The Business of Getting People Back to Work

We’re highlighting small businesses from around the country as nominated by you, our readers. If your favorite small business is using Twitter to communicate with customers, let us know about it @fbsmallbiz with the hashtag #mysbc, and it may be featured as an upcoming Small Business of the Day.

Small Business of the Day: Careerminds

Who: President Raymond Lee and COO Justin Shakelman @careerminds

What: A virtual outplacement company

When: 2007

How: Lee had worked in human resources for about 18 years prior to starting Careerminds. When the economy shifted, he saw the opportunity to offer outplacement to businesses in a more web-based approach.

"The model is very rich with benefits," Lee said. "Our product is all web-based and virtual, and all coaching and career consulting is done over the phone. Users also have access online to our career management system."

Careerminds works with mid-sized companies to Fortune 500s at 30% to 70% lower cost, due to its web model, Shakelman claimed.

Where: Newark, Del.

In his own words: "We are placing about 50% faster than the national average of 40 weeks [of unemployment]. "We get people back to work in about 17 weeks."

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