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Outstanding New Style Resumes and Letters: Great new style resumes can be 10 to 20 times more effective

New Style Resumes

NEW YORK, N.Y., Oct. 27, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Great new style resumes can be 10 to 20 times more effective, says Robert Gerberg, creator of the TAPIT Worldwide System (www.tapitworldwidesystem.com) and author of “The Professional Job Changing System,” and dozens of other books on job hunting. Gerberg has released entirely new guidelines for professionals and executives seeking from $60,000 to $300,000+, with his “Outstanding New Style Resumes and Letters – 2015 Edition.”

His new e-book “Outstanding New Style Resumes and Letters – 2015 Edition” is available on Amazon.com for $2.99. This short book is remarkably easy to read and it can significantly impact the results of your job search. Market changes have created an entirely new playing field-along with different guidelines for achieving success.

Far too many professionals still rely on traditional historical resumes. But with the amount of competition, the fact is that they don’t work any more. Mr. Gerberg’s philosophy is similar to one expressed in a major Wall Street Journal cover story entitled, “Resume Oblivion.”

In a world where hundreds of resumes are submitted to a single attractive advertisement – there are seven major resume weaknesses, any of which will immediately get your resume tossed into the waste basket.

1. If your position goals aren’t clearly identified at the top of your resume, readers won’t be able to figure out where you fit-and won’t take the time to try and do it.

2. If your resume simply looks like all the others, you’ll be out of luck right from the start. Great resumes must get a person’s attention. They need to be project a distinctive image and never be plain vanilla or flat. Being boring doesn’t work.

3. Your resume can’t reveal liabilities. If it does, you will immediately be ruled out. Liabilities such as age, being out of work for a while, having changed jobs too often are the “kiss of death.” In his new book Mr. Gerberg cites 20 liabilities that most be concealed.

4. If you’re just selling where you’ve been and your accomplishments, and not strongly emphasizing your transferable skills, you won’t get to first base. Selling skills is a necessity if you want to build your appeal beyond your factual credentials. These are also a must if you want to change industries, join a growth firm, or impress C-level executives and other key decision makers. Today people get hired for what they can do.

5. If your writing isn’t interesting and compelling, it won’t motivate the person on the receiving end to take action. Today no one takes the time to study resumes. The words you select need to have some reasonable punch, substance and sparkle – otherwise it will be sure to end up in the “reject pile.”

6. If your resume doesn’t provide a 20 to 30 second summary, it is likely to go unread. So work hard at developing 15 to 20 lines of copy that have some “wow” value. And, remember the worst thing you can do is undersell yourself.

7. If your resume isn’t scanning ready, you’ll never be considered for a great many positions where you could have performed very well. When employers and recruiters are looking for someone, they input keywords – bring up matching resumes – and review them. That determines who gets the interviews.

About the Author:

Robert James Gerberg is among America’s foremost authorities on professional job hunting. For more than 25 years he has authored dozens of books and multimedia presentations. He is also the creator of the TAPIT Worldwide System – a way for people to instantly connect with 97 percent of all jobs that are advertised anywhere in the U.S. – and also recent continuous daily leads and contacts.

Visit the Amazon author page for Mr. Gerberg to learn more about the new book, “Outstanding New Style Resumes and Letters – 2015 Edition: For people seeking $60,000 to $500,000,” and other works, at: http://amzn.com/e/B00L5PD36W .

His current e-books available on Amazon.com include “20 New Rules for Job Hunting Success,” “An Easier Way to Change Jobs,” “The 12 Most Popular New Career Directions for Executives,” “The Ultimate Guide to Interviewing and Negotiating,” “What To Do If You’re Unemployed or Have Age Concerns,” “2015 Career Guide for People Leaving Education, the Military or Wall Street,” and “Outstanding New Style Resumes and Letters.”

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Missouri School Districts Now Offer Employee Benefit Plans and Section 125 Plan Administration from Forrest T. Jones and Company and American Fidelity

Health Care Reform

KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 8, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Forrest T. Jones & Company (FTJ) has recently partnered with American Fidelity Assurance Company (American Fidelity) to expand and enhance Missouri public school districts’ benefit programs and services. Combined, FTJ and American Fidelity currently serve over 275 Missouri Public school districts, providing a clear, complete and compliant employee benefit package with local personalized service.

A family-owned company founded in 1953, FTJ is a national Group Insurance, Retirement Plan and Third Party Administrator with a solid foundation built to serve the long-term needs of the Missouri education community. FTJ is also the Third Party Administrator of Missouri’s largest statewide, self-funded health plan for educators, the Missouri Educators Unified Health Plan, serving 113 school districts.

FTJ is delighted to partner with another family-owned company, American Fidelity, also a strong supporter of the education community. American Fidelity provides Section 125 services to over 3,500 school districts nationwide. FTJ will dedicate its experienced resources and consolidated billing service in assisting districts with their core medical, life, dental, vision and 403(b) retirement savings plans.

American Fidelity will apply its proven expertise in Section 125, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts and Health Care Reform Services in providing supplemental programs to round out the complete employee benefit package.

Now more than ever, school districts need quality benefits to attract and retain the best staff possible. FTJ and American Fidelity are dedicated to working together to provide an employee benefit package with an emphasis on stability, value, and great personal service designed with Missouri School Districts and the education community in mind.

For more information visit: http://www.ftj.com/ and http://www.americanfidelity.com/ .

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Retail Expert Doug Fleener’s Tips for Being Nice to Retail Employees This Holiday Season

Doug Fleener BOSTON, Mass., Nov. 22, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Although much of the focus around holiday shopping is on door busting deals and Black Friday madness, retail and customer experience expert Doug Fleener, president and managing partner of retail consultancy Dynamic Experiences Group LLC, says it’s important for shoppers to remember the retail employees who make it all happen.

Working retail is not an easy job, and with extended holiday hours and huge crowds it becomes even more challenging. Fleener says that shoppers who are nice to retail workers not only personally benefit, but also share holiday cheer with those who might just need it right at that moment.

Fleener says, “We all know how stressful the holidays can be, but imagine having to deal with thousands of stressed-out customers. Be nice to retail associates and they’ll be nice – and helpful – to you.”

Here are four ways holiday shoppers can be nice to retail employees:

1. Know that most store employees do care. They want you to be happy and have a good experience, but sometimes things happen that are beyond their control.

2. Treat store employees the way you want you or your family members to be treated. Retail associates take it personally when you get upset or dismiss them. Retail employees are good people who are working to support themselves, work their way through school, or provide for their families – just like you.

3. Be nice. Raising your voice or behaving in a threatening manner is not a good way to persuade someone to help you. You’d be unhappily amazed how often this happens during the holidays. Asking politely stands out, and increases the likelihood of receiving the help you want.

4. Thank a retail associate for keeping local retail and the holiday spirit alive. True, most people now do at least some of their holiday shopping online, but the season wouldn’t be the same without a shopping trip to a local store. It’s local retail employees who make this possible.

Be nice to retail employees and they’ll be nice to you. They might even be able to find that last Black Friday special you’re looking for, or tell you about a register with no line. ‘Tis the season to be nice to retail workers!

For more information visit: http://dynamicexperiencesgroup.com/ .

About Doug Fleener:

Doug Fleener is president and managing partner of Dynamic Experiences Group LLC (DEG), a Lexington, Massachusetts retail and customer experience consulting firm. He is the former director of retail for Bose Corporation, and has also owned and operated his own specialty stores.

Fleener publishes a retail newsletter, “The Weekly Retail Experience,” that focuses on the growth and development of retail stores and staff. He also publishes a popular blog, The Retail Contrarian.

Fleener is available throughout the holiday season to discuss the issues facing retailers this holiday season.

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EPIC honored as a ‘Best Place to Work in Insurance’ for the fourth year

Elaine Andrian SAN MATEO, Calif., Oct. 22, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — EPIC, a retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage, has been recognized for a fourth year as a “Best Place to Work in Insurance” by Business Insurance Magazine and survey co-sponsor Best Companies Group.

EPIC is one of only 65 companies nationally awarded this honor. Based on employee feedback, the company took second place honors in the medium retail broker/agent category.

“At EPIC, we believe that an excellent work environment is built on innovation, personal accountability and a healthy work/life balance,” said Mary Smith, director of human resources. “These beliefs and practices are key in attracting the industry’s best professionals and providing the foundation for our consistent growth. We are honored to receive this recognition from our team members and Business Insurance for a fourth year in 2013.”

Companies were judged on employee engagement and satisfaction, benefit programs, policies, practices and other general information.

Recognizing the value of a “people-first” culture, EPIC has developed a benefits package and work environment that attracts and retains top talent. The company offers its employees a generous paid-time-off package, a 401(k) match, a wellness program, and an annual employee appreciation day. Additionally, EPIC encourages its employees to participate in charitable events such as Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and other community-service events, as well as supporting these efforts financially and with in-kind donations.

Connect with the EPIC team on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EPICInsuranceBrokersAndConsultants .

About EPIC:

EPIC is a unique and innovative retail property and casualty, and employee benefits insurance brokerage, and consulting firm. EPIC has created a values-based, client-focused culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty and sustains a high level of customer service excellence. EPIC team members have consistently recognized their company as a “Best Place to Work” in multiple regions across California and as a “Best Place to Work in the Insurance Industry” nationally.

