2018 Small Business Week

It is officially National Small Business Week! Last week, Labor On Demand had the honor to visit two Associate Administrators. We got to meet Jason Simmons, Associate Administrator, Office Field Operations; and Allen Gutierrez, Associate Administrator, Office of Entrepreneurial Development.

 

 

As the 2017 San Antonio District Woman Owned Business Award Winner, our local SBA representative felt our office would make an excellent visit.

I am blessed and thankful for all the opportunities and guidance I have received through the SBA, UTSA PTAC, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and LiftFund.

 

Thank you,

 

 

Lucinda Leal

Labor On Demand
President/CEO

 

 

 

Core Values

Core Values

What I do for Labor On Demand (LOD) has no dollar value, but the impact that I can make on someone’s life is priceless. I will keep my word, and I will do my best to make a positive impact on people. These are some of the core value’s Lucinda has instilled onto the LOD team. As a MBA graduate, I know you should stick to 4 Core Values, these may change, but during my time at LOD I have not seen these main values change but improve. I believe that LOD upholds:

  • Faith
  • Family
  • Integrity
  • Service

 

Faith: The owners of LOD have a strong faith in Christ. They are highly involved in their church community. They give praise and thanks to God for all the blessings that they have received. Spirituality and beliefs can be different to every person. It can be God, Christ, Jesus, Karma, Higher Power, or a belief in something that is greater than yourself that provides a positive outcome or source of energy. It is what guides the individual to greatness that is the true source of strength. Seeing that there is a power greater than yourself is what makes a lasting impact and a legacy for those around you.

 

Family: LOD treats everyone that they meet just like family. Though there are a lot of internal staff that are related, that does not mean they look at anyone they meet any differently. Lucinda greets everyone with a hug and a kiss on the cheek. She always goes out of her way to make people feel special, and she is gracious with an open heart. She cries when she sees someone she knows is hurting and will go out of her way to help anyone that is in need. She loves and shows great empathy to everyone around her. From an early age, her family had to take care of each other, and I think this is instilled onto our team and the business heritage at LOD.

 

Integrity: Say what you mean and mean what you say. Lucinda will uphold her promises. She still honors that through conversations, handshakes, or a hug. This is an occurrence that has been disseminated in our current day office atmosphere. Being the person that I am, I have become highly protective over Lucinda’s words and promises to clients. I get hurt when I feel like she gets taken advantage of. Do not get me wrong. She is petite, but her fierceness and determination are nothing you want to get in the way of. Once she knows you have taken advantage of her generosity, she comes after you with her wrath (though still genuine), and she will tell you how she feels. She has a true Christian soul, because even though angry, she never lashes out in hate; she is comfortable confronting an oath that has been broken. Lucinda treats everyone this way. Lucinda’s word and work ethic are admired and respected by everyone in the company.

 

Service: Lucinda give’s her heart out on a regular basis. She has so much modesty that it is hard for her to admit the generosity that she has given to non-profits and charity. She feels like she does not want to brag, but I tell her that people need to know how giving her heart is. So, I will do the bragging for her. Not that I need to, but because she is such an awesome individual. I just feel people need to know how truly incredible she is. Lucinda is one of the most caring, giving and loving individuals I have ever met. She treats me like family, this has given me the instincts to protect and support her with my knowledge and experience. She is amazing, and everything I have ever prayed and asked for as an employee. I am blessed to work, be guided, and be considered family by Lucinda.

Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace

Lucinda Leal sponsored 9 women to attend a woman’s retreat, Amazing Grace, that in the past she had attended that changed her life.  She chose 9 people including family and employees to embark on a similar journey that would hopefully would improve their life and spirituality. After attending this woman’s retreat, I truly understand Lucinda better and how she got where she is today.

Being one of the chosen, I was supportive but also unsure. I have always had a spiritual presence, but being responsible for our social media, I decided to divide our business and our spiritual belief in our internet activity.

She is a true believer in God and this guides all her life and decisions, including her business. She puts her heart and soul into everything that she does. When she says something, she will do it. She dedicates herself to everyone around her and she reaps the benefit of a happy and successful life from the support of her loyal employees.

Out of the 9 that were sponsored, 3 got baptized (2 previously baptized) to reaffirm their faith in God and Christ. I was one of the three. I was born and raised Catholic. I consider myself to be an open-minded Catholic, and after conversations with multiple people, I have been called a Universalist. Whatever that may truly mean, I feel it comes with a purpose of believing that you have and are part of a divine being. I feel grateful for my divine being, which I call God, allowing everyone else their own belief utilizing prayer, song, nature, and meditation. I have even attended a few Shambhala Meditations and find them quite gratifying because I can be at peace with myself and focus on my silence with my higher being (God). Again, there are many ways that you can reach your inner peace. I believe that everyone has their own path to an understanding of a higher power and that path may not be the same for everyone. I now realize, you cannot change the world by yourself, but by having strong faith, you can impact those around you with your acceptance and love.

Help the Smith Family Rebuild

Hi friends & family,

One of our family/friend/colleague’s home was engulfed in flames March 19, 2018. Not only is the Smith family dealing with the emotional distress of losing their home, but also the passing of their fur babies. Any contribution you can make to help the Smith family rebuild after such tragedy would be greatly appreciated. Bradley has been such a great employee and friend to Labor On Demand, lets be there for him and his family now.

