March 18, 2015
Did you know there are 456 open jobs in the 6 county region around the Carroll IowaWORKS office? Did you know that the IowaWORKS offices work with both job seekers and businesses to help facilitate a match so job-seekers get matched to local openings and local businesses get the workers they need to sustain or grow their business? Information like this will be at the forefront of the Audubon County Resources and Job Fair, scheduled for Thursday, March 19 at the Agri-Hall on the Audubon County Fairgrounds.
The event, coordinated by Audubon County Economic Development and the Entrepreneurial Committee of the Hometown Competitiveness group will be open from 5-8 p.m. Businesses, organizations and non-profits will have booths touting their products, services and events. Youth looking to narrow in on career paths and those seeking jobs will be able to speak to potential employers about current and future job openings.
Presentations will be given each half hour with topics ranging from Housing Programs and Public transit to revolving loan fund opportunities for existing businesses and more. There will be a live radio broadcast and food will also be available for purchase during the event.
Elizabeth Waiglund of IowaWORKS will be one of the featured presenters during the event and will give a presentation on what her office can do for potential job seekers and for employers, as well.
“The IowaWORKS office is the One-Stop office where job seekers and businesses can come to get services that get people to work. The IowaWORKS umbrella includes multiple partners who are accessed as necessary to complete the menu of service offerings to help people navigate the pathways to employment. These partners include local community colleges, assistance agencies such as Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Community Action, and others who can provide a comprehensive list of services to Iowans,” Waiglund stated.
Jamie Killian of the Iowa Small Business Development Center will also be at the Job Fair to talk about the services they offer.
“The SBDC is the only accredited entrepreneurial service in the state of Iowa,” Killian said. “We have a 25 year history of providing counseling and training for businesses and business start-ups with 15 centers covering all Iowa counties.”
Tom Feldman and Laurie Gilbert of Region XII Council of Governments will also be on hand that evening to present on a variety of topics.
Margee Shaffer of Audubon County ACED says their hope is that the Resource and Job Fair becomes an annual event.
“We hope to have a great response to our first Audubon County Resource and Job Fair and hope it showcases the wonderful businesses that make our county productive!”
For more information on the event, contact Shaffer at 712-563-2742.
Courtesy of Jill Christensen, Audubon County Advocate Journal 3/13/15.