So You’ve Been Fired… Now What?: The Accidental Entrepreneur

August 8, 2012

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So You’ve Been Fired… Now What?: The Accidental Entrepreneur
The CEO of My Golf Concierge LLC shares how he went from job seeker to accidental entrepreneur
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It’s the call no employee wants to get, and Ty DeLavallade remembers it like it was yesterday.

“It was shocking,” says the former McGraw-Hill academic sales representative, about the unexpected layoff. The then-Maryland resident—one of the leading educational sales reps in his region—began looking for a new job within his field of expertise. Ten to 12 interviews and several months later, DeLavallade relocated to Orlando, Florida, in hopes the job market there would be more inviting. Although he discovered otherwise, he remained dedicated to his job search until an evening meal at a sushi restaurant in the city made him rethink his decision.

“Your destiny is in your hands,” read the fortune cookie the married father of one cracked open. DeLavallade says the incident sparked a deep conversation with the man upstairs and a sleepless 48-hour stint, which he used to research the golf travel and event planning businesses. In December of 2009, My Golf Concierge LLC, a luxury golf travel and event planning business, was born—launching officially in January 2010.

DeLavallade’s story is part of a larger trend of unplanned entrepreneurship, commonly known as accidental entrepreneurship, springing up in reaction to layoffs and rising unemployment rates.

An average of 340 Americans out of 100,000 created a business each month, according to the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, released last May. This translates into approximately 558,000 new businesses per month, a slight increase from last year’s numbers.

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