#49 – A Refugee Workforce: The Secret to Solving the U.S. Labor Shortage

 with Chris Chancey, Founder & CEO of Amplio Recruiting

49 - Chris Chancey

After growing up in a family whose work all lied around the small business economy and the local community, and having the opportunity to partake in some corporate management and nonprofit roles, Chris Chancey realized that being a social entrepreneur was the path he was destined to go down.

Chris is the founder and CEO of Amplio Recruiting, a staffing agency that places refugees into jobs across the U.S. Chris launched Amplio in 2014 after moving into a refugee community outside of Atlanta, Georgia. They have placed over 5,000 refugees from over 40 countries into full-time employment in over 300 companies in the manufacturing, construction, and hospitality industries. Amplio has generated nearly $12 million in revenue and operates in Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, and Raleigh-Durham. 

As a social entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and author of the book Refugee Workforce, in which he articulates the economic impact of refugees in America, Chris wholeheartedly believes in leveraging business to create greater stability for the 70 million displaced people around the globe. Like Defy Ventures, Chris is using business to create economic security and grow social opportunity for those in need of it most. 

In this episode, we discuss the origins of Amplio, the experience Chris and his wife had moving into a refugee community, how he got to know his neighbors better, and how that led to the idea that Amplio could be a solution for this community.

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Amplio teamCEO Chris (back row far right) with the Amplio team

As people learn more about what’s happening in the world around the refugee crisis, and especially as the U.S. and our government makes certain policies that in the case right now are not very beneficial, not very in favor of the refugee community, there are companies that are now educated about who a refugee is, their legal status, and their ability to work. Companies call us, saying, ‘We would love to be a part of their story.” –Chris Chancey

Topics Discussed: 

  • The origins of Amplio
  • Chris’ experience moving into the refugee community
  • How Chris got to know his neighbors
  • Early client relationships within Amplio

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