The BRE&W Development team visited 9 companies during December and made 3 Business to Business connections, in addition to making 13 connections to education partners and 8 connections to internship programs. Did you know that internship programs exist at the High School, Community College and University levels? Internship programs increase awareness of your company and help you create a pipeline of future employees. Internships can serve as an “in depth interview”, allowing companies to learn about candidates’ skill sets and cultural fit prior to hiring them full time.

On the workforce development and attraction front, EDAWN launched a Pandora campaign, effective January 1st, in 3 markets outside the area to get listeners to “Rethink Reno” as a place for a career. The spot highlights the assets of the community and the many opportunities in multiple sectors that exist for employees at all levels. In the first week of the campaign, over 250 people went to the site to learn more about our area as a great place to live, work and play.

Many in our community don’t know how to take the first step towards employment or where to go for assistance. EDAWN has created a simple and easy cartoon guide to get people on the right path. This will be distributed widely throughout the community and is already posted on the Nevada 2-1-1 site, a program of the Financial Guidance Center, which is committed to helping Nevada Citizens connect with the services they need.  Go here to view the guide.

BIGGEST LITTLE TIP: Low unemployment is spurring many hiring companies to implement more strategic broad-based and niche recruitment efforts to meet their talent needs. Take a look at the Aerotek Five Hiring Trends to Watch in 2017.

Partner Updates

The University of Nevada, Reno Career Studio is sponsoring a Spring Career and Internship Expo on February  9th, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Joe Crowley Student Union ballroom. Employers are encouraged to participate and can register here.

Register for Nevada Association of Employers (NAE) Employers’ Rights And Responsibilities class regarding medical & recreational marijuana on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. They are also offering Supervisory Skills 101 class, where topics include: discipline and discharge, workplace harassment, employment law, performance management and reasonable suspicion, on Tuesdays, January 24 & 31 and February 7 & 14, 2017.

Major Investor of the Week

Bank of America – Bank of America is the largest investor into CDFIs with over $1 billion in all 50 U.S. states to help connect borrowers to affordable loans when more traditional channels may not be available.