The 7th largest broker based in the U.S. West, EPIC has more than 300 team members operating from ten offices across California (Los Angeles, Irvine, Ontario, Inland Empire, Fresno, Folsom, San Francisco, San Mateo, Petaluma and San Ramon) and in Denver, Colorado and New York.

With more than $80 million in revenues, EPIC ranks among the top 40 retail insurance brokers in the United States. The company’s strategic plan calls for more than tripling revenue over the next five years ($250 million by 2018) and further expansion across the country. For additional information, please visit http://www.edgewoodins.com/ .

* Photo Caption: EPIC’s San Francisco Finance and Accounting team (led by CFO Elaine Andrian, with hand in air), was recognized in the firm’s EPICenter Newsletter for their “EPIC Excellence” earlier this year.

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New Health Care Reform Consulting Services Company Assists Employers with Tracking Employee Hours Across the U.S.

WorxTime OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., Oct. 16, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — American Fidelity Administrative Services, LLC (AFAS), the recent addition to the American Fidelity family of companies and established in response to great demand from American Fidelity Assurance Company’s (AFA) customers, now offers a tool to assist employers with the complicated Health Care Reform law that requires employers to track employee hours constantly to determine their eligibility for health care coverage.

“We are finding that many employers are under the assumption that this is a once-and-done type of activity, when in fact, it involves having to monitor and manage eligibility constantly. This is particularly challenging if an employer’s workforce includes employees whose hours vary from week to week, like a substitute teacher or nurse,” said Susan Relland, vice president of AFAS.

Large employers (with 50 plus full-time equivalent employees) that fail to offer adequate and affordable coverage to all full-time employees could trigger a Free Rider Penalty. This requires employers to know who their full-time employees are and how many of them are eligible for coverage during any given month. AFAS has partnered with WorxTime, a leading-edge eligibility management system, to offer employers a solution for tracking hours and managing eligibility in connection with the Free Rider Penalty.

WorxTime monitors employee hours in real time and sends automated alerts to the employer when action is required. It also offers several other features, including calculating whether an employee will be considered full time; providing affordability testing, rate of pay safe harbor testing and a penalty calculator; and capturing information that will need to be reported to the IRS. AFAS is currently offering WorxTime at a discounted rate to customers, and customers who sign up by Jan. 1, 2014, will receive two free months of WorxTime. Anyone interested in learning more may sign up for a free webinar offered on Oct. 30 and Nov. 14, 2013.

“Our goal is to provide an end-to-end solution for employers to help them deal with the ongoing challenges created by Health Care Reform. Our suite of services and consulting assistance can relieve the administrative burden for employers as they navigate the developing law,” said Relland.

“American Fidelity’s timely, informative and accurate information in the ever-changing world of Health Care Reform is critical business intelligence for U.S. school systems. American Fidelity has identified both the challenges and opportunities school districts will be presented with to be in compliance with the Affordable Care Act, and they are unmatched in the delivery of that information,” said John D. Musso, executive director of the Association of School Business Officials International.

AFAS is already providing health and welfare benefit plan consulting and a variety of other services in light of Health Care Reform to employers across the U.S. AFAS consultants are located in California, Washington D.C., Indiana, Colorado and Oklahoma and are available to provide consulting on retainer and keep employers on top of the changing Health Care Reform rules. AFAS can also provide assistance with certain administrative requirements such as variable hour employee billing which eliminates the hassle of billing and collecting insurance premiums from variable hour employees whose required premium contributions may exceed their pay for certain payroll periods.

About American Fidelity Administrative Services, LLC:

AFAS provides employee benefits support services for employers and specializes in Health Care Reform solutions. AFAS is staffed with professionals who have extensive experience providing benefit plan consulting, legal, actuarial and compliance review services for both large and small employers. The goal of AFAS is to deliver a broad range of solutions to help our customers save time and money in connection with their health and welfare benefit plans. More information can be found at http://americanfidelityconsulting.com/ .

About American Fidelity Assurance Company:

American Fidelity Assurance Company is a third-generation, family-owned organization providing insurance products and financial services to education employees, trade association members and companies throughout the United States and across the globe. Founded in 1960, it has grown to become one of the largest private, family-owned life and health insurance companies in the United States. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, American Fidelity has more than 1,500 employees in 26 locations across the nation. American Fidelity has been included on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work for in America” nine times. It was named to Computerworld magazine’s list of the “Best Places to Work in IT,” ranking number one in 2005. Since 1982, American Fidelity has been rated “A+” (Superior) by A.M. Best Company, one of the nation’s leading insurance rating services.

More information: http://www.americanfidelity.com/ .

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County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board helps dialysis center expand staff through no-cost programs

VICTORVILLE, Calif., June 28, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Recently, Desert Cities Dialysis needed to hire new employees; however all of its applicants were recent graduates who required extensive training. Manager Zabelle Cosson recognized that the County of San Bernardino’s recruitment services and On-The-Job Training program could offset costs of finding and training the right people. The County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board (WIB) screened all applicants and referred the most qualified to Desert City Dialysis.

The WIB’s On-The-Job Training program provided partial wage reimbursement for the first 90 days of employment, the designated training period. Through these no-cost programs, Desert City Dialysis hired and trained two employees saving almost $7,000.

Assistance from the County of San Bernardino WIB made it possible for Desert City to grow quickly and hire locally. “The Workforce Investment Board helped us find and train the right employees,” shares Cosson. “Both employees are still with our company and are excelling in their positions.”

Desert City Dialysis is one of many high desert businesses served by the County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board.

“On-the-Job Training helps relieve a business’ growing pains by providing the resources to grow without the financial burden of recruitment and training,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board. “The Workforce Investment Board’s goal is to help create permanent jobs through these no-cost programs.”

The Workforce Investment Board offers free services and programs to local businesses through its Business Resource Team. The Business Resource team assists local companies with services such as layoff aversion programs and process improvement assistance that save and create jobs. Additionally the Business Resource Team provides business workshops, access to the On-the-Job Training programs and recruitment services.

“In one year, the Workforce Investment Board trained more than 3,300 job seekers for high-demand industries and built relationships with 2,800 businesses,” stated Chair and Second District Supervisor, Janice Rutherford. “This work is critical to the continued growth of our local economy.”

Businesses interested in learning more about or enrolling in the no-cost services provided by the County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board can visit http://www.csb-win.org/ or call 1-800-451-JOBS.

About Desert Cities Dialysis, High Desert Nephrology:
Desert Cities Dialysis, with offices in both Victorville and Barstow, specialize in the evaluation and treatment of patients with kidney disease and kidney disorders. Their staff is composed of licensed physicians, social workers, registered dieticians, registered nurses, and certified dialysis technicians who provide care and support for our patients and their families.

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County (WIB) is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The Workforce Investment Board strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing county resources, which generate jobs and investment.

The Workforce Investment Board, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org . Also follow us on: Facebook www.facebook.com/SBWIB Twitter @InlandEmpireJob; and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/SBCountyWIB .

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County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board Announces Business Survey Results that Point to Economic Growth

Workforce DevelopmentSAN BERNARDINO, Calif., April 3, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board surveyed 1,400 local businesses to identify trends in future hiring and growth. The results indicated that companies are recovering and beginning to hire in the County’s top demand industries: manufacturing, health care, transportation and logistics, energy and utilities, and construction.

“The Workforce Investment Board’s business services team meets regularly with employers both to offer no cost services to support their needs and to gather information on employment trends,” says Brad Gates, Deputy Director for Business Services, Workforce Investment Board. “We are seeing continual upward trends in the County, especially in logistics and transportation and manufacturing. As more industries regain their footing and start hiring, the County’s economy will continue to gain momentum and grow.”

A recent comparison of data from third quarter 2011 and third quarter 2012 showed that both the transportation and logistics and the manufacturing sectors are recovering, with many employers planning to hire. In transportation and logistics, 33 percent of the businesses surveyed in the third quarter reported that their sales are increasing, and zero percent of businesses answered that their sales are declining.

This is a significant increase compared to the third quarter of 2011, when only 26 percent reported increasing sales and 14 percent reported declining. The Workforce Investment Board has identified transportation and logistics as an in demand employment sector.

“With such a boom in transportation and logistics, it only makes sense to for us to strategically focus our limited resources in this and the other growing industries. We want to work with the County’s competitive advantages to create a trained and skilled workforce that will continue to build growing industry sectors,” states Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board.

The manufacturing industry shows a similar trend; sales and employment have increased significantly. Thirty-nine percent of employers surveyed reported that sales are increasing and 41 percent of employers reported that employment trends are increasing, this industry is growing quickly.

Along with the rise of these business sectors, a recent survey also shows that the local unemployment rate is inching down each month.

“The County’s economy is starting to pick up momentum thanks to significant growth in our major industries. The continued support of our Workforce Investment Board and its business services team will keep our economy in a positive direction,” said Chair Janice Rutherford, County of San Bernardino Second District Supervisor.

Services such as process improvement consulting, employee training, On-the-Job training, and recruitment are available at no cost to businesses in San Bernardino County through the Workforce Investment Board. For information on upcoming training classes, contact the local Employment Resource Center or call (800) 451-JOBS; visit www.csb-win.org .

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County (WIB) is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The WIB strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing county resources, which generate jobs and investment.

The WIB, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment. Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit http://www.csb-win.org/ .

