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SCCA Member: Jim Welna, Welna II Hardware

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How to Attract, Hire & Retain Great Employees


Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm- 2:15 pm
Location: Touchstone Mental Health
2312 Snelling Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

The November meeting features a panel of local experts to discuss best practices for attracting, hiring and retaining great employees. Panelists include:

  • Jim Welna, Co-owner of Welna II Hardware & Paint
  • Liz Liddiard Wozniak, Seward Co-op’s Human Resources Manager
  • Meghan O’Brien-Hanson, Employment Services Manager with RESOURCE, Inc.

For more background on our panelists, please see below. This meeting is co-hosted with the Longfellow Business Association. Light refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP to let us know you’re coming. Thank you!

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Panelist Biographies:

Jim Welna, Co-owner of Welna II Hardware & Paint
Jim and his wife Sue have owned and operated Welna II Hardware & Paint for 18 years. Jim also has over 25 years experience in the public and private sector managing both large and small operations. He has recruited and hired hundreds of employees during his career. Jim will share tips on what has worked best in attracting and retaining great employees.

Liz Liddiard Wozniak, Human Resources Manager at Seward Co-op
Liz became interested in whole foods and sustainable practices as a teenager.  She has had a long career in cooperative grocery, starting in Seward’s earliest incarnation in 1991.  She has been Human Resources Manager at Seward Co-op for the last 17 years.  During that time Seward has gone through tremendous growth, currently employing 350 employees in three locations in South Minneapolis, Minnesota. As part of planning for expansion Seward developed a strategic initiative to increase diversity and inclusivity in all of our locations.  Seward currently employs 36% employees of color, an increase from 14% in June of 2014.

Meghan O’Brien-Hanson, Director of Employment Services at RESOURCE, Inc.
Meghan has been with RESOURCE for 15 years. With a degree in developmental needs Meghan has worked within workforce development for over 18 years, providing job placement and employment supports to individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment.

RESOURCE Inc. – Serving the community since 1960, RESOURCE is a full-service nonprofit that increases well-being through recovery, employment and career advancement. We serve more than 18,000 people each year, who experience barriers to education, employment and wellness, through career education, employment, and chemical and mental health services. RESOURCE provides services in the Twin Cities metro area as well as in greater Minnesota.

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