Friday, January 30, 2009

SCORE Comes to Camden County

A Score Branch has been created and will aid business owners and start-up businesses in Camden County. Counseling sessions will be held every Wednesday from 10-2 PM at St. Marys Economic Development located at 400 Osborne Street by appointment only. Please call 912-882-3583 to reserve a time. Existing businesses can benefit on advice on cash flow, marketing, and new businesses can be advised on concept feasibility.

Score is a national organization with 10,000 volunteers and works closely with the Small Business Development Center and Small Business Administration.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Stimulus Plan Top Priority Should be Jobs

Whatever the size and scope of the economic stimulus package, "we do need to target the situation, which means jobs, and in many cases, direct job creation," says Emory economic expert Jeff Rosensweig. In an appearance on CNN, Rosensweig also said that incentives to businesses to create jobs directly and reducing payroll taxes are ideas that should be pursued.

All of these alternatives will result in a lot of debt both now and in the future, says Rosensweig, "but the sad thing is, I believe we have no choice. If the economy collapses, then no one's paying taxes and the deficit expands anyway."

Better accountability a must

Whatever the form and size of the Obama administration's financial stimulus, better accountability will be a must, says Rosensweig. Americans remain unhappy about the way the first round of bailout funds was spent. "The money was not accounted for," he says. "The future must be different." After all, he says, "It is our money."

Big Thinking Needed for Big Economic Woes

President Obama needs to keep thinking big in enacting economic stimulus, says Emory finance expert Tom Smith. "It doesn't save anybody anything by coming up $100 billion short on a stimulus plan." Smith, who teaches the practice of finance at Goizueta Business School, warns that "trying to save $100 billion on a stimulus package might be the difference between the road to recovery or six more months of recession."

Government investment in the nation's infrastructure through vetted projects that are ready now would give states latitude to direct funds to projects most likely to produce jobs, he adds. "The worst thing Obama could do is try to micromanage the situation."

In the debate over whether government spending or tax cuts is more effective in stimulating recovery, Smith says past recessions have typically included some of each. "In six of the last eight recessions there were tax cuts during or afterwards," which Smith says "are pretty useful tools, but you've got to think big. If a tax rebate is big enough you're going to get people to spend money." An effective tax cut might have to triple the 2001 rebate, "but it might be what we need."


Eliminate Payroll Taxes as Alternative to Government Spending

Emory economist Esfandiar Maasoumi believes that rather than large-scale government stimulus spending now being planned, a better alternative would be getting rid of payroll taxes. "It's a good way of borrowing without going to the markets right away," says Maasoumi. "It is a regressive tax, and eliminating it helps both employers and employees by $1,500 each immediately."

There are no collection costs, Maasoumi says, plus the measure could be enacted quickly, and would avoid the dangers of pork barrel spending and private sector fraud.

Maasoumi is no fan of government stimulus spending for a seriously indebted nation. He observes that President Obama was "mugged" by bankers and the financial industry before he even took office. "I am sorry for the president," says Maasoumi, editor of Econometric Reviews. "They [bankers] took what they could, betting their guys may not be in power to facilitate gradual taking. In my view, 'too big to fail' is the biggest fraud and extortion administered on this country."

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Georgia Southern University and Statesboro Regional Library Host Seminar On How To Start A Business

Many people dream of starting their own business but are now sure how to begin. Future entrepreneurs can learn some of the basics of starting a business in a free class hosted by Georgia Southern University’s Small Business Development Center and the Statesboro Regional Library.

“Starting A Business” will be held January 27, 2009 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Statesboro Regional Library’s Community Room. The library is located at 124 South Main Street in Statesboro. Thanks to scholarships being provided by the Wachovia Foundation, this class is being offered at no charge to the public. To sign up for this free seminar, contact Nancy Elrod at 912-478-7232.

The SBDC program is funded in part by the University of Georgia and the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA’s funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions or services. All SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested in advance, by calling the Statesboro SBDC at 912-478-7232.

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Friday, January 16, 2009

U.S. Department of Labor awards nearly $123 million in 4th round of President's Community-Based Job Training Grants

Atlanta Technical College Atlanta Ga. Transportation $2,000,000
Lanier Technical College Oakwood Ga. Energy $794,480
Moultrie Technical College Colquitt Ga. Advanced $1,756,677
manufacturing
Technical College System of Georgia Atlanta Ga. Construction $1,503,463


/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Labor today awarded nearly $123 million to 68 community colleges and community-based institutions that competed successfully under the President's Community-Based Job Training Grants Initiative. Awardees were chosen from among 274 applications received in response to a competition announced Oct. 10, 2008.

"The $123 million awarded today will expand enrollment in education and training programs, and provide more workers with the skills they need to succeed," said Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao.

Introduced by President Bush in his 2004 "State of the Union" address, Community-Based Job Training Grants improve the ability of community colleges to provide their regions' workers with the skills needed to enter growing industries. The first round of 70 competitive awards was revealed on Oct. 19, 2005. The second round of 72 awards was made on Dec. 11, 2006. Sixty-nine awards from among third round competitors were announced on March 11, 2008.

