I just finished teaching a Bare Bones Biz Planning class at the Davis Correctional Facility. I learned about Randy and his Commercial Cleaning Class when he ordered my books to use as part of his business building curriculum. He asked if I would participate in one of their sessions. Hot Rod and I drove to Holdenville, OK and we were absolutely impressed with the program and the students.

There was a gentleman in the class who has been incarcerated for more than 30 years. He has never seen or held a cell phone. He has never been on the internet.

He has been working on a Business Plan. And he is going to launch that plan when he gets out in six months.

You see, a lot of folks wouldn’t hire an ex-con. Would you? Maybe not. Interestingly, a lot of folks who would never hire someone with a criminal record choose not to drug test their employees. (There is a short length of rope between someone who uses and gets caught…and someone who just uses.)

Well, my new friend is figuring he might not be very hirable. And he isn’t interested in working for minimum wage. He has had a lot of time to think and plan…and his Biz Plan ROCKS.

So, you may not hire an ex-con. However, an ex-con just might start a competing business to yours. He may be committed to an incredibly high standard of excellence. He may be willing to hold his team to tough drug-free testing requirements. He may have been planning this business for years, working out the kinks, thinking it through, crafting his marketing concept…and now he is launching his rock solid Business Plan in your market area. He may have something to prove. And he might just prove it very, very successfully.

I learned that one in a hundred people in this country are behind bars. Some are spending their time developing personal and professional skills. Some are determined to make a better life for themselves and their families when get out.

It is my honor to be of service to Randy and his students. Here’s to a brighter, better future…and extraordinary businesses!

“Most people look up and admire the stars, but a champion climbs a mountain and grabs one.” ~Raymond Carrasco

xox$, Ellen