Business owners strained by a reduction in staff due to the economic recession are encouraged to attend a meeting that may help churn solutions.
"Everybody's leaner," said Grand County Economic Development Facilitator DiAnn Butler, who is helping to organize this first of many business-related workshops for the community.
This week's workshop is intended to introduce "creative ways to increase the level of services, such as by subcontracting, collaboration with other businesses (i.e. job-sharing), and collaboration between profit and nonprofit, or public and private."
The meeting's speaker is Jack Taylor from the Colorado Workforce, and according to Butler, he plans to give examples of successful business models that have worked throughout Colorado. Butler plans to talk about revolving loans available to business owners, representatives from the Colorado Workforce will give a presentation about other financial incentives available to employers offering job training, and Facilitator Patrick Brower of the Grand Enterprise Initiative will share information about his program.
Butler hopes the meeting "ignites some passion again in our businesses," she said. "We're hoping to see good attendance from all over the county."
If the meeting fulfills a need, Butler hopes to make them a regular, quarterly function. The county's economic development budget has an allowance for bringing other speakers to the area to share expertise, Butler said, and the meetings could serve as another avenue for business leaders to network.