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“Good People Deserve Good Chocolate”

Alexandra Clark, Owner of Bon Bon Bon

Ever since Alexandra Clark fell in love with chocolate while working at a local ice cream parlor, she knew that a life of confectionary was her destiny. She’s traveled the world learning about the industry – graduating from Michigan State University’s Hospitality and Food Science program, studying agricultural economics of chocolate in New Zealand, attending French pastry school in Chicago, and obtaining a pastry certification from the culinary program at Schoolcraft College in Michigan. Clark has worked for over 20 chocolatiers and credits her parents who supported her passion for chocolate. At only 26 years of age, Clark is the owner of Bon Bon Bon, a local candy producer headquartered in Hamtramck, an enclave of Detroit. In 2014, she started her business in a tiny 475-square-foot factory, but quickly outgrew the space and opened a downtown Detroit retail location in 2015. Business took off and Clark soon realized that she once again needed a larger facility, so in 2016 she purchased a 3,000-square-foot building back in her adopted city of Hamtramck. The Bon Bon Bon team creates their masterpieces using classic French techniques with an edgy Detroit interpretation, along with local ingredients. The company sells to the wholesale market and has a strong retail presence at the Detroit store. They’ve been featured in local, national, and international media outlets. Clark firmly believes that it takes a village to run a business. Part of the village includes the help she received through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Emerging Leaders program. The training focuses on small, poised-for-growth companies with potential for job creation. The seven-month intensive, executive entrepreneurship education series includes 100 hours of classroom time and provides the opportunity for small business owners to work with experienced mentors, develop connections with their peers, and business experts. Clark developed a five-year growth strategy for her company as part of the experience. As the SBA celebrates Women’s History Month 2017 by honoring women who have successfully challenged the role of women in both business and the paid labor force, we recognize the achievements of Alexandra Clark. She is paving the way for generations of young girls whose passions have yet to be realized.

Company Name: 
Bon Bon Bon
Location: 
Hamtramck, MI