Story by: Nancy Williamson, CBA – Newberry SBDC
Beth Smith and Nancy Williamson of the Spartanburg and Newberry SBDC offices recently helped coordinate efforts to conduct a job fair in Chapin, SC. Prior to the job fair, Nancy Williamson also assisted with efforts to conduct training sessions for those needing resume writing and interview skills. South Carolina State House Representatives Nathan Ballentine and Chip Huggins came out to the Job Fair that Beth Smith organized with SC Works from the upstate and midlands. Beth didn’t want to lose the talent that might leave for employment elsewhere so she proactively organized this event to help save some of the 5,600 employees that lost their job. The goal is to keep their skills here in SC and find work with other companies since the upstate businesses are in dire need of skilled tradesmen.
The day that VC Summer announced they were ending construction on Units 2 & 3 and that 600 VC Summer Employees and 5,000 contractors would lose their job, Beth was on the phone organizing a job fair. Nancy Williamson worked with Beth to create a Facebook Event page and reach thousands of people. The Town of Chapin and local chambers (Newberry, Chapin, & Irmo) all spread awareness about these events in their weekly letters as well.
Nearly 80 employers from the midlands and upstate were represented at the Trade Skills Job Fair held at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. Beth worked with our Director of Operations, Donnie Jameson and planned the lay out, church members set up tables and directed traffic, A local business, Zestos, donated lunch for all of the employers and volunteers. This is just one example of how the SC SBDC works across the state with local communities and other state agencies.