Business Solutions

Workforce Southwest Washington (WSW)  brings together business, training and education providers, government agencies and economic development partners to address the workforce needs of local businesses and industries.

Programs funded through WSW help businesses recruit, train and retain the employees they need and provide people the skills and training to find work or advance in their careers.

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Your business may benefit from the following programs and services provided through WSW and its partners.

Employee Recruitment & Retention

Finding and hiring the right people can be time consuming. Once you have the right people, keeping their skills current so they remain productive and your company is competitive can be challenging.

Whether you have a full human resources team or one person wearing many hats, WSW-funded programs may provide the solutions you need.

Learn about no-cost Recruitment & Retention services.

 Business Growth

In partnership with the Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC) and Cowlitz Economic Development Council (CEDC), WSW is dedicated to connecting our local businesses with resources to ensure sustainable growth.

Whether you need technical assistance with government contracting, process improvements, capital, a larger location or export growth, WSW can help you make the connections you need.

To learn more, contact:

Manufacturing, Health care, Construction, Technology:
Darcy Hoffman, or 360.567.3172

Other industries:
Contact WorkSource: Marnie Farness,

Targeted Industries

When job-producing industries thrive, so does the community. Ensuring that high-growth industries have the skilled workers they need for their high-demand jobs is vital for the prosperity of those businesses and the health of the region’s economy.

WSW invests in training to prepare people for current and future jobs in industries projected to grow in the next few years. Our goal is to ensure businesses have the workers they need and everyone that wants to work has a job.

Learn more about our regional collaboration with Oregon partners.

Learn more about the region’s targeted industries, including:

Hiring Young People

Young people are your company’s workforce of tomorrow. Interacting with them today can benefit your business by ensuring the best and the brightest are aware of your company, what you do, why it matters and how they can be part of it.

To get involved and connect with young people, contact Miriam Martin, Director of Programs, at 360.567.3183 or

Young Adult carpenters

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