Last night, hundreds of people attended a networking event at Enzo's; there's another similar event Thursday night, and local business leaders are looking to tap talent from the group of people who were laid off from Carey Brown companies last week.
Account Pros Inc., AREA203 Digital, Cloudswell, Credit Payment Services Inc., Credit Protection Depot, Eclipse in Action and SupportSeven are the seven companies impacted by the layoffs.
The companies cover industries including IT, marketing, financial services and customer service support.
CEO of True North Charles DallAcqua said he has recently made hires from outside Chattanooga, but he has four positions open and wants to hire local people if possible.
"The hardest thing is finding the right talent," he said. "Most hires we are bringing in from outside the area."
Four positions open
—Controller: This person would be the second person in command of the finance department and would report to the chief financial officer, DallAcqua said. A CPA is ideal but not mandatory.
—Marketing manager: DallAcqua is looking for someone to report to the chief marketing officer who has a financial services background to help develop a marketing strategy and work on expanding the business, he said.
—Marketing analyst: For this position, True North needs someone who is good at interpreting client data, making marketing recommendations, interfacing with clients and translating tech speak into laymen terms.
—IT director: This position would be the senior position over the Internet technology group. Someone with experience in dot.net and micro-strategy background is preferable but not mandatory.
Anyone interested in these positions can contact Jennifer Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for more information on Thursday's networking event, which will be at The Flying Squirrel at 5:30 p.m. It is sponsored by the local American Advertising Federation organization.
After news of the layoffs hit, many local business leaders rallied to organize events to help those impacted.
And some local companies, such as Papercut Interactive, have already hired people who were laid off.
Papercut hired a former AREA203 staffer as a new search engine optimization specialist, partner Jenny Hill said.
Hill and her team have also helped coordinate networking efforts.
"As soon as we heard about the collapse of these companies, our hearts went out to the individuals who suddenly lost their jobs," Hill said via email. "They are highly skilled, and we'd love to see them stay in Chattanooga. Many companies are looking for employees with the skills people at AREA203, Cloudswell and SupportSeven have."
Click here for more background on the layoffs.
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