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A booming baking business, despite autism

It’s a story that’s been written many times: Young entrepreneur uses an old family recipe to launch a successful business.

But this success story comes with a twist. Matt Resnik, a 23-year-old man with autism, is using his family’s biscotti recipe to build a bridge to independence.

“Matt loves music and one of his favorite songs is ‘Hey Jude,’ by the Beatles,” said Denise Resnik, Matt’s mother. “There’s the line in there that says, ‘Take a sad song and make it better.’ What Matt is doing with the biscotti is taking a challenging circumstance and making it better.”

Not only is Resnik making the most of his challenging circumstances, he’s turning SMILE Biscotti — the company name is an acronym for Supporting Matt’s Independent Living Enterprise — into a business success. He started off by selling his biscotti to friends and family members, then on Facebook. Now, he’s taken the business to the next level.

Bruce Mosby, president of Mosby and Company, Inc., recently began selling Matt’s SMILE Biscotti in his two Peet’s Coffee & Tea licensed stores, located at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s Terminal 4. Selling for a little more than a month, the biscotti is already a top-selling item.

“We believe in fostering a culture of prosperity, where we create exciting careers for our people, and thriving local communities,” Mosby said. “Our partnership with SMILE Biscotti is a great example of this value in action. And, its success is proof that our travelers believe in it, too.”

The collaboration with Mosby has even led to the launch of a new product, called SMILE Bites, a miniature version of the bigger biscotti snacks. Mosby suggested the product after noting the popularity of the small samples he gave away.

“When Matt was diagnosed 21 years ago at the age of 2, we were told to love him, accept him and plan to institutionalize him because there wasn’t hope for kids with autism,” Denise Resnik said. “To think that today Matt is an entrepreneur and creating a product that people like has exceeded our dreams for what Matt could do. It has given us all hope.”


Sky Harbor Named Top Airport for Small Businesses

Phoenix Sky Harbor International is the number one airport in the country for new small businesses, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General. The goal of the report was to identify which of the nation’s 64 largest airports have been able to successfully incorporate new DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) operators. According to the report, airports have several procedures in place to encourage contract awards to new small businesses, including unbundling major contracts and leases, entering into direct contracts or leases with DBE/ACDBE (Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) firms, outreach initiatives and financial incentives.

In fiscal year 2012, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport added 14 new small businesses – the most of any airport in the nation.

“Phoenix is a great place for small business, and I could not be more pleased with the results of this audit,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “We are committed to supporting small businesses and building a diverse and sustainable economic future.”

In fact, the city of Phoenix helped secure $4 million in financing for small and disadvantaged business at the Airport. “It is vital that we support and encourage small businesses at Sky Harbor and the city of Phoenix,” said Phoenix Councilman Daniel Valenzuela. “Small businesses create jobs and opportunities.”

In 2011 and 2012, Sky Harbor rebid its food and beverage concession in Terminal 4, which serves more than 80 percent of the Airport’s passengers. The contracts were awarded to HMS Host and SSP America. Both have several local small businesses operating within those contracts and have brought extensive local, regional and national food offerings to the Airport, including Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Press Coffee Food &Wine, Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles, Sir Veza’s Taco Garage, Tammie Coe Cakes, and many more.

“We are honored to be able to provide opportunities to many local, small business owners,” said Aviation Director Danny Murphy. “It is not only good for the local economy; it also provides our visitors with a true taste of Arizona.”

Phoenix Sky Harbor also holds outreach events for companies interested in doing business with the Airport. For additional information, visit skyharbor.com. For the full report from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General, click here.