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Local Small Business Owner Comes in First in Local Election
Overwhelming support for CB Stuffer owner Carlo Bacci in election to Reading, MA Select Board
By: CB Stuffer
Bacci is thankful for the opportunity to bring his hands on business sense for sustainable growth opportunities to the board. As a business owner his dealings with issues such as rising payroll and healthcare costs, managing 100's of employees over the years, gives him a unique perspective with how the financial side of town government works.
Bacci first came to Reading in 2006 when he and his wife Erin Calvo-Bacci moved their fomally owned business The Chocolate Truffle from Woburn.The family then moved to Reading in 2009 when challenges beyond their control such as rising healthcare costs, the financial crash, and the burden of having their 494 Main Street Building named historic set them back. As family business owners their options were limited so they made the difficult decision to sell their Wakefield home and moved the family of five above The Chocolate Truffle in Reading into one of the two bedroom apartments. Since that time they feel fortunate and blessed "we were able to expand our living space and make a home for our family, but it wasn't easy," Carlo Bacci said, "businesses close everyday and we've been witnessing business closings in Reading. As a small business owner myself, I feel badly for the business, for the employees and the customers that patronized the businesses because I know there are many factors which impact a business closurer decision. I have detailed experience with P&L statements, commercial leases, purchases and sale agreements, evaluating the worth of a business and many other little details that will be valuable as a board member."
His entrepreneurial experience started as a young man; first with getting his real estate salesperson license at the age of 19 while he was studying at Northeastern University and then buying his first business two years later in the City of Boston. Since the age of 21 Bacci has started businesses from scratch and bought and sold many of his own business ventures. In 1999 he became a licensed RE Broker, which enabled him to work on his own and have been working as a commercial business broker ever since. As a commercial business broker, he's been involved with many buyers and sellers assisting with their complex business transactions.
Carlo Bacci gives back as a volunteer business mentor with non profit EforAll Lynn. Two years ago CB Stuffer started a relationship with North Shore Education Consortium which works with young Autistic and special needs adults and places them with businesses to gain valuable skills and experience.