Leading Ladies 2018

Leading Ladies 2018: Bianca Alicea

Founder, Chubby Chico Charms

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In 2005, Alana and Bianca Alicea discussed the idea for an all-handmade jewelry company that could have unique, stylish designs while still being American-made.The mother/daughter duo started out with a small investment but big ideas. Now, Chubby Chico Charms has grown to have a 5,500 square foot production facility with 25 employees, inclusion in retail locations, a fundraising division and countless happy customers.

The biggest growth at Chubby Chico Charms is in the fundraising division, which has been incredibly successful with local schools, charities and organizations, and has made a positive difference in Rhode Island. “It’s growing by leaps and bounds,” Bianca says. In addition to selling their signature charm bracelets and gifts, they’re adding beauty and home products, and keeping their commitment to everything being locally handmade. “Our program is a wonderful way for schools, organizations, teams and foundations to raise money with no upfront cost, and they can earn 50% profit of all sales,” Bianca says. Any organization can apply to participate. It’s a way she’s able to give back to the community, including the inner city schools she attended. “Chubby Chico Charms is truly a representation of the American dream.” 339 Woonasquatucket Ave.

Chubby Chico Charms

339 Woonasquatucket Ave., North Providence | 404-4018