Small businesses now can get free help with human resources and employee recruitment.
The Indiana Small Business Development Center is launching free HR and hiring services to help small businesses and entrepreneurs find workers and craft workplace policies.
"With more than 521,000 companies employing 1.2 million Hoosiers, small businesses play a critical role in supporting Indiana's long-term economic growth," Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger said. "As a state, we're committed to expanding access to critical economic and workforce resources during these challenging times, while continuing to provide the support small businesses and entrepreneurs need to grow and succeed for years to come."
The Indiana Small Business Development Center is partnering with ServantHR, a Fishers-based human resources consulting firm to help companies update their workplace policies during the coronavirus pandemic. Any companies that have been in business since at least Feb. 15, have been impacted by COVID-19 and are or will become Indiana SBDC clients can work with human resource consultants to update their employment handbooks to cover remote working, sanitation policies and compliance with local and federal guidelines.
The agency, which helps entrepreneurs start and establish businesses across the Hoosier state, also teamed up with Indianapolis-based Quintegra to launch the HireUp employment support program. Indiana SBDC clients who plan to hire full-time employees within the next 30 to 60 days and use the service to find qualified candidates, do background checks and conduct interviews.
The program can be used to hire for a number of positions such as accountants, programmers and managers.
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