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Key Idea: Hire the Disabled

Hattie answers the key question, "How do I find great employees?"

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Hire people with a disability.  Bill Malleris is an activist turned businessman. Since college, Bill has been preaching about the needs of people with disabilities. His sermon goes something like this: People with disabilities want to work. They don't want to be taken care of or felt sorry for.

But people with disabilities do need the rest of us to be open to change and to find creative ways to bring them into the workplace. For example, you can hire a person who may be homebound. By providing telephone and computer equipment, that person with a disability could become your most productive employee. Some workers with special knowledge can work from any location.

Bill's new sermon goes like this: If you have an idea for a business, a disability shouldn't hold you back. Find a need and fill it. Get a mentor, access the free- and low-cost services from the SBA. Start small and network with other small-business owners.

Bill's been preaching all his life. But the most impressive thing about him is he doesn't ask those of us listening to him to do anything he hasn't already succeeded at himself. How refreshing.

Q: Why does Bill say that if you want to own a business you must have the idea yourself?

A: To overcome all the obstacles you will face, especially if you are a person with a disability, you will need to be very strong from the inside out. If someone gives you an idea and you only pursue it because you think you can make money, you may succeed at making money but you won't have the kind of satisfaction that Bill enjoys.

Margaret Quenenmoen, owner of Jagged Edge Mountain Gear told us, "you will be tested at every turn."  She agrees with Bill that the idea should come up from your soul.  Greg Bombard, owner of Catalina Express has spent his life on the water.  He can not imagine not being able to run a business and at the same time spend most of his time on the water.

Q:  If you want to own a business and don't have an idea now, what could you do to come up with an idea?  

A: Think about what you love doing. Read some of the  many books, the most famous being, Pack Your Own Parachute, about career planning.  Ask your family and friends what they think you do well. Don't ask them what you should do with your life.  Only ask them to tell you what they think your strengths are.

My mother once told me I should be a nurse because when I walk in the room I make people feel good.  Only  problem is, I can't stand body fluids.  After you have looked at your strengths and interests, look at work that could mesh to create magic for you. 

Think about it

Have you ever considered hiring a person  with a disability?  Do you have jobs that a person could do while sitting down?

Clip from: Maple Court Development

Naperville, Illinois: Bill Malleris builds barrier-free housing for the disabled. When he couldn't find a place in Chicago to live himself, he built Maple Court, a 48-unit residential complex with 20 units designed for people who use wheelchairs or scooters to get around. The happy part of the story is that Bill was sold out before he even finished the construction. Meet an entrepreneur-activist and learn how to do good and make a living, too.

Bill Malleris is an activist turned businessman. Since college he has been preaching about the needs of people with disabilities. His sermon goes something like this: People with disabilities want to work. They don't want to be "taken care of" or felt sorry for. But people with disabilities do need the rest of us to be open to change and to find creative ways to bring them into the workplace.....

Bill's new sermon goes like this: If you have an idea for a business, a disability shouldn't hold you back. Find a need and fill it, get a mentor, access the free and low-cost services from the SBA, start small and network with other small business owners.

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Maple Court Development

Bill Malleris, Founder

1135 West Ogden Avenue
Naperville, IL 60563
630 357 3696

Office: 630 357 3696

Business Classification:
Construction

Year Founded: 1996

Hire the Disabled

Lightbulb HATTIE: In the Studio) Bill Malleris is an activist turned businessman. Since college, Bill has been preaching about the needs of people with disabilities. His sermon goes something like this: People with disabilities want to work. They don't want to be taken care of or felt sorry for.

But people with disabilities do need the rest of us to be open to change and to find creative ways to bring them into the workplace. For example, you can hire a person who may be homebound. By providing telephone and computer equipment, that person with a disability could become your most productive employee. Some workers with special knowledge can work from any location.

 Bill's new sermon goes like this: If you have an idea for a business, a disability shouldn't hold you back. Find a need and fill it. Get a mentor, access the free- and low-cost services from the SBA. Start small and network with other small-business owners.

Bill's been preaching all his life. But the most impressive thing about him is he doesn't ask those of us listening to him to do anything he hasn't already succeeded at himself. How refreshing.

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