Business Investments

The skills and abilities of your employees greatly impact the success of your business. Investing in their training improves productivity, engagement, retention and morale.

While upgrading the skills of your existing workforce or incoming employees is an ongoing and important need, it can be expensive. For this reason, many companies put it off or simply don’t do it. That can be even more costly in lost productivity and competitiveness.

Workforce Southwest Washington (WSW) secures and manages grants and makes investments in employment and training programs to help local businesses, like yours, grow and thrive. Through our public-private partnerships, we can provide customized training at your location, certification or online training, and consortium-style classroom training. We help you invest in your employees so they can help you succeed.

One of your greatest assets could be our network of partners. We bring together industry, community colleges and universities, labor groups, government, economic development agencies, K-12 school districts, nonprofits and community organizations. Working together, we identify challenges, like skills gaps and worker shortages in key occupations or industries. We design programs, secure funds and leverage resources to get people working. Our investments train and create opportunity for our community members while helping to grow the economy and support local businesses.

  • Looking for additional employees? Our partnership with WorkSource provides you no-cost employee recruitment, screening and assessment services, as well as on-the-job training programs that could reimburse your business for a portion of the cost of training new hires in specific jobs.
  • Want to grow your business? Our economic development and other partners have the knowledge and expertise to help you expand, build or find a new space. We coordinate with the Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC) and Cowlitz Economic Development Council (CEDC) to connect your business with resources to ensure sustainable growth.
  • Have a location in a nearby Oregon county? As a member of the Columbia-Willamette Workforce Collaborative (CWWC), we take a regional approach to workforce development and collaborate with workforce agencies that serve Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties in Oregon. Our working together gives you access to our shared regional labor pool. Our bi-state collaboration has brought $30 million of additional training funds into the region to build a skilled workforce to support manufacturing, health care and technology.

Learn more about our investments

Contact us about your workforce needs

  • Manufacturing, Technology, Health care or Construction:
    Darcy Hoffman, Business Services Director, at or 360.567.3172.
  • General workforce services, partnerships, youth engagement:
    Miriam Martin, Director of Programs, at or 360.567.3183.
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