Building a business through giving people their first chance

Gina Schaefer built a business of 12 hardware stores in large part through giving scores of teammates their first chance at regular employment. Her book, “Recovery Hardware,” reflects the nickname her Few Cool Hardware Stores she founded and now runs with her husband earned from the community because of how many people in recovery she hired. Now, she’s transitioned the business to an ESOP to enable a transfer of ownership that further cements the connections of her team and – through them – with the many communities her stores serve. Find out how to build your own version of a business based on trust, respect, and belief.