Workshop to focus on developing employees, growth

A workshop on developing quality employees and other strategies for optimizing growth in small businesses will be held Wednesday at the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission in Front Royal

The workshop, the first in a series, will be led by Tammy Bjelland, founder and director of Language in Bloom, a learning solutions company specializing in instructional design and task-based philosophy on talent and expertise development.

The workshop will cover the concept of the “skills gap” — the disconnect between a company and the pool of qualified, willing, trained candidates it needs to expand.

“The skills gap is a problem that more and more employers are citing as a huge burden and obstacle to growth,” said James Kraft, director of the Lord Fairfax Small Business Development Center.

“It’s such a big problem that large corporations are spending millions of dollars in trying to solve this problem. Small and micro businesses need to grow; and to do that, they need well-trained employees,” Kraft said.

The event, which is free and open to the public,  will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission, 400 Kendrick Lane, suite E, in Front Royal. For more information or to reserve a seat, call  540-868-7093.