Alumna features trademark business product on QVC

BLOOMINGTON – Kelsie Risk, Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington graduate and chief operating officer at local confectionary, Diamond K Sweets, is now featuring her signature product, Fudge O’ Bits,®️ on QVC.

“Since we started our business in Spencer, Ind., we’ve always had our eyes set on something big something national—opportunities beyond the beautiful rolling-hills of our quaint, small town,” Risk said in a press release. “This is a national platform that we believe is going to open up many new doors and just the privilege of being on such a reputable, established network as QVC. Wow! Dreams do come true!”

Risk graduated with honors from Ivy Tech Bloomington in 2016 with her associate of science in business administration. Risk and her mother, Kristi Risk, established Diamond K Sweets and the popular bite-sized fudge product in 2013 and began manufacturing for sales in 2015. In 2017, Risk earned an Economic Development and Growth through Entrepreneurship (E.D.G.E.) Award in the emerging business category from the Indiana Small Business Development Center in conjunction with the United States Small Business Administration.

When Diamond K Sweets was in its early stages, Risk sought consultation from Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship and the South Central Indiana Small Business Development Center, which is hosted by Ivy Tech Bloomington. Risk said that she was proud to be part of Indiana’s entrepreneurial spirit and was appreciative of what Ivy Tech, the SBDC, and the Cook Center had done for them.

Ivy Tech Bloomington offers an associate degree program in business administration. Eligible Hoosiers can begin their business administration degree by earning a tuition-free certificate at Ivy Tech through Next Level Jobs Indiana. Apply now for free. Classes start on Jan. 13, 2020.

Like Risk, area entrepreneurs and prospective business owners can also seek advice from the Cook Center for Entrepreneurship and the South Central ISBDC. Information about entrepreneurship consulting, classes, and resources can be found online at ivytech.edu/entrepreneurship.