Head – Heart –
Between your ego and your plastic lies your heart. There are 25 million business small business owners in our nation. Imagine if each one of us expanded our egos and cash flow to include a cause that’s close to our hearts and integrate it into your business. Not just at special times of the year but every day. It will become as normal as breathing. Think of the effect you will have on your business and your community using your time, talents, and funds. You don’t have to wait to become a billionaire to have an impact.
Ellen Rohr: Bare Bones Biz
Ellen has a great 'head' for business, a great 'heart' for helping others to grow their businesses and 'wallets'. Here is her inspirational story of how she's making a difference:
About a year ago, I received a book order for 30 books from Corrections Corporation of America. Hmm. I wondered about that. Then, I got busy and forgot about it.
Recently, I received another order from Corrections Corporation of America…for another 30 books. This time, I followed my curiosity and called the phone number on the order form.
I found out the order was placed by Randy Mackenzie.
Dan Holohan once told me, “You can’t make up anything as good as real life. That’s where the great stories come from.”
Settle in and I’ll tell you a great story. It’s about Randy and the students of his Commercial Cleaning class.
This story is about freedom. Freedom through entrepreneurship. Freedom regardless of past mistakes.
I help commercial cleaning instructor Randy Mackenzie teach Business Planning at the Davis Correctional facility in OK. The students have AMAZING Biz Plans assembled and a couple of the guys will be released soon. Here is a link to a letter we received from Robert , a fellow who has been incarcerated for 14 years and is ready to get out. http://www.barebonesbiz.com/advertorial_norwood.html
His company: Sunshine Landscaping.
Randy, the teacher, just launched the All for One Cleaning Company. He just hired his first employee…one of his former students, a former inmate. These guys are wonderful…no whining, no excuses…just thinking and dreaming BIG.
What’s cool about this program is that it isn’t a government program. It isn’t dependent on financing from the prison. It’s a purely entrepreneurial movement.
Here’s how it works: Randy and other teachers teach trade skills to the prisoners. Once they get out, our businesses are interested in hiring the inmates. If they are willing to meet the super high standards we adhere to. (The inmates wrote them.) Here are a few:
• Daily, random drug testing. Zero tolerance for a positive UA. One strike and no return. These companies must be safe havens for guys who want to stay straight. (Customers deserve a clean and sober, and skilled technician, too. )
• Formal, written procedures for everything from how and where to park the truck to how to fill out the invoice.
• All for One, One for All performance review and mentoring for all team members.
Here’s a link to an article I wrote about Randy, too. http://barebonesbiz.blogspot.com/2009/04/they-are-going-to-be-released.html
At Bare Bones Biz, we offer business building tools and information to those who want to start, fix or grow a winning business. Interestingly, most of the home service contractors who contact us about consulting DON’T drug test. “I would lose all my employees!,” we hear all the time.
By shedding light on these business builders, you could give hope to so many…and help break down the prejudices against them. Too many folks would never give a convicted felon a second chance. We are so proud of our inmate Biz Builders…and thought you would be interested in learning more about them and helping us spread the word about a story of freedom and helping others.