BOSTON —Using a combination of luck and tenacity, two Harvard Business School graduates with a dream turned what could have been a sour ending into a sweet beginning for their dessert concept, Finale. In 1998, Paul Conforti and Kim Moore say they turned down “lucrative M.B.A.-type job offers” upon graduation to open a concept originally brainstormed as a research project by Conforti and friends. Although Finale floundered in ...

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