Hire better with Back Pocket Resources!

Back Pocket Resources is pleased to announce the redesign of its service offerings to better serve small business leaders as their companies grow. Based on numerous conversations with business leaders, we have developed a framework for better hiring with new workshops and training programs in addition to our consulting services.

We believe that there are people behind every business’s success and teach our clients our comprehensive holistic approach to productive hiring. Getting the right people is easily one of the biggest challenges that businesses face, and 99% of people have a horror story of working with the wrong person and know what a negative impact that can have. Hiring a new employee is a sign of growth, and should be cause for celebration, but inefficient and outdated practices can make the process unpleasant for everyone involved. There is a better way, and Back Pocket Resources is ready to help your company learn it.

At Back Pocket Resources, we believe hiring is broken. Our belief is based on almost two decades of staffing and recruiting experience working with some of the biggest brands in the world. Nobody can deny that hiring is the most important thing that a business has to do. The growth and success of the company is tied directly to having the right people in the room.

Hiring is not just about writing a job description and interviewing, but in preparing the path for new employees to be successful. You can hire the perfect person into the wrong team or environment and they will never become productive. We help business leaders stop the frustration of wasting time and money on bad and outdated hiring practices. Instead, we directly impact the bottom line by providing the resources to improve the team’s effectiveness, through improved employee engagement, experience, and retention.

Hire better with Back Pocket Resources!

E2G Sports Has a Take on Your Favorite Teams

It helps being passionate toward sports. That becomes the basis for following a particular sport or organization and watching them perform on and off the field. Sports talk shows dominate the airwaves locally and nationally discussing what teams should do to improve and measuring fans’ reaction.

For Buddy Andrade, owner of E2G Sports in Pawtucket, there is no greater release to him than talking about sports. He grew up working in the industry and when the opportunity to transition into hosting sports podcasts arose, he jumped into the fray.

“I worked in radio at the former AM790 The Score and WEEI-FM (both located in Providence) with some very knowledgeable people,” said Andrade. “When that ended, I worked for the New England Patriots for several years. I met players and season ticket holders working at the Pro Shop. People were in a happy mood coming in to see what’s happening. For those who only went to one game a year, they loved making an entire weekend of touring Patriot Place.”

Andrade spoke with everyone regarding what they thought would happen in that day’s Patriots game or their season predictions. Many regular visitors invested their time offering their opinions. Andrade concluded many attending games possessed the same passion and commitment to the sport as he did. Andrade also loved hearing what other people said about the topics affecting the team and what could/should be done.

Buddy occasionally met players, who came in to purchase jerseys and other items for their families and friends. He established a good rapport with them as well as the staff, many of whom he still stays connected with.

Andrade said social media helps him keep tabs with them—and with one special family he befriended.

“I helped one family who was a ‘Make-A-Wish’ child. The child wanted to meet Wes Welker and Tom Brady. I helped make that happen. The players were super gracious in donating their time and spent a lot of time with the family. I still connect with the family on Facebook,” he said.

By 2015, Andrade decided to leave the Patriots and begin his own company. He wanted to have a platform in which he could have a say in what was happening in sports…with a twist. Instead of focusing on the well-known players (like Brady, for example), Andrade focuses his attention on lesser-known players. He said they can make an impact on the field, despite not being a household name. While Brady’s story is well documented, others aren’t necessarily on the radar.

Andrade points to one such player who made a permanent impact on the Patriots—and into history.

“Few people knew who Malcolm Butler was when he was on the team,” said Andrade. “He was an undrafted free agent from the University of West Alabama, who was buried on their depth chart. He would get burned on plays during practices. However, he learned from those mistakes. When he was pressed into action toward the end of Super Bowl XLVIIII, Butler made the key interception in the end zone to seal the game.

“Those are the types of players I like to highlight,” he added.

Andrade and his hosts have a wide range of sports topics. His podcasts offer the major sports (football, baseball, basketball, hockey and soccer) plus one for professional wrestling and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), among other topics. One features a women’s roundtable that is one of the most popular shows they offer. Andrade hopes to add golf, tennis and NASCAR shows in the spring.

Another big event taking place at the end of April is the NFL Draft. It comprises three days of pro teams selecting the best players from college football. It has become big business because of draft pundits forecasting who will play where while colleges and universities begin recruiting future stars.

