Vote online to assist The Crave


WILMINGTON – The Crave Candy & Nuts, a locally owned candy store, has applied for a $100,000 grant from Chase’s Mission Main Street Grants.

The Crave Candy & Nuts has submitted a questionnaire outlining a business plan that will result in growth of the business, and receive at least 250 votes, to be eligible for a grant.

Customers, fans and community members can show support for The Crave by voting at and using Facebook Connect. Once you are on the website, you may search for The Crave Candy in the search box to get to their voting page. Eligibility requirements are also on on the website.

The voting deadline is June 19 and grant recipients will be selected by expert panelists.

“I look forward to expanding the business with a commercial kitchen to be used by not only my business but also other local home-based confectionary and bakery businesses who sell their products through our store and website. It would be an economic boon for our small businesses,” said The Crave owner Rhonda Wheasler.

Through Mission Main Street Grants, Chase will award $2 million to 20 small businesses across America. All businesses that apply for a grant and meet the eligibility requirements will receive access to a small business webcast by Premier Sponsor, LinkedIn. In addition, the 20 grant recipients will receive a trip to LinkedIn headquarters.

The 20 grant recipients will be announced in September. For additional details about Mission Main Street Grants, visit

The Crave Candy at 40 W. Main St. in downtown Wilmington is provides nostalgic candies, Jelly Belly Jelly Beans, and unique chocolates not available in the larger name brand stores.

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