Talent Solutions Connector launches Nov. 2

The ultimate connector for Cook County employers seeking to create a diverse and inclusive workforce, Talent Solutions Connector already contains nearly 200 local services that help employers with their talent needs.

Dani Petrie sees Talent Solutions Connector as the solution to connecting Cook County employers to endless amounts of diverse and inclusive talent throughout the Chicago area.

"We know that this tool can be useful and we know there aren't enough employers who know about it yet," said Petrie, executive director and managing trustee of Origami Works Foundation. "We're super excited about this, and this is just the beginning to spread this far and wide throughout Cook County."

Talent Solutions Connector will debut Nov. 2 with an event featuring President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners Toni Preckwinkle and a panel of employers, Petrie said. The new tool is completely free for users and already contains nearly 200 free and subsidized services.

Employers can:

• Browse and search free and subsidized programs for recruiting, training and retaining employees;

• Connect with program providers to explore customized solutions, as well as peer employers who have worked successfully with providers;

• Read testimonials to see what other employers say about their experiences using the services.

"The Connector enhances the visibility of free and subsidized workforce services that are available to employers in Cook County," Petrie said. "Many employers are facing challenges in recruiting talent, and there are free programs that are available to help. This directory has been built by employers for employers, and it can help solve their talent challenges."

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