Business I would start
for ex-felons and unemployed persons
-Neighborhood discount grocery (selling dented cans and day-old bread)
-Mobile bakery and sandwich shop
-Sloppy Jalopy sales & repair
-Craig's List / eBay pick-up portal
-Contact Business for simple municipal services:
-Street and curb repair and re-marking
-Lamp bulb replacement
-Small container trash pick-up... and more.
But then I thought, “This won’t change the world that much. This will only employ only a few people, or as many as I can superintend.” Then I thought, “Why not challenge other businesses to do this?” And I liked that idea very much.
I guess it’s because I am a small businessman that I can relate to other small and medium sized businessmen (and women). We know what it takes to start and run a business. We know it intuitively and we know it practically. So if I were to say to a business owner, “I’ll give you $10,000 in start-up money if you will start a business that will employ one person for a year.” Whomever I say that to, the wheels will start turning without much more encouragement. And chances are that they will come up with something before the week is out.
Then I’d spin it. “I’ll give you $10,000 per person you employ. So if you employ 10 people, you’ll get $100,000. The only rules are that it must be a business that is unrelated to your existing business, you may only employ people who have been unemployed for 6 months or longer, and the business must still be running after one year. If these 3 criteria are met, after one year, I’ll give you an extra $5,000 per person if the same people are still employed by you.”
Question: How much does it cost to maintain unemployed people? This includes food stamps and medicare/medicade and UE compensation, and administrative costs and unemployment programs (both federal and state). I’ll bet it’s about $15,000 per year. So doesn’t that mean that we can afford to do this now? Isn’t the only thing that needs planning for is for persons who try to set up bogus businesses? And I know what to do about that too. Post each new business on a website for others to 1) utilize their services, and 2) check up on them. Believe me, one good entrepreneur is worth 100 politically planned initiatives.
As a qualifier, I would limit the offer to business that grossed over $300,000 in sales per year. They tend to be more established and are financially able to shepherd a start-up company. Also, if the business fails before the year is out, they must refund half(?)(all?) of the grant money over the next year. Note: This is a contract grant, not just free money from the government. Variables are: altering the initial amounts per person; the amounts of the one year bonuses; and the gross sales per year needed to qualify a business for such a program.
Always remember tho, the less strings attached, the more business people will be attracted to the concept. The contract should be able to be written up on a single sheet of paper. Forget about making them come up with a business plan to approve. The penalty of having to refund for failure is sufficient enough incentive to leave out having a business plan as a requirement. Established businesses won’t risk this. PS - Simplicity also means less administrative expense for the government (and ease of litigation for those who must be taken to task).
So really, all that remains is for someone to work the numbers to adjust the variables, and someone who is not a nobody like me to pitch it. Who do this for me? I’d do it myself but it would take too long for me to become famous and influential. And I can’t sing like Susan Boyle.