Despite headlines’ claims of a jobless recovery, the real cause for the nation’s continued high unemployment is not lack of demand for workers but lack of supply of the talents and skills businesses need. The Society of Human Resource Management (www.shrm.org) reports that job vacancies for which businesses are actively recruiting have been above pre-recession levels in both manufacturing and services for over a year and employers have reported rising salary offers for nearly as long.
So why are over 12 million Americans still looking for work?
Find out on February 19 when noted economist and nationally recognized futurist Richard O’Sullivan, principal of Change Management Solutions (www.harnesschange.net) of Arnold, MD, speaks to local businesses. Richard will explain how a growing skills gap between the talents employers are looking for and the skills offered by those still unemployed is suppressing hiring but creating new opportunities for entrepreneurs. Opportunities are growing for businesses and even entrepreneurial nonprofits able to meet employers’ changing demands, help to retool a workforce that ignored fundamental shifts in the economy and stayed too long at the party that ended with the 2008 economic meltdown, and provide the innovative infrastructure and support for the new kinds of businesses emerging as the recovery begins to mature.
This event will be held at HeimLantz, 1997 Annapolis Exchange Parkway, Suite 310, Annapolis, MD 21401. The day will open at 8 AM with check-in and networking. A light breakfast will also be provided. Mr. O’Sullivan’s program will run from 8:30 to 10 AM. The cost is $25 for members of Entrepreneur’s Exchange, and $35 for non-members. For more information or to register, visit www.eebiz.org.