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Friday, March 28, 2008

Doing Good

Years ago I saw a 60 minutes segment on a company called Greyston Bakery. I was very moved by the founder of this business and the mission of the company. They hire anyone who wants to work there and you don’t need a resume or any qualifications for that matter. They employ the unemployable: homeless, drug abusers, ex-cons. Everyone starts at entry level and they are able to move up within the company as they progress. Most people stay between 1-3 years, but several have been with the company for 10-15 years. In 2006, sales were around $6.5 million. Founded by a group of Buddhists, Bernie Glassman borrowed $300,000 to open the storefront near the Bronx. They make the brownies for Ben and Jerry’s ice cream mix-ins. Additionally, they make wedding cakes and other bakery items. You gotta check out this 60 minutes transcript. It made me all teary eyed.