Thursday, October 04, 2012

Program at Point Lookout Oct. 12 Aims to Help Small Businesses Avoid Human Resources Landmines

“HR for Small Business: Avoiding the Landmines” is a workshop that will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 12 at the Keeter Center on the campus of College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Mo.

“HR for Small Business: Avoiding the Landmines” is targeted toward small business employers who do not have a human resources professional on staff. Any business owner, manager or supervisor with one to 500 employees will learn the basics in human resources at this program.

“This training will provide participants with a working knowledge of the subject and help them to organize the most important element in their business – the people,” said Chrystal Irons, a business development specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

The workshop is being jointly delivered by University of Missouri Extension, Taney County Small Business Technology and Development Center (SBTDC), Branson Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Small Business Administration and the Taney County Business Development Partnership.

The fee for the program is $60 if a person registers by Oct. 1, or $75 after Oct.1. Lunch will be provided to all participants. To register go to or contact Emily Sutliff at 417-334-4084, ext. 338.

Participants will gain a working knowledge on a wide variety of human resources topics with sessions covering: key elements to the employment life cycle, essential unemployment knowledge, legal landmines to avoid and legal updates on employment law.

“Attendees of this workshop will be armed with information to help them make better decisions about who they hire, what their responsibilities are as an employer, how staff should be evaluated and/or disciplined, as well as compliance with state and federal laws,” said Irons.

In addition to instruction, attendees will receive a reference manual that provides an overview of laws and regulations effecting companies; templates for a personnel policy manual, performance appraisals and new hire packets; and resources for additional information.

Human Resource experts including a human resource consultant, representatives with the Missouri Division of Employment Security and a local human resources attorney will be available to answer specific questions.

For more information or assistance related to a current or future business, contact either of the MU Extension business specialists in the Ozarks: Chrystal Irons at (417) 546-4431, Kathy Macomber at (417) 682-3579 or one of the two Small Business and Technology Development Centers in southwest Missouri: Missouri State University in Springfield at (417) 836-5685 or Missouri Southern University in Joplin at (417) 625-3128.


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