Good Business is Good Work

So my Best FiveOh Ever has taken a turn to the work side in the last week. I mentioned a while ago that it turns out I’ve got a lot of friends working professionally for good causes (Hi David, Elissa, Victoria among others!). As it turns out those aren’t the only folks doing good work as part of their professional endeavors. On the work side, I’m looking to hire a consulting partner to help out transforming the software testing org I run. Reached out to a buddy who’s company plays in that space and found out they do this coolest thing I’ve ever run across in a for profit techno-biz. We need some folks on-site but also are looking for remote testing capabilities both as a round the clock play and potential financial savings (ain’t everybody). Kyle pops up this company that’s part of their corporate family called nAblement. From their web site:

nAblement is a truly unique service that fosters and supports careers in IT for qualified candidates with disabilities, while at the same time strengthening diversity in the technology industry. We exist to provide rewarding employment opportunities for candidates with disabilities, and to present the business community the opportunity to engage this rich, underutilized, and diverse technology resource.

Turns out the big boss has a daughter that’s disabled and he’s been looking for some way to support folks with disabilities to return to or enter the work force in professional capacities. So in this AIG fogged world, don’t believe every CEO is a crook out for only their own interest at everyone else’s expense. There’s good business that makes for good citizenship in this human tribe as well. SPR/Redpoint, the umbrella company for nAblement, is a great example of a company that delivers top-notch services (stories to be told but for another day in another blog), but also finds a way to enrich our common experience.

So I started noticing this kind of thing and it’s all over. One quick example comes from a New York Times article a ways back on a bank in Virginia that’s finding ways to serve the financing needs of it’s observant Muslim community. Got no personal connection with these folks, but kinda wish I did. Something about the creativity to take their business forward in a way that also opens up the sweet life (yeah it’s corny but there’s nothing wrong with that battered old American dream. We get goofy in the ways we choose to pursue some times, but the dream is a pretty sweet one) to a part of the population that might not otherwise have access.

And then there’s Betsy G, a working art teacher and artist. Every year she does the poster for a local charity run. They make a bunch on the posters and the original auctions off for more money than most of us are ever going to drop on a charity in one wad.

We’ve all heard about shopping local. Now I’m shopping integrated as well, looking for businesses that not only do good business but also do good work for this human tribe. Thanks Kyle, Betsy and Stephan!

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