Joyce M. Rosenberg Associated Press Published 5:00 AM EST Dec 27, 2018 As business owners struggle to fill job openings, they’re using their company culture to attract talented candidates. When Adam Stetzer has a good prospect for his digital marketing company HubShout, he brings in what he calls the “doom squad,” a group of staffers who meet with candidates and give them the lowdown on the company’s bad as well as good points. They tell prospective hires about the company culture, and what it’s like to work there. More: NJ warehouse workers frightened of dangers, demand better pay More: Amazon in Robbinsville slammed over dangers by labor protesters “We insist that no supervisors or managers be there. We insist they be honest,” said Stetzer, whose company is located in Rochester, New York. Candidates who take the job despite any downsides they hear say they appreciate the company’s openness. And, Stetzer said, “we’re … [Read more...] about Small businesses change their culture to compete for workers
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Tom Friedman Special to the Register Published 2:16 PM EDT Oct 18, 2018 As I sit down to write this, we are just over two weeks away from Election Day. I cannot wait, not only because I will exercise my civic responsibility to vote, but because I cannot wait for the political ads to end. I cannot wait to watch the news and not have over 75 percent of the commercials be negative attack advertisements. As an experiment the other night, I deliberately paid attention to the political ads, something I typically do not do. If the ad was sponsored by one candidate or political party and mentioned the other candidate or political party, I considered it to be negative. If the ad only talked about the candidate and what they believed or wanted to accomplish, I marked it not negative. From 10 to 10:35 p.m., I saw over a dozen political ads. Only one was not negative. In doing research on the subject, it appears that negative campaigning has been around almost … [Read more...] about Small Business Today: Should business advertising mirror negative political ads?
RUMFORD — George O’Keefe Jr. of Winthrop is in his second week as full-time economic developer and focused on making this mill town a welcoming place for small businesses. “I’ve already seen so many people trying to run a small business, and trying to be successful on their own,” he said. “Where the local economy is really going to rise or fall is the ability to provide meaningful economic opportunity to everybody who’s not working directly at the mill, or not working directly at Poland Spring (Water Co.). “It’s so important for people to believe that they can make it up here. Because they can, but it also takes action by government to facilitate opportunity. When government does its job well, it often times either gets out of the way or provides the foundation for broad-based success by multiple parties. “So we are doing our best to make sure that there’s really great infrastructure, that there’s good … [Read more...] about Rumford’s new economic developer keys on small business
OST GLOBAL SOLUTIONS Will Help Women-Owned, Disadvantaged, Rural Companies in Federal R&D Contracts Market Our GovCon Incubator is all about giving voice to small businesses where it comes to winning government contracts, and the SBIR Proposal Lab is in line with our mission.”— Olessia SmotrovaROCKVILLE, MARYLAND, UNITED STATES, October 15, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ -- The GovCon Incubator of OST Global Solutions, Inc. (OST), a woman-owned small business, will help small businesses win government seed capital through a new U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Federal and State Technology (FAST) grant won by the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO). The other grant team members are the Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center (ESEC). The SBA grant will fund an innovative SBIR Proposal Lab as part of the SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. SBIR is a highly competitive … [Read more...] about OST Global Solutions To Help Train Small Businesses for Maryland Technology Development Corp’s New U.S. SBA Grant
Art Lind has been involved in the mining industry in various capacities since the early 1960s, when he went to work for a company that repaired conveyor belts used by the mines on the Iron Range. He once worked on a survey crew that laid out the foundations for two taconite mines. Eventually, Lind got into sales and management for a Hibbing company, where he worked for 26 years before branching out on his own and founding Lind Industrial Supply, a parts and equipment distributor, which he runs with his son Roger. Art Lind has been around long enough that the ebbs and flows of the Range economy, so tightly linked to the fortunes of the mines, have never dissuaded him. “We survive,” he said when asked how his company responds to economic downturns. Yet as much as 95 percent of the business’s income comes from the products it sells to the mines. “It’s our lifeblood,” Roger Lind said. And these days, business is good. A mining downturn that began in … [Read more...] about ‘The lifeblood’: On the Iron Range, small businesses build off mining’s success