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Centene to Build New Facility and Create Up to 200 Jobs in Ferguson
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), September 5, 2014 - Centene Corporation recently announced plans to build a new claims processing center and create up to 200 jobs in Ferguson, Missouri. To facilitate the company's expansion, Gov. Nixon's administration is partnering with St. Louis Community College to provide targeted job training resources through the Missouri Works Training program.
in a release, Gov. Jay Nixon today applauded the company. "This investment is an important step forward for Ferguson and the entire region, and I'm pleased my administration could help make it a reality," Gov. Nixon said. "Attracting new jobs and investments is vital to creating greater economic opportunities for all Missourians in this region. Centene's decision to build a new facility in Ferguson is a great example of how our Missouri Works Training program is growing our economy by investing in the skills of our workforce."
"This is the right thing to do for the community, state and our shareholders," said Centene CEO and Chairman Michael Neidorff. "It is time for action, not talk."
The new service center will include employee development and training, on-site daycare, full service cafeteria and an auditorium for educational advancement.
"I would like to thank the leadership of the state, county and local governments, particularly Governor Jay Nixon who has worked closely to make these exciting plans come to fruition," said Centene Chief Financial Officer William Scheffel.
Centene announced that it will begin taking applications for the new claims processing center jobs before the end of 2014.
To facilitate the project, the Missouri Department of Economic Development has offered Centene incentives through the Missouri Works Training Program, which the company can receive if it meets specific job creation and investment criteria.
Illinois State to Host Business Workshop in Metro East to Boost Illinois Business Opportunities
EAST ST. LOUIS, IL, (SLFP.com), September 5, 2014 - The State of Illinois will be hosting an
educational workshop and business networking event
geared toward small and diverse entrepreneurs on
Sept. 17th, at the East St. Louis campus of Southern
Illinois University - Edwardsville (SIUE).
The workshop from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 17th,
in Building D, Room 1007, at 601 James R. Thompson
Blvd., is open to the public at no cost. The agenda
includes information about how to become certified to
do business with the state; the state contracting
process; financing options, tax incentives and
financial assistance for training; the vendor payment
program; and opportunities for one-on-one guidance to
is to connect business owners with like-minded
professionals and raise awareness about opportunities
to participate in state contracts. The workshop is
one of a series of ongoing events around the state
and is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to create jobs
and ensure a level playing field for all contractors
The event will be hosted by the Department of Central
Management Services' (CMS) Business Enterprise
Program (BEP), which promotes economic development
through its certification program for small and
diverse businesses and veteran-owned businesses
across the state, along with the Illinois Department
of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. It is also
supported by area legislators, including state Sen.
James F. Clayborne (D-East St. Louis), state Rep.
Eddie Lee Jackson Sr. (D-East St. Louis) and state
Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-Swansea).
To learn more about the BEP program, visit:
SLATE to Hold Legal Assistance Sessions for Entrepreneurs
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), September 5, 2014 - The St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) offers no cost legal assistance to entrepreneurs at all stages of business development, from launching a startup to growing an existing enterprise. Recently, SLATE added Legal Clinics to its toolbox of services, designed to provide aspiring entrepreneurs with solutions to legal challenges and offer significant savings in associated costs.
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The sessions for the Legal Clinic continue in 2014 on September 18, October 2, 16, 30, November 13 and December 11. Each session will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., at SLATE, 1520 Market Street, 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63103.
Legal Clinics are one-on-one 30-minute sessions, provided by experienced business attorneys from Legal Services of Eastern Missouri at absolutely no charge. Questions frequently discussed include entity formation, intellectual property, intellectual property, commercial leases, zoning compliance, employment issues, and customer and supplier contracts, among others.
Legal Clinics are made possible through the Entrepreneurs' Business Legal Assistance Program (EBLAP) - a partnership between SLATE, the St. Louis Development Corporation (SLDC), Small Business Empowerment Centers (SBEC) and Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM). The program will primarily serve dislocated or laid off workers from the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County.
Watch for an EBLAP Calendar of Workshops to be posted soon on SLATE's website at www.stlworks.com. For more information and to register, please contact Tiffany Todd, at (314) 657-3547.
Employers Share Most Memorable Lies on Resumes
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), August 10, 2014 - The pressure to stand out in a sea of applicants may tempt job seekers to be less than honest on their resumes, but is it worth the risk?
Fifty-eight percent of hiring managers said they've caught a lie on a resume; one-third (33 percent) of these employers have seen an increase in resume embellishments post-recession.
Half of employers (51 percent) said that they would automatically dismiss a candidate if they caught a lie on his/her resume, while 40 percent said that it would depend on what the candidate lied about. Seven percent said they'd be willing to overlook a lie if they liked the candidate.
"Trust is very important in professional relationships, and by lying on your resume, you breach that trust from the very outset," said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. "If you want to enhance your resume, it's better to focus on playing up tangible examples from your actual experience. Your resume doesn't necessarily have to be the perfect fit for an organization, but it needs to be relevant and accurate."
When asked about the most unusual lie they've ever caught on a resume, employers recalled:
Applicant included job experience that was actually his father's. Both father and son had the same name (one was Sr., one was Jr.).
Applicant claimed to be the assistant to the prime minister of a foreign country that doesn't have a prime minister.
Applicant claimed to have been a high school basketball free throw champion. He admitted it was a lie in the interview.
Applicant claimed to have been an Olympic medalist.
Applicant claimed to have been a construction supervisor. The interviewer learned the bulk of his experience was in the completion of a doghouse some years prior.
Applicant claimed to have 25 years of experience at age 32.
Applicant claimed to have worked for 20 years as the babysitter of known celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Madonna, etc.
Applicant listed three jobs over the past several years. Upon contacting the employers, the interviewer learned that the applicant had worked at one for two days, another for one day, and not at all for the third.
Additionally, most employers (86 percent) typically have more than one employee review candidates' resumes, with 65 percent saying two or three people go over each resume. Twenty-one percent say resumes are reviewed by four or more employees before a decision is made.
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