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Meet Bryan

Workforce Challenge

As the economy continued to worsen, Bryan Brewer saw the writing on the wall. He was a Dock Master and Marina Grounds Manager for a local marina. As expected, Mr. Brewer was laid off at the end of the season and was told that he would not be needed back, unless the economy improved. Mr. Brewer’s long term goal was to start his own business with a strong community component – hiring local disadvantaged workers as well as providing free shirts to the homeless as his custom t-shirt business grew.

Workforce Solution

His WIA Case Manager, Janet Hanke, provided him with extensive resources to assist him with his business start up. He also requested management training and was enrolled in a for-credit First Level Manager Letter of Recognition Program at the College of Southern Maryland. He successfully completed that program and commented on how helpful it was as he ventured into the business world.
He enjoyed slowly growing his t-shirt business and doing volunteer work in the community, but that was not paying the bills!

Outcomes & Benefits

When a close business contact of the Business Services Representative, Barbara DeHenzel, called in a panic needing an Administrative Assistant, the WIA Case Manager suggested Mr. Brewer. He interviewed, the employer adored him and he is employed there as a permanent, full time employee. (The position was initially going to be part-time and low paying, but the employer changed her mind, once she met Mr. Brewer!) There were remaining funds in the OJT Grant, so the business was able to receive a salary subsidy for Mr. Brewer during his training period. He has become the employer’s right hand man, is able to operate his t-shirt business on the side and credits the WIA program with both of these successes.

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