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CEAC Best Practices

May 28, 2008

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Inland Valleys Employer Advisory Council

The Inland Valleys EAC provides a legislative or human resource case law briefing at each of their luncheon meetings. The briefing takes place before the main speaker begins their presentation. This practice provides members timely information on legislative matters and current human resource case law, and does not take away from the main presentation.

In addition to a flyer being mailed three weeks prior to the monthly luncheon meetings, the EAC secretary works with volunteers who telephone members 10 days prior to the event to remind them of the meeting. This practice has tremendously boosted their luncheon meeting attendance.

Lee Schrank — Coordinator

Inland Empire Employer Advisory Council

The Inland Empire EAC provides a legislative seminar at the first of the year. Existing EAC members who have renewed, or new members who have joined within a prescribed period of time, can send one delegate at no cost. Each delegate wears a nametag at the meetings to encourage interaction.

Each year Inland Empire allocates one board meeting to prepare a budget and plan the meeting calendar for the entire year. This helps with the overall organization and saves time at board meetings during the year.

Mary Nemnich — Coordinator

Marin County Employer Advisory Council

The Marin County EAC decided to reward its steering committee members by treating them to lunch. The board pays the registration fees to send two members to other Bay Area EAC seminars. Each time fresh new ideas are brought back and Marin County sees how other EACs operate.

Pauline Fong — Coordinator

Southern Alameda Employer Advisory Council

The Southern Alameda County EAC sends quarterly newsletters to all of their members. The newsletters feature legislative updates, EDD updates, the employer member of the month, etc. During each monthly meeting, the EAC holds a business card drawing for a future breakfast meeting at no cost. The winner of this drawing is also designated as the employer member of the month. During the breakfast meeting, the winning employer is given an opportunity to talk about their company's product or service. This year Southern Alameda began providing a table at each meeting so members can display information about their business.

For community outreach, Southern Alameda donates to the Family Emergency Shelter Coalition Organization (FESCO). The donation helps the shelter with work-related expenses for childcare, transportation, and other operating cost. Additionally, the EAC collects clothes that can be worn on interviews by the FESCO residents.

Each year Southern Alameda cosponsors a half-day seminar with the East Bay EAC. Both EACs benefit from this partnership. Southern Alameda also collaborates with the Hayward Chamber of Commerce to include an article in their monthly newsletter on upcoming EAC breakfast seminars. An insert about the breakfast meetings is also included in the Alameda newspaper and the Hayward Daily Review.

Maria Ballesteros-Escober — Coordinator

West Inland Empire Employer Advisory Council

The best practice for the West Inland Empire EAC (WIEEAC) has been the purchase of mouse pads and engraved paperweights with the CEAC and the WIEEAC logos. These promotional items are given to all new members, the seminar speaker, and the monthly meeting speakers as tokens of appreciation.

Jeannie (Maria) Frias

Foothill Employer Advisory Council

To increase membership for the Foothill EAC, the coordinator began attending the Auburn Chamber of Commerce New Members Luncheon. When attending chamber meetings, the coordinator hands out flyers for the upcoming EAC monthly meeting and the EAC's recruitment brochure that list meeting topics for the entire year.

Anita Lowe — Coordinator

Sonoma County Employer Advisory Council

The Sonoma County EAC has found that one of its best practices is being committed to giving back to the community. Sonoma County EAC has established a $10,000 endowment through the Santa Rosa Junior College Foundation to assist a student with a career objective in business administration, personnel, or management. The original investment has resulted in a perpetual scholarship that will be awarded to a new student each year. In the past year, Sonoma County also donated $1,000 to help fund the salaries of youth employment counselors, ages 17-21. These counselors assist other youth in finding jobs.

During the holidays, Sonoma County also contributes to local charities. This past December, the EAC donated $3,000 to the Vietnam Veterans of America; Food for Thought, a local food bank for aids victims; the YWCA Domestic Violence Services Program; the Salvation Army; the Volunteer Center-Giving Tree Project, and to the Secret Santa program to help needy children and families in the community. Each organization received a $500 donation. The EAC also donated more than $2,000 to help a veteran and his family move from a motel into an apartment. During the annual steering committee luncheon in December, each EAC member brings a stuffed teddy bear to donate to the local police or fire department. These departments distribute the stuffed animals to children in crisis situations.

Sonoma County also donated $1000 to support the CEAC Conference—Trends 2000. They donated money to support the One-Stop open house; the Veteran's Career Fair; to Green Thumb for older worker recognition programs; Job Link; and for EDD's participation in the Business Expo. The Sonoma County EAC also assists the county with economic development through fundraisers and by working in cooperation with the local chambers of commerce. The EAC members also participated in focus groups to recruit members for the local Workforce Investment Board. "Truly, our Best Practice is service and that is how Sonoma County EAC chooses to spend their resources."

Heidi Timko — Coordinator

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