By: Helen Elkins
THE VILLAGE REPORTER
West Unity Area Chamber of Commerce considered its job fair a success.
Joining forces with Elwood Staffing, the Chamber of Commerce (COC) held its first job fair to promote economic and social development in order to help local businesses grow.
Alan Bennett, President of the COC, felt that the freezing temperatures kept a lot of people from coming out and even caused a few businesses to cancel, but as a trial run, the Chamber of Commerce considered this day a success.
“If we found one person a job today, we’ve accomplished what we wanted,” Alan said.
They are definitely planning to make this a yearly event. Alan also stated that he would like the Chamber to consider holding two job fairs a year, one each in fall and spring.
Holding a job fair gives Williams County a no-strings-attached opportunity to link employers with individuals seeking employment. It is free to set up a booth and available to any business in the area.
With over 550 associates, Kamco, the largest employer in Williams County, according to Ohio Means Jobs, had a booth set up and was looking to expand even more. Proud to be a part of West Unity’s working community, Michelle Baker and Karen Beck, from human resources, said they were always looking to hire.
Frequently in need of 2nd shift operators in molding and assembly, Karen and Michelle encouraged anyone seeking employment with a thriving company to come in and apply or take advantage of the convenience of applying online.
All businesses represented on Tuesday were Starbucks, Three D Transport Inc., Kamco, Ohio Means Jobs, ADW Inc., and Elwood Staffing.
Alan hopes that, with more advertising and possible sponsorships, the Chamber of Commerce will be able to expand the job fair next year and reach more people in need.
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