Disability Friendly Business
Organized by: Mike Giebelhausen
I think that this may be more of a social cause than it is a Business #startup, but here we go.
I would like to open a business that will hire both Physically Disabled individuals and Disabled Veterans. I am currently working on a Business Plan, but I've hit an impasse--Financials.
In early February of 2009, I had a hemorrhagic stroke. The stroke was the result of a burst Brain Aneurysm that was created during a medical procedure. The procedure was supposed to shrink a brain Arteriovenus Malformation (AVM) that I was born with and was was beginning to show symptoms. I was only 50 years old! Since leaving the hospital after nearly 10 weeks with several deficits, I have been working on recovering. Despite my best efforts, I was fired from a job that I had for over 10 years because I could no longer keep up with my peers. I have been "retired" ever since.
Recently, I went to an area bank and was told that they would not even take my application because I was disabled. Also, the commercial real estate broker for the location that I have selected will not even talk to me unless I can prove to him that I have liquid assets to cover two years worth of expenses --because, since I am disabled, I will fail. This was all after I overheard a hiring manager tell an associate that Physically Disabled people do not have ANY place in today's fast-paced economy. He was angry because a disabled person had applied for a job he had posted and WASTED his time! Admittedly, it made me mad, but it also got me thinking.
I think that he is WRONG...with the right process and technology in place, we can be more than productive. One of my favorite TV shows is #theprofit on CNBC. In addition to watching TV, though, I have lived in both worlds and can use my knowledge of both to help others.
This business would be a Doggy Daycare and DIY Wash facility that is technology aware, including using RFID tags to identity both dogs and employees. It will also have as its mission to hire Physically Disabled people, including Disabled Veterans, wherever possible. I believe that these groups cannot be dismissed by sight without an opportunity to prove themselves. Why dogs? I have two #GoldenRetrievers that have been VERY instrumental in my recovery and I want to honor them.
It's estimated by the D.O.L. that over 60% of #DisabledVets and other Physically #Disabled individuals that want to work are unemployed. These people would make excellent employees because of what they have gone though. I believe that they are loyal and they have learned to adapt quickly whenever the need arrived.
The #ADA law was signed 25 years ago, and I can't believe that these prejudices still exist; but apparently, they still do. I think that these prejudices can only be changed by positive outcomes. I believe that I can provide one given a chance!
I've been attending a lot of classes, and I intend on surrounding myself with the best people that I can find to give myself every advantage possible. Any money that I receive will be used in some aspect of the startup process, and I am not adverse to taking on #investors or loans.