The best way we can help the local economy is by visiting with businesses to help match resources, create productive networks, and discover new opportunities.
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"When the new becomes common place people become accustomed to it. That's a tribute to our sense of adventure."
~ John Glenn
Unemployment Rates and Wages
The most current unemployment rate for Walworth County was 3.6%. This compares to Wisconsin at 3.7% and the U.S. at 4.5%. Fourth quarter wages were up 2.9% than a year earlier, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Expand Your Employee Pipeline - March 1st - 8:00 -9:30 a.m.
Spring Job Fair - Enhance Your Recruiting Efforts
The Walworth County Job Center, Gateway Technical College, and WCEDA are presenting a job fair on Thursday, March 2nd from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Your business is invited to join us for the General Job Fair ideally located on the Gateway Elkhorn campus. This is an opportunity for your company to meet job seekers and introduce your company to the community. Company's will be able to meet job seekers and discuss their resume on site. Click here for more information or to register.
Walworth County Business Expo and Job Fair 2017
The Walworth County Business EXPO and Career Fair is the ideal opportunity to promote your products, and services to neighboring businesses across the county. Exhibitors will be on display to showcase their products, meet decision makers, and reconnect with past customers and clients. Attendees can learn about job opportunities, leading products and services, and the latest best business practices. Last year nearly 500 people participated in this event. Click here for more information or to reserve a booth. Early bird special and member discounts available. Click here for more details. And, for sponsorship opportunities, click here. Renowned speaker John Blumberg will give a Keynote presentation from 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Worker Training Grants for Wisconsin Construction Trades and Related Occupations: (FF171CL1)
Company size: any
Award amount: $5,000 to $400,000
Match: $1:$1 ($1 applicant / $1 WFF)
Deadline: March 03, 2017 at 11:59 PM
Worker Training Grants for Wisconsin Small Business Occupations: (FF171BS1)
Company size: 50 full-time employees or less
Award amount: $5,000 to $50,000
Match: $ .50:$1 ($ .50 applicant / $1 WFF)
Deadline: March 03, 2017 at 11:59 PM
BRP (Bombardier Recreational Products) recently introduced its new, state-of-the art technical training institute within its local manufacturing plant. It will host dealers and technicians from throughout the Americas and have the ability to train them in four languages: English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese. "This training institute, one of five that cover our regions across five continents, is a focused investment to better equip our U.S. network to deliver an excellent customer service, " Marin Soucy stated in a press release. Soucy is Vice President for Global After Sales. Could this be a glimpse into a new training model among global companies? To read more about this story, click here.
Gov. Walker announces Wisconsin Works for Everyone Initiative
Recently, Gov. Scott Walker unveiled his welfare reform package -- Wisconsin Works for Everybody. The comprehensive initiative, which will be included in Walker’s budget proposal, will look to extend work requirements to able-bodied adults with school-age children who are receiving FoodShare, as well as to able-bodied adults receiving housing assistance. Click here for more information.
Unique Training Institute Locates in Sturtevant, WI
Degrees, Certificates, Business Solutions and Training
Gateway Technical College has nearly a hundred different degrees, technical diplomas, or certificate offered at its various locations across, Walworth, Kenosha, and Racine counties. Click here to see programs of study. And for a quick overview of Gateway programs and certificates, click here. It also offers a wide array of business and workforce solutions that can be customized to the needs of individualized businesses. Click here for more details. Gateway was recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce for being an innovative college. It's a great asset for our communities. EMPLOYEE ASSESSMENTS are a great way to identify skills that are needed to be successful in the workplace. Gateway can bring these assessment tools to your business. Click here for more information.
Free Online Courses Now Available to Walworth County
Hundreds of online courses are now available, free to residents of Racine and Walworth counties, thanks to a partnership between the local libraries and the counties' job centers. The Gale Course platform offers programs in a variety of areas such as business, computers and writing. Fifteen public libraries in the Lakeshores Library System, Racine County Workforce Development Center,and the Walworth County Job Center provided funding to support a region-wide subscription. Click here to read more about this opportunity.
Hometown Entrepreneur Loan Program (HELP)
Are you having trouble getting a loan? Are your revenues under $1 million? WCEDA may be able to HELP. We have a loan program through the USDA for small businesses called the Hometown Entrepreneur Loan Program (HELP) that aims to help small business access capital. Many times we can work with banks or other programs like SBA or WHEDA to make a loan work for companies. Click here to review the application, or click here to have someone contact you about this program. Click here for additional funding sources for small businesses and startups.
Crowdfunding for Startups
Obtaining funding is one of the biggest hurdles that most entrepreneurs will have to overcome. If a bank loan won't cover what you, and you don't have connections to investors, it can be tough to know where to begin. Online crowdfunding, raising smaller amounts of money from multiple backers, has become an increasingly common solution to this dilemma because it allows startups to reach out to a large number of potential investors at once. To learn more, click here.
Kiva Zip is a program that makes small micro loans to entrepreneurs. Rather than assessing your credit history and financial statements, Kiva Zip uses your character and trust network as a measure of your credit worthiness. Almost 63,000 people have supported a small business owner through Kiva Zip. Click here to learn more about how this program works.
A surge in consumer demand for locally-produced food is creating jobs and opportunity throughout rural America for farms as well as the small businesses that store, process, market and distribute food locally and regionally. Industry data indicate that local food sales totaled at least $12 billion in 2014 and estimate that the market value could hit $20 billion by 2019. To read more, click here. To access a guide to locally grown foods, click here.
Almost half of all jobs could be automated by computers within two decades and “no government is prepared” for the tsunami of social change that will follow, according to the Economist. Specifically the Economist points to new tech like driver less cars, improved household gadgets, faster and more efficient online communications and ‘big data’ analysis to areas that humans are quickly being superseded. And while new start-ups are raising billions, they employ few people - Instagram, sold to Facebook in 2012 for $1 billion, employed just 30 people at the time. To read more on this story, click here.
Will 50% of Current Jobs Be Automated in the Next 15 Years?
A Better Way - Congressman Paul Ryan
Congressman Ryan and his colleagues put together an agenda this past fall to tackle the major challenges that our nation is facing. They are calling this plan, A Better Way. The plan addresses poverty, national security, the economy, the constitution, tax reform, and healthcare. To read more about this plan, click here.
4 Trends to Keep in Mind When Blogging for 2017
As you know being successful online means being at the mercy of every algorithm update and trend that the channels we choose to publish across makes.Whether you are starting from scratch or just keeping your blog game going from previous years, here are 4 things to implement immediately:Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), mobile-first indexing,voice search, and Google’s Penguin 4.0 update:. To read more about this, click here.