Loyet will receive a $5,000 grant to help fund licensing, marketing, commercial kitchen
rental and other expenses associated with his company, Honey Moon Chocolates. His
chocolate bars are sweetened with honey rather than refined sugar. According to his
proposal for the IWU Entrepreneurial Fellowship, Loyet plans to offer a traditional
dark chocolate bar that is ready for production in addition to custom bars through
his company website.
“Through this fellowship I hope to foster an aspiration to grow the business and give
back to the community,” Loyet said in his application. “My future career goals are
to master becoming a chocolatier and take the expertise and the brand from Honey Moon
Chocolates to open a café in the Normal area.” Loyet also hopes to donate 20 percent
of the profits from Honey Moon Chocolates to the Honeybee Conservancy, a nonprofit
organization engaging in education, outreach, support of research and building bee
Funded initially by Illinois Wesleyan alumnus Marc Talluto ’94, the IWU Entrepreneurial
Fellowship provides the $5,000 stipend to help a student develop his or her idea and
take the idea to market. In addition to the funding, student recipients receive support
of a faculty member and an entrepreneurial mentor.