The week's good news: March 9, 2023

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1. Bakery owner finds the recipe for success is her 'open door' hiring policy

Janie's Life-Changing Baked Goods is known for its pie crust cookies — and giving employees a second chance. Owner Janie Deegan discovered a love of baking when she was 25 and recovering from addiction. "When I was getting sober, I found that my life was so out of control," she told CBS News, and baking was "a beautiful, meditative, very controlled artistic outlet for me." When she decided to open a bakery in Manhattan, Deegan wanted to give others an opportunity to start over as well. She has an open door hiring policy, meaning if someone is "ready, willing, able, and enthusiastic about coming to work, we're not going to look at your past situations or gaps on your resume or if you're homeless or been in prison. The person you show up to the interview as is the person we're looking for." This has been a recipe for success — she now has two bakeries and 15 employees.

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