Andrade is working to hold NFL Draft live podcasts from April 29 to May 1. Because of COVID-19 protocols, he is contacting area restaurants and event centers to coordinate details.

On Saturday, May 1, Andrade will hold one such event. Buddy and his staff will be broadcasting live at R1 Indoor Karting on Higginson Street in Lincoln from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Besides the shows, there will be fun and activities planned that day. For now, roughly 30 people can attend safely due to Covid protocols. Andrade said he hopes that number increases as restrictions are eased.

Other event information will be posted on social media platforms and on his new website at www.e2gsports.com. Andrade praised the work of Guillermo Garcia of Pixeles Digital Marketing in Cranston for creating his new website.

The biggest thrill Andrade has is interacting with other sports fans.

“I love talking with other sports fans about their feelings regarding their favorite teams. There are a lot of smart people who have something to say about the state of their teams. The podcasts are a great forum to express those views and get conversations going,” he said.

For more information about the podcasts, including airtimes and guests, please contact Buddy at 774-473-8824 or visit the website.

Be Wise and Plan for YOUR Financial Future

If the events of the past 12 months have taught the world anything, then the message should have been to leave absolutely nothing to chance. Life has a funny (and not so funny) way of changing instantly. Adapting to those problems can make the difference between either getting away unscathed or being buried beneath the rubble. The pandemic has given everyone a valuable resource to consider planning ahead in their lives, be it on a professional, personal, or any other level.

That extends to the future. While few people possess a crystal ball and can correctly predict with any certainty, the coronavirus has proven to be a catalyst for change. Financial wellness went to the forefront of the discussion because of the pandemic. People who may not have a clue about their retirement accounts or what other benefits they are eligible for were suddenly forced to take action. In many cases, the public may have been unaware of services available to help navigate them through this path. For those who may be lost in the woods, there is a beacon of light in the form of a nonprofit organization that helps those needing a financial life raft.

The Foundation for Financial Education (F3E) serves to help people with money-related issues and concerns. The Foundation offers virtual seminars that are easy to implement and attendees can gain access to no-cost, high-value financial education training.

Nicholas Pacheco, who serves as the Rhode Island Director of Operations for F3E, said there is a lot of financial information out there that may easily confuse most people. As an educator, Pacheco’s job is to provide people with financial education in simple terms so they can make informed decisions impacting their day-to-day finances and beyond.

“We specialize in helping any type of business—big, small, or in between—that has questions or concerns about various financial topics that impact their lives,” Pacheco said. “As an accredited 501c(3) organization, the Foundation helps to improve employee productivity and morale, reduce HR costs, and provide unbiased financial education and guidance. There is no cost to either the employer or to the employee to either host or attend any of our seminars. They are mostly done virtually to adhere to social distancing rules.”

There are numerous topics for companies to become more immersed with. Such courses range from advanced Social Security planning, asset preservation workshops, maximizing one’s investments post-pandemic, benefits for federal employees, and addressing risks like identity theft and taxation. All of these and the other seminars offer either company-wide or one-to-one support, Pacheco said.

Some other topics taught by Pacheco and the Foundation include:

• 10 Steps to Financial Freedom…among the topics in this portal are creating a budget, getting out of debt, and finding your “money view.”
• Estate Planning…dealing with death and estate taxes, preparing wills and trust, and learning about probate and its relationship with your estate.
• Planned Giving…learning the differences between a one-time gift and an ongoing gift, the tax ramifications to a family and the estate, and using a charitable trust or charitable strategies for planned giving.

These are several of the dozens of seminars and subjects the Foundation provides information about. The programs can be tailored to fit any specific needs or concerns, said Pacheco.

“The Foundation looks to be an educational resource for all things that affect the health and well-being of the people we serve,” he said. “This is a Foundation that services businesses and individuals across the country, so their network of national resources is very strong. In this industry, there are not many opportunities to give back. This is one of those chances to do that and make a difference.”

Pacheco said his involvement with the Foundation spans several years but he has been serving people for twenty years. He cites his wanting to “pay it forward” and having other people learn from his knowledge within the industry are intangible rewards for participating in this endeavor.

