Karen Whiting and Bob Titus
...says Bob Titus, Operations Manager for Innovative Solutions, of his company's relationship with the Rochester Resource Alliance/RochesterWorks! business team, which helped the firm secure several government training grants.
"Years ago, the paperwork wasn't worth the award, but now it's not a nightmare to do the applications."The total software and networking solutions provider, "had someone from the organization come out and help us work on the first grant, and that was extremely helpful."As a result, a year ago the firm was awarded a high tech grant from the state, and by the end of September 2002 will have spent about $85,000 to train employees using those funds.In addition, through working with the RRA/RochesterWorks! business team, the firm learned it could apply for training grants not covered by the high tech award.Innovative Solutions
subsequently obtained funds that partially reimburse it for on-the-job training expenses for several employees, and recently sent an employee to a week-long IBM software developers' conference using funds from a third grant."We primarily focus on manufacturing, distribution, construction, the medical field, and non-profit agencies and the training is helping the businesses we work with stay at the leading edge," Titus
says."Talk about recommending them to a lot of people, I actually give out their information (to other businesses) because our experience has been exceptional!"
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