Much has been written in response to the Mast Brothers scandal (or what our team refers to as "Mast-gate"). Nearly every perspective, rebuttal, or defense has been shared, so much so that I debated whether to publish this post, concerned I'd be adding to the noise. But there's one perspective that's missing and it's that of a (fellow?) chocolate maker.
Every year for the past 20 years over at my USA TODAY column I look at the top trends for the upcoming year for small business. It's an interesting and ever-changing list, that's for sure, as, I suppose, that's the very nature of a trend. Consider some of the developments that were emerging in years past: