“When Evan walks in, it’s like he is a rock star,” said Bonny King, a licensed occupational therapist at The Blick Center, a private, non-profit agency that partners with Evan to support his Peaceful Fruits staffing needs. “The employees are so invested in him and his vision. It’s about being part of something growing, exciting and vital.”
Evan founded his Akron, Ohio, company with a mission of empowering people and doing business the right way. From his fair trade supply chain, to the production and shipping of his snacks, to the connections he makes with customers, Evan wants every part of his business to create good in the world.
Employing people from The Blick Center, who are otherwise challenged to find employment, and paying them a fair market wage, is one way he delivers on this purpose.
“It motivates me so much every day. When I come in on a tough day and see them hard at work, I just have to say to myself, ‘Evan, you’ve got a business to build because these people are there 100%. And it keeps me going 110%.”
And, he’s quick to point out that it’s not just good for the soul—it’s also smart business.
“It is good business to employ a diverse workforce. It’s good business to employ motivated employees that motivate people around them. And it’s good business to work with people who have outside resources (like The Blick Center) that make them better at their job."