UNbelievable Workplaces - CB
UNbelievable Workplaces is a program developed and managed by the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce. The program is designed to help businesses track employee satisfaction and keep their thumb on the culture of their workplace. Businesses use this program to obtain insight from their associates to create a culture that keeps their productive associates and allows them to recruit new associates. Awarded businesses receive public recognition through the CB Chamber, the public UNbelievable Workplace Celebration, an award, window decals, and they receive a media kit to help them continue to share their awarded status.
2023's program registration will open in December of 2022. To learn more please visit our UNbelievable Workplaces website or email email@example.com.
Our talent survey is open. We are asking our members, small and large to participate. Your information will remain confidential but will help us collect market workforce data. We will use the data to create programs to help recruit and retain a vibrant workforce. If you have questions, please reach out to our workforce development director, Alicia Frieze.
COUNCIL BLUFFS AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Posting all of your available jobs to our board broadens your reach and is another benefit of being a member. Your position will also push to our Facebook page. We have a robust subscription of residents that follow our Facebook feed. As well as a job seeker subscription where they will receive a weekly email of all positions published on our board.
COUNCIL BLUFFS AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Open up new talent pipelines by registering your business as a youth employer. You will be listed on the site under the correct age category. Registering as a youth employer also makes you a GrowCB Business Member.
Every Monday, a Job Seeker Newsletter is sent to subscribers. In the newsletter are a link to the job board, job resources, education opportunities, and member job flyers. You may send submit a flyer to be included. Please send it by the prior Friday. Ensure that it is in .png of .jpg format, with an application website link and duration that you want it run.
IMPACT CB - PROGRAM
Another way to get more from your membership. When you become a member of the chamber your entire team can participate in our programs including Impact CB. Impact CB is a young professionals group of the chamber and offers our members professional development, networking, volunteer, and civic engagement opportunities. Getting your young workers invested in the community shows your investment in their development encouraging longer employment and a more engaged associate.
It is important to know why your associates are leaving so that you know how to improve retention. Please feel free to use this survey or copy portions of it for your own use.
Since the pandemic, many of our workers are now remote. Checking in with them is critical to their performance and retention. Please feel free to use this survey or copy portions of it for your own use.
More than ever focusing on your organization's DE&I efforts and results are important to providing a safe workplace where your associates feel heard, valued, and respected. Please feel free to use this survey or copy portions of it for your own use.
Workforce Development Programs
Workforce Guidelines & Tools
Reach More Talent - FREE
The Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce has purchased new aptitude software designed to help participants map their future career paths. A path that can lead directly to your business, if you register your business on the platform for free. Please read on to find more details.
How does it work?
Local employers enter company information and indicate the skills desired from potential employees. Using a proprietary algorithm that matches each individual's talents and skills, YouScience identifies individuals that are well suited to an employer’s needs. Qualified candidates are aligned to suitable employment opportunities in the Employer Connection Portal.
What is YouScience and why does it matter to local businesses?
YouScience is an aptitude-based career guidance tool being used by the chamber to help our local talent identify best-fit careers.
In addition, our local school systems are starting to use the platform to get students certified skills learned in Career and Technical courses that prepare them for your workforce! (Your future talent pipeline.)
The Employer Connection Platform connects companies to local talent, and as an engaged employer the benefits to your organization will include:
• Influencing talent by promoting your career opportunities.
• Building a better prepared and more diverse talent pipeline.
• Identifying specific skills necessary for needed positions within your organization.
• Maybe the best part… It is FREE! As an early mover, there is no cost to get your brand in front of talent!
Other Employer Resources
Recently, NRG Media conducted an employment survey to better understand our current job environment. The survey is complete, and we would like to share the survey results.
IWCC - Economic and Workforce Development division has training programs and grant opportunities for Iowa businesses expanding their workforce, assisting their workforce, or relocating in Council Bluffs. Direct contact with their department's representatives are below.
IOWA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY - HIGH-QUALITY JOBS
Contact them to learn about the Iowa Economic Development Authority's - High-Quality Jobs (HQJ) program provides qualifying businesses assistance to offset some of the costs incurred to locate, expand or modernize an Iowa facility. This flexible program includes loans, forgivable loans, tax credits, exemptions, and/or refunds. The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) offers this program to promote growth in businesses, which employ Iowans in jobs defined as high-quality by state statute.
Program details can also be found in the adjacent tabs.
The INJTP provides training dollars from certificates sold by Iowa’s community colleges. The certificates are paid for by the diversion of the new employees’ payroll withholding tax.
What training costs are eligible?
How does a business qualify?
Iowa Jobs Training Program provides forgivable loans to Iowa businesses to train existing workers. The purpose of the program is to help Iowa businesses become more competitive within their industries by providing them with the resources to maximize the skills and productivity of their workers.
What jobs are eligible?
How does a business qualify?
The Iowa Western SBDC is one of 15 regional business assistance centers statewide and serves small business needs in Pottawattamie, Shelby, Harrison, Page, Mills, Cass, and Fremont counties. Along with free one-on-one business counseling, the center offers other practical business services including market research services and a variety of business education classes. Please refer to their website for available workshops, resources, or to request a consultation.
Home Base Iowa is a free program for veterans to get assistance with their resumes, publish them online, and help them connect with hiring employers. Home Base Iowa business partners can see veteran resumes and businesses who are seeking candidates that match the veterans' skillset and job requirements will receive an email notification about the veterans' resumes. Employers may also search for resumes online.
IEDA has a number of programs available if you're looking to add high-quality jobs, provide job training, or retain job opportunities in Iowa. Refer to the link below to be redirected to their grow webpage to view all of their available resources.
Iowa's funding opportunity search and grant management system is a great way to continue to help your business grow and thrive. Continue to check back regularly for new grant opportunities of many areas of service and size. Currently, there are many COVID response grants that continue to be made available. These grants have a short turnaround time, so checking the site weekly is recommended. To get registered and monitor grant opportunities, please click on the link below.
Employers are critical in developing our workforce to meet key education and training requirements by 2025. Whether it is through developing apprenticeship programs or providing assistance through the Employer Innovation Fund, our Future Ready Iowa Partners have a significant impact on Iowa's workforce. To view their resources, please click on the link below.
EARN + LEARN
When it comes to businesses, there's one challenge that undoubtedly rises to the top: a significant talent shortage and skills gap that hinders companies' efforts to expand, innovate, and thrive. That's where Registered Apprenticeship comes in! With this program, you can recruit, train, and retain workers to build a workforce that meets your needs.
Best of all, you'll receive support to help build your program to ensure it meets industry standards - in fields that include everything from construction and healthcare to IT, advanced manufacturing and more. And offering Registered Apprenticeship opportunities is one way Iowa will meet its Future Ready Iowa goal to have 70% of its workforce with education or training beyond high school by 2025.
Please watch this short video or visit the links below.