Read our earlier post – My Point of Vue: A Personal Look at Workforce Development with Danny Patterson – for a look at the 1980s version of network building and what it means for today.
A typical Workforce Board interacts with 5% of local businesses. Expand your network in a strategic way by identifying new, potential partners that strengthen your Board’s connection to the community.
At Workforce Development Boards and OneStop Career Centers, the number of job seekers and businesses that need your help has grown, but has the pool of businesses you regularly work with also grown to meet the demand?
The good news is that we’ve moved beyond using rolodexes and the yellow pages to find our next strategic partner. Today’s robust data and research tools give us a more complete picture of our local business communities and can help us identify and connect with a higher number of healthy, growing companies.
Ask yourself these questions to start building a broad business network:
Get a deeper understanding of the businesses you regularly work with. Knowing the strengths (and weaknesses) of your core employer network is the key to maintaining strong partnerships, collaborative advisory groups, and effective community connections.
Consider these characteristics:
A typical Workforce Board interacts with 5% of local businesses. To expand your network in a strategic way, take a birds-eye view of the remaining 95% and then narrow your focus to identify new, potential partners that strengthen your Board’s connection to the community.
Some categories to investigate:
Your outreach will only be as good as your data. Invest in data resources that give you a complete picture of your local business community. Look for employer, industry and workforce data that is:
Building a business network that grows along with the needs of your community is hard – but necessary – work that supports both employers and workers. Take the time today to strategically invest in a stronger network tomorrow.