A great story from USA Today about how hard-working and relentless immigrant entrepenuers “grew their once-small family business into the multimillion-dollar venture” it is today. “Last month Edible Arrangements opened its 1,000th franchise, in Cranston, R.I. The fruit-bouquet business has set up shop in 15 countries, but the brothers say theirs is an only-in-America story. Hailing from Pakistan, the Farids are among the country’s growing number of immigrant entrepreneurs. Foreign-born business owners accounted for 28% of new entrepreneurs in 2011 — up from 15% in 1999, when they founded Edible Arrangements — the 2011 Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity reports. When Tariq and Kamran moved to the U.S. in 1981, their father juggled several jobs to support their family. From the time they were young, the brothers say, their parents instilled in them the notion that hard work was a necessity, not an option. ‘There was never a question of not helping,” says Edible Arrangements CEO Tariq Farid, 42. “Whatever money I made, I gave it to my mother … and I did it with pride.’” …”Edible Arrangements has grown about 10% each year since 2006. Though it began by offering nine bouquets, the company now offers 150 arrangements, which range from about $25 to $130. There are designs for every occasion, including heart-shaped pineapples, chocolate-dipped bunnies and race-car-shaped baskets. “I travel the world a lot,” Kamran says. “What you can do in America, you can’t do anywhere else.” Perhaps that’s why last year, immigrants were twice as likely as native-born citizens to start a business, the Kauffman report says. Where else can a company go through 5.6 million strawberries in a single day, as Edible Arrangements projects for Mother’s Day? It began in a flower shop. And with a little sweat, know-how and humility, the Farids’ idea blossomed into scrumptious success.”

A great story from USA Today about how hard-working and relentless immigrant entrepenuers “grew their once-small family business into the multimillion-dollar venture” it is today. “Last month Edible Arrangements opened its 1,000th franchise, in Cranston, R.I. The fruit-bouquet business has set up shop in 15 countries, but the brothers say theirs is an only-in-America story. Hailing from Pakistan, the Farids are among the country’s growing number of immigrant entrepreneurs. Foreign-born business owners accounted for 28% of new entrepreneurs in 2011 — up from 15% in 1999, when they founded Edible Arrangements — the 2011 Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity reports. When Tariq and Kamran moved to the U.S. in 1981, their father juggled several jobs to support their family. From the time they were young, the brothers say, their parents instilled in them the notion that hard work was a necessity, not an option. ‘There was never a question of not helping,” says Edible Arrangements CEO Tariq Farid, 42. “Whatever money I made, I gave it to my mother … and I did it with pride.’” …”Edible Arrangements has grown about 10% each year since 2006. Though it began by offering nine bouquets, the company now offers 150 arrangements, which range from about $25 to $130. There are designs for every occasion, including heart-shaped pineapples, chocolate-dipped bunnies and race-car-shaped baskets. “I travel the world a lot,” Kamran says. “What you can do in America, you can’t do anywhere else.” Perhaps that’s why last year, immigrants were twice as likely as native-born citizens to start a business, the Kauffman report says. Where else can a company go through 5.6 million strawberries in a single day, as Edible Arrangements projects for Mother’s Day? It began in a flower shop. And with a little sweat, know-how and humility, the Farids’ idea blossomed into scrumptious success.”

Edible Arrangements, started by immigrants from Pakistan, opens 1,000th franchise in Cranston, RI!