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Robert Claiborne | July 15, 2011

Published on July 13, 2011

Our niche industry gives us the ability to be recession proof, says Robert Claiborne, Sales and Operations Manager of Hoodz Northwest Houston.

On Bauer Business Focus — A conversation on how to “recession-proof” your business with Andrew Schneider, business reporter for KUHF 88.7 FM.

With the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announcing a 9.2 percent unemployment rate in June, many job seekers are taking the opportunity to start their own businesses, including former NFL wide receiver Robert Claiborne.

Claiborne launched a franchise of kitchen exhaust cleaning company HOODZ in Northwest Houston in early 2011, noting that the recession hasn’t impacted business.

“Hoodz of Northwest Houston is a niche industry. There’s a lot of opportunity here, particularly in the Houston area,” Claiborne said. “I entered this industry because it gave us the ability to be recession proof. Restaurants are mandated and have regular inspections and with our help, we help them stay at that level so they can continue business.”

Although Claiborne’s initial career aspirations were in professional football, an unexpected injury ended his athletic career, forcing him to look beyond the gridiron.

“I had to make a decision, and as they say in the football world, go into the ‘real world,'” he said. “I got into sales and kind of just took off from there for the past 12 to 13 years.”

“I see a lot of parallels between football and the business world. There’s a lot of planning that goes into football, where you’re planning for a specific game or opponent and scouting out your competition. That’s something I’ve been doing now in my industry, making sure we have follow through,” Claiborne added.

Click here to hear the full interview.

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