Kenesha Lewis

Kenesha Lewis

Founder & CEO
One More Cocoa

From a young age, Kenesha's passion for entrepreneurship was ignited when she started selling freezes to her friends and neighbours for a nominal fee. This early experience served as the foundation for her subsequent ventures. However, Kenesha's true aspiration was to create a business that not only aligned with her sense of purpose but also brought immense joy to those who experienced her delectable creations. Thus, she naturally gravitated towards the world of chocolate, seeing it as the next chapter in her entrepreneurial journey.

Taking inspiration from her cherished childhood memories, Kenesha chose to name her business after a beloved Caribbean proverb, "One One Cocoa, Full Basket," which emphasizes the significance of gradual progress. This name perfectly encapsulates both her entrepreneurial spirit and her personal growth as a self-taught chocolatier.

One More Cocoa is a small-batch chocolate company dedicated to creating exquisite and visually stunning chocolates, using only the finest ingredients.

Driven by our passion for timeless flavours, our Caribbean roots, and a touch of nostalgia. Our specialty lies in creating gourmet treats that bring back fond memories, infusing our chocolates with beloved tastes and heartwarming sentiments, from childhood favourites to well-loved classics.

11:00 am - 11:45 am

Workshop: The Power of Authenticity: Growing Your Business Your Way

Presented by Export Development Canada

Being authentic and staying true to your values isn’t easy when growing a business in Canada or abroad. For many women entrepreneurs, making a positive change in the world, by solving a community gap, addressing social justice or reducing their impact on the environment is a top priority. But there’s no one-size-fits-all way to achieve success. It takes perseverance, trusted networks and unwavering confidence to grow a sustainable, values-based company.

Join Myriam Francisque, EDC’s national lead of Inclusive trade, Black and racialized exporters, for a 45-minute chat with three inspiring women entrepreneurs who grew their business based on their values and discovered it gave them a competitive advantage. Though they are at different stages of their business journey, our panelists never lost track of their vision as they scaled their business and expanded into new markets. To help women owners of small- to medium-sized companies, like themselves, they’ll share their stories and offer advice on how to:

  • Leverage authentic storytelling to strengthen your brand for long-term success
  • Position your business for its unique value proposition and use it as competitive advantage
  • Create meaningful change and sustainable growth without compromising your values
  • Find partners and clients aligned with your vision who can champion your business