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  • Hardcover: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Microbin (December 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988787709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988787704
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,985,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael S. Robinson is President and CEO of New York Staffing Services, Inc. and Microbin, Inc. His companies are dedicated to the staffing industry and Workforce Capital Management of contingent workers in Fortune 100 companies and financial institutions across the United States, as well as publishing. He is well known for his keen business acumen, strong direction and focus, and sharp sense of humor.

Michael Robinson built his success from humble beginnings in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. His family instilled in him a core set of humanistic values, together with a sense of self worth derived from a warm and loving community. These values and characteristics served as the foundation for building a company that has withstood the challenges that entrepreneurs face on a daily basis.

He got his start working on Wall Street as a Senior Financial Analyst for Barclays Bank PLC, while he obtained his bachelors and masters degrees from Brooklyn College. With that experience under his belt, armed with a modest sum of money, a carefully constructed business plan, and a spirit of adventure, he resigned from his job to pursue his goals. In January 1992, he launched New York Staffing Services, Inc. specializing in "financial staffing." Six months later growth demanded an office in Manhattan, which has since grown to branches in Tampa, Florida and Bridgewater, New Jersey. By 1999, New York Staffing boasted over 450 employees nationwide. "We are committed to innovative, outside the box strategies and finding new ways of doing old things better," says Robinson.

Tested by the horrific events of September 11, 2001, when vulnerable companies stopped hiring, Michael sprang into proactive leadership mode by collaborating with various Twin Towers Job Placement efforts and job expos. A thorough knowledge of the marketplace and corporate landscape enabled him to reach out to hiring managers in order to provide solutions and resolve uncertainties. Even more than before, he dedicated himself to leading a team effort that prioritized careful research into candidates and opportunities, providing referrals, workshops, job boards, networking options, and job counseling services for many workers affected by the events of 9/11.

In 2006, Michael Robinson launched his second company, Microbin. An Internet based Workforce Capital Management firm with onsite capabilities at major corporations. It streamlines the staffing process while saving clients time and money.

In recognition of Michael's achievement, in 2003, Inc Magazine designated New York Staffing Services as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the U.S. Michael has received many other citations and awards, including an award for Outstanding Business Enterprise by the National Minority Business Council, Inc. in April 2009. Following on the heels of initiatives and innovative thinking the New York Enterprise Report honored the company with the Diverse Supplier of the Year award in October 2010. In recent months, he has been featured in Forbes Magazine and as a guest on the CBS Evening News on several occasions, and has also appeared on News 1 New York to discuss healthcare reform and the current state of employment. Michael's new book, "One Hundred Pennies," is a wake up call focusing on small businesses, jobs and the economy, due to be released in January 2013.

In his capacity as an empowerment speaker, Michael lectures and gives workshops at colleges and universities throughout the United States. He serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of The National Minority Business Council. An avid adventurer, athlete and huge supporter of the arts, he currently resides in Ft. Greene, Brooklyn.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ana M Callah on January 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have read Michael's book, and as an early 30-something living in NYC, I have found that there are many factors that pose threats against my success and my financial stability. Before I read the book I was laid off by a major publishing corporation that was outsourced to another company overseas. While at that corporation my status went from full-Time salaried employee to part-time salaried employee. My income was cut, my benefits little to nothing. Instead of seeing these things as failures on my own part, I tried to see them as positives. This was a prime opportunity for me to start consulting on my own and get experience in becoming a part-time freelancer. It also gave me an opportunity to help others execute their own creative ideas in start-ups and small businesses. I quickly found out that these small businesses gave me more room to execute my ideas and more resources. There was no bureaucratic red tape or politics that unfortunately, I had experienced at a corporation.

As I consulted part-time for many non-profits and small businesses, it became difficult to navigate these waters because of "funding" issues, or "grant" issues. I witnessed big corporations and investors pulling out at the last minute because of bigger problems and bigger sums of money being offered elsewhere. I thought this was a reflection of my work, the people I chose to work with, and the start-ups or companies I decided to help. Nothing could be further from the truth.

As I read Michael's book I began to realize that there were some huge built-in factors stacked up against me. The start-ups I worked for, as well as the small businesses in the summer of 2010 up to 2012 could barely keep their heads above water.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Frank on January 3, 2013
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Michael's advise for small business owner's are very insightful. His 20 plus years of experience as a business owner will help you achieve your goals.
A must read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susan Boyd on February 4, 2013
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I bought the book based on a recommendation by one of the members in my book club but I had no idea it would be so relevant to my life and what is happening in our economy. I used to own a business until two years ago. My husband and I were in business for 29 years until the economy turned and suddenly our revenues dropped by 55 percent. We tried applying for loans so that we could restructure and expand our services but banks weren't lending, so our option was to close shop or continue sinking. No help came from anywhere. The SBA, well they're a different story, they provided NO HELP whatsoever!!

Anyway, this book was an easy and insightful read, with solutions that really would make a difference. Anyone who is interested in restoring the American Dream should read this book. Highly recommended!

Susan and Paul Boyd
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Michael S. Robinson has come up with a very readable and understandable (for a lay person like me) manifesto for creating a government that supports small businesses and, thus, helps rebuild the foundation of our economy in a way that is meaningful and lasting. Clearly articulated and thoughtful, and yet with basic common sense at its core.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mh63 on March 23, 2013
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I find the book to be extremely intersting and look fwd to reading it daily. I highly recommend it to others
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