Business

Workforce Santa Cruz County offers no-cost services to local businesses to train employees, hire new talent, retain employees, and assist with layoffs, supporting current and future workforce needs.

Business Consultations

Are you having trouble meeting payroll? If you are looking at downsizing, do you need transitional support for your employees? The Small Business Development Center (SBDC), with local and state partners including Workforce Santa Cruz County, can help through a local confidential program that helps businesses keep their doors open and retain employees. Take the steps now to get support you need to avoid job loss or closing your business. The program provides a full range of coordinated resources to help sustain businesses and retain jobs in Santa Cruz County.

Get the help your business needs! Contact the SBDC at Cabrillo College at (831) 479-6136 or at sbdc@cabrillo.edu. You can also visit their website at www.santacruzsbdc.org.

Additional Resources

To get more information, contact the SBDC at Cabrillo College: call (831) 479-6136, e-mail sbdc@cabrillo.edu, or visit their website at www.santacruzsbdc.org.

Incumbent Worker Training

Businesses cannot grow without employees whose skills keep pace with industry demands. Workforce Santa Cruz County can ensure your employees have the skills needed for a thriving business, through Incumbent Worker Training (IWT). The program is designed to meet the needs of an employer or group of employers to retain a skilled workforce or avert layoffs so participants can be promoted within the company and create backfill opportunities for employers.

Contact us today to find out how we can upskill your employees. Call (831) 763-8872 to speak to a business services representative or e-mail businessrep@workforcescc.com. You can also visit the Workforce Santa Cruz County Business website.

Additional Resources

To learn more about the Incumbent Worker Training Program, contact a Business Services Representative: call (831) 763-8872, e-mail businessrep@workforcescc.com, or visit the Workforce Santa Cruz County Business website.

Rapid Response Layoff Service

When closure or layoffs cannot be avoided, businesses can benefit from support that eases the stressful transition their employees face. Workforce Santa Cruz County’s Rapid Response team can come to your employment site and provide: 

  • Unemployment insurance benefits information
  • Resume, interview, and job-search assistance
  • Outplacement and transition services
  • Vocational and skill assessments
  • Labor-market information (LMI)

These services can help reduce the time on unemployment insurance and get people back to work more quickly.

Don’t downsize alone! Learn more about Rapid Response Layoff Services by contacting a Business Services Representative at (831) 763-8872 or at businessrep@workforcescc.com.

On-the-Job Training

Is paying for another full salary standing in the way of growing your business? Consider Workforce Santa Cruz County’s On-the-Job-Training Program as the solution you need! If your business is looking to hire and train new employees, here’s how you benefit from the program:

  • Reimbursement of up to 50% of trainee’s salary
  • Tax credits for hiring certain eligible participants
  • Reduction of costs associated with training new staff
  • Access to prescreened applicants
  • Ability to grow your business

Take that first step to grow your business today! Contact a Business Services Representative at (831) 763-8872 or at businessrep@workforcescc.com to learn more about how the On-the-Job Training Program can work for your business.

Additional Resources

To learn more about the On-the-Job Training Program, contact a Business Services Representative: call (831) 763-8872 or e-mail businessrep@workforcescc.com.

Staffing Solutions

If you are an employer who is hiring, we can help – at no cost! Find a wealth of information, tools, and resources through CalJOBS, three local Career Centers, and the Workforce Santa Cruz County Business Services Representative.

 Available Information:

  • Labor-market information (LMI) to identify wage trends by occupation and region.
  • Tools include applicant job-skill assessment at no cost and access to the state’s database of job seekers’ resumes.
  • Services include the Business Service Representative posting job openings at no cost, arranging job fairs, and specialized recruitments.
  • To post job openings and search for qualified applicants, visit the CalJOBS website.

Get your job posting out there! Contact a Business Services Representative at (831) 763-8872 or at businessrep@workforcescc.com.

Additional Resources

To post job openings and search for qualified applicants, visit the CalJOBS website.

To learn more about the available Staffing Solutions, contact a Business Services Representative: call (831) 763-8872 or e-mail businessrep@workforcescc.com.