Staff Up America

LOCATION: 1138 W. Lincoln Ave. Milwaukee, WI  53215
Temporary employment agency, payroll services.

LEADERSHIP TEAM: Jeff Dubofsky, president; Ravi Varma, sales/marketing; and Lorena Jemenez, administration.

TARGET CLIENTELE: Light industrial clients (print/bindery/mailing, manufacturing, assembly, distribution, hospitality, etc…) utilizing a long-term, temporary workforce.


WHAT HAS FUELED YOUR COMPANY’S GROWTH?  Our internal staff and our business model.  It takes a dedicated group of smart, hardworking and resourceful individuals to recruit, deliver and manage our clients’ medium-large size workforces. I’m proud of the fact we’ve had little to no turnover with our office and transportation staff.  We have a good team and good decision makers have emerged from it.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE TO YOUR COMPANY’S GROWTH? With our current model, transporting our workforce to and from the clients’ facilities is the biggest challenge to growing the company.  We transport better than 90-percent of our workers, 24/7, to businesses as far as 35 miles from our office.  And with few public transportation options, early/late shift times and the workers’ ability to afford or maintain driving status, our transportation division is absolutely essential.  Financially, it’s a total loss, and, logistically it’s a nightmare, but in order to grow the company, we need the ability to deliver more people, on time, every day.

DO YOU PLAN ANY CHANGES IN YOUR COMPANY IN THE UPCOMING MONTHS? Earlier in the year, we started making changes to our recruiting process.  We’ve been successful playing the “numbers game” based on a high volume of applicants, but we’ve initiated more screening practices and some skill testing on the front end in order.

WHO ARE THE BUSINESS PEOPLE, LOCALLY OR NATIONALLY, WHOM YOU ADMIRE? AND WHAT TRAITS DO THOSE PEOPLE EXHIBIT THAT MAKE YOU ADMIRE THEM? There are many brilliant minds out there leading companies, branding products and marketing services, but I haven’t really made the time to study or follow other national or well-known business people.  My father, though, has been a great influence on my business practices over the years, and much of it comes from watching him run the company he started 50+ years ago.   I value some of the basics:  Be good to your employees, pay your bills, do your best every day, maintain good credit and deliver to the client exactly what you promised.

WHAT IS THE OUTLOOK FOR THE BUSINESS CONDITIONS OF YOUR INDUSTRY OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS? Well, it’s been an “interesting” year, and I can’t see it getting any less “interesting” in the coming weeks.  Generally speaking, production and inventory levels have been down in much of the light industrial community, which has an obvious effect on our business, but we’ve started to experience a bit of a rebound early in the third quarter.  My nature is to stay positive, so I will, but cautiously.


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