• Employer Resources

  • UNbelievable Workplaces - CB

    UNbelievable Workplaces is a NEW program developed and run by the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce. The program is designed to help you track employee satisfaction. Use this program to obtain insight from your associates, create a culture that your team will want to work in, and share your status to get recognized for the culture you’ve created.

    2021's program has concluded.  Please click on the link below to see this year's awarded businesses and learn about the program.  Registration for 2022 will open in December 2021. 


  • Talent Survey

    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. 






    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. 




    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.  



  • NRG Employment Survey

    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.




  • Express Employment's Turnover Cost Calculator

    Knowing the cost of your businesses turnover is critical. Express Employment's Turnover Calculator will help you assess the cost of each position at your business.  Use this information when deciding what rention action items will have your best ROI and save your business money. 



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  • Work Ready Communities - Pottawattamie County
  • ACT Work Ready Community

    Hire the Best. Hire Work Ready Employees. Work Ready Communities help you match employees to jobs based on verified skill levels.

    An ACT Work Ready Community is one where the supply of ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificates earned by individuals is matched with a demand for ACT WorkKeys NCRC from employers who either recognize superscript of a grey circle with the letter I in the middle of it or recommend superscript of a grey circle with the letter I in the middle of it the credential. ACT has developed a methodology for establishing county goals proportionate to a community's size.  Once 'certified', the county can continue to maintain their status keeping the flow of supply and demand in sync. Employers can help their communities build a stronger workforce with the right foundational skill set by supporting their states and counties by learning how the ACT WorkKeys NCRC can help them find the right employee with the right skill set.

    ACT WRC participating states, regions and counties offer a suite of ACT Work Keys assessments and the ACT WorkKeys NCRC that measure an individual's foundational workplace skills such as math, reading, information and locating skills required for a majority of today's jobs. The ACT WorkKeys NCRC complements such traditional credentials as high school diplomas, community college degrees, and certificates of technical proficiency. Academic credentials mark the fulfillment of an individual’s classroom learning experiences. The ACT WorkKeys NCRC relies on standardized assessments and confirms an individual’s competence in a specific set of workplace skills.

  • Boeing improves retention while reducing training time.

  • Iowa Western Community College’s Division of Economic and Workforce Development

    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.  A couple of their programs follow along with direct contact with their department's representatives. 


    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?

    • Company and workforce assessment services and testing
    • Adult basic education and workplace literacy
    • In-plant customized training
    • Credit instructional courses
    • Vendor training
    • On-the-job training
    • Contracted or professional services

    How does a business qualify?

    • Businesses must be new or expanding.
    • Businesses engaged in manufacturing, processing or assembling products, or conducting research and development are eligible.
    • Service businesses must be engaged in interstate commerce to be eligible.

    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?

    • Program services are available to employees who are currently employed by the business, and for whom the business pays withholding tax.
    • Training equipment, materials, and supplies.
    • College, company, or contracted training provider.
    • Training-related travel.

    How does a business qualify?

    • Businesses engaged in manufacturing, processing, warehousing, wholesaling, or conducting research and development.
    • Businesses in service industries must serve customers outside of Iowa.

  • Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development

    Mark Stanley

    Ph: (712) 325-3375
    E-mail: mstanley@iwcc.edu 

  • Director of Economic Development

    Starlyn Perdue

    Ph: (712) 325-3705
    E-mail: sperdue@iwcc.edu

  • Iowa Western Training Program 

    IWCC classes can be delivered within your time frame and at the best location for your employees. Their instructors are experts in the field with years of hands-on experience.


  • Continuing Education Coordinator

    Denise Norman

    Ph: (712) 325-3415
    E-mail: dnorman@iwcc.edu

  • Iowa's Registered Apprenticeship Programs
  • Why Start an Apprenticeship


    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 percent of its workforce with education or training beyond high school by 2025.

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  • Home Base Iowa is a free program for veterans to get assistance with their resume, publish them online, and help them connect with hiring employers. Home Base Iowa business partners can see veteran resume and businesses who are seeking candidates that match the veterans' skillset and job requirements will receive an email notification about the veterans' resume. Employers may also search for resumes online. 

    Show your support for our veterans today for FREE


    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 short turn around 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 their link below. 

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    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.