SBA News Special Edition: Addressing Workforce Challenges

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Experiencing Workforce Issues?

Many small businesses are currently experiencing challenges hiring and retaining employees. To help address those challenges, the SBA and our partners have put together some trainings to help. Check out the opportunities below and register to learn how you can turn those challenges into opportunities for growth.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Hire Employees with Disabilities

Now more than ever, small businesses are finding it challenging to hire talented workers. Hiring disabled individuals can help businesses meet their talent needs while strengthening their competitive edge. By hiring individuals with disabilities, businesses can: 

  • Expand their pool of talent
  • Create a culture of diversity
  • Meet their workforce needs
  • Foster creative business solutions
  • Generate goodwill among customers

Check out the resources available from the SBA and the tax credits that are available to you when you hire people with disabilities here.

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Finding and Retaining Employees

Oct. 22, 10 a.m.

In today’s workforce, employers are finding it harder to both recruit and retain workers. As more workers exit than enter the workforce, companies must rethink how they search and keep their ideal employees.

Adesewa Adesiji, Workforce Strategy Consultant from Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development will discuss challenges employers face in this competitive market.

This presentation will touch on recruiting & retention challenges, candidate vs. employer-driven market, biases & microaggressions, employer accountability, and resources available for employers.


Creating Positive Company Culture

Creating Positive Company Culture

Oct. 27, 3 p.m.

The SBA Minnesota District Office is hosting a panel discussion on the topic of company culture and how it relates to recruitment and retention in these challenging times. Sandi Larson, Entrepreneur Fund’s Women’s Business Alliance North’s Director will be our moderator for this hour and a half discussion with several Minnesotan small business owners who’ve created a culture where employees thrive that also benefits the bottom line.

Our panelists include:

  • Mercedes Austin, Mercury Mosaics - a manufacturer of custom tiles and mosaics
  • Kevin Brown, Smart Set - a design and print company
  • John Hobday, Healthcare Interactive - a healthcare training software company
  • Sam Peterson, Kyatchi - a Japanese restaurant with multiple locations

Register Now

SBA Resource Partner Trainings

The Small Business Development Center has created a series to help small businesses meet their workforce challenges as well.  Check it out.  

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