One strategy to build the workforce we need for tomorrow, is to invest in the youth of today.
At the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce, and in the entire community of Sioux Falls, support of others and collaboration is what we do best. Today, I want to bring to your attention several items your Chamber is focusing on in this spirit of working together.
Over the last several years there has been a common thread to the dialogue and discussions among business owners and leaders – workforce development. An available and qualified workforce is in high demand in Sioux Falls. Even in the midst of a pandemic, Sioux Falls is hiring.
One strategy to build the workforce we need for tomorrow, is to invest in the youth of today. An effective way to do this is through mentoring. In addition to improving the possibilities of long-term success for mentees, there are also tremendous benefits for the mentors and even their employers.
Research has shown that employees of employers that provide support and flexibility to allow for mentoring report feeling more engaged and invested in their companies. It only makes sense. When people are aware that they are serving as a role model, self-awareness kicks in and they take pride in what they do.
Along the way, if that passion of purpose inspires and educates the next generation, we all benefit from this success.
In a similar vein, we also need to be mindful of the folks that have come before us and have given us the opportunities that have allowed for our success.
Every year, the Chamber's Military & Veterans Affairs Committee partners with local veteran groups to organize and host the annual Veterans Day Ceremony on November 11. If you've never attended this event, I encourage you to take some time out your morning to join us in recognizing the service and sacrifice of our nation's veterans. It is a truly touching and inspiring experience.
We cannot thank these folks enough for the personal investment and sacrifices they have made in support of our community and country.