Lauren Blanco

Markham & Fitz | Bentonville, AR

Midwestern chocolate-making company transforming chocolate into desserts, confections and cocktails.


Dark chocolate bar.

Company description…

Markham & Fitz brings bean-to-bar chocolate to life through desserts, drinks, confections and cocktails.

I started my company because…

I wanted to make a positive impact on the cocoa supply chain by creating a market for a higher quality product from farmers, and create financial sustainability for myself and my business partner. Starting a company gave me the freedom to create.

The impact I want my company to have on the world…

Markham & Fitz aims to be a leader in environmental sustainability, creating means and methods for business to operate with little to no impact on the environment. I also want to contribute to the larger craft industry movement of making de-commoditized cacao a valuable market and financial growth opportunity for farmers.

Top 3 goals for my business are…

  1. Become a zero waste business.
  2. Make a positive financial impact in one to four farming communities.
  3. Provide fulfilling, lifestyle work for my family, my business partner and our employees.

Women entrepreneurs are…

Resilient, creative, driven. Women entrepreneurs pursue greatness in spite of a million hardships and they bring their greatness to life.

I #EmbraceAmbition because…

I feel compelled to make earth more like heaven. I find purpose in solving social and environmental problems through business.

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