Hearing Disabled And Unemployed Expert Seeks GIS Business Grant Money
(Riverside, CA, USA)
My name is Charles. I worked at Riverside County Transportation and Land Management Agency as a Geographic Information Analyst (GIS Analyst) for 20+ years.
On June 30, 2010, I was laid off due to the County's budget cuts. I am hearing-impaired and was proud of my employment at the County until I received the pink slip.
Now, I am unemployed and receiving unemployment benefits. I am expecting to receive social security disability (SSDI) checks soon.
I do not want to be on SSDI for the rest of my life. I am only 46 years old. I have a wife and a 10 year old child. We live in our own home in Riverside, California.
I have been looking for a new job, especially at the County where I used to work. I had two interviews at County Flood (two different job positions related to GIS), but they did not want to hire me due to my disability.
Well, I wrote up a business plan, hoping to start my own business in mapping and GIS services to the public, business and governments.
The biggest problem is that I don't have money to purchase the equipment I need for my business.
I need some pretty expensive hardware and software, for example:
* Windows high-performance PC workstation
* ESRI ArcGIS software (see www.esri.com)
* wide-format HP DesignJet plotter
* wide-format scanner
* hand-held GPS to collect data
The income from digital mapping services will help to support my family. I really don't want to be on SSDI for the rest of my life.
I am very experienced in the GIS world and capable to work. If you can think of something that can help, please contact me.
I'd love to hear from you. Thank you and God bless.