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EPIC Announces Strategic Benefits Partnership with Liazon

Employee Benefits InsuranceSAN FRANCISCO, Calif., March 25, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — EPIC (Edgewood Partners Insurance Center) announced today that its Employee Benefits Practice has launched a strategic partnership offering employers a new way to manage benefit program costs while expanding flexibility, choice and value for their employees.

EPIC has teamed with Liazon Corporation to offer their clients Liazon’s Bright Choices® Exchange. Bright Choices is an online benefits store that helps employers save money on their healthcare costs by setting predictable budgets while guiding employees to purchase better, more individually appropriate coverage.

“The Affordable Care Act presents employers with the opportunity to take a fresh look at the role health benefits play in attracting and retaining top talent,” says Anna Willson, Principal and Senior Consultant in EPIC’s benefits practice. “The Bright Choices Exchange helps to manage costs while increasing plan choice and employee satisfaction. It offers employees the coverage they personally need at a price they can afford. It makes the whole system work more efficiently.”

“EPIC’s benefits practice is once again optimizing technology to deliver more efficient and intelligent solutions to our clients,” says Dan Francis, Co-founder and CEO of EPIC. “Our benefits team understands where the market is going and how we can capitalize on a changing healthcare and benefits environment to deliver innovation and added value to our clients.”

About EPIC:
EPIC is an innovative California-based retail property & casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage and consulting firm. The company provides a unique equity ownership opportunity and has created a values-based culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty and sustains a high level of customer service excellence.

The fastest growing brokerage in the state, EPIC now has more than 300 team members operating from nine offices across California (Los Angeles, Irvine, Ontario, Fresno, Folsom, San Francisco, San Mateo, Petaluma and San Ramon).

With more than $60 million in revenues, EPIC ranks among the top 50 retail insurance brokers in the United States and is the 5th largest privately-held broker in California. For more information, please visit http://www.edgewoodins.com/ .

Connect with EPIC on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EPICInsuranceBrokersAndConsultants .

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Online School will Become the #1 Provider for Job Placement Assistance

Job Placement AssistanceCLEVELAND, Ohio, March 22, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — At Lakewood College we understand the importance of our students not only completing their program but then getting out into the real world and putting all their hard work into action. We want to bring to them the people that know how to help them get the career they want.

Several colleges claim that they will help you with career placement. But, what does that really mean? How many college graduates can honestly say they were walked through the do’s and don’ts of interviewing? Who can say they were taught how to utilize key words to locate that job through a search engine? Lastly and most important, who can say they were given the encouragement needed along the way as they were told “No” 100 times? Well at Lakewood College the students will get all of these things and more, as they introduce their new Career Services Department.

First the students get the opportunity to work with the Director of Career Preparation, Brian King. Brian comes to Lakewood College with several years of working at a temp agency. Working with people who are unemployed, maybe through no fault of their own now forced to go out into the scary world of job searching, with no idea where to start. He has spent countless hours looking at resumes, seeing what works and what does not. He has spent time speaking to the employers understanding what they are looking for in their interviews, which in turn allows him to better prep his prospects. So, Brian thoroughly understands the importance of Career Preparation and will bring that knowledge to Lakewood College graduates.

Next, students will be directed to the Career Placement Manager, Denise Raider. Denise comes to Lakewood College with several years of working in a career college. She spent her days as a cheerleader for the students. Most of her students were first time college students, fearful of change and risk, but very much in need of it and just lacking some direction. With the relationships she built, she was able to encourage the students, making them see past the negativity of a bad day and make it to the finish line to success!

According to Brian King, Director of Career Preparation at Lakewood College, “We will work together to understand the needs of our students at Lakewood College. We will be their support system. We will work with them to make them marketable and understand that a bad day or a ‘Not Hiring’ response is just motivation to try again; that something better is waiting.”

Raider adds, “You can truly change your life if you live with a positive outlook. It is better to try and fail then to have never tried at all.”

Combining the new Career Services Department staff to the current Lakewood College staff, the school is confident that they will not only become #1 in career placement assistance, but also the top choice for online education.

Lakewood College provides diploma and degree programs for top careers in business, medical, and legal fields. Every year thousands of active duty members, veterans and military spouses receive a quality, excellent education from Lakewood College with no out of pocket expenses.

To get more information about the education benefits available from Lakewood College, visit http://www.LakewoodCollege.edu/ today. Individuals interested in learning more details about this press release will find contact information below.

GENERAL INQUIRIES:
Lakewood College, 12900 Lake Avenue, Suite 003A, Lakewood, OH 44107; Telephone: 1.800.517.0857 EXT: 732 or Draider[at]lakewoodcollege.edu.

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Hi-Desert Medical Center Meets Staffing Needs with Help from The Workforce Investment Board

On-the-Job TrainingSAN BERNARDINO, Calif., March 11, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — By leveraging the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County’s On-the-Job Training program, the Hi-Desert Medical Center has recently added six full-time registered nurses and saved $25,000 in hiring and training costs.

Once challenged by the economy, the Hi-Desert Medical Center is now flourishing with help from the Workforce Investment Board. The company has used the Workforce Investment Board’s business services to maintain their 600 person staff in the past, and recognized that the On-the-Job Training would make it possible to achieve their staffing goals.

The Workforce Investment Board offered the Hi-Desert Medical Center a number of services including recruitment assistance, job advertisement, On-the-Job Training and strategic planning. Offered at no cost to the employer, these programs reduced hiring costs and increased productivity.

“When we learned about the On-the-Job Training program, it sounded too good to be true,” said Lionel Chadwick, Chief Executive Officer for Hi-Desert Medical Center. “The financial and professional support provided by the Workforce Investment Board’s program reduced our expense, limited our risk, and helped us recruit excellent employees at no cost to us. It was the answer to our growing pains.”

The On-the-Job Training program reimbursed the Hi-Desert Medical Center for a portion of a new hire’s wages during the initial training period. Now fully trained and having completed the probationary period, all six employees have been permanently hired on full-time at $28.04 per hour.

“Hi-Desert Medical Center is a perfect example of how the Workforce Investment Board programs assist employers,” stated Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board. “On-the-Job training bridges the gap for a business that needs to expand their workforce.”

The Workforce Investment Board also offers many free services and programs to local businesses through its Business Resource Team. The Business Resource team assists local companies with services such as layoff aversion programs and process improvement services that save and create jobs. Additionally the Business Resource Team provides business workshops, access to the On-the-Job Training program and assistance matching finding job seekers with the skills employers are seeking.

In 2011, the Workforce Investment Board trained more than 3,300 job seekers to enter careers in high-demand industry sectors the Business Resource Team visited and established relationships with more than 2,800 local businesses.

“The County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board is helping the county to create a vibrant economy with a skilled workforce,” said James Ramos, Third District Supervisor. “We are proud of their efforts.”

For information on upcoming WIB training classes and programs, contact the local Employment Resource Center or call (800) 451-JOBS; visit www.csb-win.org .

About Hi-Desert Medical Center:
Hi-Desert Memorial Health Care District distinguishes itself as the leader for healthcare services of the Morongo Basin. A modern, nonprofit 59-bed acute primary care hospital is located on the principal campus of the Hi-Desert Medical Center. Services include a wide range of quality inpatient and outpatient diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation services, home health and hospice services, and a variety of community outreach services.

Hi-Desert Medical Center has more than 90 physicians in 25 medical specialties and over 600 employees. Licensed by the State of California and fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations and the California Medical Association, the hospital holds membership in the California Healthcare Association and the Hospital Council of Southern California.

For more information, visit the Hi-Desert Medical Center at http://www.hdmc.org/ .

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County (WIB) is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The Workforce Investment Board strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing county resources, which generate jobs and investment.

The Workforce Investment Board, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org. Also follow us on Twitter @InlandEmpireJob and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/SBCountyWIB .

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Workforce Investment Board Recruits Unemployed Young Adults for @LIKE Project

San Bernardino County Workforce Investment BoardSAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Feb. 11, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board is recruiting unemployed young adults, ages 18 to 24, for the launch of the Linking Innovation Knowledge and Employment project (@LIKE). @LIKE is a collaborative effort among three of the region’s Workforce Investment Boards, San Bernardino, Riverside and Imperial Counties. The program serves young adults who have not been in school, working or serving in the military for at least 90 days.

This initiative will address career challenges young adults currently face. Factors such as the high cost of post secondary education, competition with more experienced adults for entry level jobs, and a lack of awareness regarding career and training options. These issues have left young adults at a severe disadvantage. Funded by a $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Innovation Fund, the project will give participants the skills and credentials needed to secure and maintain employment.

Recruitment is already underway for interested young adults who meet the entry criteria, and will continue for the three-year length of the program. Young adults seeking a high school diploma or GED, college counseling, job skills training or employment are encouraged to apply. Transportation and supportive services are available on a limited basis. Applications can be submitted to Emily Petrus at epetrus@wdd.sbcounty.gov.

“The County’s Workforce Investment Board programs help young adults gain the education and technical skills they need to enter the workforce prepared to succeed,” Chair, Janice Rutherford, County of San Bernardino Second District Supervisor said.

Roger, a young adult from San Bernardino County, knows firsthand the challenges of the current economy. After facing steep competition with more experienced workers for entry-level jobs, he entered a program similar to @LIKE, funded by the County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board. Although he considered college, he could not afford it and felt he had no options. Roger attended workshops and was placed with a career counselor. His career counselor introduced him to a construction training program, which gave him the skills needed for employment.

