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  •  I own a small business (8+ / 0-)

    and I mean small, me and my husband. Our plan was/is to build it up and hire others who my husband can train. This is not for altruistic reasons but because we cannot do this forever and need help. As our accountant says do you want to be cranking out stats when your seventy?lol.

    Our plan was working we were increasing our client base and then came the meltdown. Our gross income went down 40%. I do the marketing and realized that we needed to find local and regional businesses that weren't so tied into the too big to fails.. I started looking to for local/regional and green and clients that might use our services.

    We have picked up new regional clients and if we continue will hire people. We are boot strapping our growth as we have no choice but in a way I think these days that is the best way to go. When we started out I read a book that really helped. It's called Growing a Business and it's by Paul Hawkins of smith and Hawkins. My goal for this year is to hire one employee.  

    I strongly think that relying on jobs from large corporations who look at labor as a profit loss and building instead local and regional economies is the way we can create jobs in our communities. We have a local health food supermarket chain here that is quite successful. It treats it's employees great and pays well. They hire handicapped people, and oldster as well as youngun's. They are planning to turn it into an employee owned operation, they say they will not go public with their ownership.. They started out years ago as a hippie co-op.

    Seem to me we need to build our own economies which may still be hooked to the global one but will provide work for people that is local.          

    •  If you can (3+ / 0-)
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      betson08, shaharazade, greengemini

      call your local voc rehab office and see what they can do to help subsidize some of your employee training or hiring costs.  

      I can give you a link to the state your in.  I'm trying to put all the states in a diary about 40 to go.

      Like I said it's not all hiring, if you can give people training opportunities on your own or through a nonprofit org, it can make a huge difference.

      •  I agree (4+ / 0-)

        my husband is a musician with a incredible math brain. He was trained by a big company in LA that did market research for TV ads. His major in college was philosophy, lol. He got his first job from an ad in the paper that was testing applicants for number crunching and stats. He ended up in the top ten as he has done stats all his life while he composes music, stats on baseball even stats on solitaire card games. His department strangely enough was chock full of musicians, so training gave them skills that used  their innate aptitudes and talent, their way of thinking. I will call our local rehab office, when I get there as I bet their are as lot of  math heads out there who not only need the work and skill but would enjoy the work.    

    •  employee owned operation (2+ / 0-)
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      greengemini, judyms9

      That's something I don't think we can ever see enough of. That would seem to be the best possible business model anyone could ever come up with. It puts the right incentives in the right places.

      Ds see human suffering and wonder what they can do to relieve it. Rs see human suffering and wonder how they can profit from it.

      by JTinDC on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 12:40:27 PM PST

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