In slightly more than three years, approximately $497 million now has been awarded to 279 community colleges and community-based institutions in 49 states to promote the U.S. workforce's full potential. Through the first three rounds of these grants, more than 34,000 individuals have completed their education and training, and nearly 85,000 people have participated.

The 68 grants awarded today will support projects in 36 states: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

For more information on the Department of Labor's employment and training programs and the President's Community-Based Job Training Grants, visit http://www.doleta.gov/business/Community-BasedJobTrainingGrants.cfm.

U.S. Department of Labor releases are accessible on the Internet at www.dol.gov. The information in this news release will be made available in alternate format (large print, Braille, audio tape or disc) from the COAST office upon request. Please specify which news release when placing your request at 202-693-7828 or TTY 202-693-7755. The Labor Department is committed to providing America's employers and employees with easy access to understandable information on how to comply with its laws and regulations. For more information, please visit www.dol.gov/compliance.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Ryla Creates Domestic Jobs - Again

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ryla, a leading provider of outsourced call center and customer contact solutions, announced a hiring push in November that would expand its employment figures by more than 1,000. Ryla today announces its SECOND HIRING PUSH within 60 days as it must bring more than 500 additional employees on staff before the end of the month.

Tomorrow (Thursday, January 15) Ryla is participating in the CareerBuilder Career Fair taking place at the Cobb Galleria Centre from 10 am until 3 pm. With more than 500 ACTUAL JOBS that must be filled, Ryla representatives will, no doubt, be in high demand on the job fair floor.

To clarify: This group of no less than 500 hires is NOT part of the company’s November hiring push. These are NEW employment opportunities that represent full-time, permanent, benefited positions at Ryla’s Kennesaw headquarters. The management-to-agent ratio for this group of hires is 12-to-1, meaning that more than 40 of these new jobs are management level positions. Ryla’s team will be aggressively seeking eager employees at customer service and management levels.

As one of the areas few companies that is rapidly expanding and hiring on a consistent basis, this is a tremendous opportunity to interview a Ryla representative and capture excellent footage of the anticipated thousands of job seekers.

The Cobb Galleria Centre is located at Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, Georgia 30339. Job applicants should bring their resume, two valid forms of photo identification, and be prepared for on-the-spot preliminary interviews. Interested parties can view a brief video of current Ryla employee comments by clicking here or by visiting Life@Ryla, on the company’s website.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Mathematician Rated Nation's Best Job in New CareerCast.com Jobs Rated 2009 Report

/PRNewswire/ -- "I'm a Lumberjack and I'm OK" is a tune made famous by the Monty Python comedy troupe. In 2009, lumberjacks are far from OK. Mathematicians, on the other hand, couldn't be happier. These are among the nation's best and worst jobs compiled in the new "2009 Jobs Rated Report," an in-depth look at 200 jobs by CareerCast.com.

The editors at CareerCast.com, the nation's newest job portal, wanted to answer two key questions in this economic downturn: What are the best jobs out there, and what are the worst? Not in terms of glamour, or just in terms of salary, but in terms of things like job security, emotional stress, hiring outlook and basic physical safety.

When you're working in a job that you don't particularly enjoy - or if you've recently lost your job after many years - it's easy to imagine that the grass may be greener for people in other careers. But unless you pepper those people with questions, it's hard to find out what their work is really like. How stressful is their job, what's the work environment like and is there room for growth?

The criteria used by CareerCast.com researchers to determine the most--and least--appealing career opportunities include environment, income, employment outlook, physical demands, security and stress. Each occupation is ranked using data from such sources as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau, as well as information provided by a wide range of trade associations and industry groups. The upshot: secure, well-paying office jobs, like mathematician, landed high. Physically demanding, high-risk jobs like lumberjack brought up the rear.

Based on these factors, here are the nation's 10 best and worst jobs. To see the full rankings of all 200 jobs, go to www.CareerCast.com or www.JobsRated.com.

BEST
1) MATHEMATICIAN
2) ACTUARY
3) STATISTICIAN
4) BIOLOGIST
5) SOFTWARE ENGINEER
6) COMPUTER SYSTEMS ANALYST
7) HISTORIAN
8) SOCIOLOGIST
9) INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER
10) ACCOUNTANT

WORST
1) LUMBERJACK
2) DAIRY FARMER
3) TAXI DRIVER
4) SEAMAN
5) EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN
6) ROOFER
7) GARBAGE COLLECTOR
8) WELDER
9) ROUSTABOUT
10) IRONWORKER

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Monday, January 5, 2009

WANTED BY THE FBI: Talented Professionals to Serve the Nation

Attention job seekers: the FBI is looking for a few good men and women to fill a variety of mission-critical roles within our organization.

Well actually, we’re looking for a few thousand—just over 2,100 professional staff employees and 850 special agents, to be precise—in one of the largest hiring blitzes in our 100-year history.

