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Recipe For Success

Cheesecake maven gives destitute women a second chance.

This story appears in the April 1998 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

By all accounts, Twainland Cheesecake Co. is no ordinary eatery. Consider the owner,?2-year-old Lynn Carr, who went from homelessness to entrepreneurial success. Even her employees break the mold--most are high school dropouts and welfare moms. But perhaps what sets her business apart most is an enduring commitment to the impoverished women of her Hannibal, Missouri, community.

"Cheesecake is just a product; what we're really in is the people-growing business," says Carr, who employs 10 women and has helped three others learn and move on to other jobs.

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