Friends Day: Seven Businesses Started With Friendship – Small Business Big Business

Friends Day: Seven Businesses Started With Friendship - Small Business Big Business

A friend can be someone who is there for barbecue, happy hour, shopping at the mall, football on the weekend, or advice on personal and professional life. And, from strong identities among unrelated people, new businesses can also arise.

This Tuesday (20/7), Friends Day, small business and big business Brings together seven stories of companies that started out of friendship between their entrepreneurs. check out:

1 – Calzoon juice and calzone

Calzoon Sucos and the Calzones team: Luiz Vittorio, Bruno Jerke, Thiago Dalchau and Felipe Alacón (Photo: Disclosure)

Luiz Vittorio, Bruno Jerke, Felipe Alacón and Thiago Dalchou are partners in the Calzone Sucos e Calzones franchise network, specialized in Calzones. Friends of Joinville (SC) since high school, they began to venture together after Jerke bought the business and found it difficult to increase profitability. In 2020, the brand ended the year with 93 units with a presence in 21 states and revenues of R$42 million.

2 – Espato Carioca

Bruno Gorodich and Leandro Souza are partners at Espato Carioca (Photo: Rafael Jorge)

Bruno Gorodich and Leandro Souza are partners at Espato Carioca (Photo: Rafael Jorge)

Before founding Espato Carioca, a series of skewers set up in Rio de Janeiro, Leandro Souza faced many adversities common to many Brazilians. From a humble family, Souza was encouraged by her teenage friend Bruno Gorodich to try life in the United States. After four years abroad, where he also became an airplane pilot, he returned to Brazil in 2008 and founded Gorodich in 2011, together with the food franchise. Today, the brand has 32 units and earned R$43 million last year.

3 – Marina and Gabriella

Marina Cloth and Gabriella Rosa, founders of the Marina & Gabriella brand (Photo: Personal Archive)

Marina Cloth and Gabriella Rosa, founders of the Marina & Gabriella brand (Photo: Personal Archive)

Friends Marina Cloth and 35-year-old Gabriella Rosa decided to have their own company when they were in high school. The two began taking the first steps with a small office to produce prints for companies. Later, the fashion designers founded e-commerce for Marina and Gabriella clothing in 2011. Last year, the business grew by 510% and reached a turnover of R$ 1 million per month. According to Marina and Gabriella, the secret to growing in the pandemic was a close relationship with consumers.

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4 – Street Burger

Antonio Alves, Victor Miranda and Rafael Fernandes, founders of Burger da Rua (Photo: Disclosure)

Antonio Alves, Victor Miranda and Rafael Fernandes, founders of Burger da Rua (Photo: Disclosure)

Antonio Alves, Rafael Fernandes and Victor Miranda are childhood friends and also owners of Burger da Rua since 2019. The business came out of paper to offer simple yet well-made snacks. To fulfill the founders’ desire to create a social impact company, for every ten hamburgers sold, Delivery by Bem da Madrugada, SP, is donated to NGOs such as Homeless People and Their Dogs (MRSC). As of May, 6,012 snacks have been sold and 601 have been donated.

5 – Bob

Bob (Photo: Disclosure)

Andrea Quercia and Victor Falzon: To be friends with sustainability (Photo: Disclosure)

Andrea Quercia and Viktor Falzon, both 33 years old, met very early, still in school, at the age of 8, and have maintained their friendship ever since. After Victor worked in the financial markets and consulted with Andrea, they decided to come together to work in the sustainability sector. BOB personal care products (bars over bottle), such as shampoos and conditioners in bars, do not use plastic. Today the sales of products are about 75 thousand items per month.

6 – Home Angels

Home Angels (Photo: Disclosure)

Home Angels (Photo: Disclosure)

The long-standing friendship between Mauricia de Santana and Elisabette Correia led to the idea of ​​investing in the Home Angels franchise for carers of the elderly. The idea came from Elizabeth, a teacher of caregivers for elderly people. “I am very attached to the elderly, as I have a grandmother of 103 years, a father of 93 years and a mother of 83 years. Mauricia says, “We decided to combine our experience and take on this challenge. Good friendships are one of the key ingredients to the success of any business in society.” Home Angels has 99 units in the country and in 2020 revenue was $125 million.

7 – Bowling House

Cake House (Photo: Publicity)

Friends meet to fulfill their dream of entrepreneurship in Sarandi (PR) (Photo: Disclosure)

With a friendship lasting more than a decade, Leandro Puhis Martins and Diego Faria Euflasino, along with their wives, Bruna Strasser Schmidt Martins and Susan Pamela de Castro, made investments to open a unit of Casa de Bolos in Sarandi (PR). decided to. It is possible. Established in 2010, the Homemade Cakes franchise has 390 franchises in the country.

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About the author: Sarah Gracie

Sarahis a reporter covering Amazon. She previously covered tech and transportation, and she broke stories on Uber's finances, self-driving car program, and cultural crisis. Before that, she covered cybersecurity in finance. Sarah's work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Politico, and the Houston Chronicle.

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