“Like Roger, many local young adults face overwhelming obstacles to employment,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board. “The @LIKE program will offer college and employment preparation workshops to enhance basic skills, assist with academic credit recovery and explore career options.”

A case manager will partner with each participant to develop an educational and career plan, foster career development and coordinate individualized services. In addition, each participant will have a life coach to help with personal issues and individual growth. Paid work experience, occupational skills training, internships, and entrepreneur workshops are also available as part of @LIKE.

Roger shared how the Workforce Investment Board program impacted him. “It helped me realize I have great potential. The training I received has allowed me enter a career field I’m passionate about and pursue professional opportunities I never knew were available. I am very thankful for this amazing program.”

For more information about the @LIKE program call (909)387-9859 and ask to speak with a Youth Team member or email epetrus@wdd.sbcounty.gov. To apply, visit http://www.atLIKE4U.com/ .

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:
The County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board (WIB) is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The WIB strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing County resources, which generate jobs and investment.

The WIB, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment. Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call (800) 451-JOBS or visit http://www.csb-win.org/ .

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Workforce Investment Board Helps C-PAK Industries Hire the Right People at the Right Time

San Bernardino County Workforce Investment BoardSAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Jan. 29, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — C-PAK Industries, Inc., a leading custom rotational molding company in San Bernardino, recently expanded its team by hiring 8 employees through the County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board’s On-the-Job Training program.

“This assistance from the Workforce Investment Board allowed us to anticipate needs and enhance our business growth,” said Candice Etchepare, general manager of C-PAK. “In our business, it is challenging to hire in anticipation of increased demand. The Workforce Investment Board’s support allowed us to take a risk on new employees, which paid off when our workload increased.”

On-the-Job Training reimburses employers for a portion of a new hire’s wages during an initial training period. The Workforce Board handled the recruitment and screening to identify qualified new candidates which reduced the time and expense of hiring new employees.

“The employee pre-screening and recruitment services provided by Workforce Investment Board saved us significant cost in selecting new hires,” said Etchepare. “Instead of stressing existing employees, paying a lot of overtime and playing catch up, we hired competent new employees and stayed on schedule. We will continue to work with the Workforce Investment Board for these services.”

According to Etchepare, the employees recruited by the Business Resource Team showed a stronger desire to work. “The retention rate of employees recruited through this program has been higher than those we have found through many other sources,” she said.

In addition to its recruitment and On-the-Job Training programs for local business, the Workforce Investment Board’s Business Resource Team offers layoff aversion programs and process improvement services that save and create jobs.

“Helping local companies like C-PAK grow and creating opportunities for local job seekers is how the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board continues to support the local economy and community,” said Janice Rutherford, Chair and Second District Supervisor.

Additionally the Business Resource Team offers business workshops, access to the On-the-Job Training program and assistance finding job seekers with the right skills. In 2011, the Workforce Investment Board trained more than 3,300 job seekers to enter careers in high-demand industry sectors and the Business Resource Team visited and established relationships with more than 2,800 local businesses.

“The Workforce Investment Board’s partnership with C-PAK is a great example of how we can serve businesses in this county,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board. “Combining On-the-Job Training funds and human resources support is an effective way to help local businesses grow, retain employees and recruit qualified job-seekers.”

For information on upcoming WIB training classes and programs, contact the local Employment Resource Center or call (800) 451-JOBS; visit http://www.csb-win.org/ .

About C-PAK:
C-PAK Industries is a custom rotational molding company that opened in San Bernardino, Calif. in 1999. C-PAK came into existence because customers needed a rotational molder solely dedicated to servicing the needs of companies that outsourced their rotationally molded products. They needed a molder that focused on the quality of product, reliability of delivery, and cost competitiveness that would let them gain and keep the competitive edge in their respective industries. C-PAK Industries believes that excellence in manufacturing will assure its position as the supplier of choice for its customers. For more information, visit the C-PAK website at http://www.c-pak.net/ or call 909-880-6017.

About the County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board:
The County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board (WIB) is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The Workforce Investment Board strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing county resources, which generate jobs and investment.

The Workforce Investment Board, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org. Also follow us on: Facebook www.facebook.com/SBCountyWIB – on Twitter @InlandEmpireJob – and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/SBCountyWIB .

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2012 Battalia Winston Survey Finds Corporate Holiday Parties are Making a Comeback; Executive Search Firm’s Study Reflects Economic Improvements

NEW YORK, N.Y., Dec. 11, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — More companies will revisit their tradition of holding holiday parties this year, according to the 24th annual survey of corporate America’s holiday party plans conducted by Battalia Winston, a leading global executive search firm.

An astounding 91 percent of the companies polled will have parties this year, up from 74 percent in 2011, 79 percent in 2010, 81 percent in 2009, 81 percent in 2008 and 85 percent in 2007.

Holiday parties were held by 95 percent of companies in 1988, the first year of the survey, and an all-time high of 97 percent was recorded in 1996 and in 1997, all years when the economy was robust.

“From the beginning the study has been a reliable barometer of both prevailing economic conditions and corporate confidence,” said Dale Winston, Battalia Winston’s Chairwoman and CEO.

“Despite the challenging economic environment, it seems that companies are moving back to a state of normality,” said Winston. “Parties are still the last vestige of company sociability.”

2012 Survey Findings:

* Who’s partying? We surveyed 105 companies and saw a significant increase compared to last year’s results (in 2011, 74 percent of companies hosted parties). This year, 96 out of 105 (91 percent of companies polled) will have some kind of holiday party.

* Why have parties? Nearly half (42 percent) are doing so to build employee morale, while about a third (33 percent) are holding a party to celebrate 2012 as a good year and 7 percent to show employees and clients that they are optimistic about next year. 18 percent of companies selected “other,” and the breakdown for “other” is as follows: 10 percent are hosting parties because of tradition, 4 percent are hosting parties simply because they like to, 3 percent say it’s “the right thing to do,” and 1 percent are doing so to honor retirees.

* Why no party? Of the 9 percent of companies not holding a holiday party this year, 1/3 (33.33 percent) said they had employees in several different locations, 1/3 (33.33 percent) said their employees were simply not that interested in attending corporate parties & 1/3 (33.33 percent) will give their employees something else in lieu of a party (2 days off, destination trip, etc.)

* Who will be invited? More than half (64 percent – 1 percent will include retirees) of the parties will be for employees only, while 29 percent will be held for both employees and their families (1 percent will allow the employees’ spouses only) and 7 percent will host employees, their families and friends of the firm.

* The budget: Conservatism still rules; 100 percent of companies said that their party will be the same as previous years – as opposed to more modest or more lavish.

* When & where? Of the companies holding parties, slightly more than 1/3 (34 percent) will be held in the evening, 43 percent will be at lunch and 14 percent selected “other.” Some companies indicated what their “other” entails: a 4-day trip, brunch, weekend trip to Vegas, company children’s party, afternoon party and the choice of a $100 gift card or one day off. Nearly half (40 percent) of the celebrations will be held in a restaurant, 29 percent at the office, 17 percent at a hotel and 14 percent selected other (20 percent will be a surprise, 20 percent will be in a “remote break area,” 40 percent will be in an external location/functional space and 20 percent will be at a country club.

* Drink up — if you can: Drinks will be served at most (79 percent) parties, but nearly one-in-four (21 percent) will be alcohol-free.

* Holiday charity efforts: While about half (51 percent) of the companies are donating money or goods (up from 39 percent last year, 47 percent in 2010, 66 percent in 2009, and 74 percent in 2008), employees at 16 percent of the firms will be doing volunteer work. 28 percent of the companies aren’t involved in holiday charitable activities. Some of these activities include Toys for Tots, Blood Drives, etc. 5 percent indicated other charity efforts will be made, such as sending holiday cards and matching funds.

* Employee morale: A majority (69 percent) of companies are taking steps to boost employee morale for the year to come (e.g. flexible work schedules, performance incentives, pay raises, team building/training, etc.), leaving only 12 percent of companies that have no such plans. 19 percent were unsure. Last year, almost half (48 percent) of the respondents planned morale boosting actions, which is a 43.75 percent increase.

The survey also asked, “How do you expect your company to perform in 2013?” A majority of companies (66 percent) report they’re on track to grow and hire; 24 percent anticipate staying the same and 10 percent are uncertain. None of the surveyed companies are expecting or planning to consolidate. Last year (2011), only 48 percent of companies were on track to grow and hire.

Has optimism replaced much of last year’s caution? “We believe this year’s increase in holiday parties reflects stabilization as opposed to a positive outlook for 2013,” said Winston. “Boosting employee morale is also a driver in the increase of holiday parties.”

The 2012 Battalia Winston nationwide survey was conducted among a cross-section of 105 companies.

About Battalia Winston:
Battalia Winston has been successfully meeting client needs in executive recruitment for almost 50 years and is currently ranked as one of the nation’s 12 largest retained executive search firms, as well as one of the world’s largest woman-owned search firms. Headquartered in New York City, the firm also has offices in New Jersey, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Chicago. Battalia Winston is an agile and uniquely flexible firm and their culture is focused on providing highly personalized, responsive client service.

More information: http://www.battaliawinston.com/ .

