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06.17.15 Annual HIRE POWER Awards recognize local companies promoting the county’s workforce

June 17, 2015

Media Contacts:
Deidre McCabe, Director of Communications, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022
Phyllis Madachy, Director, Department of Citizen Services, 410-313-6400

Annual HIRE POWER Awards recognize local companies promoting the county’s workforce

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman and the Howard County Board to Promote Self Sufficiency today recognized five businesses with this year’s HIRE POWER Awards at a ceremony at Wegmans in Columbia.

The HIRE POWER Awards highlight businesses within the county that promote programs and practices to help develop the local workforce through innovative job support, inclusive hiring strategies and community outreach efforts.

This year’s winners of the HIRE POWER Awards are:

Boston Market (Columbia location) – Boston Market supports individuals by offering flexible work hours and opportunities for advancement. As a company, it goes above and beyond to accommodate the needs of its workforce, while meeting the needs of the business.

Pure Technologies – When employees noticed lines forming at the Howard County Food Bank across the parking lot from their Columbia location, they offered to unload, sort and stack shelves of food. The employees volunteered extra hours during the holidays and gave up lunch hours and personal time to assist. Pure Technologies supports the efforts of its employees and public service to the community.

Success In Style – This local non-profit not only provides individuals seeking employment with professional clothing and wardrobe consultations, but also offers interview counseling and helps build client self-esteem. Most staff members are volunteers and the clothing clients receive is free. Success in Style supports its mission through donations of clothing and sales from their retail stores – Charity's Closet, Phil's Closet and Cherie Amour.

Victoria’s Secret – Victoria’s Secret partnered with the Howard County Office of Workforce Development when it re-opened its Columbia store in the fall of 2014. It needed to hire many new employees and was committed to assisting new employees with adapting to the Victoria’s Secret culture and service expectations, as well as trying to accommodate schedules that were impacted by child care and other issues.

Wegmans – Wegmans supports the Board's mission in many ways. The store donates food to the Howard County Food Bank, and employees volunteer at the Community Action Council’s community gardens. Wegmans also supports Bright Minds and the ARC of Howard County. Wegmans has a generous corporate culture of giving back to the community.

Created by county legislation to serve in an advisory capacity to the County Executive, the Howard County Board to Promote Self-Sufficiency's mission is to reduce the incidence of poverty in Howard County by acting as a planning and coordinating body for initiatives that promote the economic stability of individuals and families.

To support the work of the Board to Promote Self Sufficiency, contact the Board at [email protected] or Phyllis Madachy, Director of Citizen Services, at 410-313-6400.

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