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Job Blast - August 18, 2022

Job Blast – September 15, 2022

Jobseekers: Sign up to receive via email at https://workforcescc.com/.

Employers: Email businessrep@workforcescc.com to post your open positions.

—Workforce Santa Cruz County

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Downtown Library and Affordable Housing Project

Downtown Library and Affordable Housing Project – Community Meeting

The City of Santa Cruz cordially invites you to attend a community meeting to learn about and discuss the latest developments in the Downtown library and the affordable housing project's overall design. Questions will be answered by city staff, architects, and housing developers. We value the diversity of the community's input and invite you to join us.

—City of Santa Cruz Economic Development Department

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Access 2 Employment Job Fair

Access2Employment Job Fair

Santa Cruz Employment Access serves as host to the annual Access 2 Employment Job Fair, connecting local employers with hundreds of job seekers to help achieve a diverse workforce. Our volunteer based organization operates as a planning committee made up of representatives from various local agencies and businesses with a common goal – to improve the economic outlook of Santa Cruz County by linking job seekers with employers and employment resources.

—Access2Employment

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Goodwill Offers Free Employment Services

Goodwill Offers Free Employment Services

Goodwill offers free employment services open to the public at all three of our Career Centers. We have all the resources you need to help you find a job that complements your abilities and interests.
• Work with trained staff to polish your resume, write a winning cover letter, and practice for your interview.
• Gain a competitive edge with typing and computer skill certifications.
• Never miss a job opening with our up-to-date job boards, and job search workshops.

—Goodwill Central Coast

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Coalition to Back Black Businesses Now Accepting Grant Applications

Coalition to Back Black Businesses Now Accepting Grant Applications

The Coalition to Back Black Businesses is now accepting applications for its 2022-23 grant program. Building on the success of our first two years, we will distribute $5,000 grants to more than 300 Black-owned small businesses to help them meet their most immediate needs and support their long-term success, growth, and resilience. In addition to the grants, businesses will receive exclusive access to mentorship programs, training, and resources.

Last day to apply is September 6.

—Santa Cruz County Small Business Development Center

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Volunteer Today!

Volunteer Today!

We need your support this year to help us continue to link students to careers! If your an business owner, or industry professional and would like to spread your wisdom with the future of our community sign up now to become a LINK!

If you are a local looking to become more active in the community or a student looking to fill service hours in a fun and career engaging field sign up to be a volunteer today!

—Your Future Is Our Business

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September 2022 Webinar Schedule

September 2022 Webinar Schedule

Mark your calendars, because we've got a full schedule in September filled with NEW webinars!

First up, we have our start-up webinars with SBDC Advisor Keith Holtaway. Next, we have a webinar that focuses on branding and a class about privacy settings to prevent hackers. At the end of the month, we have a new webinar about the mechanics of a commercial lease.

—Santa Cruz County Small Business Development Center

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Job Blast - August 18, 2022

Job Blast – August 18, 2022

Jobseekers: Sign up to receive via email at https://workforcescc.com/.

Employers: Email businessrep@workforcescc.com to post your open positions.

—Workforce Santa Cruz County

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Employing People With Disabilities Can Benefit Your Business

Employing People With Disabilities Can Benefit Your Business

Did you know? Employing people with disabilities can benefit your business.

• When you consider employing a person with a disability, you widen the pool of candidates available.
• Hiring a person with a disability can help employees learn new viewpoints from their peers, boost empathy toward others, and increase creativity levels.
• The majority of people with disabilities do not need accommodations to perform their jobs, and for those who do, the cost is usually minimal.
• CalJOBS provides access to employer services, job seeker services, disability services, and more.

—Employment Development Department

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Job Blast - August 4, 2022

Job Blast – August 4, 2022

Jobseekers: Sign up to receive via email at https://workforcescc.com/.

Employers: Email businessrep@workforcescc.com to post your open positions.