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San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board Commissions Study to Identify County’s Demand Employment Sectors

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Nov. 5, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board conducted a study to identify the top demand sectors for employment in San Bernardino County. The results showed that manufacturing, health care, transportation and logistics, energy and utilities, and construction are the top five industries that will be seeking a skilled workforce in San Bernardino County to fill available jobs.

The Workforce Investment Board commissioned a study by the ERISS Corporation so it can focus its limited resources in the county’s demand industries, working with the county’s competitive advantages to create a trained and skilled workforce.

The Workforce Investment Board convenes stakeholders from businesses, community based organizations, government and education to develop a highly skilled workforce in San Bernardino County. It works closely with the business community to fund training programs that meet the needs of local companies and the types of skills they seek. It also helps individuals build sustainable careers in living wage jobs.

“Our Workforce Investment Board has always taken a leadership role in identifying and bringing community stakeholders together to help formulate the best long-term strategy for the use of federal dollars in our local economy,” said Josie Gonzales, Chair, Board of Supervisors. “As we enter a growth period after the recession, we will orient our support to train job seekers for the job opportunities available with local businesses.”

The research study was conducted on behalf of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board during the first quarter of 2012. Its goal was to make recommendations for industry clusters with growth potential for the local area. The project included dedicated industry surveys, secondary quantitative research, and significant qualitative research. The analysis resulted in a series of recommendations for industry clusters and policy opportunities for the county.

“As the lead organization in the county convening stakeholders to solve workforce issues in San Bernardino County, the Workforce Investment Board will strategically deploy its resources to connect businesses with the workforce they need,” said Sandy Harmsen, executive director of the Workforce Investment Board. “The timing of these results could not be better, as it allows us to lead the county in aligning with the state’s workforce strategy so we can work together to create a better employment picture in San Bernardino County and in California.”

As a policymaking body that administers federal funding locally, the Workforce Investment Board reviews various research studies on an ongoing basis to ensure that it is serving the key business sectors in San Bernardino County that are driving employment.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit http://www.csb-win.org/ .

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The Board strives to strengthen the skills of the county’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing county resources, which generate jobs and investment.

The Workforce Investment Board, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers and Business Resource Centers. The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the county’s businesses including employee recruitment.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org. Also follow us on: Facebook www.facebook.com/SBCountyWIB or Twitter @InlandEmpireJob and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/SBCountyWIB .

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EPIC adds senior account manager Reagan Peralta in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Nov. 1, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — EPIC (Edgewood Partners Insurance Center), a retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage, has added Reagan Peralta as a senior account manager in its San Francisco office. Peralta brings more than 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry, working for national insurance carriers as well as Bay Area-based benefits consulting firms.

As a senior account manager, Peralta’s will provide clients with strategic planning and program design support and ensure the quality, timeliness and accuracy of all deliverables. Additionally, he will develop employee benefit communication programs and manage client service team resources.

“Reagan’s expertise in plan design and program analysis, along with his strong client relationship skills, make him a solid addition to our benefits consulting team and a key resource for our clients,” said EPIC co-founder, Dan Francis. “We’re very pleased to have another top notch team member join our EPIC benefits practice.”

Prior to EPIC, Peralta was most recently an executive account manager with Heffernan Insurance Brokers in Walnut Creek, Calif. He has also held account management positions at Woodruff-Sawyer & Co., and Andreini & Company. Peralta started his healthcare industry career with CIGNA International, after graduating from college.

Peralta earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Manila Doctors College in the Philippines.

Reagan Peralta can be reached at:
EPIC
135 Main Street, 21st Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
415-356.3907 Office
rperalta@edgewoodins.com.

About EPIC:
EPIC is an innovative California-based retail property & casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage and consulting firm. The company provides a unique equity ownership opportunity and has created a values-based culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty and sustains a high level of customer service excellence.

The fastest growing brokerage in the state, EPIC now has nearly 300 team members operating from eight offices across California (Los Angeles, Irvine, Fresno, Folsom, San Francisco, San Mateo, Petaluma and San Ramon).

With more than $60 million in revenues, EPIC ranks among the top 50 retail insurance brokers in the United States and is the 5th largest privately-held broker in California. For more information, please visit http://www.edgewoodins.com/ .

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New Employment Resource Center in Victorville Offers Central Location for Training, Placement and Career Services

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Oct. 25, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board announced it opened a new Employment Resource Center in Victorville.

Moving from its former location in Hesperia, the new Employment Resource Center is now located at 17310 Bear Valley Rd., Suite 109, Victorville. It has four classrooms, the first computer lab with Wi-Fi and several interview rooms for use by local employers seeking new hires.

The Employment Resource Centers help county residents re-enter the workforce or transfer their skills from shrinking industries to expanding industries. These vital services are offered at no cost to residents and include job training, job placement, job search, career counseling, resume writing and interview training as well as access to computers, printers, telephones and copy machines.

The Workforce Investment Board operates three Employment Resource Centers, located in Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino and now Victorville. Last year, these centers served more than 78,000 job seekers and provided more than 8,500 services directly to local employers.

In addition to the comprehensive service offerings to job seekers, the Centers offer expert employment advisors and business service representatives to help recruit and hire trained and skilled employees. The Centers also help local employers access funds and programs to support their businesses such as customized training programs or On-the-Job Training funds.

“The new ERC will help us continue to be an effective resource for businesses and those seeking work in our community, especially with our new central location,” said Harmsen. “The new ERC offers more of the outstanding training and hiring resources for which the Workforce Investment Board is known. It will continue to help job seekers in our area access much needed job training and job placement.”

The Workforce Investment Board is planning an official Grand Opening celebration of the new Employment Resource Center for the community to be held next Spring.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit http://www.csb-win.org/ .

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The Board strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing county resources, which generate jobs and investment.

The Workforce Investment Board, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers and Business Resource Centers. The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org . Also follow us on: Facebook www.facebook.com/SBCountyWIB – Twitter @InlandEmpireJob – and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/SBCountyWIB .

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EPIC adds Joe Dunn as Vice President of Workers Compensation Claims

FRESNO, Calif., Oct. 18, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — EPIC (Edgewood Partners Insurance Center), a retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage, has added Joe Dunn as Vice President, Workers Compensation Claims in its Fresno office. Dunn brings eleven years of experience in workers compensation, settlement negotiation, and Medicare sectors to EPIC.

As Vice President, Workers’ Compensation Claims, Dunn will be responsible for Workers’ Compensation claims advocacy. He will work with EPIC’s Central Valley clients to manage and reduce claims expense. This will include education and training, investigating and overseeing claims and establishing “best practices” for claims cost control. Dunn will also coordinate and oversee insurance carrier services; ensuring case reserves are not excessive. Additionally, he will make sure that all claims are effectively managed to an early, successful conclusion, and that experience modifications are kept low.

“Joe’s expertise in all aspects of workers’ compensation claims management and his strong understanding of Medicare make him a valuable resource for our Central Valley clients,” said EPIC co-founder Dan Francis. “We are very pleased to have another professional of Joe’s caliber join EPIC.”

Before joining EPIC, Dunn worked as a senior workers compensation claims adjuster for the State Compensation Insurance Fund. In this role, he determined liability and coordinated the distribution of workers’ compensation benefits to qualified workers. He also was responsible for providing quality customer care, overseeing project timelines and defending the State Fund against fraudulent activities.

Dunn has completed extensive training in his field including courses in Basic Finance, Quantitative Management Skills, Diverse Cultures, Check Sit-Employee Evaluations, Management Applied Personnel Skills Leadership, Violence in The Work Place, and Management Safety Principles, Medicare Set Aside Specialist.

“Workers’ compensation is an employer’s most controllable insurance expense,” stated Dunn. “But to reduce costs to their lowest possible level, you need the assistance of knowledgeable, aggressive, experienced partners and advocates. And that’s the difference that EPIC and I can make for our clients.”

About EPIC:
EPIC is an innovative California-based retail property and casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage and consulting firm. The company provides a unique equity ownership opportunity and has created a values-based culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty and sustains a high level of customer service excellence.

The fastest growing brokerage in the state, EPIC now has nearly 300 team members operating from eight offices across California (Los Angeles, Irvine, Fresno, Folsom, San Francisco, San Mateo, Petaluma and San Ramon).

With more than $60 million in revenues, EPIC ranks among the top 50 retail insurance brokers in the United States and is the 5th largest privately-held broker in California. For more information, please visit http://www.edgewoodins.com/ .

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Military Spouses Will Walk the Stage in Fayetteville/Fort Bragg!

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C., Oct. 12, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Lakewood College, headquartered in Lakewood, Ohio, is pleased to announce that they will be hosting this year’s graduation ceremony in Fayetteville, North Carolina on Saturday, October 20th, 2012 at the new Embassy Suites Fayetteville/Fort Bragg.

“When I founded the institution, I had one objective in mind and that was to ‘improve the quality of life of our students by providing excellent and affordable educational programs,’” states Tanya Haggins, President of Lakewood College.

“As we prepare to gather in Fayetteville, to celebrate our students’ accomplishments, I can say that we are all very proud of how far our students have come and what they have achieved. We are looking forward to meeting everyone in the Fayetteville/Fort Bragg area, where many of our military spouses and their families are stationed and also the location where our students voted for this year’s commencement ceremony,” said Haggins.

