It hardly matters who you ask; every business owner at Lake of the Ozarks says the same thing these days: “We need help!"

It’s a sign of a booming Lake area economy, but the labor shortage means contractors are scheduled many months out, and residents or second-homeowners needing services from home repairs to boat cover replacement can find themselves waiting a long time.

That’s where the Small Business Development Center comes in. The Center is hosting three virtual webinars about how business leaders can think more strategically about how to recruit and retain workers. Dr. Mark White and Dr. Robert Russell from MU Extensions Labor and Workforce Development Program are developing and delivering these online sessions.

Session 1, on February 24th from 1pm-2pm, will be on using data to understand the workforce. Attendees will learn to use several publicly-available Labor Market Information tools to assess and answer regional labor force questions.

Session 2, on March 3rd from 1pm-2pm, will be an introduction to the Workforce Matchmaking program and learn how to improve recruitment and retention efforts by assessing your current workforce.

Session 3, on March 10 from 1–2 p.m., the final session will on how communities can take steps to strengthen worker interest and retention. This session will identify ways that leaders, employers and higher education can collaborate to strengthen their local workforce.

There is no fee to attend but participants must register for each session to attend.

Register here for Session 1: https://missouri.ecenterdirect.com/events/22656

Register here for Session 2: https://missouri.ecenterdirect.com/events/22657

Register here for Session 3: https://missouri.ecenterdirect.com/events/22658

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