Call Human Resources Hotline for Free Expert Advice on HR Decisions
Build Skills Your Small Business Needs to Compete Online Via Get Digital CA!
Access a List of Private Funding Options to Help Your Small Business
Watch Video Tutorials for Step-by-Step on Writing Resume, Cover Letter
Learn About Economic Equity Efforts in Bay Area - and Where to Get Active
Check Out the Latest Labor Market Update
Get to Know WDBCCC Board Member Tom Hansen
WDB staff were honored earlier this month to attend the annual Richmond Chevron Black History Month/Dr. William King Scholarship Program and celebrate with the scholarship recipients! We look forward to this annual Black History Month celebration each year. Also this month, we are excited to share with you a number of resources to help you through the pandemic - whether you are a business or a jobseeker.

Patience Ofodu, Interim Executive Director, WDBCCC
Are you an employer in Contra Costa County who needs trusted expert advice related to an HR decision you have to make? The free Human Resources Hotline can help. A service of WDBCCC, in partnership with the California Employers Association, the hotline can save you time, money and headaches. Simply call 888-599-7645 for answers to your HR questions. We’re open to a range of HR questions, whether you are wondering about the difference between laying off and furloughing an employee or what to do if one of your employees tests positive or is exposed to someone with COVID-19. 

For more information about the hotline, watch this short overview video and join thousands of California employers who call the phone line every month to find peace of mind. 
As small business owners struggle to stay afloat during the pandemic, they find themselves needing to pivot to an e-commerce model to help keep their doors open. E-commerce was expected to grow by 20% in 2020, a trend accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to IBM.

(Check out the top business trends for 2021 identified by the U.S. Small Business Administration.)

If your business is ready to compete in the online marketplace, Get Digital California can help make the transition smoother. A state e-commerce initiative, the website includes a virtual Grow with Google workshop video series, as well as small-business success stories to provide inspiration and showcase the innovation and determination unfolding among small businesses in California. 

The Grow with Google videos cover how to use Google My Business, a free tool for local businesses that want to connect with customers on Google Search and Maps; how to create a search-friendly website; and best practices  for creating a YouTube channel.

Start building the confidence you need to make the transition to e-commerce – check out the website.  
As your small business exhausts its funding sources, you likely are in search of other funding options to help you recover from the pandemic.
The U.S. Small Business Administration offers a free, curated list of funding options. You can search the list at a national level or by zip code to see location-specific funding sources. 
Small Business Relief Funding
Check out the site to discover a funding source that could help you access the capital your business needs to make it through to the other side of the pandemic.
Creating a resume and writing a cover letter can be one of the most challenging writing assignments a jobseeker faces. Where to start? What to highlight? What’s most important? Our free video tutorials answer these questions for you. All you have to do is sit back and click the play button for a step-by-step – on your own schedule. They are available any time on our Bounce Back website and cover:

  • How to write a resume that stands out to employers.
  • How to fine-tune your resume.
  • How to write a cover letter employers will read.

There’s no need to put off writing your resume any longer – find out exactly what you need to do to write a resume and cover letter that makes you stand out and helps you land the job you want for a fresh start.
If you have lost your job or have been furloughed as a result of COVID-19, you likely are wondering what help is out there to see you through this challenging time and get you on track for the future. Join us online every first and third Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. for a webinar where you can get your questions answered. 
Experts from the WDB and the State of California Employment Development Department (EDD) will be on hand to answer questions about unemployment insurance, healthcare coverage and additional resources.

Workforce Community Solutions
How do workforce development professionals create more economic security and equity driven by community, specifically those who are historically underemployed or lack access to family-sustaining training, education and careers? That was the focus of the latest installment of Bay Area Workforce Community Solutions’ video series, “Community- and Worker-Centered Organizing & Advocacy to Advance Economic Equity.”

(You can find videos of previous installments on the Bay Area Workforce Community Solutions homepage.)

Watch the latest installment (Part 5) to become aware of organizing and advocacy efforts that exist; to figure out where to get active; and to learn how to engage and center community and worker needs in your economic equity strategies.
Board Spotlight
Tom Hansen, business manager for IBEW Local 302, joined the WDB board in October 2017 as a representative to labor. He serves on the Executive Committee and recently joined the Youth Committee, which is an ideal match for his interest in helping foster youth.

The IBEW office building where Hansen has worked for years also houses Contra Costa County’s Independent Living Skills Program, which prepares foster youth to exit care and become emancipated adults. Being in close proximity, over the years, Hansen got to know the program and the youth involved. He learned a sobering statistic: Approximately 25% of former foster youth experience homelessness within 4 years of being emancipated from the foster care system. Hansen said he also learned that youth who held jobs prior to becoming an adult were more likely to continue being employed in the future.

Knowing this has made him want to help ensure foster youth have access to work opportunities to help put them on a path to future security and plans to be a focal point for him during his time on the Youth Committee.

Overall, Hansen said he values showing up as a board member and doing his part so those in charge can do their jobs to help Contra Costa County jobseekers and employers.

“You realize how important it is that people participate and take part,” Hansen said. “You need regular people to show up and take part to make it effective and actually function.” 

In addition to serving on the WDB board, Hansen serves on the board of directors for the WestCAT bus line and as an advisory board member for the Golden Gate Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He also serves on the East Bay Leadership Council. 
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