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County ordinance provides model for social enterprise procurement

Mar 01, 2018 No Comments by

The Cook County Board in Chicago recently enacted the Cook County Social Enterprise Ordinance to promote the growth of local social enterprises and inspire other municipalities in Illinois and beyond to follow its lead. Eligible entities get a 5% pricing discount in bidding for County procurement opportunities (meaning a $100 bid is treated as $95.) […]

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Harmon Personnel a key partner in Second Chance Initiative

Feb 14, 2018 No Comments by

Congratulations to member Harmon Personnel Services, a partner in the Second Chance Employment and Training Initiative, one of nine community-driven projects in Massachusetts to be awarded a $75,000 state Urban Agenda grant. The initiative aims to help people in recovery overcome complex barriers to employment and will incorporate Harmon Personnel’s staffing services, plus coaching, case […]

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Auburn Reporter names Orion CEO John Theisen Person of the Year

Jan 29, 2018 No Comments by

Congratulations to John Theisen, president and CEO of Alliance member Orion Industries in Auburn, Washington, who describes his work as “the best job I’ve ever had.” In 2016, Orion placed 157 people into community jobs, compared to fewer than 20 in 2000 when he joined the organization, eager to use his private sector business expertise […]

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First Step Staffing expands into Philadelphia

Jan 16, 2018 No Comments by

First Step Staffing has acquired a portion of the Philadelphia-based division of On Time Staffing, a for-profit staffing company specializing in warehouse, packaging and production jobs, which will now become part of First Step’s nonprofit social enterprise. First Step will partner with On Time Staffing, the City of Philadelphia and local social service providers to […]

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Chrysalis validates job retention outcomes with new approach

Jan 02, 2018 No Comments by

Long-term employment retention is a key measure of alternative staffing organizations’ (ASOs’) effectiveness in enabling disadvantaged job seekers to achieve economic stability. Tracking this outcome, though, is resource intensive and a challenge for many operators, even as they recognize the immense value of this data to inform service delivery and strengthen the case made to […]

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