ANTIGO - A small business wants to help you out with finding a job.
It may not provide a job right away, but they can help you develop the skills to get one.
Foward Service Corporation is a private nonprofit business that helps provide training, employment and support.
The focus of this program is to help prepare for the work environment and tweak resumes.
Case manager Danni Grochowski says even though it's a struggle to land a job in this economy, her goal is to help start something new.
"We decided to offer a bunch of new workshops this year to help them get out of the house and engage in something else," said Grochowski.
"Do something different. We meet with them regularly about how to stay focused, how to stay positive and we try to let them know of any new jobs out there that they can apply for. We help them do that."
A key to getting a job is building a network.
Erica Berg is also a Case Manager at Forward Service Corporation.
One of the other goals are to make a connection with employers.
"We can help pay for part of the training employees working for our company. There's also trial jobs through W2 and the work experience site too," said Berg.
"So we're looking at hopefully to setting up some more of those kinds of things this year."
The Workforce Investment Act is another option.
It helps participants interested in enhancing their education and ultimately finding a skilled labor job.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
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