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Free business workshop Sept. 22 to offer tips to recruit, retain military veterans

Sept. 7, 2017

Best practices for businesses to recruit and retain military veterans will be the focus of a free Hire Up event from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, Sept. 22, in the Lakeside Center at Nicolet College.

“Veterans can bring strong and diverse skills sets to any business enterprise,” said Nicolet Dean of Workforce and Economic Development Sandy Bishop.

“But finding individuals who are the best fit and then keeping them can be a challenge. The Hire Up workshop will lay out strategies to do both and cover additional topics related to employing those who served our country.”

The half-day event will feature presentations by three experts well-versed in employing military veterans.

These include:

- Saul Newton is executive director of the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce, which connects corporations, government agencies, and small businesses to America’s veteran business community. Newton will share how they provide support to veteran and veteran-friendly entrepreneurs and business owners and work with them to attract and retain veteran employees. Newton is a U.S. Army veteran.

- Mark Martello is a clinical social worker with the Veterans Health Administration. His diverse background and unique career path include serving as a major in the U.S. Air Force with experience in both direct clinical care and program management. Along with the Air Force, the Tomahawk native is also a veteran of the U.S. Navy and Wisconsin National Guard.

- Derek Heikkinenis the business director for the North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board. He leads workforce and economic development by identifying the needs of businesses, economic partners, and educational partners, within a nine-county region. He chairs the North Central Wisconsin Business Solutions team which creates pathways and opportunities for those with barriers to employment. Derek will outline how the Workforce Development Board can help employers.

Each presenter will speak for about 45 minutes with a question and answer session from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

For more information, contact Nicolet’s Workforce and Economic Development office at (715) 365-4905 or TTY 1-800-947-3529 or 711.

The series is funded through the ACT Program, which is 100 percent funded with a TAACCCT Round IV $19.9 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.