Lakewood College was recently added to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Lakewood College’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Director for G.I. Jobs and Vice President at Victory Media. “As interest in education grows, we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools,” said Collins.

A full story and detailed list of 2013 Military Friendly Schools was highlighted in the annual “G.I. Jobs Guide to Military Friendly Schools,” in early October.

Lakewood College provides diploma and degree programs for top careers in business, medical and legal fields. Every year, thousands of active duty members, veterans and military spouses receive a quality, excellent education with no out of pocket expenses. To find out more, please visit http://www.lakewoodcollege.edu/ .

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iFOS Awarded U.S. Department of Treasury IDIQ Contract

CLARKSVILLE, Md., Oct. 9, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — iFOS, as an emerging leader in Federal financial solutions and technology, announced that the firm was awarded an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) base plus 4 option years contract award to support CDFI grant programs. This effort will require iFOS to recruit up to 100 field reviewers that can evaluate CDFI grant applications submitted from start-up organizations as well as large, national scale enterprises.

The project involves managing subject-matter expertise in community development finance and community development tax credit programs, including expertise in different types of financial institutions (i.e. loan funds, community development entities, credit unions, banks, and venture capital funds) and different types of community development activities (i.e., affordable housing development, commercial real estate development, community facilities development, charter school development, community health facilities, small business lending, etc.).

“Breaking through several fiscal challenges faced by the CDFI requires an innovative firm as iFOS with the unique expertise and advanced communications infrastructure required to administer fairness and equity in the grants application process. iFOS is honored to provide the required services and looks forward to taking CDFI grants to the next level in public funding over the coming years,” said Tawanda Smith, President and CEO of iFOS.

About Intelligent Fiscal Optimal Solutions (iFOS®), LLC:
iFOS Managing Consultants, LLC is a 8(a) certified, woman-owned small business of staff augmentation, management consulting and training. The firm provides specialized services in Federal Financial Management, Grants Management Support, Forensic Accounting, Acquisition and Contracts Management, and IT Portfolio Management Services.

The company is headquartered in Clarksville, Maryland. For more information, visit: http://www.ifoscorp.com/ .

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County Residents Find Opportunities at 2012 Inland Empire West End Job Fair

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Sept, 27, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — At six o’clock in the morning, Sean Lunsford was the second person in line for the Inland Empire West End Job Fair hosted by the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board at the L.A./Ontario International Airport. A few hours later, he walked out with an appointment for a job interview.

“With online job searching and applying, you can’t meet people face to face,” he said. “This event gave me the opportunity to ask employers about the organization and how my talents and skills could fit into their culture.”

After speaking with a recruiter for a Rancho Cucamonga company, Lunsford came away with a real lead. “It feels like this will be a good fit,” he said. “I have great people skills as well as the technical background, and not too many IT people have both.”

Executive Director Sandy Harmsen of the Workforce Investment Board thanked the 78 employers that brought over 1,400 job opportunities to this year’s event.

“Many of our county’s employers are committed to hiring locally,” said Harmsen. “The Workforce Investment Board holds several job fairs throughout the year, and at these events participating businesses successfully find and hire the qualified workforce they need to grow and serve their customers.”

This is the fourth year Eduardo Cruz, human resources manager at Horizon Hobby, Inc. has attended the Inland Empire West End Job Fair. He has hired two employees through On-the-Job Training funds and regularly utilizes the HR hotline provided to local employers at no-cost by the Workforce Investment Board.

“This is great exposure for our company as well as a great way for us to meet prospective applicants,” he said. “We’re very committed to hiring within the community and create a strong, loyal workforce.”

The jobs offered include full-time and part-time positions in professional, managerial, technical, clerical, manufacturing, medical, retail, service, sales, security and law enforcement.

“The collective efforts of the local cities, chambers of commerce, media, and faith organizations helped make the Inland Empire West End Job Fair possible,” said Josie Gonzales, Chair and County of San Bernardino Fifth District Supervisor. “Such successful collaborations help local job seekers find employment closer to home, enabling them to support themselves and their families. These job fairs equally support businesses as they seek out a skilled workforce that will help them grow and sustain our county’s economic vitality.”

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit http://www.csb-win.org/ .

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:

The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The WIB strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing County resources, which generate jobs and investment.

The Workforce Investment Board, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit http://www.csb-win.org/ .

Also follow us on: Facebook www.facebook.com/SBCountyWIB or on Twitter @InlandEmpireJob; and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/SBCountyWIB .

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Now’s the Time to Create ‘Highly-Human’ Jobs by the Millions, According to Special Report from EraNova Institute

MOUNTAIN LAKES, N.J. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Today EraNova Institute announces an employment report with an upbeat message. Titled, “Highly-Human Jobs, The New Work that Technology Can’t Take Over,” it forecasts the rise of a high-touch, human-centered economy that could dwarf today’s high-tech economy based on smart technology.

Millions of people-oriented, non-programmable jobs may be created now, the report concludes, replacing jobs lost to automation and systemization. And everyone can get into the act.

Written as a practical roadmap for working people as well as entrepreneurs, business leaders, and policy makers, the report offers guidelines for –

* Finding a job that has a future because it’s highly-human and can’t be automated.
* Making any job into your dream job by adding highly-human elements through your own initiative.
* Creating a highly-human job or service from scratch, something useful and fulfilling that can’t be done by smart machines or systems.
* Hiring or developing employees with highly-human skills, to gain competitive advantage.
* Promoting legislation that supports a synergistic balance between technical and human advancement.

Methods and examples are given for honing the seven highly-human skills that set people apart from electronics and systems. The report also describes the budding “highly-human economy,” set to overtake the present service and knowledge-work economy, which earlier overtook the manufacturing economy, which in turn superseded the agricultural economy.

According to Richard W. Samson, author of the report, the coming highly-human economy will feature mental, emotional, social and other non-programmable forms of conscious aliveness that highly automated and even artificially intelligence systems can’t match.

“The great thing is that we don’t have to wait for anybody to create these jobs for us,” says Samson. “Anyone can create them right now on their own — although business leaders, the next President and Congress can help.”

Selling for $7.95, the report may be downloaded, in PDF format, from EraNova’s Highly-Human Jobs website, http://highlyhumanjobs.ning.com. Complimentary copies may be requested by journalists, bloggers, and broadcasters.

Buyers may also join online discussions about finding highly-human work, creating it, humanizing a business, and gaining governmental support.

The Highly-Human Jobs site is a meeting place for pioneers of the highly-human economy, that could dwarf today’s high-tech economy. Launched today, the site is a service of EraNova Institute — http://www.eranova.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Dick Samson
of EraNova Institute
dicksamson@eranova.com
+1-973-335-3699

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Ohio Restaurant Recruiters to Service Covelli Enterprises

CLEVELAND, Ohio, Sept. 26, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Ohio Restaurant Recruiters, a restaurant manager recruiting firm in Ohio and Pennsylvania, announced this week that Covelli Enterprises, the largest franchisee of Panera Bread and O’Charley’s, has entrusted them with its restaurant management recruitment needs.

Covelli Enterprises has more than 200 Panera bakery-cafe concepts; 27 more are scheduled to open over the next 18 months.

Panera Bread has the single goal of making great bread that is readily available to consumers across America. Daily, it bakes more bread than any other bakery-cafe concept in the country. Its bakery-cafes showcase the art and craft of bread making through great meals that include made-to-order sandwiches and salads, and soup served in bread bowls.

“I’m excited to be working with Julie Ault, Covelli Enterprises’ recruiting and hiring coordinator,” Russell Don, owner, Ohio Restaurant Recruiters, says. “Julie takes her job of hiring restaurant managers very seriously and we plan to help them successfully move forward.”

Panera Bread offers an excellent career path.

“It has 45 hour/five-day scheduled work weeks and unlimited opportunities for advancement in a clean and grease-free environment, so recruiting for top-notch restaurant managers will be a welcomed challenge,” Don says.

Covelli Enterprises is an entity formed to develop and manage the franchise rights of Panera Bread bakery-cafes in the northeast and central Ohio, western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, West Palm Beach, Fla., and Canada. It is the single largest franchisee of Panera Bread, LLC and is the fifth largest restaurant franchisee in the nation. It also has a reputation for being involved in the community and supporting local charities.

Its CEO, Sam Covelli, is a former recipient of Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” for northeast Ohio. He has also received two franchise awards: New Restaurant Opening Sales Award; and New Restaurant Opening Sales Retention Award, in addition to numerous others.

“We are thrilled that they have chosen us for their restaurant manager recruitment needs,” Don says.

About Ohio Restaurant Recruiters
Ohio Restaurant Recruiters is the brainchild of 30-year veteran restaurateur, Russell Don. He and his team have spent more than two years developing this concept.

Today, Don is a Certified Personnel Consultant and a Certified Temporary Staffing Specialist. These certifications are recognized as the staffing industry’s highest standard; they also ensure that all federal, state and local laws as well the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS) standards of ethical practices are adhered to and that Ohio Restaurant Recruiters maintains its industry credibility at all times. Additionally, it’s mandatory for staff to participate in continuing education.

Ohio Restaurant Recruiters is a member of the National Association of Personnel Specialists. It also has numerous other partnerships and affiliations including the Ohio and Pennsylvania Restaurant Associations.

