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September 2021 ι VOLUME 12 ι ISSUE 8
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Workforce Board News

The Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas Board is Scheduled to meet Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at 9:30 am. Please visit our website , for details.
Southeast Welcomes New Career Center Management Team
International Paper Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas announces C2 Global Professional Services, LLC as the new organization responsible for management and career center operations. C2 Global was awarded the contract after evaluation of their bid response. The company will be responsible for successful delivery of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) services to individuals and businesses in Southeast Texas through the 4 local centers.
C2 Global was founded by Chakib Chehadi, president and CEO, who has more than 25 years of experience in workforce and economic development, including serving as workforce board executive director in San Antonio, Texas. Since 2010, the company has received several awards from the Texas Workforce Commission in recognition of creating successful business/workforce partnerships and producing outstanding performance results for other board areas in the state.

"We are excited to have C2 Global at the helm of service delivery for Southeast Texas. Our Board is very optimistic and looks forward to continuous improvement in customer engagement, performance, and overall operations", stated Mary Hammon, executive director, Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas.

As the operational entity for Southeast Texas workforce, C2 Global has committed to expanding solutions for employers and increasing the number of businesses utilizing workforce services. The Workforce Career Centers will continue to deliver high-quality services including value-added customer assessment, tailored service planning, and work-based training opportunities. Barbetta Womack, managing director, stated, "We are very excited to have Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas on our team. We look forward to a successful partnership and serving the people of Southeast Texas." Womack encourages two-way communication with the local business and industry and can be reached at

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Southeast Texas Works! Podcast News
Our Podcast episodes continue to grow as we engage with business leaders, education and training professionals, and elected officials throughout Southeast Texas. Each Southeast Texas Works! podcast is designed to share pertinent information with the audience about initiatives, programs, and offerings which enhance workforce development and local communities.

In September, we released two informative Podcast episodes:

LiftFund - Helping Diverse Entrepreneurs, Closing the Small Business Finance Gap: Ana Pereda and Francisco Gonzalez of LiftFund talk about funding options for entrepreneurs who wish to start their own business. Pereda, a former Southeast Texas Workforce board member, is currently a Business Advisor for LiftFund. Gonzalez, who works in San Antonio, Texas, is a Lending Officer with over 15 years' experience in helping small businesses become 'bankable'.

LiftFund is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that supports small business owners with limited access to capital with emphasis on underserved entrepreneurs. Contact Information - LiftFund: 210-503-2764, website:

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Take Note: Work Opportunity Tax Credit UPDATE

The U. S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration released the "Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Quick Reference Guide" for Employers. WOTC is a federal tax credit available to employers that hire and retain individuals in certain target groups including Veterans, Disabled Veterans, and individuals receiving public assistance. Tax credit amounts range from $2,400 to $9,600, based on wages paid and target group. The guide also provides information on other hiring incentives for Employers such as Bonding Program and Employee Retention Credit. Click here to access the new Quick Reference Guide.
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