Knowing that the November days will turn colder, a group of first-year students developed a unique business plan to address the seasonal and early morning needs of students walking to class, while also raising money for charity.
Loco Cocoa is the creation of first-years Chris Oldham, Jason Cowan, Maddy Munoz and Drew Icenhour. Paired together in a Foundations of Leadership business course, the students had to bring an enterprise model to life, and their ideas led them to selling hot chocolate in the Pit for $1 and an array of toppings for 50 cents. They plan to do this every Tuesday and Thursday morning throughout November.
“We decided as the weather was changing, this was a perfect time to start a hot chocolate bar because the weather would get colder and the days shorter, and people on their way to class might just want to adjust to the changing seasons and have a nice cup of hot chocolate,” Oldham said.
The inspiration for Loco Cocoa was providing for the campus community.
“We wanted to bring something good to campus," Munoz said. "Something happy."