For more information, visit: http://www.OhioRestaurantRecruiters.com/ .

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Employers Save and Create Jobs through Process Improvement Program

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Sept. 17, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s Process Improvement Program, with Deisell Consultants, LLC, has saved 1,709 jobs and allowed local employers to potentially create 215 new jobs.

Jeff Rogina, warehouse manager of VIP Solutions, a subsidiary of Vocational Improvement Program, Inc., lead the process of updating the company’s software and inventory systems. It was an important component of their growth and ability to serve and provide jobs.

“I was in the process right when I received the notice from the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board of its process improvement program through Deisell Consultants, LLC,” Jeff said. “It was the perfect solution at the perfect time.”

Vocational Improvement Program, Inc. is a private non-profit organization dedicated to serving people with disabilities by providing them with meaningful work opportunities to achieve personal growth and independence. VIP Solutions is a fulfillment, transportation and logistics and storage company.

Jeff worked with Deisell Martinez, a certified lean Six Sigma black belt, to review the company’s existing spreadsheets and inventory systems to create a streamlined and efficient process.

“Our clients include Kmart, Sears and Ace Hardware,” Rogina said. “When we can improve all facets of our services, we increase our customer retention and become an attractive solution to new clients.”

After the six-month project, VIP Solutions landed a project with Kmart and are looking forward to expanding into a new facility.

“When we grow, we can create new jobs for disabled adults,” Rogina said. “The results from the process improvement program through the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board will benefit us for years to come.”

For the past two years, Martinez worked successfully with 50 employers located throughout San Bernardino County. She has seen a marked shift in optimism among businesses.”Businesses are productive and positive about their long-term prospects,” she said. “Instead of worrying about survival, they’re now looking at ways to stabilize their growth and remain lean and efficient.”

Earlier this year, Sandy Harmsen, executive director of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board testified before Congress about the effectiveness of the Process Improvement Program.

“Our County Workforce Investment Board is a national model recognized for supporting employers while simultaneously helping workers keep their jobs and giving new opportunities to job seekers,” said Chair Josie Gonzales, County of San Bernardino Fifth District Supervisor. “These programs are vital to our region’s economic recovery.”

“We are very excited about the results from Deisell Consultants, LLC,” said Harmsen. “These numbers represent employees who were not only to keep their jobs, but also take a stronger role in their company’s future. Also, when employers can offer positions to people who have been out of work, it gives hope and opportunity to everyone.”

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org.

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County (WIB) is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The WIB strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing county resources, which generate jobs and investment.

The WIB, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit http://www.csb-win.org. Also follow us on: Facebook http://www.facebook.com/SBCountyWIB or Twitter @InlandEmpireJob and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/SBCountyWIB .

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San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board Assists Residents and Businesses through Economic Recovery

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Aug. 29, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors declared September 2012 to be Workforce Development Month. The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board will be recognized for its programs that assist job seekers and businesses when they have nowhere else to turn.

When Tyresha White’s father passed away, she and her family were stunned. As one of seven children, White needed to help her mom with her younger siblings. But she didn’t have a job and was turned down by potential employers due to her lack of work experience. Hope came from the Workforce Investment Act youth program funded by the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board.

“Our County’s Workforce Investment Board has been a lifeline to thousands of residents whose lives were impacted by the economic downturn,” said Josie Gonzales, San Bernardino County Chair and Fifth District Supervisor. “The Board makes resources and services available to our local businesses in need, and to young people like Tyresha who are seeking help to overcome their own personal hardships.”

White enrolled in the PAL Center in 2011, where she not only received work and life skills training, but she also found her life goal to become a Physician’s Assistant. She also received assistance with bus passes and gas money as well as food vouchers for her and her family.

“I completed the certified nursing assistant course and I’m now working at Country Villa Hacienda and I will begin my general education courses at San Bernardino Valley College,” White said. “I no longer depend on anyone else and I hope that I’m making my Dad proud.”

In the 2011 program year, the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board trained 3,370 customers using federal funds to enter careers in high-demand industry sectors. The board’s Business Resource Team visited and established relationships with more than 2,800 local employers. They provided valuable services such as employee recruitment assistance, lay-off aversion programs, process improvement services that saved and created jobs, business workshops and On-the-Job Training funds that reimbursed wages to employers during a specified training period.

“We are still in a vulnerable period of economic recovery,” said Sandy Harmsen, executive director of the board. “Unemployment crept up in July 2012 and there is still some hesitation to hire. We are mitigating that gap with our business-friendly programs and resources, while partnering with educational and community organizations to assist job seekers, youth and veterans to receive training and work experience.”

Job seekers, youth, veterans and employers who are interested the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit http://www.csb-win.org/.

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County (WIB) is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The WIB strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing county resources, which generate jobs and investment.

The WIB, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

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EPIC adds Jessica Bentson as Senior Account Manager

FOLSOM, Calif., Aug. 27, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — EPIC (Edgewood Partners Insurance Center), a retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage, has added Jessica Bentson as a senior account manager in its Folsom office. Bentson brings eight years of experience in the healthcare and wellness insurance sector.

As a senior account manager at EPIC, Bentson’s responsibilities will include providing clients with benefits planning and program design support. She will also focus on ensuring the quality, timeliness and accuracy of all deliverables, developing employee benefit communication programs, and coordinating client service team resources.

“Jessica’s analytical capabilities, expertise in plan design, and skill in creating benefits communications programs make her a valuable resource for our clients,” said EPIC co-founder, Dan Francis. “We are very pleased to have another professional of Jessica’s caliber join EPIC.”

Bentson’s professional experience includes six years with Tevis Insurance Solutions as a senior account manager. Before Tevis Insurance Solutions, she was also an account manager for Chandlee Insurance Agency.

Bentson holds a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business with a Concentration in Finance and Appraisal from California Polytechnic State University.

About EPIC:
EPIC is an innovative California-based retail property & casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage and consulting firm. The company provides a unique equity ownership opportunity and has created a values-based culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty and sustains a high level of customer service excellence.

The fastest growing brokerage in the state, EPIC now has nearly 300 team members operating from eight offices across California (Los Angeles, Irvine, Fresno, Folsom, San Francisco, San Mateo, Petaluma and San Ramon).

With more than $60 million in revenues, EPIC ranks among the top 50 retail insurance brokers in the United States and is the 5th largest privately-held broker in California. For more information, please visit http://www.edgewoodins.com/.

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LVNs Graduate from Workforce Investment Board Partnership with Kaiser Permanente

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Aug. 27, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) has stepped in to fill the need for Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN) by partnering with Kaiser Permanente Fontana and Ontario Medical Centers. Ten employees comprised the third class of graduates from the Pathways to LVN Program in May 2012. The training was provided by Chaffey College.

The Pathways to LVN Program provides Kaiser Permanente staff members with an opportunity to not only enhance their skills and advance their careers, but also enhance the level of service received by patients. When Suzie Aguirre learned about the opportunity to participate, she jumped at the chance.

“This gave me the opportunity to further my education and become an LVN,” Aguirre said.

Through Workforce Investment Board funding, Aguirre received help with tuition and the cost of books and supplies.

“With everyone’s help and family support, I graduated,” she said. “I am very proud of myself and of this positive outcome.”

According to the Workforce Access Matrix website, there is forecasted growth of 26% in San Bernardino County’s need for LVNs. The Matrix is a cooperative effort between the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools (SBCSS) Alliance for Education, and the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board.

LVNs play a vital role in the outpatient primary care setting. The role of the LVN is to perform technical tasks such as medication administration and wound care. The LVN’s licensed scope of practice allows them to cosign physician orders, manage patient messages, and further participate in Kaiser Permanente’s clinical goals and initiatives.

In January 2010, the Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center partnered with the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board and Chaffey Community College to start the first Pathways to LVN Program in San Bernardino County. The program is an 18-month/three-semester curriculum that provides an educational opportunity for qualified Medical Assistants to become Licensed Vocational Nurses. The program targets employees who live in San Bernardino County.

“The Workforce Investment Board’s partnership with Kaiser Permanente serves our county’s residents and businesses by funding training programs to upgrade the skills of our local workforce,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board. “The Pathways to LVN is just one of the ways we use federal funding to support local businesses by upgrading the skills of existing employees so they can serve the organization at a higher level.”

“We are very proud of Suzie Aguirre and all of the graduates who successfully completed this program,” said Josie Gonzales, chair and Fifth District Supervisor. “The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s partnership with Kaiser Permanente Medical Center is an example of how we can work together to bring opportunities to job seekers and employers.”

The next class from the Pathways to LVN Program will graduate December 2012. San Bernardino County residents who are interested in Workforce Investment Board training programs may contact their local Employment Resource Center or call (800) 451-JOBS; visit http://www.csb-win.org/ .

About Kaiser Permanente:
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high quality, affordable health care services to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 3.4 million members in Southern California. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to www.kp.org/newscenter.

Kaiser Permanente’s Fontana and Ontario Service Area has provided comprehensive, affordable health care to the Inland Empire for nearly 70 years and serves approximately 430,000 members. The Fontana and Ontario Service Area includes the Kaiser Foundation Hospitals in Fontana and Ontario, and medical offices in Fontana, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Colton, Claremont, Montclair, Chino, San Bernardino, Victorville, Redlands, and Upland.

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County (WIB) is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The WIB strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing county resources, which generate jobs and investment.

