Our guest is David Morris, CEO of Habitat International, Inc. (Not to be confused with Habitat for Humanity the Non Profit). David is a unique entrepreneur in that his company hires predominately disabled workers and he has created an amazing culture of Positive Distractions.
David sees these people as ABLE, not disabled and they have played a huge role in his success as an entrepreneur. We will learn the KEY attributes to David’s success and some of his mistakes. Habitat has become the de facto training center for many large companies like Walgreens and Lowe’s to learn how to hire and manage disabled workers.
Companies of all sizes are having great success hiring disabled workers and David shares tips on how to do this.
David also provides his best ideas for entrepreneurs getting started.
A leading supplier of artificial-grass and indoor-outdoor carpet products for The Home Depot, Lowe’s and other retailers, Habitat International Inc. is a socially responsible business dedicated to providing jobs for hard-to-place workers.
Launched by David Morris and his father Saul in 1981, the Chattanooga, Tennessee company has become a role model for other businesses, disability advocates and the general public.
David frequently advises business owners around the country on how to launch their own disability-hiring programs. A popular lecturer who speaks from the heart, he is often invited to share his company’s story with disability advocates, healthcare workers, special education teachers, civic leaders and others who want to learn more about the realities of hiring people with disabilities.
“All you need to do is open your heart a little and trust in people,” David says of his longtime practice of hiring people with special challenges. “All it takes is changing your paradigms and your mindset and realizing that disabled people aren’t dumb. I understand how other businesspeople might be fearful. But when you see a person who’s been told ‘no’ every day of his or her life and now is saying, ‘Yes, I can do it,’ it’s hard not to get inspired.”
David is looking to buy a business that could be integrated into his existing operations. Habitat owns a large facility with strong production and distribution capabilities and the company has cash and zero debt. Please submit any prospective companies that may be a fit on this blog or email me at email@example.com .
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