November 19, 2012 presentation by Pete Leonard, President and Co-Founder, Second Chance Coffee maker of "I Have a Bean" Specialty coffees. IHaveaBean.com
Hosted by the Chicago University Booth School of Business Entrepreneurial Roundtable alumni group at Calamos Investment Building, Naperville, IL.
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"I Have a Bean", a Specialty Grade Coffee, is the premium brand of coffee made and sold by Second Chance Coffee Company. As people experience the exceptional taste of the "I Have a Bean" coffees, the company's reputation has spread locally and with sales on the internet. But most people do not know what else the company does -- it employs ex-convicts and helps them turn their lives around. Come to sample this extraordinary coffee and hear Pete Leonard talk about how he and his team have turned an idea to help ex-cons into a successful business enterprise.
The idea for the business came out of a breakfast meeting of Pete and two of his friends in 2007. After much discussion, brainstorming and prayer, they began to believe that they could create a coffee roasting business that would accomplish two things -- produce truly exceptional coffee and help transform the lives of former offenders.
Now, Second Chance scours the world for the finest coffee beans, the top 1 %, purchasing beans from Brazil, Columbia, Guatemala, Peru, Uganda and several other countries. The coffee is roasted at the company's facility at Wheaton and delivered to nearby customers the same day.
Many of the workers in Second Chance are ex-convicts who are looking for a new life. In our country, this is especially difficult because few employers will hire ex-cons. And, few ex-cons have any real skills. Those are reasons that more than 60% of the 20,000 prisoners released from Illinois correction facilities each year are re-incarcerated within three years.
At Second Chance, ex-cons find not only a job but also help in addressing other issues that most of them have: drug abuse or psychological problems, limited education and lack of a mentor and support network.