Atlanta).

    The program teaches you how to write a business plan, how to develop your business, and how to do research and development. As part of my business plan, I wanted to add chocolates with my gift baskets and, in May, I opened my first retail location.

    My business will be one that will give back to the community. I will do fundraising with Newton County and the surrounding areas. I will have a straight-A program, in which students who get straight As on their report card will get a free marshmallow. I will have teacher appreciation for teachers that come in to get a free coupon.

    Goodwill® has been with me through the ups and downs. I got sick, and I had to go get a part-time job. They understand that life really happens and they encourage you through the whole thing.

    I just graduated from a new Goodwill program called MicroMAX. That program takes you to the next level when you’re ready to start hiring and creating jobs. It was perfect timing for me, because I am ready to start creating jobs.

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    • Susan Gabriel
      July 6th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

      Congratualtions on sticking with your business and getting to the level of being ready to hire an employee. I applaud you efforts to give back to the community.

    • Daisy
      July 12th, 2010 at 1:26 pm

      Thank you so much Susan.

    • Felicia Walker
      July 12th, 2010 at 10:40 pm

      Dear Daisy,
      Great job making your dreams a reality.
      I  have a small business as well, what tips would you give me?

      have a great day,


      Felicia Walker

    • Kati Carson
      July 18th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

      OMG Daisy!  Congratulations!!!!  I am so proud of you!! I knew you could do it and I am so glad to see that you are still hanging in there!  Don’t know if you remember me, but we graduated from the same class. 

    • Jackie
      August 11th, 2010 at 2:14 am

      Wonderful story and great product!  I was lucky enough to receive a sample at a recent event.  Keep the inspirations going!!

    • Jean T.
      October 26th, 2010 at 4:30 pm

      Great to hear positives! May God continue to bless your effort!

    • Janice Crawley
      February 16th, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      Congratulations Daisy! Great to see you on Channel 5 news Friday night.

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