On July 1, 2010 the Martinsville Henry County Chamber of Commerce partnered with Pittsylvania County Community Action through the Workforce Investment Board with an understanding that the employers were to be our number one priority. In order to accomplish this, the Business Services Manager position was created. This position was to partner with the Virginia Workforce Center, as well as other local partners, and to identify employer needs. Once these needs were established, the Business Services Manager would then act as a conduit between the employer and the partners by streamlining the process of connecting the employers and the partners to satisfy the need in an extremely efficient manner.
These needs varied by industry sector and size ranging from assistance in developing new programs, wage negotiations, new business start-ups, layoffs and plant closings, training needs, data retrieval and employment issues.