The FCIA recognizes that minority business owners face unique barriers to entry and commercial growth in fine chocolate, and that racial inequities span the entire value chain. As these barriers are increasingly brought to light, the FCIA is committed to taking meaningful action. We welcome you to join this discussion with panelists Selassie Atadika of Midunu Chocolates (Accra, Ghana) and Andal Balu of CocoaTown (Alpharetta, GA, USA), who will speak to the specific challenges they have faced or witnessed as minority business owners in fine chocolate, and offer their vision and suggestions for the FCIA to meaningfully address these challenges. FCIA Executive Director Bill Guyton will offer his reflections on these and other member suggestions for supporting minority-owned businesses. Panel moderator: Dr. Kristy Leissle, Cocoapreneurship Institute of Ghana (Accra, Ghana)
The FCIA Membership Assembly will take place immediately after the panel discussion.