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The Bear Necessities of Business

Build A Bear Workshop LogoI don’t know where Maxine Clark, Chief Executive Bear at Build-A-Bear Workshop found the time to write a book?! “The Bear Necessities of Business: Building a Company with Heart” will be in bookstores on May 6th (Amazon has it listed as available April 21). By the way, if you visit it takes you to an Amazon page for the book… pretty neat use of the URL.
The Bear Necessities
Maxine founded Build-A-Bear Workshop in 1997 and since has opened over 240 stores. Build-A-Bear Workshop has just acquired a bear-building factory in the UK, acts locally by sponsoring local communities and is growing globally. They have locations in Australia, Denmark, France, Japan, The Netherlands, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, the United Kingdom. and most recently announced plans to expand into India. Wow!

The book description on Amazon states… [Click to visit Amazon]

In The Bear Necessities of Business, Build-A-Bear Workshop founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Bear Maxine Clark reveals how she built this amazing global business from the ground up. Drawing upon more than three decades of business experience, she shows readers what it takes to create an incredible company for customers of all ages. The Bear Necessities of Business is divided into seven sections, each built around an essential element necessary to start, run, and market a thriving company. Every section contains a series of short chapters, which further expand on each required element. While primarily drawing on real-life experiences from Build-A-Bear Workshop, this engaging book also features lessons and examples from some of the other successful companies Clark has admired and/or been associated with, including Starbucks, Payless ShoeSource, and Southwest Airlines. Readers will discover the true inside story of how Clark created Build-A-Bear Workshop from the ground up-while at the same time learning the key tenets to successfully growing and managing any kind of business. Filled with in-depth insights and practical advice, The Bear Necessities of Business provides a model for how to run a great company, regardless of what industry you’re competing in.

I’ve ordered my copy and will let you know my impressions in the coming weeks!

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