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Free workshop targets small business HR

Published 10:29am Friday, July 5, 2013

A free human resources workshop is coming to the area, and everyone is invited.

“It’s being offered to everybody in Tallapoosa County,” said Betty Litsey at the Dadeville Area Chamber of Commerce. “They asked if we would agree to be a cosponsor. I talked to it over with Michael (Carter), and we just felt it would be a good opportunity for small businesses in our area that really don’t have any training as far as human resources go.”

The free workshop is being offered July 18 by the East Alabama Society for Human Resource Management – an affiliate of the National SHRM.

“This is really aimed at the small businesses,” said Amy Sikes, president of the EASHRM. “Anything which involves people involves human resources.”

Sikes said the workshop will acquaint people with a number of topics, like the top 10 landmines when dealing with employees and hiring and firing questions and techniques.

“There will be an oportunity for people to ask questions at the very end,” Sikes said.

The workshop, titled “HR for the Rest of Us” will be held at the Edward Bell Technical Center in Camp Hill from 7:30–10 a.m. July 18.

“They’ve got little skits worked out to show us everything,” Litsey said. “I really wish we could get some participation from Alexander City and all around to take advantage of it. We’d like for everyone who thinks it could benefit them to come and participate. They just need to make a reservation and be there that morning to register.”

Sikes said they hope people will leave the workshop armed with the knowledge needed “to make our world a better place for business and for the people within business” and return to the workplace “hopefully somewhat more enlightened than they were before they attended our workshop.”

Similar workshops will be held July 16 and July 17 in the Auburn/Opelika area.

To make reservations to attend the workshop at the Edward Bell Technical Center, call or email the Dadeville chamber at 256-825-4019 or chamber@dadeville.com. Litsey recommended people make their reservations by July 15.

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