Businesses

The SWMNPIC is dedicated to the workforce as a whole — not just employees — and offers services to help local businesses and entrepreneurs thrive. As a business owner, there are ways to tap into reserves of talent that are usually ignored. This can not only bring you into contact with fresh talent, but also some great tax breaks. Whether you are looking for information on starting a new business, hiring employees, training your workers, advice on employment or safety law, financial help to train new employees, etc., we can help.

We can offer:

  • How to post your jobs on the state job bank website.
  • How use social media to multiply job candidates
  • Applicant Recruiting and/or Screening
  • Space for Interviewing and Recruiting.
  • Access to specialized job placement and training for adults and youth, such as:
    • Paid Work Experience
    • Customized Training Opportunities
    • Employee Recruitment
    • Outplacement Services
    • Employee Workshops (on or off site)
    • Computer Skills Training
    • Career Assessments for Applicants
  • Other Services – Please drop us a line at one of the offices under the “Contact” tab above, or through our representatives, below.

Contact

Denise Myhrberg, Business Services Specialist (Marshall/Worthington)
507-537-6236
denise.myhrberg@state.mn.us

Julie RedepenningBusiness Services Specialist (Montevideo)
320-441-6571
julie.redepenning@state.mn.us

Luke GreinerRegional Labor Market Analyst
320-441-6567
luke.greiner@state.mn.us

Gloria BosticState Monitor Advocate/Consumer Affairs Specialist (Se habla Español)
651.259.7513
gloria.bostic@state.mn.us

Josefina ChavezMigrant Labor Representative
320-441-6575
josefina.chavez@state.mn.us

Programs for Specialty Groups

General

  • WOTC reimburses employers a portion of wages paid to employees from a number of specialty groups including (but not limited to):
    • Ex-felons
    • Recovered alcoholics and drug users
    • Economically disadvantaged youth or young adults
    • Welfare recipients
    • Veterans (even if dishonorably discharged)
    • Lack employment history
    • 16-17 year-old youth who lives in an EZ,  hired for the summer (May 1 and September 15)
    • For more information call 888-234-5521, e-mail deed.wotc@state.mn.us, or visit the WOTC web page.
  • The Minnesota Federal Bonding Service insures against theft of money or property (between approximately $5,000-$25,000) from many of the WOTC groups listed above. There are no forms papers to sign or forms to fill out. The bond is good as soon as the coordinator certifies the bond. Less than 1% of bonds are ever claimed, underscoring the reliability of WOTC groups.

Workers with a Criminal Background:

  • WOTC reimburses employers a portion of wages paid to employees from a number of specialty groups including (but not limited to):
  • The Minnesota Federal Bonding Service insures against theft of money or property (between approximately $5,000-$25,000) from many of the WOTC groups listed above. There are no forms papers to sign or forms to fill out. The bond is good as soon as the coordinator certifies the bond. Less than 1% of bonds are ever claimed, underscoring the reliability of WOTC groups.

Workers with Disabilities:

  • The Disabled Access Credit provides a non-refundable credit for small businesses that incur expenditures for the purpose of providing access to persons with disabilities.
  • The Architectural Barrier Removal Tax Deduction encourages businesses of any size to remove architectural and transportation barriers to the mobility of persons with disabilities and the elderly. Businesses may claim a deduction of up to $15,000 a year for qualified expenses
  • The Work Opportunity Credit (WOC) provides eligible employers with a tax credit up to 40 percent of the first $6,000 of first-year wages of a new, legally disabled employee. For disabled veterans, it is up to 40% of the first $12,000.
  • The Minnesota Star Program helps employers obtain technology to help their disabled workers be even more efficient in the workplace.