As with many of the hot topics concerning money and financial stability, Pacheco invites anyone who is interested to attend a no-cost seminar on “Maximizing Social Security in Uncertain Times,” on Wednesday, March 24, beginning at 6:30 pm. This event will help attendees with claiming strategies, discuss how to maximize their pension including claiming strategies, the impact of IRA withdrawals, and taxation of benefits. Details for the event may be found by emailing him at the address below.

The Foundation for Financial Education is a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading financial literacy by providing free educational resources directly to the public. Founded as a result of an urgent need to eliminate financial illiteracy, F3E has helped thousands of individuals become more fiscally fit by understanding financial pitfalls that they may encounter in their everyday lives.

For additional information about the project or to schedule a meeting with Nicholas Pacheco, please contact him either by email at nicholas@f3eonline.org or call him at 401-314-4100

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch…

Karen Dalton overcame obstacles to help military Veterans at her facility.

The pandemic has brought on many challenges on professional and personal levels. Business is conducted much differently than it was at this time last year. Not being able to see loved ones or attend large social gatherings such as either sporting events or concerts has made fundraising for non-profits more of a challenge.

Now, what if on top of that, you served your country and have little or no support system in place to control those demons? There are active and retired military personnel who fall under those sad categories that don’t know where to turn or who to ask for help. However, there is a place these heroes can go to get back on their feet and have a new lease on life.

The Dare To Dream Ranch, located on 12 Snagwood Road in Foster, is a 501 © (3) nonprofit organization on a 11-acre facility that offers alternative therapy programs to service members, Veterans and their families. Founder and Executive Vice President Karen Dalton said the purpose of the Ranch is providing outlets to build up their ability to become productive. The end game is empowering their clients to live productive, meaningful lives.

“These Veterans suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression and other challenges from their time serving,” she said. “They had mission, purpose, structure, and comradery in their lives in what they were doing. Now that they are back to civilian life, many can’t make the smooth transition from one life to another. Being on the Ranch gives them a sense of purpose while giving them a second chance to make a difference.

“I know what it’s like to be in this situation, so I understand what these Veterans are going through.

She grew up as the daughter to a Marine dad who suffered from anger management issues. Her first husband also dealt with anger management issues that affected Dalton’s emotional and physical health. Her goal is to break the cycle by utilizing alternative therapy programs that helped her, and programs that have helped others.

Now, Dalton has the Ranch to help others going through tough times. The facility has many programs to help with mission, purpose, structure and comradery. For those who may not have a place to stay, the Ranch will start to offer an opportunity to work there in exchange for a place a stay as availability allows. This enables them to save money to purchase their own home, she said.

Among the activities provided at The Ranch include equine-facilitated coaching, woodworking, fly fishing, beekeeping and gardening, among others. Dalton herself utilized gardening, working with horses, time in nature and surrounding herself with positive like minded individuals to help overcome her emotional and physical health challenges and now wants to use these to help others.

“Nobody has to go through this ordeal alone. That is a major reason why this Ranch is critical to the health and wellbeing of those who kept the rest of us safe. They don’t want a hand out; just some way of contributing and feeling better about themselves and being a part of something more,” she said.

One of the best things coming out of the last 12 months is the incoming contributions to support the Ranch. Dalton said did not have as many volunteers but were able to raise their largest amount ever. However, they want to raise $5 million to purchase more land, build a gift store, and make other renovations to help more people.

One of the ways they hope to reach their goal is the 401Gives Challenge. Happening on April 1st and sponsored by The United Way of Rhode Island, the organization that raises $50,000 first will receive a matching $50K from the Rhode Island Foundation. It’s a one-day, 24 hour event to raise money for various organizations and charities. Dalton said that money would do a lot of good.

Starting at 6:00 AM on April 1, anyone may donate at: www.401Gives.org/organizations/dare-to-dream-ranch-inc.

“Without question, we are all facing a different kind of world,” she said. “What these Veterans have seen and done should never be forgotten. We should make a concerted effort to ensure that every Veteran and their family receives the care and help they need. Our Ranch works to accomplish those goals.”

For anyone interested in helping out in terms of contributing or volunteering, please call Karen at (401) 919-2059 or email her at Dare2DreamRanchRI@gmail.com.

More details about the Ranch may be found by visiting their website at www.daretodreamranch.com.

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