Business Resources

The Central Oklahoma Workforce Investment Board realizes that in order to advance economic development in our area, we must be committed to meeting the needs of our local business community by making them the primary customer of the workforce development system.

To ensure that this takes place, the Board has agreed to charter and support a multi-faceted group of publicly-funded organizations which supply business solutions by bringing them together into a group organized under the name of Business Connections. These partners are derived from areas such as education, economic development, and employment providers. The common thread linking partners is that while all provide varying services, all partners acknowledge that only by working together, can businesses be matched with the most appropriate and beneficial solutions. By sharing their expertise and information, the group will be able to reduce inefficiency and redundancy.

To aid this effort of providing more effective and higher quality services to the business community through the workforce system, has developed a website for the business community,www.okbusinessconnections.com. A business can set up a user account on the website and request services, products, and information as needed and to be connected to those professionals in the Business Connections alliance with expertise in the request within a 12 hour or less turnaround. The services typically available include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Recruitment and referral of prospective employees;
  • Assessment provided to ensure the quality of referrals;
  • Skill assessments for potential or existing employees;
  • Human Resource consulting;
  • Information on Possible Incentives for Expanding your Business;
  • Small Business Development Training;
  • Lean Manufacturing;
  • Employee Development Training;
  • On-Site customized training;
  • Information on existing business resources;
  • On-the-job training for new employees;
  • Business Seminars; and
  • English as a Second Language classes

For additional information regarding the Business Connections alliance and COWIB’s program of business services, contact the Board’s Business Services Coordinator, Patricia Garrett at 405-622-2028 or by email, patriciagarrett@cowib.org.

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