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May 1, 2023

2023 Family Biz Awards: Fascia’s Chocolates Inc.

Since its beginnings in the basement of John and Helen Fascia’s Waterbury home back in 1964, the Fascia family has focused on making the highest quality of chocolates. After almost 60 years of hard work and growth, they are now three generations deep.

Tell us a bit about your recent accomplishments.

With respect to community service, we’re proud to support organizations in many different ways through donations of raffle and auction items for events, fundraising projects where our products are sold to raise money and through sponsorship of several theaters and arts organizations.

We serve numerous boards such as the Waterbury Regional Chamber, Smaller Manufacturers Association, Western CT Tourism District, CT Manufacturers Collaborative and Greater Waterbury United Way Leadership Council.

In addition, we are happy to support many nonprofit organizations and local schools by subsidizing their field trips to our facility to make and learn about chocolate.

What are your family values and how do they contribute to your business success?

Our family consists of hard-working, honest individuals who go to work each day with gratitude for our loyal customers and surrounding community that allows us to serve them. We have passion and patience with our craft and feel that our effort is reflected in our quality of product.

Where do you see your business in the next five years?

Our company’s goal is organic growth while staying true to our roots. This means expanding upon our events side of the business, more fundraising, growing our wholesale program, and more, while continuing to make a great product the same way we’ve done since 1964.

Do you have a business succession plan? If so, what is it?

Fascia’s second generation will continue its leadership for at least a decade longer, while our third generation, Matt Romeo, learns and helps continue to grow the business until a transition is executed. He has every intention to uphold the quality and values that are so important to our family name.

What are your guiding business principles?

As a chocolatier, the fabric of our industry is creating joy and bringing people together, and that is exactly what we try to do at Fascia’s. Chocolate isn’t a business you get into for your own exclusive benefit, and John and Helen Fascia have always set the example for us.

For them, success was measured by the number of faces they could bring a smile to. We have created a family friendly place where people can ‘Experience their chocolate,’ and will continue to create a destination for fun and learning while spreading our brand as wide as possible.

Click here to see the rest of the 2023 Family Business Award Honorees

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