The Indiana Small Business Development Center has unveiled new resources to provide Hoosier small businesses and entrepreneurs with employment support during the pandemic. The organization says the initiative, which is free to eligible companies, will help enhance workplace policies, employee recruitment, and hiring efforts.
The Indiana SBDC has partnered with Fishers-based human resources consulting firm ServantHR to create the COVID-19 Human Resource Assistance Program.
The initiative pairs companies with trained human resources consultants to “update their employee handbooks in order to accommodate remote working arrangements, administration of leave policies, sanitation procedures, and compliance with federal, state and local standards and regulations.”
To be eligible, a small business must be or become an Indiana SBDC client, have been in business as of February 15 of this year, and be able to demonstrate a negative impact from the pandemic.
“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,” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger. “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.”
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Additionally, the Indiana SBDC has launched HireUp, an employment support program to help small businesses recruit, hire and onboard new employees.
A partnership with Indianapolis-based talent connection firm Quintegra, the program allows eligible companies to receive assistance in identifying qualified candidates, conducting background checks, facilitating interviews, and establishing an onboarding process for new employees.