It doesn’t take a high school diploma to be successful or to make a positive impact on the world. Just ask Tom Barnes, Founder and Co-Owner of Boston Brewin Coffee Co. in downtown Boston.
After leaving high school at just 16, Barnes went on to explore, sightsee, and travel the world. The diverse cultures and ancient traditions he experienced were eye opening and inspiring, especially in the way that members of each community looked after each other. Unfortunately however, he observed an obvious lack of modern medical care in poor areas. Thus he returned home with a mission: make a positive difference.
Upon arriving home, Barnes opened an Indonesian bead shop in Provincetown, Massachusetts. The success of the shop culminated in an estimated worth of $3 million, which he generously put to good use. A large percentage of the profit earned was sent back to an orphanage in Indonesia, which specifically helped children with cleft palates find the surgery and medical care that they desperately needed to live a normal and healthy life.
The life-changing experiences that Barnes was able to provide to the Indonesian children showed him how easy it is for a business to raise money, and how impactful his contributions could be to those who are in need of financial assistance.
Seeking a higher profit to yield a stronger impact, Barnes opted to open a coffee shop because, as he says, “everyone likes to drink coffee!” His business model is designed so that in several years he can give away the shop to a manager who can pay off the debt by investing in another new shop. Barnes hopes that this model, also called the “pay it 4ward” model, will allow an additional 20 Boston Brewin’s to open in Boston within the next few years. Speaking about the expansion, he said, “I want to build a big family of people that really get it and take care of one another.”
Check out what Tom says about this himself: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/boston-brewin-coffee-co-waking-up-boston-one-cup-at-a-time
Barnes can be spotted speeding through traffic on his way to work on his skateboard, or strolling down Bromfield Street playing the bugle to strike up conversation with the locals, and attract new customers.
Recently, Barnes and his business partner Danny Cordon applied to be contestants on CBS’s The Amazing Race. Whether he is selected or not, time will only tell what Tom Barnes will be inspired to do next.
Check out Tom in one of TD Bank’s commercials! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=274179096042597