Pros give advice at business showcase

Deciding if the time is right to hire is about more than having the money and desire to do so, according to Express Employment Professionals Owner Nina Anderson.

Employers should study job growth projections and see what competitors and other professionals are doing successfully, Anderson advised attendees at one of six seminars offered at Tuesday’s Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase at Two Rivers Convention Center.

If the cost of training new staff, wading through applications, paying for advertising and staffing agencies and conducting background checks doesn’t scare an employer away from hiring, today’s economy will.

“Employers are a little hesitant. If they just laid off people, they don’t want to go through that again,” she said.

There are ways to fill in the gaps without hiring a full-time or even part-time employee, though. If making a full hire isn’t cost-effective, Anderson said businesses should consider hiring interns, outsourcing, having employees that are on leave check in online a few hours each week, or using a call center that can answer customer questions from anywhere in the country.

But if the timing is right, Anderson suggested employers expand a company’s sales department before any other and fill positions based on what areas are being neglected. And don’t settle for anything less than the best new employee.

“Make sure you’re nothing but happy before you commit,” Anderson said.

Other seminars at Tuesday’s conference focused on marketing, networking, market research, getting a business loan, and the Chamber’s GreenBack$ program, which offers incentives to businesses to cut energy costs.

Exhibitors at this year’s showcase included more than 90 businesses from Grand Junction, Clifton, Fruita, Glenwood Springs, Mesquite, Nev., and Reno, Nev.


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