Seventeen Georgia Companies Receive 2021 GLOBE Awards, Three Recognized as Exporters of the Year

Exporter of the Year, small company: Inno Concepts Inc. dba CocoaTown - The company’s “Empowering Chocopreneurs” webinar series saw international engagement from 25-40 different counties and helped increase its Q4 sales in 2020. Despite facing difficulties throughout the pandemic, CocoaTown was able to enter five new export markets. By changing its focus from being solely a supplier to becoming a valued resource and partner, CocoaTown demonstrated creativity, commitment, and leadership. .... READ MORE


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Pandemic-related product shortages — from computer chips to construction materials — were supposed to be resolved by now. Instead, the world has gained a lesson in the ripple effects of disruption......READ MORE

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Meet the 2021 Women Export Cohort

CocoaTown President and Co-founder Andal Balu is one of the 26 female entrepreneurs in the first cohort of the Women Export University.....Continued

Mayor’s Office of International Affairs Highlights Atlanta Women Exporters

ATLANTA – Female entrepreneurship plays an essential role in Atlanta’s economy. The city is ranked second in growth of the number of women-owned firms among the top 50 U.S. metropolitan areas...Continued

Andal Balu mentioned in AAPI Heritage month

CocoaTown co-owner Andal Balu writes “I am grateful to City of Atlanta for highlighting me for AAPI Heritage Month spotlight.I am grateful to God for giving me an opportunity to live in the best city to live and have …Continued

Women + Trade Panel Discussion

Highlighting women exporters, their impact on the global economy, and how they are managing and dealing with the current COVID-19 crisis Andal Balu, Founder, Inno Concepts, Inc.& Founder, was one of the panelist in the discussion organised online on April 30 …Continued

Politicians,CEOs,cabbies,cooks. Indians in America are having a moment

Andal and Balu explored the chocolate field and found artisan dark chocolate was being made with just two ingredients – cocoa beans and sugar. Unfortunately the equipment was not available for small chocolatiers who had to import vintage machines from Europe....Continued

Tips on Idli Recipe

If you use just Basmati rice and urad, the idlis will not come good. They will be sticky … Continued

ULTRA Grind and Pride: the softest Idlis, Dosas and Vadas!

Some of my readers wanted to know how I liked it and whether it works as it promises. So I thought I would try grinding something first and then post some pics about it. I made idli batter with this, came out so soft and fluffy,...Continued

Like many other Indian women, right after her wedding, Andal Balu came to the US with stars in her eyes and hopes of a …Continued

Putting the right grind in Indian cooking

Each week World Bazaar seeks out shops and markets in Atlanta that cater to the increasing number of world cultures here. As a stay-at-home wife cooking traditional …Continued

Stand for Indian Dumplings can have other uses

I love cooking gadgets as much as the next foodie. But because my kitchen is smalland my budget limited, I try to curb my enthusiasm by sticking to items that fit one of two criteria: They …Continued

How design can drive the market

It is thedesign features that make or break a product. Unfortunately, in India, the potential of design is yet to …Continued