Victoria chamber's Building Better Businesses series kicks off Tuesday

Gay Bruns, of Workforce Solutions of the Golden Crescent, left, discusses childcare services available to Crossroads area employees. Bruns spoke Tuesday at Building Better Businesses, a new quarterly business series hosted by the Victoria Chamber of Commerce.
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  • Have a topic you think the chamber should look at in the future? Let them know by calling 361-573-5277.

  • WHAT TO DO

  • Are you a job seeker or employee with childcare issues? Here are some tips:

    Have a backup plan. Know who to call to watch your child if he or she becomes sick.

    Talk to your boss. Let the employer ...

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  • WHAT TO DO

    Are you a job seeker or employee with childcare issues? Here are some tips:

    Have a backup plan. Know who to call to watch your child if he or she becomes sick.

    Talk to your boss. Let the employer know if you think you might be late or miss work. Communication is important.

    Source: Gay Bruns, Workforce Solutions of the Golden Crescent.

  • For more information about Workforce Solutions of the Golden Crescent, or to contact the organization, visit www.gcworkforce.org or call 361-578-0341.

Employers expect their workers to be punctual and adhere to a work schedule, said Gay Bruns, of Workforce Solutions of the Golden Crescent. And missing a shift, regardless of the reason, can sometimes be grounds for termination.

"Many workers are one sick child away from being fired," she said. "Those employers need people there to keep the business running. That can be a hard thing to explain to a mom or dad."

Bruns spoke Tuesday at Building Better Businesses, a new quarterly series hosted by the Victoria Chamber of Commerce. The topic for the inaugural meeting was "Does Your Employee Need Child Care Assistance?"

Workforce Solutions offers programs that allow discounted and, sometimes, free childcare to those who work or attend school, Bruns said. Eligibility for such programs is based on family size and income level, she explained.

Throughout the Crossroads, Workforce Solutions aims to find childcare for about 1,000 children daily, said Carol Kolle, director of Workforce Solutions.

Tara Reed, of Candlewood Suites, attended the Tuesday event because many of her employees are single mothers. She said she wanted to know what help was available.

"I thought this was really informative, she said. "I really learned a lot."

Reed, a single mother, said she was most interested in learning about laws regarding family members who offer childcare services.

Randy Vivian, the chamber's president and CEO, said he was glad to see the series get off the ground.

Although only 14 people attended, he said he expected it to grow over time and possibly become a semi-monthly event.

"We want to make sure we, as a chamber, are able to give you the tools, resources and information you need to keep your doors open," he said to the business owners present. "Use us. That's what we're here for."