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Idaho's shrinking unemployment rate benefits job seekers, challenges some local businesses

Idaho's shrinking unemployment rate benefits job seekers, challenges some local businesses

 

Business is booming across Idaho, but the state's shrinking unemployment rate is proving to be a challenge for growing businesses.

 

While many local businesses are experiencing success to the point of expansion, filling openings has proven to be difficult as the number of hopeful candidates decreases with the unemployment rate. This was apparent at the Idaho Department of Labor's monthly job fair in Post Falls on Wednesday.

 

According to Stacey Hanlon, Senior Workforce Consultant at the Idaho Department of Labor, Wednesday's event had the lowest job seeker turnout in recent memory.

 

“We have about half the amount of job seekers that we normally see right now because unemployment is really low,” she said.

 

OMWBE Get Certified Campaign to host educational workshops around the state Jan. 20-23

OMWBE Get Certified Campaign to host educational workshops around the state Jan. 20-23

The Washington State Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE) has announced the office will  launching a statewide ‘Get Certified’ campaign starting January 20th intended to help more women- and minority-owned businesses win contracts with state and local governments.

 

The campaign will be held from January 20th through January 23rd. Activities will include conducting more than 35 educational workshops and other stops across the state to help boost understanding for small, diverse businesses regarding the benefits getting a variety of certifications – including OMWBE certification.

Area Get Certified Roadshow events will take place at the following:

Wednesday, January, 21st

  • Republic |10:00 a.m. |Ferry County PUD 686 S Clark Ave Republic, WA 99166
  • Kettle Falls| 2:00 p.m. | Sandy's Drive Inn 1045 U.S. 395
  • Colville | 5:00 p.m. Dept of Transportation Upstairs Meeting Room 440 North Hwy, North Roundabout

 

Thursday, January 22nd

PKC Business Showcase event now accepting applications for presenters

PKC Business Showcase event now accepting applications for presenters

The Palouse Knowledge Corridor is now accepting applications for presenters for their spring Business Showcase event.

Entrepreneurs, those starting or have recently started small business ventures, who are interested in showcasing their business ideas during a Palouse Knowledge Corridor Business Showcase Event are encouraged to download the short application form at www.palouseknowledgecorridor.com and submit it to info@palouseknowledgecorridor.com by 5:00 p.m. on March 20 2015.

The Business Showcase Event will be held on April 9, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the BellTower Events Venue in Pullman, Washington, with a social planned for 4:00 p.m.

Palouse Knowledge Corridor host Bootcamp Community Kickoff

Palouse Knowledge Corridor host Bootcamp Community Kickoff

The Palouse Knowledge Corridor is holding the Community Kickoff for the 2015 Be the Entrepreneur Bootcamp from 9:00 p.m. -10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 7th, at Pullman Regional Hospital, 835 SE Bishop Blvd. in Pullman.

The five-day intensive Bootcamp is meant to help connect entrepreneurs with experts in small business, as well as on its three industry tracks: Value-Added Agriculture, Human and Animal Health, and Technology.

“We want to educate both the community and individuals who might benefit from the Bootcamp about what it is,” said George Tanner, the curriculum director for the Bootcamp and the Director of the Vandal Innovation and Enterprise Works at the University of Idaho.

Pullman Regional Hospital to sponsor health track at 2015 Bootcamp

Pullman Regional Hospital to sponsor health track at 2015 Bootcamp

Pullman Regional Hospital will sponsor the newly named and revised Human and Animal Health track at the Palouse Knowledge Corridor’s Be the Entrepreneur Bootcamp, to be held June 14-18 in Pullman, Wash., and Moscow, Idaho.

Hospital CEO Scott Adams hopes the sponsorship will benefit both the hospital and community.

“One of our areas of focus is innovation,” Adams said. “We want to play a leadership role in defining what innovation in healthcare looks like and feels like in our region.”

PRH will moderate a full session at the Bootcamp and will have a speaker during the Business Showcase Luncheon.

The hospital sponsored employee Ed Robertson at the 2014 Bootcamp, and was pleased with the results, Adams said.

“There’s not an institution more in need of innovation right now than healthcare,” Robertson said. “That’s a core value of Pullman Regional Hospital. It’s absolutely great to work for an organization that values innovation, and it could be a model for other organizations to grow employees and nurture an innovative thought process.”

Héctor J. Altuve Ferrer, Dean of SEL University, Named 2015 IEEE Fellow

Héctor J. Altuve Ferrer, Dean of SEL University, Named 2015 IEEE Fellow

Héctor J. Altuve Ferrer, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (SEL) Distinguished Engineer and Dean of SEL University, has been named an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow for contributions to power line and transformer protection. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership, and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.

According to SEL, Dr. Altuve has made significant contributions to both advancing and disseminating power system protection knowledge. He developed new algorithms for power line and transformer protection, and has greatly contributed to the industry and society by explaining modern protection technology via technical publications and courses.

Pullman Regional Hospital receives Top Performer Award

Pullman Regional Hospital receives Top Performer Award

Pullman Regional Hospital was recently awarded a Top Performer Award accompanied by a $5000 check by the Washington Hospitals Workers’ Compensation Trust, a subsidiary program of the Washington State Hospital Association.

The Top Performer Award recognizes members who go “above and beyond” compliance and follow best practices in Workers’ Compensation. Pullman Regional Hospital also won this award in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

Award criteria are focused on employee safety and include participating in programs that reduce employee and patient injuries and in ongoing educational and safety program activities.

Laura Barrett, director of Safety and Regulatory Compliance, said “Applying for and receiving the Top Performer award lets our community know that Pullman Regional Hospital is dedicated to both employee safety and patient safety by providing and ensuring an environment where our patients can receive first-rate medical care.”