Gene Marks

Business owners expressed in a survey that they consider the talent shortage among the top 3 urgent concerns — and with 11½ million open jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s latest report — it’s not hard to see why. The talent shortage is real and the lack of skilled labor is to blame. This week’s “On the Mark” details how the federal government and even private industries such as Google with its $100,000 grant program are addressing the problem. Listen to the podcast.

In this two-part special event, Gene Marks leads a roundtable discussion on the explosive business growth in Texas. In Part 2, you’ll hear from our second panel of experts how current employment trends are impacting businesses across Texas, and how employers are addressing rising wages and competition. How are state agencies responding, and what resources and training programs connect job seekers and employers, or help boost retention? Listen here.

Gene Marks

Gene Marks

Columnist on smallbiz, economy, public policy, tech for The Guardian, The Hill, Philly Inquirer, Wash Times, Forbes, Entrepreneur. Small Business owner and CPA