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Steven Wallace is the founder and CEO of the Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company, the first company to sustain exports of premium chocolate manufactured entirely in Africa, and credited with producing the world's first single-origin chocolate bar in 1994. Wallace often speaks on economic development, cross-cultural issues, and the challenges of starting a gourmet-food business in Africa. He lives in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.

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"Frequently funny and always informative."-John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

"A solid primer on how to build a business with all the added obstacles of working in a developing nation, this sotry of the Omanhene Coco Bean Company contains plenty of bitter along with the sweet."--Booklist

"We live in an interconnected world where every business--from your neighborhood coffee house to a multinational aircraft manufacturer--is affected by global trade. Wallace makes the case that a New Globalism, based on seeking true comparative advantage, can lead to wealth generation and sustainable employment for everyone. The Omanhene story teaches us that, rather than be scared by globalization, we should embrace it and benefit from it. This is an entrepreneurial story that needs to be told--and it's delicious, too." Peter M. Robinson, President and CEO, United States Council for International Business.

"Steve Wallace's highly personalized obroni story begins with a teenage experience in West Africa that forged bonds strong enough to overcome excessive red tape, a secretive and opaque commodities market, and even dangerous intrigue. This captivating account will both inspire young social marketeers entrepreneurs and reveal a fascinating 'public-private' model for creating prosperity in the developing world." J. Brian Atwood, former administrator of USAID

"From its first sentence, which wittily echoes the opening of Isak Dinesen's Out of Africa, Steven Wallace's new book takes us on a memorable journey through a land of cocoa beans and entrepreneurial aspirations. An engaging blend of personal memoir, travel narrative, David-and-Goliath saga, and economic parable, Obroni and the Chocolate Factory informs, stimulates, and delights. Its qualities, like those of a bar of Omanhene chocolate, combine zestful 'grace notes' with a 'satisfying snap.' Dinesen herself would have savored both the product and its story." J. Bruce Redford, author Venice and the Grand Tour
"Frequently funny and always informative."-John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

"A solid primer on how to build a business with all the added obstacles of working in a developing nation, this sotry of the Omanhene Coco Bean Company contains plenty of bitter along with the sweet."--Booklist

"We live in an interconnected world where every business--from your neighborhood coffee house to a multinational aircraft manufacturer--is affected by global trade. Wallace makes the case that a New Globalism, based on seeking true comparative advantage, can lead to wealth generation and sustainable employment for everyone. The Omanhene story teaches us that, rather than be scared by globalization, we should embrace it and benefit from it. This is an entrepreneurial story that needs to be told--and it's delicious, too." Peter M. Robinson, President and CEO, United States Council for International Business.

"Steve Wallace's highly personalized obroni story begins with a teenage experience in West Africa that forged bonds strong enough to overcome excessive red tape, a secretive and opaque commodities market, and even dangerous intrigue. This captivating account will both inspire young social marketeers entrepreneurs and reveal a fascinating 'public-private' model for creating prosperity in the developing world." J. Brian Atwood, former administrator of USAID

"From its first sentence, which wittily echoes the opening of Isak Dinesen's Out of Africa, Steven Wallace's new book takes us on a memorable journey through a land of cocoa beans and entrepreneurial aspirations. An engaging blend of personal memoir, travel narrative, David-and-Goliath saga, and economic parable, Obroni and the Chocolate Factory informs, stimulates, and delights. Its qualities, like those of a bar of Omanhene chocolate, combine zestful 'grace notes' with a 'satisfying snap.' Dinesen herself would have savored both the product and its story." J. Bruce Redford, author Venice and the Grand Tour

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