Wisconsin’s veteran hiring initiative seeks businesses

Wisconsin businesses are encouraged to become part of the state’s new initiative to reach out to U.S. military personnel for filling job openings.

The “Mission Wisconsin Talent Pipeline” is part of the state’s $1.9 million national marketing campaign to encourage military personnel and their families to consider working in Wisconsin when their service ends.

Businesses are asked to provide information on job openings and skills needed for them. State officials will then provide the company with vetted resumes of service members and their families who may fit those openings.

Companies that join the program also can be part of Wisconsin’s delegation to Hiring Our Heroes summits where state government workers and private-sector leaders meet with people planning their future after leaving the service.

The state’s delegation already visited bases in California, Hawaii and Washington and spoke with more than 850 service members, according to a news release from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.

More than 40 Wisconsin companies, including Foxconn, Oshkosh Defense, WPS Health Solutions, Quad Graphics and American Family Insurance have begun the process to join the program.

To learn more about the program, go to wedc.org/marketing/hire-veterans.

Short Takes

• The Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking speakers for its annual Human Resources Conference, which will be April 3 in Eau Claire. People interested in making a one-hour presentation can contact Jenna Ziegler at ziegler@eauclairechamber.org by Wednesday for more information.

• An Elk Mound auto repair business has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer, offering the moving companies rental trucks and supplies. Spuhler Auto Repair, 2137 Highway 29, is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

From staff reports