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From Ex-Con Bakeries to Social Business Sweets

By: Tiana Reid - Published:
These benevolent baking companies are all about that sweet life. Whether it's charitable cupcakes or bakeries that employ marginalized communities, the ever quoted phrase "make the world a better place" is where it's at for these social businesses.

If you're not into sweets, there's a few bread companies on this list that serves up fresh, tasty and savory carbohydrates that maybe -- if you choose the whole wheat version -- might be a tad healthier than your cake or cookie.

One of the most popular business profiles in this Social Business top list is undoubtedly Panera's pay-what-you-can cafes, which CEO Ronald Saich set up as a means to create unity and self-reliance in the communities. Interestingly enough, those who could afford it actually paid more than the recommended price points, which balanced out those who paid less.