Showing posts from March, 2014

Cultivate Holland Births Jobs for the Urban Poor Through Business Training

Graduates from a Cultivate Holland Class Poverty fighting jobs are created by thriving businesses in disadvantaged communities.  With that premise, Cultivate Holland, LLC , a Holland, Michigan faith-based non-profit organization, provides twelve-week classes for urban business people to help grow their ventures in order to create more jobs for disadvantaged individuals. As its website details: Cultivate Holland, LLC is focused on providing the tools with which you can begin to grow or start your business and eliminate poverty in Holland and beyond.  Your success begins by attending a series of coaching and mentoring meetings designed for business owners and entrepreneurs.  Studies have shown that businesses can  increase productivity by 26%  when the ownership or management receives and implements proper training.  This increased productivity is achieved through training and mentoring without the expenditure of any capital.  With increased productivity comes increased job ava

Self-Sabotage in Employment Training Businesses

In less than a month, the job-training participant is ready to graduate the six month program into a job in the community. Over the last few months, he has been a model employee who achieved much on the job after not working for 5 years because of prison and addiction. All of the sudden, the problems start. He begins to be late for work after being consistently on time. He gets into an argument at home and misses work because of a day in jail. The list of troubles grows to the point where he is fired only weeks from a successful graduation. Self sabotage. It's a discouraging reality in employment training businesses. And, unfortunately, it is not rare. Over the years, I have seen this pattern repeat causing introspection and a loss of confidence for leaders of such projects. But while self-sabotage happens, there are steps a program can take to lessen its prevalence and its negative effects. As a leader, one must never take it personally when self-sabotage occurs. In a cr

Rochester Furniture Manufacturing Business Employs the Chronically Homeless

Hope Initiatives in Rochester, New York, seeks to address the causes of poverty in its community by employing and job-training individuals with significant employability issues in a faith-based program. The organization operates a manufacturing business that produces 20,000 pieces of furniture a year as well as a local moving and storage business.                                                       Visit here to learn more.