Why Bisogno? In its citation, the Hall of Fame recognized Bisogno for “a lifetime of accomplishments as an entrepreneur, mentor and philanthropist.”
Goodcents’ growth: Bisogno founded Goodcents (then known as Mr. Goodcents Subs & Pasta) in Lenexa in 1989.
- The company has since grown to more than 80 locations across eight states.
- There’s also the Goodcents Foundation, founded in 2005, that aims to teach people how to grow their own food and sponsors a learning garden curriculum in schools.
Where Bisogno started: According Goodcents’ website, Bisogno has been a “serial entrepreneur” whose first business venture was a lemonade stand he started at age six.
- At 18, he purchased an ice cream truck, followed by purchases of a gas station and a used car lot.
- Bisogno then worked for McDonald’s Corporation for 10 years before he opened Goodcents.
Other ventures: In addition to Goodcents, Bisogno also owns a bread manufacturing company called Custom Foods Inc.
- Beyond that, Bisogno has supported organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, The Children’s Miracle Network and the Leukemia Society of America.
Key quote: “I have always aspired to be someone who others could learn from, and I am thrilled and humbled to be inducted into the Kansas Business Hall of Fame alongside so many leaders who I, myself, respect and admire very much,” Bisogno said in a release.