Veterans:

  • WOTC reimburses employers a portion of wages paid to employees from a number of specialty groups including (but not limited to):
    • Ex-felons
    • Recovered alcoholics and drug users
    • Economically disadvantaged youth or young adults
    • Welfare recipients
    • Veterans (even if dishonorably discharged)
    • Lack employment history
    • 16-17 year-old youth who lives in an EZ,  hired for the summer (May 1 and September 15)
    • For more information call 888-234-5521, e-mail deed.wotc@state.mn.us, or visit the WOTC web page.
  • The Minnesota Federal Bonding Service insures against theft of money or property (between approximately $5,000-$25,000) from many of the WOTC groups listed above. There are no forms papers to sign or forms to fill out. The bond is good as soon as the coordinator certifies the bond. Less than 1% of bonds are ever claimed, underscoring the reliability of WOTC groups.

Entrepreneurs

  • The Small Business Assistance Office provides in-depth information that is crucial to business success yet too costly for many businessmen and women to obtain on their own. It helps reduce the expense – in terms of money, time, expertise, and lost opportunity – for startups and established businesses alike by offering individual consultation services along with a comprehensive series of business guidebooks.
  • JOBZ Tax-free Development provides local and state tax exemptions to qualified companies that expand or relocate into targeted regions (Job Opportunity Building Zones – JOBZ) outside the Twin Cities metropolitan area.  The program offers substantial tax savings including corporate franchise tax, income tax for operators or investors (including capital gains tax), sales tax on goods and services used in the zone if the goods and services were purchased during the duration of the zone, property tax on commercial and industrial improvements (but not on land), wind energy production tax, and employment tax credit for high paying jobs. For more information on how to apply, click here.

Employment Services

  • EMPLOY is a state employment agency that can help you connect with WOTC-eligible workers. The company helps you find fully trained and state-licensed workers with a criminal record through a free, state-regulated process, including an ongoing monitoring and mentoring.

Manufacturing Resources

  • MINNCOR is a state manufacturing company that use prison inmates or people with a criminal background as employees. It offers low-cost manufacturing for finishing, printing, laundry, furniture, linens, packaging, etc., as well as subcontract manufacturing to businesses looking for affordable, efficient services within the state — and at the same time offer crucial work skills training to a disadvantaged faction of the population.
  • UNICOR is the federal version of MINNCOR, offering low-cost manufacturing of the same products plus electronics and components, electronics recycling, fleet and training site solutions, warehousing and distribution, data and document conversion, solar and renewable energy, etc.
  • Rebuild Resources is a private, non-profit manufacturing company offering similar services to MINNCOR and UNICOR. It specializes in employing men and women in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.  Program participants work there long enough to build a job history and a work reference, and earn the fundamental skills required to become a valuable employee — and member of society.
  • JOBZ Tax-free Development provides local and state tax exemptions to qualified companies that expand or relocate into targeted regions (Job Opportunity Building Zones – JOBZ) outside the Twin Cities metropolitan area.  The program offers substantial tax savings including corporate franchise tax, income tax for operators or investors (including capital gains tax), sales tax on goods and services used in the zone if the goods and services were purchased during the duration of the zone, property tax on commercial and industrial improvements (but not on land), wind energy production tax, and employment tax credit for high paying jobs. For more information on how to apply, click here.

Migrant Workers

Employers looking for migrant workers have a specialized career contact at our Workforce Centers. Please contact her for information on and assistance for hiring migrant workers.

Josefina Chavez, Migrant Labor Representive
Willmar WorkForce Center
2200 23rd Street NE, Suite 2040
Willmar, MN 56201
320-441-6575
josefina.chavez@state.mn.us

Payroll Assistance Programs

  • The Shared Work Program helps employers through a slump in business. Rather than laying off employees and going through costly restructuring and retraining, the Shared Work Program helps pay your employees’ wages until business picks up.
  • On the Job Training (OJT) matches employers up to 50 percent of an employee’s wage for a fixed period of time, and allows eligible employees to develop job skills through work, at a low cost to employers. Contact the business representatives below for more information.
  • Youth Work Program pays all wages, payroll taxes, and worker’s compensation costs for youth workers in this program —  and gives employers a chance to impact our youth and help them develop work skills for their future. If you are interested in participating, please fill out an Employer Request Form. Contact Eriann Faris at efaris@swmnpic.org for more information.

Information

General

Immigrant/Migrant Workers:

Veterans:

Workers with Disabilities:

Workers with a Criminal Background: