Workforce Board holds the first small business workforce forum

Press release from Land of Sky Regional Council

NCWorks and Mountain Area Workforce Development Board (MAWDB) are partnering with nine other workforce boards to present North Carolina’s first virtual Small Business Workforce Forum on Thursday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Participants will learn about no-cost resources and programs available to support the talent pipeline of North Carolina’s small business economy.

Olalah Njenga, CEO and Chief Strategist of Yellowwood Group and NCWorks Commission member said “For 20 years, I’ve run my company while helping other leaders run theirs. I know firsthand that workforce is the fuel that drives performance and profitability in small businesses. That’s why it is essential for small business owners to hire people who can help them solve tomorrow’s problems today.”

Barbara Brothers, Business Engagement Director at Capital Area Workforce Development Board said “Every big company you’ve ever heard of was once a small business which is why small businesses are so vital to economic development. Yet many owners don’t know what’s available to help them through various phases of business development. We want them to be able to accelerate growth and sustainability. Having the tools to build a skilled workforce is certainly a major part of that.”

North Carolina has 22 workforce development boards that oversee the NCWorks Career Center system. The 10 boards participating in the forum are CAWD, Cape Fear, Charlotte Works, Eastern Carolina, Foothills, High Country, Mid-Carolina, Mountain Area, Piedmont Triad and Rivers East.

Attendees will go into virtual breakout rooms following the initial presentation to engage with the business services specialists that serve their counties. Attendees whose counties aren’t represented can attend the session of a neighboring county.

Go here to see the counties associated with each workforce board.

Individuals can register for the event here.

About Mountain Area Workforce Development Board

MAWDB is created through federal legislation and serves Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania counties. Over 50% of the Board’s membership is comprised of representatives from private industry. The remaining members represent Economic Development Agencies, Education, Community Based Organizations, Organized Labor

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