Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce Check-Up

By Ryan Schlehuber "Scoop" • Last Updated 11:53 am on Monday, June 04, 2012

From Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce

A match made in heaven?

The Chamber and Montcalm Community College (MCC) are joining forces to deliver pertinent training to businesses.

The recommended standard for investing in staff training is 2 percent of your operating expenses budget. That doesn’t sound like much for a well-trained staff.

But look at your own profit and loss from last  year. Did you invest 2 percent in your staff? It can be scary to think about spending money on staff when often, they just leave. But it is a much bigger risk to invest in your staff — and have them stay.

The Chamber traditionally delivers two seminars annually specifically designed to address our members’ needs. We have helped members address challenges with time management, customer service, business etiquette, and more. We also covered more specific topics to help human resource professionals comply with new reporting laws or safety regulations, for example.

MCC is stepping up their efforts to deliver business-related training here in Greenville. After convening with a committee of about 15 various businesses and training providers, MCC has developed a list of locally relevant topics to be addressed in the upcoming year.

“It just makes sense to partner with our colleagues at the Chamber if we want to expand our business-related offerings,” MCC’s Sue Hatto said. “They have a good solid connection with our businesses and, therefore, with the local workforce, and can be a great conduit of communication with that target market.”

Gae Wolfe, Chamber executive director said it is a terrific fit because it allows the Chamber to deliver more quality training for its members.

“The folks at MCC are really the experts in providing and facilitating these types of educational  trainings,” she said.

Keep your eyes open for these programs to begin in August or September.

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