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BRN Recognized by Workforce Office

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation Thursday recognized the Business Resource Network as a “promising practice.”

The partnership of local government and nonprofit organizations provides a range of services for businesses in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties.

Founded in 2008 on the concept of providing one-stop access to a full range of business services, the network was created by chambers of commerce, OhioMeansJobs centers, economic development organizations, universities, colleges, career and technical centers, community organizations and state and local government agencies in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties.

Among the services offered are financial incentives, employee training, business consultation, help with exports and technical assistance, often at no cost to the company.

In 2012, the network received a U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Innovation Fund grant of $6 million to expand into 13 more counties. Since then, local BRN account executives have conducted 233 company interviews in the three counties and delivered 221 service proposals. During that period, leveraged resources totaled nearly $3.1 million.

Businesses can access the BRN by contacting their local OhioMeansJobs Center by phone at 330 965 1787 ext. 7148 in Mahoning County, 330 675 2000 in Trumbull County, and 330 420 9675 ext. 8207 in Columbiana County.

The network can also be accessed online.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.