Bread and Butter

What a Bunch of Bakers Taught Me About Business and Happiness

Tom McMakin

St. Martin's Press

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Bread and Butter is a book with three parts: First, it's the story of the birth of an extraordinarily successful kind of business called a "freedom franchise": Great Harvest Bread Co., which began as one bakery 25 years ago, is now a $60-million-a-year company with 140 stores in 40 states.

Second, it's the story of one employee's success--the author, Tom McMakin, who was looking for a job and found a lifestyle. McMakin's immersion into Great Harvest is a model for modern entrepreneurship and an inspiration in this age of failed dot-coms and dissatisfied young employees.

Third, McMakin uses GH's experience to provide advice for everyone from dreamers starting their own multi-million-dollar companies to small-business owners to someone who doesn't know what she wants to do. Things like: creating a "learning community" using email and an extranet; operating without loans, relying instead on profits for reinvesting in the company; GH's "40-hour" rule so no one works more than 40 hours a week; and more. Bread and Butter can help you discover how, instead of living your life in service to the business, you can create a business in service of your life.

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Bread and Butter
1DIARY OF A NEW STORE OPENING: A QUICK LOOK AT THIS THING WE DOI'm at 35,000 feet and beginning to drop. The plane is hitting the clouds and rough air is making it difficult to keep my fingers on my laptop. I look like just another road warrior, but my clattering fingers hide a secret. I am not on my way to make a sales presentation to some great gaggle of expectant clients. I'm going to a barn-raising of sorts-helping Terri Winn and Brian Turner open their own Great Harvest Bread Co. in Lafayette, Indiana.Terri and BrianTerri's a fireball, maybe even a loose cannon.

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Praise for Bread and Butter

"An intriguing look at how Great Harvest Bread Co. created a culture as delicious and healthy as their bread."--Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

"More than a recipe for great bread or a great business, Bread and Butter is a recipe for an authentic, mindful, and meaningful life."--Bernard Glassman, coauthor of Instructions to the Cook

"The Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance for our age, only instead of working on motorcycles and traveling cross country, we find ourselves building a successful business. A bnook about business, but more; it is a wonderful book about life."--Jerry Greenfield, cofounder of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream

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About the Author

Tom McMakin

Tom McMakin began as newsletter editor at Great Harvest Bread Co. several years ago and is now COO. He lives in Dillon, Montana.

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Bread and Butter
What a Bunch of Bakers Taught Me About Business and Happiness
Tom McMakin

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St. Martin's Press
April 2011
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ISBN: 9781429938112
ISBN10: 1429938110
224 pages
$7.99
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