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National Safety Council – Implications of Drug Use for Employers

The typical worker misses three work weeks (15 days) annually for illness, injury, or reasons other than vacation and holidays. However, workers with substance use disorders miss two more weeks annually than their peers, averaging nearly five weeks (24.6 days) a year.  The National Safety Council offers resources for employers to reduce stigma, increase worker retention, and create caring workplaces.

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988 – Employee Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

Spread the word for employees, their families, and friends of 988, which provides 24/7 chat and text support for anyone in crisis or considering suicide.  The website offers additional resources for employees and employers.

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Webinar – Strategic Planning

The Josephine County Chamber of Commerce is partnering with BBSI to offer Webinars on some topics that are important to businesses including the top five things companies should be doing for strategic planning/ financial analysis.

June 20, conducted virtually, noon- 12:45 p.m.

Click the View Resource link to register

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SOREDI Loan Program

SOREDI has a loan fund that helps to provide financing for small businesses that may have limited access to capital.

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Healthcare Options for Early Childhood Workers, Senior Care Workers and All Essential Workers In Southern Oregon

The American Rescue Plan Act has significantly increased subsidies for people on the Health Exchange, making it very affordable for lower-income workers. SOESD is working to make sure all early childhood workers and all essential workers in our region have affordable health care.  Learn about ways employers can help by viewing a flyer or emailing

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Mental Health in the Workplace Resources

The Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society, the Office of Disability Employment Policy, and Major League Baseball have teamed up to promote mental health-friendly workplaces and provide resources for anyone in need of support.  Includes resources for workers with disabilities.

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Future of Jobs Report – 2023

Each year the World Economic Forum produces a “Future of Jobs Report”, a comprehensive look at findings, interpretations, and conclusions on current and trending economic data.  Although this report looks at jobs from a global perspective, much of the content applies to the Rogue Valley region.
The first 60 pages include:
Drivers of labor market transformation
Jobs outlook
Skills outlook
Workforce Strategies
The other 230 pages include appendices and “profiles” (economic, industry, region, and skills).

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Rogue Business Connections

The Rogue Business Connections community on LinkedIn allows business and nonprofit leaders in the Rogue Valley to connect and share questions, resources and solutions to the challenges that many businesses face in our region.

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