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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

Buy A Business And Right Wrong

5:06 | Play Now | The Calise Brothers took the business that their grandfather started and rescued it from the bad management it had endured when their father and uncle ran the company. They discovered that fixing an old company can be harder than starting a new one. This is the oldest brother, Michael.

Change The Marketing Strategy

2:09 | Play Now | You know the famous axiom: If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Well we suggest: If it ain't working very well, change it. Learn that what worked in the past may not work in the future.

Keep Employees Happy

2:41 | Play Now | There are nearly 200 employees at Calise so the task of making sure everyone is happy is a big one. Tony Cappozi is director of human resources and he knows people are happy because they bring their friends in when there is a job opening.

Make A Quality Product

1:39 | Play Now | Small business owners know we don't have much room for error. Our customers are depending upon us to do what we say we will do. Winning the business in the first place is hard, and it is very smart not to lose business because of lapses in quality. The way to stay in business is to deliver consistent quality to the customer.

Buy Your Competition

0:59 | Play Now | You might notice that as you get stronger some competitors get weaker. The Calise brothers saw this happening and worked to buy out the competition.

Prepare For The Worst

1:59 | Play Now | This is just what we business owners don't want to think about but we have to.

Don't Compete On Price

3:05 | Play Now | Calise & Sons Bakery demonstrates that small businesses win by charging more. Doing things right is more important than cutting a price-based deal.

Treat Others Like You Want To Be Treated

3:26 | Play Now | These men watched their father and uncle fight and fume so they knew how not to treat each other as they stepped in to lead the company to profits. These owners practice the golden rule.

Make An Impression With Mail

2:58 | Play Now | As the world seems to turn faster and more types of communications emerge, the handwritten note is still powerful.