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Learning from Each Other

By Jim Mikula, President/CEO

Each month the Chamber hosts a Lunch and Learn session. We bring in experts on various topics and these experts are mostly local members. On occasion we do import some talent for specific topics that are impacting our local business community. We have filled our schedule for the Lunch and Learn sessions from July to November. The topics are varied and relevant.


On July 9, Workforce Solutions Alamo will introduce their newly launched YES (Youth Empowerment Service).  YES offers no-cost services to eligible youth between the ages of 16-24 to help them gain the necessary education, training, and skills needed to enter the workforce and meet employer needs. Funding is through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).


The program will place qualified candidates into local business and cover the wages and benefits for the employees’ first 10 weeks on the job. At the Lunch & Learn, Sara Alvarez will explain the details of the program and how to apply for YES employee candidates. She will also introduce the Work Force Solution representative based in Gillespie County.


On August 6, Jerry Pinataro of Hill Country Human Resources will provide important information that all employers need to know to prepare for the upcoming Benefits and Open Enrollment season. Jerry had a national HR role with Amazon and decided to make Fredericksburg home for his young family. We are fortunate to have his HR experience available to our business community. This session will help our businesses plan for open enrollment and provide guidance for meeting deadlines.


On September 10, we will host Shannon Blank of SCORE—a volunteer organization that matches up small businesses with mentors. SCORE is a nationwide organization with a mission to foster vibrant small business communities through mentoring and education. Ms. Blank is with SCORE’s Austin office and the topic for her presentation is: How to Attract and Hire Employees in Today’s Tight Job Market.


On October 8, Cathy White of White Cat Marketing will provide information on digital marketing and the changes Google will be implementing soon. White Cat Marketing’s mission is to help clients understand how changes in the online world are affecting their business, and they help clients adapt and improve strategies and tactics so they realize a great return on their investment in advertising and marketing. The Chamber staff will be represented at the event so that we can modify our digital footprint as needed.


Special thanks to HEB  for providing the lunch boxes for attendees.


Reminder, applications for Leadership Gillespie County and Fredericksburg Entrepreneurial Initiative are being accepted.

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