Bloom Bakery Transitions from Start-Up to Growth Stage

Co-Founder and General Manager Logan Fahey to Step Down After Successful First Year
New Board of Trustees Named

Following Bloom Bakery’s successful first year of operation, its leadership and employees are focused on transitioning the start-up into a business that is positioned for long-term growth and becomes an established Cleveland staple. As part of that evolution, Co-Founder and General Manager Logan Fahey is stepping down from that role. Mark Whitham, Board Chair and Ellen Bruno, Director of Retail Operations, will oversee the daily operations while Fahey will continue to serve an advisor and consultant to ensure a smooth transition. 

In addition, Towards Employment, the non-profit organization that created Bloom Bakery, has named six new members to Bloom’s Board of Directors, replacing members whose terms expired on April 13, 2017. 

“As a social enterprise of Towards Employment, Bloom Bakery is dedicated to helping employees build new skills and improve their chances for long-term career success,” said Jill Rizika, Towards Employment Executive Director. “We’re indebted to Logan for his leadership and the Directors for their guidance during Bloom’s crucial first year of operation. Logan has been an integral part of every detail of the startup: from developing the business plan, to cultivating the partnership with artisan bakery specialist Maurice Chaplais, to building an outstanding team of employees and a brand that we hope will be embedded into the Cleveland food scene for a long time to come. We will continue to work with Maurice as we pursue our strategic plan to grow the operations and strengthen Bloom’s financial position. We’re grateful for the outstanding support we have received from our customers and the community during our first year, and we look forward to continuing to provide distinctive handcrafted baked goods and treats to the community for years to come.”  

“Working with the team at Bloom has been a great honor,” Fahey said. “Turning the Bloom Bakery concept into a fully operational business with two locations, over 15 mission employees and thousands of customers is a true testament to our amazing team. Everything we have accomplished over the last 12 months is proof that this model for social enterprise really works and can have a beneficial impact on our community. Witnessing the individual successes of our employees as they navigate their career pathways has been my most significant personal and professional privilege, and I have complete confidence in Bloom’s ability to keep spearheading development in the social enterprise sector.”

Read additional comments from Logan Fahey here.  

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About Towards Employment
Since 1976, Towards Employment, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering individuals to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency through employment, has served more than 126,000 low-income and disadvantaged adults in Greater Cleveland – to help them prepare for jobs, get jobs, keep jobs and advance into careers. Through holistic programming and strong employer partnerships, TE builds individual skills and confidence, removes barriers to employment and helps individuals meet employers’ workforce needs. For more information, visit www.towardsemployment.org

About Bloom Bakery
Bloom Bakery sees creating jobs as its secret ingredient. In addition to introducing Cleveland to top-of-the-line European artisan bakery techniques, Bloom Bakery educates, trains and employs people with barriers to employment by creating opportunities for meaningful work, achievement and self-sufficiency. Bloom Bakery is incorporated as a Benefit Corporation, a hybrid of a standard corporation and a nonprofit, with a fiduciary responsibility to the interests of its employees, the community and the environment, as well as its shareholders. For more information, visit www.bloombakery.com

Contact Information:
Adaora Schmiedl
216.696.7310
aschmiedl@towardsemployment.org

Open Position: Sales Manager

Bloom Bakery - Sales Manager

Good for the Community, Great for your Career

Are you looking for a purpose-driven company where you can make a positive impact in Cleveland while improving people’s lives AND boosting your career? Look no further than Bloom Bakery. Every day you will develop relationships with influential professionals in the Cleveland business community. The result of your efforts will be to raise awareness of a great cause by selling delicious products. That combination is compelling, and there is tremendous upside.

In this newly created role, the Sales Manager will have proven performance in achieving continuous sales growth, and solid analytical, communication and interpersonal skills to maximize sales. The Sales Manager will be responsible for the total operation and its financial results.

Specific Responsibilities

·       Generating new and repeat catering and wholesale sales

·       Actively networking and promoting the brand within the community

·       Help grow the top line revenues (rewards based on your results)

·       Development of strategic and tactical sales plan

·       Enhancement of marketing initiatives

·       Analyzing sales statistics to determine sales potential

·       Developing and reaching the targets and goals set

·       Increasing business opportunities through various routes to market

·       Monitoring your sale team's performance and motivating them to reach targets

·       Possibly dealing with some major customer accounts yourself

·       Collecting customer feedback and market research

·       Keeping up to date with products and competitors

 

Additional Qualifications

·       Bachelor’s degree; business and marketing majors preferred.

·       Three to five years in a sales representative role; within industry preferred.

·       One year of prior management experience or demonstrated willingness and ability to learn management basics.

·       Strong interpersonal skills.

·       Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.

·       Familiarity with data analysis and reporting.

·       Professional image and demeanor

·       Positive attitude

·       Drive and ambition

 

About Bloom

Founded by non-profit Towards Employment, Bloom Bakery is a revolutionary new social venture. We are committed to eliminating employment barriers and replacing them with rewarding opportunities for work, skills development, and self-sufficiency.

In baking, bloom is the golden brown color of the crust of well-baked bread. It also represents the ultimate goal we have for Bloom Bakery’s employees—to blossom and to thrive.

We take pride in providing Cleveland with delicious handcrafted treats, prepared fresh daily using top-of-the-line baking techniques.

Maintaining this level of attention to detail and dedication to the craft of baking distinguishes Bloom Bakery as a place where quality and consistency matter. These characteristics define both our products and our employees. By adhering to an extraordinary caliber of taste and service, we ensure that our customers keep coming back.

Employee loyalty is just as important. We set the bar high in every aspect of what we do, and that means creating an environment where our employees feel supported and excited about coming to work.

We count on our employees to help make Bloom Bakery’s fun and positive atmosphere a daily reality. You have the power to shape this experience and make it as rewarding as possible.

At Bloom Bakery, creating jobs is our secret ingredient, and as a Bloom Bakery employee, you are the reason this recipe is so successful. 

To Apply:

Email resume to hello@bloombakery.com :