According to the United States Census, the Union County-Marysville area is part of the Columbus Metropolitan Statistical Area, that includes over 900,000 people in the workforce. Nearly 24,000 of the 900,000 people in Columbus MSA are provided by Union County. The Columbus MSA has a diverse economy with major emphasis in the service and logistics industries while the Union County economy is primarily made up of manufacturing and research and development. You may access more labor information by going to the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services website by clicking on ODJFS. (www.lmi.state.oh.us)
The Columbus MSA consistently has a lower unemployment rate compared to the remainder of state. Accordingly, workforce development becomes an important issue for our existing companies. This also prepares our community’s workforce to be better trained and educated for new companies looking to expand. For further assistance, you may contact the Education and Training Resources listed below for further information.
Local Education and Training Resources
Union County welcomes any business or company that is planning to move into our area. Our community provides many advantages including our hard working citizens. We welcome you to Union County and would like to provide assistance to you with respect to your workforce needs.
Employment Resource Center
The Employment Resource Center (ERC) provides various services for residents, employees and companies looking for training and job placement. ERC assists residents of Union County and surrounding counties with locating jobs and with training to improve their ability to further their career. Working closely with the Union County-Marysville Economic Development Partnership, the Union County Workforce Policy Board, and the Union County Department of Job and Family Services, the ERC assists companies with employee searches, job placement, applicant screening, and applicant interviewing. There are no fees for any of the ERC services. For more information contact:
The Employment Resource Center
940 London Avenue, Suite 1500
Marysville, Ohio 43040
866.645.2018 (toll free)
Union County Business, Education, and Workforce Team
The Union County Workforce Policy Board, the statutory name for the Union County Business, Education, Workforce Team (BEWT), provides communication between the business community and government in Union County. It works on various tasks including employee/corporate training, interview training, biannual wage/benefit survey, annual job fair, a K-12 grant program, and educational workshops for local educators.
Union County Educational System and Higher Education Opportunities
Union County maintains a top notch educational system that prepares our children for their future careers. Union County is also strategically located near several institutes of higher education. For more information about our K-12 schools and higher education institutions, please visit our EDUCATION section. You may also download our Adult Education Directory for a list of local adult learning opportunities.
State of Ohio and Regional Workforce Assistance
Ohio Workforce and Talent Division
The Ohio Department of Development’s Workforce and Talent Division provides a variety of customized training grant programs aimed at creating and retaining jobs by improving worker’s skills and abilities. The division’s training grant programs are coordinated by 12 Regional Workforce Development Directors, who assess the unique training needs of companies and guide employers through all phases of the application and approval process at no cost to businesses
Ohio Department of Development
77 South High Street, 28th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Ohio 1st Stop Business Connection
The 1st Stop Business connection provides information about state rules and regulations for business start-ups and expansion in Ohio. 1st Stop serves as a depository for state business-related forms, which can be obtained via its full-service website. Potential and existing entrepreneurs can also order a business information kit via 1st Stop’s toll-free number. In addition, 1st Stop acts as a referral service to direct new or expanding businesses to technical, financial or managerial assistance available from state agencies and local Small Business Development Centers.
Ohio Department of Development 1st Stop Business Connection
P.O. Box 1001
Columbus, Ohio 43216
Columbus Chamber of Commerce
The Columbus Chamber of Commerce leads and supports economic growth and development for the Greater Columbus community in the global marketplace. The Chamber boasts a membership of 4,000 businesses and provides services such as business development seminars, professional forums and business assistance and counseling, as well as a variety of networking events. It houses programs such as the International Center at the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, the South Central Ohio Minority Business Council and the Columbus Venture Network as well as other affiliate organizations.
Columbus Chamber of Commerce
150 S. Front St., Suite 200
Columbus, Ohio 43215