What the Economic Resources Council does for businesses
Is there anyone living in the area who doesn’t want a thriving business community? Barricaded city centers have little appeal and a low tax base makes it difficult to provide public services. It is the mission of newly hired executive director Gil Mathew, and in large part, the mission of the Nevada County Economic Resources Council (ERC), to ensure that Nevada County businesses are strong and successful.
After several years of what could be described as “static” activity, the ERC has found its place and is growing, working hard to be the resource for business owners in Nevada County. Hiring Mathew was just the start in moving the ERC forward, continuing to help local businesses find the resources they need to succeed in what has been a most difficult season.
The ERC continues to evolve to help owners meet many of the challenges businesses face today. The longevity of the organization is testament to its ability to meet the needs of the business community over time. Benefiting from a unique position, with a diverse board of directors drawn from various industry sectors, the ERC strives to be the resource for companies in today’s difficult business climate.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, local businesses at all levels have faced unprecedented challenges. For example, manufacturing is currently suffering from supply chain disruptions, an increase in the cost of these supplies, and a shortage of skilled workers to meet demands while dealing with changes in security protocols. and industry regulations.
NEXT MANUFACTURER’S FORUM
To help address some of these issues, the ERC is hosting a live event on Thursday, June 17, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Foothills Event Center in Grass Valley. The Manufacturers Forum is aimed at the manufacturing industry, but is open to any business member interested in learning more about current manufacturing trends, the resources available through state and other programs, or for those who might find solace in sympathizing with other entrepreneurs who are navigating success during these difficult times. Industry advisors will present information on current trends, free support available and, through the Sierra Business Council, support that can be extended.
Thanks to a grant from California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC), Mathew also met with manufacturers’ owners in the region to offer free help with OSHA and COVID-19 compliance, marketing, website development and ‘other critical areas. to ensure that companies comply with labor laws and safety requirements within the industry. Further information on these programs will also be discussed at the Manufacturers Forum.
RSVP to attend the forum at [email protected].
ONLINE JOB FAIR
To help resolve workforce issues, ERC has partnered with Chico State University to participate in online career fairs to help connect potential candidates to needs. employers.
Mathew, in his role as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Sierra Nevada Hospital Foundation (SNMHF), was also part of the team responsible for developing the Nevada County Relief Fund (NCRF). The NCRF is a prime example of a variety of sectors coming together for the greater good of the whole community.
Businesses in the region have applied for and have since received over $ 1 million in distributed funds. A fifth round of funding was recently announced and grant applications are currently being accepted. Speaking with local business owners, Mathew found that many attributed grant funds, as well as P3 funds, to the difference between staying solvent or going out of business in the past 15 months.
The ERC is dedicated to the well-being of the local community. Monthly meetings are open to the public. To get involved, attend a meeting or for more information, visit http://www.ncerc.org or write to [email protected].
Hollie Grimaldi Flores is a freelance writer in Nevada County. She writes a monthly column on behalf of the ERC.