Stories of Success – Skills for Small Business

business-woman-83250393The Skills for Small Business program provides businesses of fewer than 100 employees with state-funded training with an emphasis on training new workers or upgrading the skills of incumbent workers.

Small businesses interested in training for their employees may be eligible for up to $1,800 in training for each new worker and $900 for each existing worker for classes offered at their local community and technical college. Below are several success stories from small businesses across Texas that have utilized Skills for Small Business grants to improve the skills of their employees and build a stronger workforce throughout the state.

Concho Valley Radiators Service – San Angelo, TX

  • Concho Valley Radiator Service specializes in designing and replacing industrial radiators across the country. Through a partnership with Howard College, training was provided for employees with a focus on welding and office skills. This training allowed employees to gain additional work-related skills and the courses were taught by local instructors. “This was an excellent way for a small business to receive training without employees taking a lot of time off,” said Carolyn Henry, Human Resources Representative with Concho Valley Radiators Service. “Classes can be expensive, yet, with the Skills for Small Business grant we are able to train our employees.”

Electronic Assemblies – Wharton, TX

  • Electronic Assemblies, a small business in Wharton recently partnered with Wharton County Junior College (WCJC) to assist in the training of some of their employees. Electronic Assemblies recently promoted two employees to management roles and wanted them to attend the Leadership Workshop at WCJC that works to upgrade the skills of local employees that have been placed in new roles of leadership or management. Each participant received $720 worth of training that was fully paid for by the Skills for Small Business grant. They were so pleased with the experience and the financial assistance that they sent an additional employee to an online training to help increase his skills in accounting, fully paid for through a grant.

Polk County Publishing Company – Livingston, TX

  • Polk County Publishing Company, a small publishing company in Livingston that specializes in printing and graphic design recently partnered with Angelina College to advance the job skills for their employees. “In small business today, it is a struggle to provide benefits and opportunities to employees,” said Kelli Barnes, Manager, Polk County Publishing Company. “When I first heard about the Skills for Small Business grant, I was immediately interested for two reasons. First, having the opportunity to offer a benefit that is not an extra cost to employees or our company is great. Second, I am a strong believer in improving skills.”

Small businesses are encouraged to apply directly to TWC for training approval. Employers seeking more information about the Skills for Small Business program, including applications and information about how to apply may visit the TWC website at www.texasworkforce.org/ssb.