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The Friendly-Factor Creating a work environment that attracts and keeps the workforce By Greg Smith In many industries today, jobs are going unfilled. It should go without saying, if you cannot attract and keep your workforce, then you must change what you are doing or face the consequences. Take your pick. Which type of place… Read more »

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CareerBuilder Veterans Day Survey: More employers actively recruiting veterans; fewer veteran workers report underemployment – 33 percent of companies actively recruiting veterans – up 13 points from 2011 – Percentage of working vets reporting underemployment or low-paying job drops from 32 percent to 23 percent in past year – 37 percent of employed veterans didn’t… Read more »

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Chamber tops goal in rallying support for Fort Jackson Staff Report colanews@scbiznews.com Published Sept. 4, 2014 The Columbia Chamber of Commerce exceeded its goal in rallying public support for Fort Jackson by garnering more than 12,300 signatures on a petition aimed at preventing deep budget cuts at the Midlands installation. The petition drive was launched… Read more »

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Nurturing startups key to growth, panelists say By Chuck Crumbo ccrumbo@scbiznews.com Published Sept. 4, 2014 While landing large manufacturing operations that bring thousands of jobs to South Carolina grabs the headlines, being able to nurture and support fledgling startup companies can be the ticket to sustained economic growth. However, to help the newcomers, state and… Read more »

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Saluda County certified as ACT ‘Work Ready Community’   Staff Report colanews@scbiznews.com Published Aug. 4, 2014 Saluda County has become the fourth county to receive the S.C. Work Ready Community designation through ACT, a national testing company. Earning the designation means the county has met workforce and education goals required of the nationwide initiative aimed… Read more »