OUR STORY

From humble beginnings...

Cocoa Made was founded in 2016 by entrepreneur, Vee Gilbert-Bell, and is run by her and her two daughters. As a family, and as women entrepreneurs, we are passionate about encouraging other women to pursue their goals and dreams by any means possible! 

We started out as an online bath and body shop, that we ran right out of our home, in our tiny kitchen in Oakland, California. Vee, our founder, started the business when she could no longer work her 9 to 5 marketing job of 15 years, due to an injury and a chronic pain illness.

Her goal was to create something that would encourage others to indulge in self care, but when her illness worsened, it became difficult for her to manage the shop, which lead to its closure. Broken, but not beaten, this did not stop her. Because helping others has always been the spark behind her fire, she chose to re-imagine Cocoa Made into a platform to support and inspire other women (the Made Mob) to become their own bosses.

Through thoughtful social media posts, business tips and our online Gift Shop, we are now a source of motivation to business women world wide. In her own words she says, "You never know what the Universe has in store for you. But one thing I'm certain of is that, if you want it more than you fear it, and you put the work in, the Universe will conspire to make it happen. Just believe!" 

 

What's in a name?

Whenever we, as a family, have come up with an innovative idea, a cup of cocoa has always been present. Well, sometimes tea and sometimes coffee, but mainly cocoa. Although we like to believe that we are self-made, we think the cocoa has a little something to do with it. So, as a nod to our favorite brain-storming drink of choice, we are Cocoa Made.