The reason behind our mega hiring initiative? According to Assistant Director John Raucci of our Human Resources Division, it’s to bring more people on board with skills in critical areas, especially language fluency and computer science. “But,” explains Raucci, “we’re also looking for professionals in a wide variety of fields who have a deep desire to help protect our nation from terrorists, spies, and others who wish us harm.”

All 2,100-plus jobs are now posted on our redesigned FBI Jobs website. The positions are located throughout the nation—in virtually every FBI field office and at our Headquarters in Washington, D.C. You must be a U.S. citizen to apply.

Who we are looking for. According to Raucci, besides those skilled in computers and foreign languages we also need experts in:

* Finance and accounting;
* Security;
* Intelligence analysis;
* Compliance and quality assurance;
* Training and education;
* Records management;
* Fingerprint examination;
* Information technology;
* Nursing and counseling;
* Physical surveillance;
* Electrical engineering;
* Physical/natural/social sciences;
* Administrative/clerical processes;
* Automotive mechanics; and
* Management/program analysis.

The process. On the FBI Jobs website, take a look at available positions. If you see a job you think you’re qualified for, read our “How to Apply” page and then fill out the online application.

FBI employees in front of computers
Applications will be vetted, and best qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews. We will arrange regional “mega career invitationals” to speed up that process—all selected candidates will gather at designated locations to be interviewed. Those who are ultimately offered a conditional job will be scheduled for their polygraphs, drug screenings, and employment briefings. Candidates who make it past that stage are then ready for the final step—their background investigations.

Our pre-employment background investigations are, by necessity, very thorough and take some time, but we hope to have everyone hired and onboard by September 30, 2009. A hiring initiative of this magnitude requires a massive in-house response to quickly process the deluge of applications we expect to receive, so we’re reallocating personnel who will be dedicated exclusively to this initiative.

If you aren’t offered the specific job you have applied for but still meet the hiring criteria, your application will be kept on hand for possible consideration at a later time.

Interested in becoming a special agent? We also continue to recruit and process agent candidates. Since October 1, we have hired nearly 180 agents and plan to hire a total of 850 by the end of the fiscal year.

Like our professional staff applicants, we’re looking for agent candidates with foreign language fluency (especially in Middle Eastern and Asian dialects) and computer science backgrounds, and also those with skills in certified public accounting or tactics training. And we also need agent candidates with expertise in intelligence, law enforcement/military, engineering, law, and science. Read our Become a Special Agent webpage for more information.

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Saturday, January 3, 2009

IT Pros Discouraged by Dismal Job-Hunting Results Should Find Much Brighter Employment Prospects in Alternative Fields

/PRNewswire/ -- The recession is heightening competition for a dwindling number of IT jobs, while exerting downward pressure on compensation. Many IT professionals -- both employed and unemployed -- are considering changing careers, but are naturally concerned about wasting their investment in their education and experience. That concern should be dispelled by Debugging Your Information Technology(TM) Career (Elegant Fix Press - http://www.elegantfixpress.com/), which features 20 alternative fields where computer professionals' technical knowledge will be advantageous. An added bonus: Most of these fields offer strong protection from both offshoring and recessions.

Janice Weinberg (http://www.janiceweinberg.com/), the author, is a career consultant formerly with IBM and GE, whose IT background enabled her to identify the 20 careers she describes. While most of them aren't usually thought of as computer jobs, computer proficiency is a key qualification for success in each. For example:

-- An architect's knowledge of best practices in systems design would be
a strong asset in a technology due diligence position.

-- A business analyst who guided logistics staff in defining their IT
requirements would be a credible candidate for a strategic alliance
management position at a company marketing logistics software.

-- A NOC manager who upgraded a change-management function would bring a
valuable customer's perspective to a role as a change-management
software product manager.

-- A network security administrator could become a broker or underwriter
of cyberliability insurance.

-- A software engineer who supported CRM applications could parlay that
experience into a position selling CRM software.

-- Any IT professional who can assess the commercial potential of new
computer technology could qualify for a position as an equity analyst
covering the computer industry.


Most of the careers can be entered without further education beyond a BS in a computer-related discipline. Several -- for example, business continuity planner -- require a certification. Some readers may be motivated to become technology attorneys, forensic accountants or healthcare administrators. Many of the fields can be springboards for new consulting practices.

As Weinberg describes each career, readers will:

-- Realize why computer expertise is an advantage in delivering top
performance;

-- Be able to imagine themselves in the field by reading the hour-by-hour
Typical Workday;

-- Understand how a recession could undermine job security, while
learning career-planning strategies for minimizing or avoiding any
negative impact.


Readers will learn job-hunting techniques tailored to specific fields, including guidance in identifying and approaching employers, and in selecting those aspects of their experience to highlight in their resumes and interviews for greatest impact. Although most of the fields are highly insulated from offshoring, where vulnerability exists, Weinberg suggests job-hunting techniques to minimize one's exposure.

While there are many books providing IT career advice, Weinberg's gives new - and much broader - meaning to the term "computer job," demonstrating that an IT professional's knowledge constitutes precious currency in a world dependent on computer technology.

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