New BEAR program identifies economic development, job creation

With the unemployment rate up to approximately nine percent in Box Elder County, several organizations have been working together to launch BEAR, which stands for Business Expansion And Retention program. Christen Floyd, service area director for Workforce Services in Cache and Box Elder County, says Workforce Services is working with city and county governments along with the Bear River Association of Governments in the program to help identify needs for economic development and expansion of existing businesses in the area. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday, Floyd said the program, which is operating with the help of a Vista grant, also helps job seekers. For example, she said, it’s important for a resume to identify why you are seeking employment with that particular company. “I think the one mistake that a lot of job seekers make is they make a very vague resume that they think will be able to be utilized in any type of a job search,” Floyd explained, “and needs to be targeted more towards the specific employers that they are actually applying for so the employer knows they actually want to work with them and not anyone.” Floyd says studies show the majority of jobs created in a local economy come from businesses that are already there rather than from recruitment of new businesses.

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