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Groups to help struggling businesses

Businesses faced with impending layoffs now have somewhere to turn for help.

The Nevada County Economic Resource Council and the Golden Sierra Workforce Investment Board have teamed up to put on a program that will aid struggling businesses.

The initiative’s aim is to provide immediate assistance to laid-off workers by helping them get back into the work force quickly.



The five-month campaign, which mimics a nationwide effort, begins in Nevada County this week, says Chuck Neeley, the ERC’s executive director.

Neeley said area employers who face closures or potential problems are encouraged to contact the ERC or Golden Sierra.




The ERC will then “go out and do a little survey to assess their situation a little more carefully. If the help the ERC can provide is beyond our scope, or if it looks pretty hopeless, we certainly want to take care of the people and help them find new jobs,” he said.

Significant job layoffs have not been a major problem in Nevada County, Neeley said. Nevada County is tagging onto a national effort to aid floundering businesses. However, Neeley said he hopes the initiative will help the ERC better understand what kind of struggles face the local business community.

For more information, contact the ERC via e-mail at info@ncerc.org or call 274-8455. To learn more about the ERC, visit http://www.ncerc.org on the Web.

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To contact staff writer Brittany Retherford, e-mail brittanyr@theunion.com or call 477-4247.


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