Small businesses play an integral part of the Texas economy. In Texas alone, there are nearly 470,000 private-sector employers with fewer than 100 employees that create jobs, promote growth and help keep our great state competitive. During Small Business Week, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) would like to remind small business owners of some key programs and resources that are available to strengthen your workforce.
- Skills for Small Business: Coordinating and paying for training for a small business can be very challenging. The Skills for Small Business program provides businesses with fewer than 100 employees, state-funded training with an emphasis on training new workers or upgrading the skills of incumbent workers. Small businesses interested in training for their employees may be eligible for up to $1,800 in training for each new worker and $900 for each existing worker for classes offered at their local community and technical college. For applications and information about how to apply, visit TWC’s Skills for Small Business webpage.
- WorkInTexas.com: TWC’s WorkInTexas.com is available at no cost and offers recruiting assistance to Texas employers to fill job vacancies. WorkInTexas.com is a human resources partner and has become one of the largest job-matching networks available. Employers can post job notices, search resumes, check labor availability and access recruitment tools – all free of charge, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Register today at WorkInTexas.com.
- Workforce Solutions Offices: Local Workforce Solutions offices throughout the state collaborate with businesses to offer direct consultation and deliver customized workforce services: development and enhancement of workforce training programs, assistance with applicant screening and referrals, and analysis of labor market information. To locate your local Workforce Solutions visit the TWC website and select employer services.
- Governor’s Small Business Forum: TWC partners with the Office of the Governor to offer Small Business Forums across the state to give entrepreneurs and small businesses tools, skills and knowledge to thrive in today’s fast-paced economy. Forums offer instructive seminars and expert speakers on public and private resources. For a schedule of events and cities hosting Small Business Forums across the state, visit the Texas Wide Open for Business website.
- Office of Commissioner Representing Employers: The employer commissioner’s office represents the Texas business community, furnishing a wide variety of services to employers including informational materials, employment law seminars, an 800 number and quarterly newsletter. For more information on services, visit the web page of the Office of the Commissioner Representing Employers.