The New York comptroller and state’s Business Development Corp. say they’ve made a $50,000 loan to a distributor of fine chocolates in an ongoing program to help military veterans.

The loan to 5th Avenue Chocolatiere, a family-run business with more than 20 employees in New York City and Long Island, helped it open Chocolate Works. The 10,000-square-foot interactive chocolate factory and retail shop located in Nassau County hosts private parties and workshops.

Chief executive Joseph Whaley, an Iraq War veteran and West Point graduate, says they anticipate adding many jobs as they increase exports and gain recognition.

In 2007, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, trustee of the state’s $161 billion pension fund, and NYBDC announced $5 million in fixed-rate loans for veterans up to $150,000 for existing small businesses or start-ups.

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