To Start, Run and Grow a Business Requires Courage and Tenacity.
Bread ... the staff of life for the millennium
PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND: Calise & Sons Bakery began back in 1908. The father gave up the reins to his four sons and they just about ran that business into the ground.
Three grandchildren came to the rescue. They bought the business, retired the debt, and built a business beyond everyone's wildest expectations.
Calise & Sons Bakery now serve most of New England, New York and Pennsylvania and increasingly they'll be serving the world. Big chains and grocery stores -- The Olive Garden, Shaws and Albertsons -- depend on them. But, you know, even with such success, it is just not easy.
The three Calise Brothers make bread from the same recipes their grandfather brought from Italy and it took them nearly 30 years at the helm to bring this company back from the brink.
These three brothers learned on the job. No MBAs yet their management practices are now case studies in major business textbooks. The adoption of technology and the acquisition of competitors have fueled growth and prosperity. These owners quickly learned a key big business secret; that is, you can grow by acquiring your competitor.
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Meet the Calise Family of Calise & Sons Bakery, Providence, Rhode Island