DOUGH T.O: A Sweet Expansion Opportunity
In early 2020, the co-founders of DOUGH T.O, an entrepreneurial venture launched in Toronto, Canada, were evaluating several expansion options. Since its founding in 2017, the brand had expanded its edible cookie dough business from its original pop-up model to one that included online sales and a catering business. The co-founders were considering five options: opening a permanent flagship location, offering franchise rights, distributing product through grocery stores, entering into strategic partnerships, or pursuing a unique, creative option by "thinking outside the box." Regardless of the decision they pursued, the co-founders wanted to pave the way for their company to become a sustainable business.