Ashland Alliance

President’s Report - Jan 27, 2017

We are here to serve you!

The last full week of January is already here. For us at the Alliance, it has been a week working with many of our existing members and add a few new as well.  January is the single biggest month of membership renewals we experience each year. Each renewal presents an opportunity to review and inform us of how we can better serve our members.

We have also been busy with several new items that can provide growth and opportunity for the region.  We are preparing for site visits in recruitment.  We have been working with our federal partners and industry to examine the policy of the new administration and how it will affect our employers and the business community.

For the last six months, you have been receiving this report weekly.  We have modified the presentation of information to better inform you.  We have included links to partner organizations that provide in-depth reports on changes in Kentucky and the legislative process.  As the new congress and administration take shape,  we will again seek to keep you informed and provide background and context to issues that affect our region and communities.  Examples to come are trade and tariff issues that affect steel, coke, and coal as well as issues around taxation and regulation.

This week also marked a significant week in partnering with our educational and business community.  Our goal is to help create a strong connection between the jobs of the area and skill sets needed by those seeking employment.  One core component of this linkage is the Work Seal Program implemented by 7 school districts in Boyd and Greenup Counties.  This program links what business and industry have asked for in students exiting high school with core skills needed to start a career.  Common themes such as attendance, punctuality, performance, civic responsibility and introduction to soft skills make up this program. This program should be a key component to helping your business find and hire employees ready to work.

I appreciate the opportunity to speak to you each week.  In the coming weeks, we will pull back the curtain and show how we market, what we present and how we compete for you and our region.  As always please feel free and encouraged to reach out to us as well to come visit and get to know your business and how we can better serve you.


Have you seen the Work Ethics Seal?

Part of our Work Ready Initiative is to create a strong workforce.  Our local school districts worked hand-in-hand with business and industry to determine what skills were needed for such a workforce and thus, the Work Ethics Seal was born.   Each of our local school districts sets their own criteria.  Essentially, our local students use their senior year as an audition for entering the workforce; they show up, are on time, can communicate effectively and are active in their communities.

More than 600 students met the requirement last year and earned a seal on their diploma.  Each student also carries a card to show prospective employers he or she is ready to go to work. The Alliance has encouraged our students to list the certification on their job applications.   We also encourage you to ask applicants if they have earned the seal.


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Thursday, Feb. 2 at noon, Boyd County Library

Part of our Work Ready Initiative is to create a strong workforce.  Our local school districts worked hand-in-hand with business and industry to determine what skills were needed for such a workforce and thus, the Work Ethics Seal was born.   Each of our local school districts sets their own criteria.  Essentially, our local students use their senior year as an audition for entering the workforce; they show up, are on time, can communicate effectively and are active in their communities.

More than 600 students met the requirement last year and earned a seal on their diploma.  Each student also carries a card to show prospective employers he or she is ready to go to work. The Alliance has encouraged our students to list the certification on their job applications.   We also encourage you to ask applicants if they have earned the seal.


Red Tape Reduction

Governor Bevin knows that for businesses to thrive in Kentucky, the Commonwealth must cut through the red tape of excessive and complex regulatory burdens that continue to be a hardship for many small business owners. While these types of regulations can be effective and even protect public interests, they can also stifle economic growth, impose high costs on businesses and impede private sector investment.

If you are aware of a regulation that you believe to be outdated, unnecessary or overly complex, let us know by filling out this form. All suggestions will be reviewed and evaluated.


The Bottom Line

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2017 Annual Northeast KY Small Business Awards

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Member Services

Are you hiring? Let us post your openings. This is a service we offer free to our members. We hope to help you get the word out about what you need for your business!

Pollock’s Jewelers needs a Sales Associate

Pollock’s Jewelers is looking for a full-time sales associate.  Minimum requirements include:

  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Ability to work Saturdays
  • Ability to work overtime (on an occasional basis)
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Accuracy/attention to detail
  • High School diploma/GED

Sales, retail and/or jewelry experience is preferred, but not required.  Please send all resumes to:  P.O. Box 147 Ashland, KY 41105-0147. Contact Pollock's Jewelers here.


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