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Business: Job fair features more than 20 local businesses

by Stephanie Miller
Sky-Hi Daily News

For those seeking jobs in Grand County, Saturday’s job fair will have 22 local businesses on hand.

The Grand County Job Fair is a free event that claims to offer hundreds of positions. Businesses that will showcase opportunities there include Granby Ranch, Winter Park Resort, City Market, First Student, Safeway and the U.S. Forest Service.

The ongoing challenge of finding employees in the county is what drives groups such as the Grand County Human Resource Group to sponsor the semi-annual job fair.

The group, made up of mostly human resources personnel of various local businesses, is often looking at ways at to boost the county’s employment pool.

“In the 13 months I’ve been doing this, I’ve never been fully staffed,” said Donna Heaton, human resources manager for Resort Management Group. “I’m always 10 to 20 down. These job fairs do help.”

Jill Ryall, who works for Granby Ranch, said the problem is common in all occupations throughout the county. The Grand County Job Fair, however, keeps her from having to have her own job fair, she said.

“I can usually pick five to 10 good local employees (there),” she added.

Cindy Hoover, employment specialist for the Granby Workforce Center, said Saturday’s job fair is for all types of employees ” whether they’re seeking entry-level, seasonal full-time, part-time or temporary positions. It offers a chance for locals to become familiar with the county’s businesses, and for businesses to network with each other.

Hoover added that while the job fair offers a lot of service industry-type jobs, it also features architects, plumbers and construction companies.

There will also be drawings for tickets and food and beverage vouchers to SolVista Basin during the event. The job fair takes place Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Inn at SilverCreek. For details call the Colorado Workforce Center in Granby at (970) 887-1857.

Other businesses planning to attend are FedEx, Starbucks, Allegiant Management Group, Bond Electric, B Jammin’ and Independent Gas.

HR Group looking for members

Cathy Weninger, vice president of Grand Mountain Bank, said she encourages more businesses to become members of the Grand County Human Resource Group, of which she is also a member. There are no membership dues or fees, and anyone in the county is welcome, she added. The group meets once a month, and each month they discuss a different topic. For instance, an upcoming “hot” topic will be transportation.

“All of us agree it’s one of the worst problems we have,” Weninger said.

Anyone interested in joining can call Cindy Hoover, employment specialist for the Granby Workforce Center, at (970) 887-1857.


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