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"Just Hire One" kicks off throughout LaSalle County

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 23rd, 2013

LA SALLE COUNTY - Everyone has heard of an example when just one more of "something" could have made a significant difference in a particular situation. With this in mind, LaSalle County Chambers and North Central Illinois Works (NCI Works) affiliate agencies joined together for a "just one more" campaign of their own called "Just Hire One."

The idea behind this collaborative effort is to encourage all businesses in LaSalle County to literally just hire one more person than they planned, whether they planned to hire 25 more or no more, the point is to increase that number by one.

Boyd Palmer, executive director of the Ottawa Area Chamber and one of the original organizers of the Just Hire One local effort, explained the reasoning behind the initiative. "Reports show that for every 500 new hires, the unemployment rate in LaSalle County would drop by 1 percent", he said.

Pam Furlan, executive director of Business Employment Skills Team, Inc. (BEST, Inc.) and also one of the original organizers of the campaign, added, "And from an economic standpoint, research tells us that for every point the unemployment rate goes down, the economic impact on our area could be up to $30 million over the entire work life of those new hires if we consider all aspects of the economy, such as housing, healthcare, retail spending, etc."

As a way of providing employers with a large pool of applicants to draw upon, a Just Hire One job fair will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at the Illinois WorkNet Center in the Ottawa South Towne Mall from 9 a.m.-noon. There is no charge to participate for either employers or job seekers.

This event is open to the public. Individuals who plan to attend should come dressed in interview attire and be prepared to discuss qualifications and experience. Employers interested in participating in the job fair should contact Dianna Schuler at (815) 433-4550.

Among other activities and services that may be available to help businesses with additional hiring are on-the-job training programs for eligible job seekers, assistance with the applicant screening process and several online referral websites.

Collaborating on this initiative are the Illinois River Area Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce, Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce, Streator Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and NCI Works affiliate agencies: BEST, Inc., Experience Works, Illinois Department of Employment Security and the Illinois Valley Community College Dislocated Worker Center.

For more information on the Just Hire One program, contact Pam Furlan at (815) 224-7930.

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