A quality, engaged workforce is the backbone of any small business. Procuring, training and developing employees are truly never-ending endeavors. Washington County offers a variety of resources for business leaders to find or train employees and residents looking to enter the workforce, expand their skills or advance their careers.
The resources below specialize in assisting small businesses with their workforce needs. In addition, other area businesses have found unique ways to address their workforce development concerns - read their stories here.
CareerForce is Minnesota’s career development and talent matching resource network committed to helping individuals with their career aspirations and employers with their workforce needs. CareerForce offices in Washington County can be found in Cottage Grove, Forest Lake and Woodbury. Additionally, CareerForce has adapted to the business realities since the COVID-19 pandemic with online workshops, virtual career fairs and other career services.(https://www.careerforcemn.com/locations)
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is the state's principal economic and workforce development agency. Knowledgeable advisors help businesses find labor force pools, learn about workforce incentives and locate excellent training opportunities.(https://mn.gov/deed/business/finding-workers/)
The Workforce Development Board comprises representatives from area businesses, organized labor and public agencies to strengthen the workforce development system through employment, training, and education programs.(https://www.co.washington.mn.us/1603/Workforce-Development-Board)