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IN THIS ISSUE
Welcome
Workforce Bulletin
Survey
Economic Survey of Northeast Wisconsin
What's Happening
January 12 - What's New with OSHA
January 19 - 2012 Legislative Update
January 24 - Business Connection
January 26 - Business Expo
January 31 - Deadline for Submissions
February 1 - 2012 Economic Outlook
February 3 - InDevelopment Conference
February 7 - Economic Outlook Breakfast
February 8-10 - Conference on Economic Development
March 3 - Ag Showcase
March 6 - Career Fair on the Fox
March 12 - Health Care Career Fair
April 17 - Fond du Lac Job Fair
Resources
Registry for Connecting Industry Clusters
Economic and Employment Statistics App
Spotlight
Wisconsin Companies to Watch
Updates
WEDC International Missions
Workforce Trends
Recruiting in Social Networks
Workforce Publications
LINE Report for November, 2011
Report: Developments in Women-owned Businesses, 1997-2007
Businesses in the News
Area Businesses in the News
Labor Market Data
Local and State Unemployment Data


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Welcome
Workforce Bulletin

The Workforce Bulletin is a quarterly publication of the Fox Cities Workforce Development Center. The intent of the Bulletin is to keep you informed of the issues and trends in workforce development from a local, regional, and a national perspective, to help your business succeed in a constantly changing marketplace. We welcome your suggestions and feedback.

Contact us with your questions or comments. 

For additional business services and resources please contact the Business Services Team, or visit the WI Department of Workforce Development website.



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Survey
First Business Economic Survey of Northeast Wisconsin

First Business Bank sponsored an Economic Survey of Northeast Wisconsin, which was conducted by A.C. Nielsen Center for Marketing Research at UW - Madison School of Business, Insight Publications and NorthStar Economics. The results of the Economic survey revealed that businesses in Northeast Wisconsin continue to project revenue and profitability increases for 2012. The following are some of the results of the survey:

  • 56% of businesses reported increased sales revenue for 2011 compared to 51% for 2010
  • 45% of businesses reported increased profitability for 2011, but 40% reported decreased profitability
  • Businesses in Northeast Wisconsin experienced higher operating costs as a percentage of revenue in 2011
  • Businesses in Northeast Wisconsin did not report a significant change in their capital expenditures in 2011
  • 41% of businesses reported that they are not currently hiring
  • Of those who are hiring, 38% reported they are not experiencing a shortage of candidates

For more findings, please see the full report



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What's Happening
January 12 - What's New with OSHA

The Oshkosh Area Society for Human Resource Management is bringing you the What's New with OSHA event on January 12, 2012. The event is sponsored by Safety Compliance Associates, LLC., and will be held at the Oshkosh Convention Center on 2 N. Main Street, Oshkosh, from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. 

The program will focus on discussing updates from OSHA and their priorities for the new fiscal year. The program will provide information in the field of safety, health, security, and the environment. The speaker at the event will be Kelly Bubolz, a Compliance Assistance Specialist from the Appleton Area OSHA office. Aside from being very informative, this session is also a great opportunity for networking.

Register for the event, or find out more information



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January 19 - 2012 Legislative Update

On Thursday, January 19, 2012, the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce will hold a Breakfast Briefing: 2012 Legislative Update event. The briefing will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1355 W. 20th Avenue in Oshkosh at 8:00 a.m. Davis & Kuelthau law firm will be discussing the recent changes to employment and labor law, and possible future changes in legislation. The presenters will explain how the recent changes and future direction of the legislation could affect area businesses. 

For more information or to register for the event, please visit the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce website.  



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January 24 - Business Connection

The Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce will hold the Business Connection on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. This is a great networking opportunity and area businesses are encouraged to attend. 

For registration or for more information, please visit the Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce website.  



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January 26 - Business Expo

The Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce will hold the 2012 Business Expo at the Oshkosh Convention Center on January 26, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Expo will feature several seminars that are beneficial to businesses. Some of the seminars include:

  • Encouraging Your Employees to Network Effectively
  • Identity Theft: Legal Obligations for Business
  • Managing Your Company's 401(k) Plan in a Rapidly Changing Regulatory Environment
  • Success with Mobile Marketing

Visit the Chamber website for information or register here for the event. 



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January 31 - Deadline for Submissions for Governor's Business Plan Contest

The deadline for submissions for the Governor's Business Plan Contest is January 31, 2012 at 5 p.m. The Contest is intended to encourage entrepreneurs in the creation, start-up and early-growth stages of high-tech businesses in Wisconsin. In 2012, the finalists will share a $100,000 prize in capital and in-kind services for their business.

Since 2004, more than 1,500 entries have been received and $1 million in cash and in-kind prizes has been awarded. The contest is an exceptional opportunity for entrepreneurs to get feedback and assistance in their business plans, and to launch their business.

For more information and sponsorship opportunities, please visit the Business Plan Contest website.  



