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Strategies to Engage Businesses
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
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Strategies to Engage Businesses
Strategies to Engage Businesses
Yet, it can still be a challenge,
at times, trying to convince
employers to participate in
workforce development
initiatives and programs.
Strategies to Engage Businesses
We need you!
Strategies to Engage Businesses
Expanding Business Engagement
The Expanding Business Engagement (EBE) Initiative is a federal initiative
commenced in June 2012 and involves thirteen states. States participating in the
initiative will focus on the goal of improving program performance through the delivery
of enhanced business-focused services stemming from a statewide business
engagement strategic plan.
New Jersey
North Carolina
South Carolina
Expanding Business Engagement
The goal of the EBE initiative for Massachusetts is to enhance and align
the services offered to MA businesses through State Workforce
Development, Economic Development, and Education entities in order to
help MA businesses grow and thrive. To achieve this goal, the state of
Massachusetts will:
1) build strong relationships across agencies and with businesses
2) develop standard staff business service knowledge and competencies
across relevant state agencies
3) coordinate and link resources and information
Mass EBE Committee Structure
Training and
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Connecting businesses to state and federal resources
to meet business needs
What is Mass BizWorks?
Mass BizWorks is designed to meet business
• State and federal collaboration
• Funded by USDOL
• Connect businesses to resources
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Rapid Response help for Metro North
• Rapid Response has served
– 19 companies that affected 1163 employees from
– July 1, 2013 – June 15, 2014
• Layoff Aversion projects include
– Necco, Madico, Market Forge, Sunrise Kitchen
• Rapid Response set aside funds
– $223,333.00 for multiple companies
– National Emergency Grant - $624, 013.00
• Exciting Expansion !!
– Net Brain: Burlington hiring 300
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How Mass BizWorks can help you
Introduce you to a wide array of services
Match you with the right services
Reduce the cost of doing business
Save you time
Successful businesses, successful economy
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Mass BizWorks and Business Cycles
Mass BizWorks can help businesses through
different cycles.
• Growth or expansion mode
• Downsizing mode: closing of facility or layoff
• Maintenance mode
• Investment in employee development mode
We have helped thousands of companies thrive.
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Providing Services Throughout the Business Cycle
Business Scenarios
Expansion Mode
Food Processing Company located in NE Mass
Business issue: Company needed assistance to acquire a new processing facility.
The company was matched to an Economic Development Incentive Program, and received tax
incentives to fund the investment in the new plant. The company expects to create 125 new jobs in
this facility.
Hotel located in Central Mass
Business issue: Company needed assistance to build a new hotel to meet the needs of conventions in
Representatives from agencies in the Commonwealth and local elected officials developed a package
using the Economic Development Incentive Program. The company received tax incentives to build
the new hotel, which will create 60 permanent jobs.
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Business Scenarios
Downsizing Mode
Manufacturing company located in Greater Boston area
Business issue: Company needed to downsize and lay off workers.
The WorkShare program was used to help avert layoffs. As a result, the company was able to save
50 jobs and stayed afloat for much longer than expected. It also made the company more viable for
an eventual sale.
Manufacturing company located in Middlesex County
Business issue: Company had already made the difficult decision to close by the time they contacted
the Rapid Response Team. The company was very concerned about their employees losing their jobs
and wanted to find a way to reduce the impact on the employees. The closing affected 350 workers.
The Rapid Response team contacted other manufacturing companies in the area and placed over 100
workers in new jobs before the company even closed its doors. The other workers received on-site
services, including unemployment insurance and information about career center services and
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Business Scenarios
Maintenance Mode – Staff Development
Workforce Training Fund
Home Health Care located in the Greater Lawrence area
Business issue: Company needed to train and certify nurses in mental health nursing,
wound care and quality control.
The company was introduced to a Workforce Training Fund grant and received
assistance on how to apply for the grant. The company received $68,200 grant to train all
eligible nurses.
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Programs and Services
Training grants and programs
Tax credits for hiring
Incentive programs for growth or expansion
Business development/mentoring services
Manufacturing support
Workplace safety grant and consultation
Recruitment services
Layoff aversion
Mass BizWorks: One-Stop support for businesses
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Business Development
Mass BizWorks works closely with these
• MA Office of Business Development (MOBD)
• Workforce Investment Boards
• Mass Development
• Mass MEP
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Training and Consultation
Mass BizWorks works closely with these agencies:
• Department of Career Services
• Division of Apprentice Standards
• Department of Industrial Accidents
• Department of Labor Standards
• Commonwealth Corporation
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Mass BizWorks Dash Board
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Layoff Aversion and Management
Mass BizWorks works closely with these agencies:
• Department of Career Services
• Department of Unemployment Insurance
• Massachusetts Office of Business Development
• Workforce Investment Boards
• Business Associations
• Community Colleges / Training Institutions
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Recruiting and Hiring - On the Job Training/WTF
Mass BizWorks works closely with these agencies:
• Department of Career Services
• MA Public Higher Education
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I wish to thank you both for your visit to our facility. It is good to
see that Massachusetts is leading the way in trying to assist small
business to survive and grow. Hopefully, we, as manufacturers,
can continue to improve enough to compete in a world economy.
The support you offer certainly will help, and the information you
gave us will be useful moving forward. Personally speaking, I
found it great to be able to sit with you folks and share our
experiences from our individual perspective.
G. Peter Belezos
President Bendon Gear and Machine, Inc
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Contact Mass BizWorks
Ken Messina Buisness Services Manager
[email protected]
[email protected]
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BizWorks Resource Guide & Cards
Download the Guide and Card at:
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Sharing EBE Ideas and Resources
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Initiatives and Activities
Regional Initiatives:
Eastern Massachusetts Tech Ready Project
Northeast MA Advanced Manufacturing Consortium
Amp it UP
Metro North Healthcare Partnership Workforce
Transformation Project
Connecting Activities
Skilled Careers in Life Sciences (SCILS)
And others
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Activities include:
Serving as an industry rep
Participating as a consortia rep
Providing internships
Offering on-the-job training
Speaking at events
Giving tours at company site
Committing to consider hiring
Bottom Line
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What can we do?
How can we convince employers to understand that developing
the future workforce is a shared responsibility?
How can we persuade employers that there is value in what we do
and encourage them to participate in initiatives and programs?
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