a growing small business, we struggle with the conundrum of how to manage the
increasing work volume at a point where we can’t quite afford to pull the
trigger on our next hire. We have done the “all-hands-on-deck” approach to
rallying family and friends to lend a hand when we’re in a production crunch.
All too often, their own commitments preclude them from helping �" thus leaving
us scurrying to meet deadlines and maintain top-notch service levels. While we
continue to utilize that model, we needed to explore alternative options for
a year ago, our full time graphic designer suggested we explore college
internships as a solution. During a chamber function, I was fortunate to meet
the person that managed the internship program at the University of
Northwestern. After a meeting and tour of the University, I was able to apply
to participate in their grant program. The internship positions I was looking
for, closely aligned with the degree programs. Our business was a good match.
program is a win-win. We are able to help student apply their learnings to
bring real-world business experience. And, as business owners, we can
affordably gain added resources to help keep our own business moving forward
and growing. It is very gratifying to be able to help prepare our younger
generation for the workforce, and hopefully provide them with the experience
that might edge out their completion. There are many colleges and universities
in our market �" with the likelihood of a variety of internship opportunities
that can help fill that staffing gap.
knows? We may even find our next hire through this process.
2016-2017 chairperson of chamber's board and directors
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