Katherine Clapner wanted to hire her No. 2 chocolate maker, Ulysses Galvan, the second she opened Dude, Sweet Chocolate in 2009, but she couldn't afford him. Starting any business is tough, but making money from food sales is nearly impossible during the first weeks and months, so Galvan had to wait. He was brought on the following year and has been at Dude, Sweet ever since.
Around the same time he was hired, Galvan was diagnosed with leukemia -- a fact he did his best to keep hidden, Clapner says. It wasn't until Galvan's trips to the hospital became more frequent that she put together the potentially devastating pieces.More »