El Monte/South El Monte Chamber of Commerce Hosts Meeting of the Minds

Lucia Flores

On January 29, the El Monte/South El Monte Chamber of Commerce was host to the very informative “Meeting of the Minds Workshop Series.” The workshop helped promote economic development among local businesses and brought attention to chamber members the resources available to them from centers such as WorkSource.
Some companies may be unaware of WorkSource and the variety of resources available to them, such as employee training, layoff aversion programs, and recruitment assistance.
As Ken Raush, Executive Director of the El Monte/South El Monte Chamber of Commerce remarked, there is “a lot of development going on in El Monte,” and it is important for local businesses to be informed of such services. Christine Knight, Director of Marketing and Membership for the Chamber, re-emphasized that places like WorkSource help companies grow and stay in business.
Keynote speakers of the event, Business Service Representatives Patricia Martinez and David Kaufmann, explained the importance of the WorkSource center. WorkSource can prepare a candidate for employment through résumé workshops, computer classes, interview preparation, and more.
WorkSource can benefit employers by providing a pool of applicants, assessments for job seekers, on the job training funds, and tax credits to employers.  There is also a Business Advisory Council, made up of representatives from local businesses, which ensures candidates for employment are highly trained and qualified for employment.
Also on hand to speak to chamber members was Jennifer McLain, Business Development Manager of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership.  The mission of the Partnership is to “enrich the quality of life and economic vitality of the San Gabriel Valley.”
The Partnership acts as a voice for the region of the San Gabriel Valley. It also helps market the region to businesses and assists them with any concerns or resources they might need. McLain also emphasized the importance of the Partnership’s relationship with the local government, which is very vital to the economic development of cities such as El Monte and South El Monte.
Overall, the Meeting of the Minds workshop highlighted how important it is for employers, WorkSource, and the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership to work together to promote and improve economic and workforce development.  With these entities working together, the local businesses of the San Gabriel Valley can grow and flourish in the ever-changing economic market.
The Central San Gabriel Valley WorkSource Center is located at 11635 E. Valley Blvd., Unit G, El Monte CA 91732.  For more information, please call 626.258.0365 or visit www.goodwillsocal.org.  For information on the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership, visit www.valleyconnect.com.  For information on the El Monte/South El Monte Chamber of Commerce, visit www.emsem.biz.

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