Another Successful Year for Livingston County Michigan Works!

Livingston County Michigan Works! (LCMW) has had another successful year working with area businesses and job seekers.  During the period of July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014, we continued to focus on demand-based training.  By serving employers as our primary customer, we have used various training funds to support our local businesses and assist them in their expansion doing so in a cost-effective, responsible manner. The Skilled Trades Training... [Read More...]

Livingston Regional Job Fair to be held April 16th

At the 2014 Livingston Regional Job Fair local job seekers will have the opportunity to connect with over 50 area companies who are looking to hire. The event will be open from 11am-3pm on Wednesday, April 16th at Crystal Gardens Banquet Center in Howell located at 5768 East Grand River Avenue in Genoa Township. In a single day, job seekers can be prepared to meet with potential employers such as Action Associates/Work Skills Corporation, Asahi Kasei... [Read More...]

Thomson Plastics Opens Howell Township Manufacturing Facility, Plans to Create 46 New Jobs and Invest Nearly $4 million

Thomson Plastic's Howell Township facility. With support from Ann Arbor SPARK, Thomson Plastics, Inc. is expanding to Michigan, with a new manufacturing operation in Howell Township. As part of establishing its facility in Howell Township – its first in Michigan – Thomson Plastics plans to create 46 new jobs and invest nearly $4 million over two years. “Thomson Plastics’ decision to operate in Howell was due to the easy access to... [Read More...]

Entrepreneurship Resources for Your First or Tenth Start-Up

Do You Already Lead a Business or Are You Considering a Start Up? Starting your own business is a big step, but one you don’t have to take alone. Utilize the power of our community for your best chance at success. If you currently own a business or are considering the possibility, here are some resources to consider:   UPCOMING PROGRAMS Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship (ACE), January 31 ACE is the place where Great Lakes region entrepreneurs... [Read More...]

Talent Planning: Resolve to Add Resolve to Your Resolutions

Was recruiting the right talent at the right time in 2012 straight forward or hard? What do you think 2013 will be like? Either way, it is time to review your choices. Here’s a way to target your recruiting tactics. (A) Select two to four methods of staffing to provide the core members of your team. Focus on these, investing the resources required for ongoing success. (B) Experiment with one or two other channels that may hold promise. (C) Revise... [Read More...]

New Year’s Resolution: Expand Your Network

Why include this idea in our November newsletter? It’s important to plan ahead for networking, since not every group is free. You may need time to budget a couple hundred dollars for a new membership.  If you act fast, you might also be in time to attend a holiday party or December training event. Whether you are looking for work or looking for workers, the more you invest in the search the more likely you are to be successful.  The days of having... [Read More...]

Question: How much time does a job search take?

As I mentioned on our Talent Blog, it takes longer to fill the job than the hiring manager wants, so the answer is clearly longer than you want. That is thinking about how long the search process takes, weeks or months depending on your profession and the economy. Remember, if you are unemployed or only working part-time hours, your job search is a job. Put in 30 hours a week. If you are not, ask yourself, “Why not?” Are you discouraged? Find... [Read More...]

Where can you find World Class business development services offered at no cost to any employer?

Washtenaw County Michigan Works! Business Services provides Human Resources support to employers of all sizes to recruit and retain high quality employees.  Partnering with economic development, institutions of higher education, and training organizations, Business Services is part of the lead workforce development agency in the community Washtenaw County Michigan Works!. Our team of highly trained professionals help organizations grow, expand,... [Read More...]

Systems In Motion Selects Ann Arbor

Systems In Motion, a Silicon Valley-based IT services firm, has chosen to locate a new support center in the Ann Arbor region.  Systems In Motion was approved today for state tax credits by the Michigan Economic Growth Authority board, and will also receive support from Ann Arbor SPARK, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Washtenaw County Employment Training and Community Services (ETCS-Michigan Works!), Michigan Department of Information... [Read More...]