Janelle Comstock, Director, and the Executive Committee of the WDBMOV announced Friday, October 20, 2017 that the WDBMOV will join the Ohio Business Resource Network (OBRN) in a tristate collaboration to meet business needs in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Matt Falter, Project Director with the OBRN presented an overview of the project which has been serving Ohio businesses for over 10 years, assisting over 1800 businesses access over $11 million in workforce and economic development programs and incentives.
The Workforce Initiative Association, operator of the OhioMeansJobs Centers in Stark and Tuscarawas Counties in NE Ohio, was awarded a technical assistance planning grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for the Coal Business United Resource Network (Coal BURN) Real-Time Insights for Real-Time Actions project. This grant will result in the implementation of a formal multi-state planning process to obtain a better understanding of current and future workforce opportunities in coal-impacted communities in parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
“The vision for a BRN interstate model began over two years ago and the planning grant from ARC will help us formalize and create the foundation for expansion of the BRN process and model to additional workforce development boards in southeastern Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania,” said Matt Falter, Project Director for the OBRN.
The BRN is a partnership representing chambers of commerce, workforce and economic development organizations, universities, colleges, career and technical centers, community organizations, and state and local government agencies- with the workforce development board serving as the administrative entity for the partnership.
The BRN brings together resource partners who can provide solutions and present options for businesses. The process begins with learning about the business through a comprehensive, confidential interview by BRN representatives.
After the interview, the BRN partner organizations are immediately briefed on the businesses’ top challenges and opportunities via electronic format and can instantly offer solutions for that business. The customized proposal is then presented to the business who is free to select the services/solutions that best meet their needs.
The BRN representative will continue to coordinate services and provide support to the business, ever at the ready to meet needs and provide solutions to grow the business. From the interview to providing a customized solution package, the process initially takes about two weeks.
The BRN model provides single point of contact for services from multiple of agencies and organizations, delivering experts to help your business grow—all at no charge. The BRN navigates through the red tape of governmental agencies and programs to determine which funding streams would be best suited to the employer's current and future needs to grow, improve, or expand their businesses.
The BRN is about strengthening our communities by building stronger businesses. By providing a single point of contact to many resources, the BRN makes it easier for businesses to receive the help they need to expand, learn about exporting products, create a succession plan, learn about local workforce development incentives, create a business plan and so much more!
Miranda Lough will serve as the local BRN Manager, bringing local organizations together to provide the customized solutions needed by businesses in the Mid-Ohio Valley.