Small Business Spotlight
For this month’s Small Business Spotlight, we catch up with Benjamin Douglas.
1. Tell us about your business; and what is your business philosophy?
Benjamin Douglas is a boutique technology and sales staffing and recruitment agency based in South Miami. The company was founded by Douglas Viney who hold over 15 years global experience, staffing for companies like HP, Dell, Oracle, Microsoft and Pearson Education to name just a few. Since moving to Miami, Doug and the Benjamin Douglas team have helped 100’s of local companies find talent. Using UK processes in a US market has made us stand out against some tough competition in the industry. Our business philosophy is to work with integrity at all times. Unfortunately the recruitment industry has a bad reputation, by treating all clients and candidates with respect you already stand head and shoulders above the rest.
2. Why are you passionate about your commitment to United Way?
When I moved to Miami six years ago a wise man told me that it is imperative that you get involved in the community here. I joined all the chambers, went on thousands of networking events and this really helped kick start my business. I had always heard of United Way and the great causes that they represent, I had just never reached out. In January this year I decided it was my time to give back and the Small Business initiative was just being rolled out, perfect timing. Since then we have sponsored a few events, done some volunteering and I even won a car at the annual luncheon. I am a massive fan of United Way and hope to be a Tocqueville member in the not too distant future.
3. How did your business get started?
I started my business after a number of interviews here in the US and every company told me they only offer 10 days PTO. As someone who loves to travel and spend time with his family, this just wasn’t going to work for me. So I started Benjamin Douglas. Now I offer all my employees unlimited PTO. Treat them like adults and they will come to work happier.
4. What is a lesson learned?
Don’t jump into something without really doing your due diligence first. Its human nature to want to be positive and say yes to everything but sometimes this can backfire on you.
5. What’s your favorite quote?
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again … who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” – Theodore Roosevelt