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Chocolate Store Supports Food Bank

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Saint Joseph, Missouri is holding a "Chocolate for Charity" raffle to benefit Second Harvest Community Food Bank.

From now until December 22nd, customers can purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a three foot tall, 30 pound chocolate Santa. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory will donate the proceeds to the Second Harvest Community Food Bank of Saint Joseph, Missouri. "Our community has families in need. Chocolate for Charity is a fun way to help others." commented Leslie Oberg, co-owner of the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory store located at 3715 Frederick Blvd Unit B.

This is the Second Annual "Chocolate for Charity" promotion for this location. Last year, the St. Joseph store donated over $500 and has a goal of $1000 this year. Raffle tickets are one for $1, five for $3 or ten for $5. The winner of the chocolate Santa will be announced at 5:00 pm on December 23rd on the chocolate stores facebook page, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, St. Joseph, Mo.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is a franchise, gourmet chocolate store specializing in handmade chocolates, caramel apples, dipped strawberries and specialty gifting.
Come enjoy a sweet experience and help fight hunger!

For additional information about the event contact Leslie Oberg at 816-233.8500 or

Two Businesses With Western Ties Open Dec. 3

Two Businesses With Western Ties Open Dec. 3

Contact: Kent Heier
Phone: 816-271-4124
Title: Assistant PR/Marketing Director


St. Joseph, Mo. - Nov. 30, 2011 - Two new businesses in St. Joseph that will benefit students in the Steven L. Craig School of Business at Missouri Western State University will celebrate their grand opening Saturday, Dec. 3. Following a ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m., the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Aspen Leaf Frozen Yogurt stores at 3715 Frederick Ave. will open to the public at 11. Students will work in the stores, and a portion of the profits will be donated to the Craig School of Business.

''We're delighted to be on the cutting edge of educating entrepreneurs,'' said Dr. Robert A. Vartabedian, Western's president. ''We're very grateful for the ongoing relationship with Steve and with Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory to make these opportunities happen.''

''This is another example of our mission to integrate entrepreneurial activities into our learning processes,'' said Dr. Philip Nitse, dean of the Craig School of Business. ''This new venture will benefit the community by bringing thriving businesses to a vacant building in a prime location, will benefit our students by allowing them to gain real-life management and operational experience in a retail setting, and will benefit the school by providing much needed financial support.''

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is a gourmet candy store known for its entertaining fudge-making demonstrations, old-fashioned caramel apples and hand-made chocolates. Aspen Leaf Self Serve Frozen Yogurt gives customers the choice of a dozen or more creamy frozen yogurts and dozens of toppings.

Saturday's grand opening will feature special promotional prices of $1 for a gourmet chocolate bar from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory or a 16-ounce frozen yogurt from Aspen Leaf Yogurt. There will also be musical entertainment and free giveaways.

The new stores are the latest venture in a successful partnership between Western, Craig and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Since 2009, graduating seniors in the Craig School of Business have had the opportunity to take an elective course in entrepreneurship and compete for a chance to operate and eventually own their own Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory franchise. As part of the course, students were asked to do internships at existing stores. The new location will allow them to complete those internships at a franchise without leaving St. Joseph.

''We've gotten great support from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Greg Pope, the company's senior vice president for franchise development and operations,'' Dr. Nitse said. ''We've also gotten great cooperation from Rocky Mountain's partners in the area, including Mary Geehan, who owns the franchises at Union Station and Zona Rosa in Kansas City, and Doug Hutton, who sells Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory products in his Cold Stone Creamery franchise in St. Joseph. But having a franchise closer to the university will allow students to immerse themselves in the entrepreneurial experience with less travel time and costs.''

One interesting feature planned for the stores is a video connection to Western's campus that will be used as a teaching tool, allowing students to deepen their understanding of retail operations by viewing videos of customer interactions, with the consent of employees and customers.

There are currently six Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory franchises being operated successfully by Western graduates in five states. The company and Western are discussing opportunities for Craig School of Business graduates to participate in the Aspen Leaf Yogurt franchise as well.

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