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UNION — October will be busy at the SCWorks Union office which will host a recruiting event for a Jonesville employer and a workshop on starting a business conducted by a regional small business development center.


SCWorks Business Services Consultant Anthony Vitale announced Friday that Staffmark will sponsor a recruiting event at the SCWorks Union office on Friday, Oct. 4 from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Vitale said that Staffmark will be hiring on behalf of the Belk Distribution Center in Jonesville. He said that Stafmark is hiring seasonal and temp to hire after 90 days employees for the center’s first and second shifts. He said the company is hiring pullers, sorters, inspectors, quality control personnel, packers, scanners, and transporters.


Vitale added that the entry level salary for each position will be at least $9 an hour.


Persons interested in the positions being filled by Staffmark should come to the recruting event prepared for a brief interview. If hired, they will have to go through the standard background check and drug testing.


Located at 103 W. Main St., the SCWorks office provides employers with space for job fairs and hiring events. Over the past several months a number of employers have made use of the facility including Quality Inn, the S.C. Department of Corrections, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, the Dollar General Distribution Center, VPS Convenience Stores, and Ellen Sagar Nursing Home, as well as staffing agencies representing local or area businesses. SCWorks also promotes these activites in the community and provided the companies and organizations with administrative services.


“We just want the community to know that this facility is available for these types of activities,” Vitale said. “We encourage Union County agencies and businesses to call us and reserve space in the future.”


Workshop


October will also see the SCWorks Union office host a workshop conducted by the South Carolina Small Business Development Center.


According to its website (scsbdc.com) the SCSBDC works to advance the state’s economic development “by helping entrepreneurs grow successful businesses.” The organization is composed of 17 regional small business development centers with responsibility for different areas of the state. One of those is the Winthrop University Small Business Development Center in Rock Hill which is responsible for Cherokee, Chester, Union, and York counties.


The Winthrop University SBDC will conduct a workshop at the SCWorks Union office on Wednesday, Oct. 16 from noon-1:30 p.m. Entitled “How To Start A Small Business,” the workshop is sponsored by SCSBDC, the Union County Chamber of Commerce, the City of Union, and SCWorks.


Union County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Torance Inman said Friday that the workshop is the second in a number of workshops/seminars that will take place this year. Inman said it is part of the chamber’s efforts to promote and assist in the development of small businesses in the county. He said the initiative focuses on a number of areas that are crucial to the successful creation and operation of a small business.


“This is a chamber of commerce initiative as part of its focus on small business needs,” Inman said. “Board member Larry Stevens, Regional Director, South Carolina Small Business Development Center Winthrop, is the chairman of the Small Business Focus Committee. The committee in collaboration with SBDC, SC Works, USDA, SBA, and other agencies that focus on business law, credit, taxes, incorporation, LLC’s and others business issues, will present some ten different workshops/seminars this year.


“The committee will also conduct a needs assessment to find out what areas local businesses want to focus on in terms of, not just new business start-up,” he said. “There are many areas where existing businesses need training and information. We will be looking at topics such as marketing, business web sites, social media (Linkedin, Facebook, etc.), QuickBooks, and others.”


Inman said the committee will also be seeking the assistance of other organizations who can help businesses not only compete locally but regionally as well.


“The committee will be seeking help from not only those stated above, but from other groups such as the WIB, USC Union, the Advanced Technology Center and Spartanburg Community College,” Inman said. “The chamber also recognizes that local businesses not only compete within the City of Union and Union County, but also regionally. In order to do so, new small businesses and existing businesses, young and old, must be current and knowledgeable to survive and prosper in the ever changing business climate. The chamber of commerce working through the Small Business Focus Committee and its many partners can help businesses prepare and adjust going forward.”


Inman said a registration fee of $10 for chamber members and $15 for non-members will be charged. The fee will cover the cost of the lunch that will be served during the program. Persons interested in participating should RSVP by Oct. 7 by calling SC Works at 864-427-4119 or the Union County Chamber of Commerce at 864-427-9039


For more information about SCWorks and the services it provides contact Anthony Vitale at 864-649-8053.


Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at cwarner@civitasmedia.com.


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