Five Jefferson County entities have teamed up to connect job seekers with potential employers.

The first Jefferson County Job Fair is set for Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Fox C-6 Service Center, 849 Jeffco Blvd., in Arnold.

Leader Publications, the city of Arnold, the Arnold Chamber of Commerce, the Fox C-6 School District and Jefferson College will work together to stage the fair, which could have up to 66 businesses at the event seeking employees.

“I’m really excited that we were able to get all of this together for our community,” Arnold Mayor Ron Counts said.

“I think we have a great team working together, and we are all pulling in the same direction. I think it will be the biggest job fair that has ever hit Jefferson County.”

Counts said he initially took the idea to hold a job fair to the chamber, and after chamber board member Margie Sammons agreed to be the chairwoman for the event, they learned the Leader also was formulating

plans to hold a job fair in the area.

“I said, ‘Why don’t we all work together?’” Counts said.

Job fair announcement

Partners for the first-ever Job Fair include Margie Sammons of the Arnold Chamber of Commerce, Arnold Mayor Ron Counts, Peggy Scott and Rob Schneider from Leader Publications, Lora Warner and Jaclyn Birks from Jefferson College, and Nisha Patel from the Fox C-6 School District. The group attended the July 18 Arnold City Council meeting to announce the Job Fair.

The entities will work to find six businesses to fill the premier exhibitor slots, 40 businesses to set up booths inside the Service Center and 20 to set up outside the center during the event.

Premier spots cost $600; inside booths cost $450; and outside booths cost $375.

Businesses that take part in the job fair will receive ads to be published in a special section in the Oct. 17 Leader promoting the event. The businesses also will be listed in other advertising for the event.

Arnold Chamber of Commerce members will receive a $50 discount on the registration fees. The chamber will receive a portion of the registration fees to be used for its various charitable activities throughout the city.

“We are very appreciative that Mayor Counts brought this forward,” Sammons said. “It is not just a great fundraiser for the chamber, but it is a great opportunity for businesses to find qualified employees right here in town.”

Jefferson College will have representatives at the event to review job seekers’ resumes. There also will be a professional photographer taking pictures to be used on social media platforms.

In addition, attendees will have the chance to win prizes at the event.

“It is a great opportunity for anyone looking for their first job, a new job or re-entering the work force to make sure they are presenting themselves in the best possible way to a new employer,” Leader assistant publisher Peggy Scott said. “It also gives businesses throughout Jefferson County a chance to show what they offer prospective employees and to find a large number of qualified candidates in one spot.”

Each entity involved will play an important role.

The Leader will assist in advertising the event, and it also will organize registration. Businesses wishing to participate in the job fair may contact the Leader by calling 636-931-7560 or by emailing peggyscott@leaderpublications.biz.

The chamber will encourage its members to operate exhibits at the job fair and reach out to businesses throughout the area to participate.

The city of Arnold will help promote the fair, and the Fox School District will provide use of the service center free of charge. In addition, the district will encourage students seeking a job to attend.

Jefferson College will provide advice about how to set up a job fair and share the best practices the college has found to attract exhibitors and job seekers.

“I think it is an incredible group of five entities that will work well together, and it will do some good for businesses that are in need of employees,” Sammons said.

Keep up with the Job Fair on the Facebook event page

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