—Workforce Santa Cruz County

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SER National Farmworker Jobs Program Grand Opening

SER National Farmworker Jobs Program Grand Opening

The SER National Farmworker Jobs Program Grand Opening was a tremendous success, thanks to the support of the Santa Clara and Santa Cruz communities.

Thank you to our guest speaker, United Farm Workers President-Emeritus Arturo S. Rodriguez, and our many community collaborators for supporting our work in helping farmworkers and their families find education and employment opportunities for their futures.

If you would like to learn more about SER NFJP, visit our website.

—SER Jobs for Progress National, Inc.

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August 2022 Webinar Schedule

August 2022 Webinar Schedule

August is right around the corner, which means our webinars are taking place! Join us with SBDC Keith Holtaway the next two weeks in learning about the necessary steps needed to start a business and create a plan.

Additionally, we have some NEW webinars taking place in September! Check them out & register in advance on our website.

—Santa Cruz County Small Business Development Center

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Job Blast - July 21, 2022

Job Blast – July 21, 2022

Jobseekers: Sign up to receive via email at https://workforcescc.com/.

Employers: Email businessrep@workforcescc.com to post your open positions.

—Workforce Santa Cruz County

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8th Annual State of the Region

8th Annual State of the Region

We are excited to announce that our 8th Annual State of the Region will take place Friday, Oct. 14th at Cal State University, Monterey Bay. Please save the date and stay tuned to learn how you can register to attend. We look forward to seeing you soon!

—Monterey Bay Economic Partnership

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GetVirtual Launches Small Business Resources Program

GetVirtual Launches Small Business Resources Program

GetVirtual is a non-profit organization founded by UCSC staff and students to provide small businesses the tools to transition their business online with the help of college students. GetVirtual is partnered with UCSC and the Santa Cruz Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to provide high quality virtual services.

The program runs from late July to September. Services are free in partnership with the Santa Cruz SBDC, but clients pick up software and other hard costs (i.e. Wix monthly subscription).

—Santa Cruz County Small Business Development Center

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Santa Cruz City Schools Job Fair

Santa Cruz City Schools Job Fair

Job Fair! Join us next Tuesday, where we'll be interviewing and hiring on the spot at Harbor High in the MPR at 5-7pm. Bring your resumes!

—Santa Cruz City Schools

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How to Start a Food Business Workshops

How to Start a Food Business Workshops

Do you have a business concept you'd like to explore? Or maybe a food or drink recipe that you want to market? El Pajaro's upcoming programs are here to help!

How to Start A Food Business is a series of 4 workshops where we will talk about how to formally plan and launch a business.

Esta serie consiste en 4 talleres virtuales completamente en español donde se hablará de como iniciar o formalizar diversos negocios de comida. También, hablaremos sobre las diferentes agencias que regulan las operaciones de estos negocios. La información presentada en esta serie está diseñada exclusivamente para residentes de los condados Santa Cruz, Monterey y San Benito. Si usted vive fuera de estos 3 condados, la información no le será relevante.

Series dates: Monday and Wednesday August 1-10, 2022
Workshops by Zoom at 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Empresari@ Business Education program is a series of 10 virtual business planning, marketing and management training classes.

Series dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays August 2- Sept. 1, 2022
Workshops by Zoom at 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Commercial Kitchen Incubator Orientation will go over program requirements, permits and licenses, business support services available and more! Attending this orientation is the first step to ensure this is the right program for you.

¡Acompáñenos durante esta orientación para aprender más sobre el programa de educación empresarial de Empresari@! Las clases de Empresari@ comienza el 24 de agosto. El participar en está orientación no garantiza su registro al programa. Registro al programa es separado a este.

Instructions: Esta orientación se presenta de manera virtual a través de la plataforma de Zoom Cloud Meetings. Usted puede bajar esta aplicación a su teléfono o computadora sin ningún costo. Para entrar a la orientación, usted recibirá la información de Zoom una vez que se registre.

Series dates: August 17 and 24
Workshops by Zoom and in-person

—City of Santa Cruz Economic Development Department

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