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February 1 - The 2012 Economic Outlook

In collaboration with the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce, Bank First National is sponsoring the 2012 Economic Outlook Breakfast. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 7:30 a.m. at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, 333 W. College Ave., Appleton. The breakfast will feature a panel of local experts that will address the Economic Survey results. The event will also feature a Signature Symposium Series with two sessions starting at 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

View the flyer or go to the Fox Cities Chamber website for sponsorship and attendance information. 



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February 3 - InDevelopment Conference

The 3rd Annual InDevelopment Conference will be held on Friday, February 3rd, 2012 at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton. The event will begin at 7:00 a.m. and conclude at 4:30 p.m. The purpose of the event is to connect commercial developers in the Northeast Wisconsin by bringing commercial real estate and economic development professionals together to share information about development opportunities, ideas, and goals for growth of the region.

The conference will also feature several networking sessions, as well as three speakers: Tony Nelessen, Nelessen Associates, Inc., Paul Jadin, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, and Brenda Hicks-Sorensen, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. The break out session speakers are Gwen Carr, First American Capital Corp Tribal Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Jim Bath, Kimberly-Clark, and Shannon Meyer Full, Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and Industry. 

Register now for the InDevelopment conference.



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February 7 - Economic Outlook Breakfast

The Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce, with sponsorship from Ganther Construction/Architecture, will hold an Economic Outlook Breakfast on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at the Oshkosh Convention Center at 2 N. Main Street, Oshkosh. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. and will feature Economist Brian Beaulieu who will discuss economic forecasts and indicators, and future economic climate. 

Visit the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce website for more information and to register. 



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February 8-10 - Governor's Conference on Economic Development

The 17th annual Governor's Conference on Economic Development will be held on February 8 - 10, 2012 at Monona Terrace Convention & Community Center in Madison, WI. The conference will focus on the following topics:

  • Mature and Emerging Clusters
  • Cheese, Wine and Beer...Local Artisan Food and its Opportunity for Economic Impact
  • Insights on Foreign Direct Investment 

The speakers include Governor Scott Walker, Peter Kageyama, Author of For the Love of Cities, and Tony Aggarwal, founder of Kinetic Cubed Ltd.

Get more information, see the agenda, or register now. 



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March 3 - Ag Showcase

The Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce Agri-Business Council, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, and Festival Foods are sponsoring the 2012 Agriculture Showcase which allows the public to interact with businesses throughout Wisconsin. The Showcase will feature many activities such as food tasting, kids' activities, and stage presentations.

The Showcase will be held at the Recreation Building, Fond du Lac Fairgrounds, on Saturday, March 3, 2012. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 3:00 p.m.

Get more information on the Showcase. 



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March 6 - Career Fair on the Fox

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Career Services and Fox Valley Technical College co-sponsor a bi-annual career fair. The first of the two fairs is the 2012 Spring Career Fair on the Fox will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. at UW Oshkosh Kolf Sports Center. This event is a great opportunity to network and interview with students and alumni searching for employment, internships, volunteering, etc. 

Get more information or register for a booth. 



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March 12 - Health Care Career Fair

The bi-annual Health Care Career Fair is co-sponsored by UW Oshkosh Career Services and Fox Valley Technical College Student Employment Services. The fair will be held on Monday, March 12, 2012 at the Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

The event provides an opportunity to network and interview students and alumni searching for employment or internships in the health care field. 

To reserve a booth or for more information, please visit the UW Oshkosh website.  



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April 17 - Fond du Lac Job Fair

Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce, Fond du Lac Job and Career Center, Marian University, Moraine Park Technical College, and UW-Fond du Lac, are partnering to host the Fond du Lac Job Fair on Tuesday, April 17, 2012. The job fair will begin at 11:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:00 p.m., and will be located at Marian University's Hutter Gymnasium, 45 S. National Avenue, in Fond du Lac. 

An early bird discount is available for exhibitor booths with registration prior to January 31, 2012. For contact information, floor plan of the venue, or to register, please visit the Job Fair website



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Resources
Registry for Connecting Industry Clusters

The U.S. Economic Development Agency, in collaboration with the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School, has developed and launched a beta version of the U.S. Cluster Mapping Website. This tool can be used in charting economic regions, facilitating collaboration, and most importantly, to help encourage business expansion and create jobs.  

The site allows users to register in the database, but also to search and identify potential partners, share best practices, and provides a platform to showcase activities to a wide audience.  

The plan is to further develop the tool to include more functions such as a map of cluster initiatives, and a way for users to upload and analyze their data.  



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Economic and Employment Statistics App

The U.S. Department of Labor recently launched an app for smart phones that allows access to the most updated employment and economic data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Employment and Training Administration. The app is free and displays real time updates to unemployment rate, Unemployment Insurance claims, Consumer Price Index, Producer Price Index, and other Labor Market Information.

The app is available for the iPhone, iPod touch, and Android phones by accessing http://m.dol.gov/apps/ from your phone.  



