CHATTANOOGA, TN. (Times Free Press) -- Investors with the Chattanooga Renaissance Fund agree -- D'Angelo Foster has a pretty sweet idea.

The 10th-grade chocolatier won over the CRF judges at the first Howard School Entrepreneurship Competition with his pitch for a business that sells boutique chocolates with exotic flair. His prize includes $2,500 to get his business off the ground plus $7,500 worth of meeting time with local lawyers, accountants, marketers and designers.

But Foster wasn't the only winner at Sunday's competition, held in the UTC Fine Arts Center. The event culminated months of work by the Howard High School Talented Tenth program and career resource group LAUNCH, which has been working with the school's most driven students as part of an effort to bring job growth to South Chattanooga.

"There's never a bad time for chocolate -- for people or the economy," Foster told attendees at the Sunday contest.

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