Why Our Bridge Model Starts With Baker Industries Graduates

Uncategorized Oct 27, 2019

Let Keith Baldwin, CEO of Spike's Trophies explain why The PHLMFG Bridge Model he helped create starts with Baker Graduates.

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Why MOD Pizza Loves Hiring Ex-Cons

Uncategorized Sep 19, 2019

Eight years ago, Ally and Scott Svenson started hiring felons to staff MOD Pizza. That turned out to be one of the best business decisions they ever made.

This story appears in the September 2018 issue of Entrepreneur

There was a moment in 2011 when Tony D’Aloia considered his freedom to be a curse. In prison, where he’d just spent the better part of a decade, he could survive a full year on the $100 his mom sent him twice a year, on his birthday and on Christmas. But now that he was outside and back home in Washington state, he needed money to survive -- lots of it. He’d heard of job openings with warehouses and construction companies, but nobody seemed eager to bring on a convicted felon. 

Then he finally found someone willing to interview him. A young Bellevue pizza joint called MOD was hiring a dishwasher. D’Aloia knew zilch about MOD and wasn’t excited about the work. But it...

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Where A Safety-Green Mesh Construction Vest Is Now A Badge of Honor For Ex-Gangbangers.

Uncategorized Aug 20, 2019

Something strange is happening with entry-level jobs on the toughest streets of Chicago.

What makes people leave the gang life for good?

The conventional wisdom is that a young man who is part of the gang life in a violent community, standing on a corner, perhaps selling drugs, does so out of choice. On the corner he makes money. He’s respected and feared.

A minimum-wage job picking up trash in the park? That’s for chumps and losers.

That conventional wisdom might be wrong. The reasons the young man stays on the corner might be completely different from what we imagine.

He might, after all, want that park job, and want to get off the corner, but not know how.

Baten Phillips’s job is to show him how... Take A Look >

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More Americans Are Back At Work Making Stuff

Uncategorized Apr 05, 2019
After years of job losses, U.S. manufacturing employment has risen for 18 straight months among those holding production or nonsupervisory jobs, the longest stretch of gains since the mid-1990s. Employers have added 274,000 non-managerial manufacturing jobs since July 2017, Labor Department figures show.

“Manufacturing is critical for the nation,” says Dave Petratis, chief executive of security products maker Allegion PLC, which employs 2,500 at production and assembly facilities across...

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Here Are The Entrepreneurs We Should Be Helping

Uncategorized Mar 08, 2019

New York Teaches Public Housing Residents How To Start A Business....

The Wall Street Journal -  July 21, 2018

PHOTO: Sandra Mathis prepares cupcakes at Hot Bread Kitchen's "kitchen incubator" in East Harlem, N.Y. 

In a lower Manhattan classroom on a summer weeknight, John Childress, a veteran culinary and business professional, challenged a group of about 30 budding food entrepreneurs seeking his advice.

He pushed them to bring in extra help to avoid suffering from burnout. He told them to consider creative pricing strategies to boost revenue. And he encouraged them to explore new markets. “You can’t be afraid to go outside your neighborhood if that’s your best customer,” he said.

The entrepreneurs weren’t well-funded individuals starting up trendy restaurants or craft breweries in fashionable locales. Rather, they were people living in public housing hoping to better their situation through the business of food.

The class was part of the...

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