Thank you so much for your help.

https://www.gofundme.com/help-the-smith-family-rebuild

HUBZone

Labor On Demand, Inc. has been accepted into the HUBZone Program! Effective December 20, 2017 has been approved for certification as a “qualified HUBZone small business concern (SBC)”. LOD is now eligible for HUBZone opportunities and will be included on the list of qualified HUBZone small business concerns found at http://dsbs.sba.gov/dsbs/search/dsp_searchhubzone.cfm

HUBZone is a United States Small Business Administration (SBA) program for small companies that operate and employ people in Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZones). The HUBZone program was created in response to the HUBZone Empowerment Act created by the U.S. Congress in 1998.

Labor On Demand, Inc. focusing on providing business solutions for our clients. LOD currently provides pay-rolling, staff augmentation, training, human resource management, and internship opportunities for the city, state and federal agencies. LOD utilizes experience and expertise to implement cost effective solutions to ensure business success.

We are excited to be a part of this program and look forward to the opportunities that is will give Labor On Demand.

 

Thank you,

 

Lucinda Leal

Labor On Demand, Inc.
President/CEO

Thanksgiving Baskets

Labor On Demand, Inc. is thankful for it’s many hardworking employees. For two years now, we have been honoring them, by raffling out 25 Thanksgiving Baskets. Each basket is complete with items such as H.E.B. gift cards, stuffing, gravy, corn, green beans, sweet potatoes, cranberries, brown sugar, rolls and various desserts.  It is just our little way as a company of saying thanks to some of our many employees who work hard on a daily basis.

We believe in our workers and we are grateful to have them be a part of our community. We just want to be able to let them know we appreciate all that they do and want to give them extra blessings during the holidays.

Thank you!

Labor On Demand, Inc.

MED Week 2017

San Antonio Business Opportunity Council (SABOC) selected Labor On Demand, Inc. to be honored at its reception during the observance of National Minority Enterprise Development Week (MED Week).

Since 1983, the U.S. President has proclaimed a national MED Week observance to recognize the outstanding achievements of minority business enterprises and to honor those corporations and financial institutions that support minority business development. MED Week celebrates the accomplishments of outstanding minority entrepreneurs and leaders and provides a platform for small and minority-owned businesses to learn about business growth strategies, receive premier training and networking opportunities.

SABOC promotes the utilization of Small Business (SB), Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB), Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HubZone) and Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) concerns throughout San Antonio and South Texas. SABOC is composed of representatives from federal agencies, U.S. Small Business Administration, Bexar County, City of San Antonio, and University of Texas at San Antonio.

Labor On Demand, Inc. is honored to be selected during the 2017 MED Week. Thank you all for your continued support and guidance in our efforts to gain employment opportunities to San Antonio.

 

Sincerely,

Lucinda Leal

Labor On Demand, Inc.

President/CEO

SBA Round Table

Labor On Demand, Inc. got to participate in the SBA Ignite Tour. Linda McMahon, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, was in San Antonio on October 18, 2017. Her nationwide round table focused on her listening to business owners.

We were educated on the SBA’s services to gain capital, mentoring and federal contracting, as well as advocating small business owners on driving economic growth.

My ability to support my family and the local community, I am honored to be considered an asset to San Antonio. Labor On Demand, Inc. will continue to making opportunities to work, fueling the state and nations economic development.

Thank you,

 

Lucinda Leal

Labor On Demand, Inc.

President/CEO

Lone Star Play Ball Volunteers

Lone Star Play Ball Volunteers

Lone Star Play Ball is back for another great season opening September 16, 2017!

This is the second year that Labor On Demand has been able to participate in the fun & excitement!

For nearly two months, the Labor On Demand S.M.I.L.E. Team have gathered Saturday mornings to volunteer their time with Lone Star Play Ball League. Participants play against each other in a non-competitive co-ed slow pitch softball game. All players hit and take a position on defense when on the field. Each participant is paired with a Buddy to ensure the players safety.

S.M.I.L.E. Team

Labor On Demand believes that giving back to the community is vital to the success and growth of San Antonio. Labor On Demand (LOD) and its employees have supported a variety of charitable organizations and also donate to many great causes. With that in mind, the LOD S.M.I.L.E. Team was formed in 2016 to help build a stronger community and create opportunities for everyone.

The “Spreading Motivation Into Lives Everyday Team” was established as a volunteer based organization and provides employees with the opportunity to go into the community and within the company with the intention to motivate and inspire people, on a personal level, to reach greatness. Our community of volunteers share the belief in the power of intention. Without knowing it our intentions shape the world around us. We believe that paying it forward with good intentions will help make a change that will spread throughout the community. Combining internal staff with employees the S.M.I.L.E. Team donate their time and talents to do their part to help our communities throughout San Antonio and surrounding areas.

 

Richard Leal Jr.

Vice President of Administration & founder of S.M.I.L.E. Team

Felipe Arrizon III

On-Site Director & Co-Founder of S.M.I.L.E Team