The WIB, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

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EPIC adds Benefits Consultant Kate Crouch in Folsom

FOLSOM, Calif., Aug. 20, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — EPIC (Edgewood Partners Insurance Center), a retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage, has added Kate Crouch as an employee benefits consultant in its Folsom office. Crouch brings 18 years of experience in group health and welfare benefits as well as insurance negotiations to EPIC’s growing benefits consulting team.

Crouch’s responsibilities will include the acquisition of new clients as well as the design, placement and management of employee and executive benefit programs. She will be based in Folsom and will report to Dana Liedel, corporate development officer and managing principal of EPIC’s Employee Benefits Practice.

“We are building a culture that is centered on innovation, exceptional client care, and individual accountability,” said EPIC co-founder Dan Francis. “Kate’s experience, strong consulting skills and advocacy on behalf of her clients, make her a very strong addition to our growing benefits consulting practice. We are extremely pleased to have another professional of Kate’s caliber join EPIC.”

Before coming to EPIC, Crouch founded Health and Welfare Benefit Strategies of which she was the principal for three years. Previous to this, she served as a consultant and Vice President of Sales for Jenkins Athens Insurance Services.

Crouch earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of San Francisco. She has also completed supplementary negotiation training courses such as The Personal Negotiator Training Program, The Art of Negotiation, and coursework from the Camp Negotiation Institute.

“EPIC is extremely focused on delivering value to clients through individual initiative and strong team collaboration,” said Crouch. “There’s a lot of excitement here. It’s a major reason I chose to join the EPIC team.”

Kate Crouch can be reached at:
EPIC
1743 Creekside Drive, Suite 200
Folsom, CA 95630
916-358-8010
kcrouch@edgewoodins.com.

About EPIC:
EPIC is an innovative California-based retail property & casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage and consulting firm. The company provides a unique equity ownership opportunity and has created a values-based culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty and sustains a high level of customer service excellence.

The fastest growing brokerage in the state, EPIC now has nearly 300 team members operating from eight offices across California (Los Angeles, Irvine, Fresno, Folsom, San Francisco, San Mateo, Petaluma and San Ramon).

With more than $60 million in revenues, EPIC ranks among the top 50 retail insurance brokers in the United States and is the 5th largest privately-held broker in California. For more information, please visit http://www.edgewoodins.com/ .

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San Bernardino County Businesses Surveyed Indicate Growth and Hiring

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Aug. 15, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) surveyed 2,220 local businesses regarding growth, employment trends and quality of workforce for the region and industry sector. The top three industries in the County – healthcare, transportation and logistics and manufacturing – indicate hiring and business growth is expected.

The WIB continues to support and assist businesses during the upward trend through its Business Resource Team and Employment Resource Centers. Many of the employers surveyed, participated in programs implemented by the WIB including job fairs, On-the-Job Training grants, process improvement and no-cost workshops.

“The businesses surveyed are reporting an increasing need to hire, plans to expand services, products or physical space and improvements in the quality of the local workforce,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board. “This is valuable data that will steer our Business Resource Team to continue working with these employers, as well as reach out to additional business to help them hire, train and employ our county’s residents.”

The WIB and its Employment Resource Center teams use this report to determine which employment sectors are growing and where to focus training funds to assist job seekers who want to enter long-term careers.

The findings included:
* In the West Valley region, 21 percent of employers surveyed reported an increasing need to hire and 24 percent indicated they were planning expansion.

* In the Deserts, 21 percent of employers surveyed reported an increasing need to hire and 16 percent indicated they were planning expansion.

* In the East Valley, 26 percent of employers surveyed reported an increasing need to hire and 23 percent indicated they were planning expansion.

* In Healthcare, 26 percent of employers surveyed reported an increasing need to hire and 26 percent reported they were planning expansion.

* In Transportation & Logistics, 19 percent of employers surveyed reported an increasing need to hire and 19 percent reported they were planning expansion.

* In Manufacturing, 22 percent of employers surveyed reported an increasing need to hire and 25 percent reported they were planning expansion.

“The vital support the Workforce Investment Board provides the local business community definitely addresses our current unemployment rate of 11.9 percent,” said Josie Gonzales, San Bernardino County Chair and Fifth District Supervisor. “As the WIB continues to help our employers grow their businesses and create more jobs, we offer greater opportunities for our residents to find well-paying careers closer to home.”

Employers who are interested the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit http://www.csb-win.org/ .

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County (WIB) is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The WIB strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing county resources, which generate jobs and investment.

The WIB, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

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Sales Talent Inc. Named to Seattle Business Magazine’s ’100 Best Companies to Work For’ List

SEATTLE, Wash., Aug. 15, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Sales Talent Inc., a sales recruiting firm based in Mercer Island, Wash., was selected as one of Washington State’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” by Seattle Business Magazine. Awards were presented during a cocktail reception and dinner at the Westin Seattle on June 14, hosted by Brock Huard, with a keynote by Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll.

Companies were judged on benefits, communication, corporate culture, hiring and retention, performance standards, responsibility and decision making, rewards and recognition, training and education, and work environment. To be considered for the Best Workplaces list, applicants must submit a formal nomination, participate in an employee satisfaction survey conducted by an independent third-party, and then be selected by a panel of judges from previously recognized workplaces throughout the state.

“Sales Talent is honored to have been selected to Seattle Business Magazine’s 100 Best Companies list in 2012,” said Chris Carlson, President of Sales Talent. “I feel this award is a reflection of the dedication and commitment to excellence that each of our employees exhibits. They make Sales Talent a fun and energizing place to work that I’m proud to be associated with.”

In addition to this honor, Sales Talent Inc is a previous winner of Puget Sound Business Journal’s “100 Fastest Growing Companies in Washington” award.

About Sales Talent:
Sales Talent is a national sales recruiting firm founded in 1999 and based in Mercer Island, Wash. They specialize in placing experienced b2b sales reps and sales management in technology, software, b2b insurance, medical, pharmaceutical, telecom and general b2b positions. Clients range from the Fortune Magazine’s 100 fastest growing to Blue Chips that rank in the Global 100. More information: http://www.salestalentinc.com/ .

About Seattle Business Magazine:
Seattle Business is a monthly magazine that is read by more than 100,000 business executives across the state. Annual events tied to its editorial coverage include Leaders in Health Care, Washington Manufacturing Awards, 100 Best Companies to Work For, Green Washington Awards and Family Business Awards. Seattle Business magazine is owned by Minneapolis-based Tiger Oak Publications, which also publishes Seattle magazine, Seattle Bride magazine as well as more than 20 other leading regional magazines. Visit Seattle Business magazine online at http://www.seattlebusinessmag.com/ .

NEWS SOURCE: Sales Talent Inc. :: This press release was issued on behalf of the news source by Send2Press(R) Newswire, a service of Neotrope(R). View all current news at the Send2Press for Journalists Portal: http://Send2PressNewswire.com/ .


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Sales Talent Inc. Named to Seattle Business Magazine’s ’100 Best Companies to Work For’ List

SEATTLE, Wash., Aug. 15, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Sales Talent Inc., a sales recruiting firm based in Mercer Island, Wash., was selected as one of Washington State’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” by Seattle Business Magazine. Awards were presented during a cocktail reception and dinner at the Westin Seattle on June 14, hosted by Brock Huard, with a keynote by Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll.

Companies were judged on benefits, communication, corporate culture, hiring and retention, performance standards, responsibility and decision making, rewards and recognition, training and education, and work environment. To be considered for the Best Workplaces list, applicants must submit a formal nomination, participate in an employee satisfaction survey conducted by an independent third-party, and then be selected by a panel of judges from previously recognized workplaces throughout the state.

“Sales Talent is honored to have been selected to Seattle Business Magazine’s 100 Best Companies list in 2012,” said Chris Carlson, President of Sales Talent. “I feel this award is a reflection of the dedication and commitment to excellence that each of our employees exhibits. They make Sales Talent a fun and energizing place to work that I’m proud to be associated with.”

In addition to this honor, Sales Talent Inc is a previous winner of Puget Sound Business Journal’s “100 Fastest Growing Companies in Washington” award.

About Sales Talent:
Sales Talent is a national sales recruiting firm founded in 1999 and based in Mercer Island, Wash. They specialize in placing experienced b2b sales reps and sales management in technology, software, b2b insurance, medical, pharmaceutical, telecom and general b2b positions. Clients range from the Fortune Magazine’s 100 fastest growing to Blue Chips that rank in the Global 100. More information: http://www.salestalentinc.com/ .

About Seattle Business Magazine:
Seattle Business is a monthly magazine that is read by more than 100,000 business executives across the state. Annual events tied to its editorial coverage include Leaders in Health Care, Washington Manufacturing Awards, 100 Best Companies to Work For, Green Washington Awards and Family Business Awards. Seattle Business magazine is owned by Minneapolis-based Tiger Oak Publications, which also publishes Seattle magazine, Seattle Bride magazine as well as more than 20 other leading regional magazines. Visit Seattle Business magazine online at http://www.seattlebusinessmag.com/ .

NEWS SOURCE: Sales Talent Inc. :: This press release was issued on behalf of the news source by Send2Press(R) Newswire, a service of Neotrope(R). View all current news at the Send2Press for Journalists Portal: http://Send2PressNewswire.com/ .


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