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When Calvetta Phair was in middle school, she posted an ad in her local community newspaper that read: “7th Grader Seeking Work.”
Phair didn’t mention that she was only 11 years old.
After all, she was determined to get around the minimum age requirements for employment — and she did.
A used book store owner answered her ad and she quickly found herself stacking bookshelves, taking inventory, and filing donated books.
It’s not surprising then that Phair is now an entrepreneur.
In 2012, after 20 years of working in human resources and business development and running her own (now shuttered) firm, Phair founded America’s Workforce Solution, LLC.
America’s Workforce Solution
Located in Miami, America’s Workforce Solution is a certified U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business that develops strategic workforce initiatives.
Phair says she started America’s Workforce Solution to help put Americans back to work.
“I saw the need to connect skilled employees (and those underemployed) with better training and career opportunities to obtain higher paying positions for a sustainable quality of life.”
America’s Workforce Solution has provided staff augmentation and staffing and recruitment strategies for Fortune 50 corporations and U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) prime contractors in the information technology, defense, aerospace, aviation, and telecommunication industries.
Phair joined Supplier Connection not long after launching America’s Workforce Solution, at the suggestion of a SBA representative at a small business vendor workshop.
She’s using the platform to market her firm to buyers, especially DoD prime vendors looking for subcontractors that do cleared (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information with a polygraph) personnel staffing and recruiting.
To help veterans and transitional military personnel find employment opportunities, America’s Workforce Solution also provides them with job training and other programs, including free resume writing.
On It Foundation
Phair’s commitment to helping others isn’t confined to her business either.
In 1999, following some personal financial hardships, Phair found herself unable to purchase a computer for her daughter, who was struggling in computer class.
After searching in vain for an organization or business that would be willing to donate a computer to her family, Phair founded the On It Foundation.
An IRS 501(c)(3), the On It Foundation provides free computers and training, STEM education, and discounted internet to K-12 students who receive free or reduced lunch in the United States.
Today, Phair’s daughter is completing her MBA (and recently started her own entrepreneurial journey by launching a digital marketing company) and the On It Foundation has donated more than 10,000 computers directly to families in need.
That determined and entrepreneurial 11 year old would be proud.