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Spotlight
Wisconsin Companies to Watch

The Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Network (WEN), Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, Wisconsin Department of Commerce and the Division of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (DEED), and the Edward Lowe Foundation bring you the 2012 Wisconsin Companies to Watch awards program. 

The awards program discovers and celebrates second-stage companies that make an impact in their markets and communities, and are known for performance, philantrophy, innovation and empowered employees.  

Companies in all industries may be eligible, and candidates may be nominated or apply directly. 

The celebration and awards ceremony will be held on May 17, 2012 at the Milwaukee Marriott West in Pewaukee, Wisconsin.

Click HERE for eligibility, nomination and application information.



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Updates
WEDC International Business Development Missions

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) announced four international market activities for 2012. The activities include visits to countries that will help Wisconsin businesses gain information about exports in order to expand and create jobs. WEDC is planning International Business Development Missions to:

  • Southeast Asia: March 16-28, 2012
  • South America: April 14-24, 2012
  • India: April 22-May 1, 2012
  • Wisconsin International Directors Visit, Milwaukee: May 7-11, 2012

Read the details of each activity on the WEDC website.  



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Workforce Trends
Recruiting in Social Networks

Jobvite, a provider of recruiting and customer relations management software, and applicant tracking systems, has published the results of its Social Recruiting Survey that examines the way that employers use social networks to recruit. They also have the results of the Social Job Seeker Survey that asks job seekers how they find employment.

Highlights from both surveys:

  • 89% of employers will recruit in social networks this year
  • 55% of employers will spend more on social recruiting
  • 64% of employers will use two or more social networks for recruiting
  • 86% of active and passive job seekers have a social profile
  • 16% of job seekers used social networks to find their most recent job

With free registration to Jobvite, you can obtain results to the Social Job Seeker Survey and Social Recruiting Survey.



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Workforce Publications
Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) Report

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has developed the November 2011 LINE (Leading Indicators of National Employment) Report. The report analyzes four areas: employers' hiring expectations, new-hire compensation, difficulty in recruiting top-level talent, and job vacancies. 

The Report shows that in November, job growth was limited, and that the index for recruiting difficulty rose when compared to last year.  

Download the full report here.



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Report: Developments in Women-owned Businesses, 1997-2007

The Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has published the Developments in Women-owned Business, 1997-2007 report. The report shows that women's share of total U.S. firms increased from 26 percent in 1997 to almost 29 percent in 2007.  

Download the full report for more details and report results.



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Businesses in the News
Area Businesses in the News

Quter, Inc., Neenah, has received certification for the Qualified New Business Venture and the Qualified New Business Venture Capital Gains programs from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, announced Governor Walker. Quter, Inc. has projected that it will create more than 100 new jobs in Neenah over the next 36 months. The company was formed in 2010 and it will develop proprietary hardware and software platforms for internet and intranet access. The QNBV status makes investors in the company eligible for a 25 percent tax credit on the amount they invest in the business. The QNBV Cap Gains program allows investors who have Wisconsin capital gains liabilities to defer capital gains taxes by investing the capital gain into Quter, Inc.  

 

Commonwealth Management Corporation, Fond du Lac, will receive a $150,000 Brownfield Grant award from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. The funds will be used to assist with remediation expenditures for redevelopment of a former gas station to build Trinity Townhomes.  The projected date for completion of the townhomes is December, 2012. The currently contaminated soil will be taken off-site and the land will be redeveloped for residential use.  The project is expected to attract investment into the area.  



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Labor Market Data
Local and State Unemployment Data


Wisconsin and U.S.

(Not Seasonally Adjusted)

November 2011

WI

US

Total Civilian Labor Force

3,048,098

153,683,000

Employment

2,846,313

141,070,000

Unemployment

201,785

12,613,000

Unemployment Rate

6.6

8.2

 

 

Appleton MSA

(Calumet & Outagamie Counties)

November

October

November

 

2011

2011

2010

Total Civilian Labor Force

122,973

122,820

123,351

Employment

115,780

115,355

115,442

Unemployment

7,193

7,465

7,909

Unemployment Rate

5.8

6.1

6.4

 

 

Oshkosh-Neenah MSA

(Winnebago County)

November

October

November

 

2011

2011

2010

Total Civilian Labor Force

95,750

95,648

94,623

Employment

90,184

89,821

88,799

Unemployment

5,566

5,827

5,824

Unemployment Rate

5.8

6.1

6.2

 

 

Fond du Lac MSA

(Fond du Lac County)

November

October

November

 

2011

2011

2010

Total Civilian Labor Force

54,864

55,217

55,038

Employment

51,456

51,691

51,274

Unemployment

3,408

3,526

3,764

Unemployment Rate

6.2

6.4

6.8

 

 

County Statistics

November 2011

Green Lake

Waupaca

Waushara

 

 

 

 

Total Civilian Labor Force

10,057

27,812

12,564

Employment

9,349

25,872

11,580

Unemployment

708

1,940

984

Unemployment Rate

7.0

7.0

7.8

 

 


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