OUR COMMITMENT

The series of recent events highlighting the routine and perpetual inequities that people of color continue to face have reignited new frustrations about the lack of progress we’ve made in changing systems that perpetuate prejudice, bias and inequity.

West Michigan Works! is here for you. First, we are here to listen. What do we need to change? Are there ways we can do better, or help our communities to do better? Second, we are here to support. We are here to advocate against these injustices. We will seek out information, learn how to be an ally or anti-racist.

Read more about our commitment to stand against inequity.

WE'RE HERE FOR YOU

While we’ve had to make some changes to our service delivery, our Business Solutions team is available to help.

Check out the Employer Resources Related to Unemployment and COVID-19 page for more information.

If you have any questions about recruitment assistance due to increased demand or if you have concerns regarding potential layoffs, email us at business@westmiworks.org, call 616-336-2393 or use the chat feature in the bottom right of your screen.

Please Note: In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, West Michigan Works! is cancelling all in-person workshops, hiring events and other group activities until further notice.

VIRTUAL JOB FAIR

Registration for our June Virtual Job Fair is now closed.

Save the Date: July 29 & 30 – Employer registration: July 13-17

VIRTUAL EMPLOYER OF THE DAY

Speak directly with interested job seekers. We handle the promotion and scheduling! Register here>

VIRTUAL VETERANS NETWORKING JOB CLUB

Connect with motivated veterans and learn about their unique skills! Learn more and register here>

EMPLOYERS

Talent awaits:

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Services

Access services to recruit, train & retain talent. Register for seminars & trainings.

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Find Talent

Register for hiring events.

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Industry Sector Development

Join regional initiatives to address talent, curriculum and advocacy issues.

We can help you recruit and retain qualified talent.

Our Business Solutions team will work with you to create a customized solution to address your unique workforce needs.

Be Counted 2020

April 1, 2020 was Census Day in the U.S., but there is still time to complete this year’s census questionnaire! The census is an important process that helps determine our representation in all levels of government and how much federal funding goes to our communities. In fact, Michigan stands to lose $18,000 per person over the next 10 years due to an inaccurate count.

Everyone can do their part by completing the census questionnaire accurately and completely. Get started!

Census at home

The Retention Solutions Network @ West Michigan Works!

Engage Employees  |  Retain Your Workforce  |  Decrease Turnover Expenses

9/10 – number of employees who feel more stable & secure after utilizing services

85% – the retention rate of employees utilizing services

33% of the employee’s base pay –
the average cost to a company for every lost employee

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A Message from West Michigan Works!

Our Commitment The series of recent events highlighting the routine and perpetual inequities that people of color routinely face have reignited frustrations around the lack of progress in changing these systems of prejudice, bias and inequity. George Floyd, Ahmaud Abery, Breonna Taylor, David McAtee and countless other victims have shown [...]

Employers Are Still Hiring & Supporting Their Community During COVID-19

Employer Highlight: Tech Defenders Many West Michigan employers are finding unique and innovative ways to help other businesses and individuals impacted by the pandemic. Over the next few weeks we’ll share examples of businesses meeting—and helping others to meet—challenges imposed by COVID-19.   Tech Defenders specializes in repairing and repurposing mobile devices for K-12 schools and [...]

West Michigan’s innovative, collaborative spirit shines bright during COVID-19 pandemic

Meals-to-go from local restaurants now at select SpartanNash stores Many West Michigan employers are finding unique and innovative ways to help other businesses and individuals impacted by the pandemic. Over the next few weeks we’ll share examples of businesses meeting—and helping others to meet—challenges imposed by COVID-19.   SpartanNash launched a pilot partnership with eight local [...]

Success Story: Angelique

Success Story

Imagine showing up to your job and learning that your employer had closed overnight. You are left with no income, which means facing foreclosure on your home. Where do you turn to ensure you can care for your family?

It happened to our customer, Angelique, and this is her story.