Thursday, November 26, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving!

"Appreciation can change a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary."

 — Margaret Cousins

Thursday, November 19, 2020

5 Ways to Show Gratitude | Brian Tracy


Research shows that gratitude makes us happier, strengthens our relationships, and even improves our physical health. Gratitude should be an important part of our lives, but sometimes showing it is easier said than done. Watch this video to learn 5 ways to show gratitude in your daily life.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Jerry Seinfeld's Conversation Hack


Want to learn a great conversation tip from one of the most charismatic (and hilarious) people on this planet? Who wouldn't want to be more like Jerry Seinfeld? Vanessa discovered something amazing while watching Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee that you have GOT to use in your next conversation or to make small talk better! This is a great way to prevent awkward silences.

Friday, November 13, 2020

How To Successfully Search For A New Job Online | Forbes


If you’re looking for a new job and haven’t received a lot of bites from the online applications you’ve sent, you’re not alone.

Waking up to an empty inbox after emailing countless resumes can be frustrating and demoralizing, which can further hinder your job search efforts. And although a weak consolation, it may be helpful to know it’s not your fault. Unfortunately, the odds are against you in an online search. Here are some stats you need to know:

An online job ad receives about 250 resumes on average (with top brands like Google receiving up to 3,000,000 per year). From these 250 applications, about 2% receive interviews according to Workopolis (only 0.2% at Google get hired and usually only with an internal referral). 98% of Fortune 500 companies use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) according to Jobscan, which often weed out 75% of applications before they reach human eyes, sometimes for irrelevant reasons like the way your resume is formatted.

One study found as many as 50% of jobs are filled internally before even making it to the public eye. Some of these jobs are posted online to fulfill legal requirements, but an external candidate has little chance of landing the role.

Taken together, it’s clear networking has a distinct advantage over online applications. However, networking isn’t a speedy process. Building relationships takes time and if you’re in a dire situation, you may feel this isn’t an option (yet, you already have a network and it may be more robust and helpful than you realize - see here).

So, your best bet may be a combined approach - spend time cultivating your network while also strategically applying to open roles you find posted on the internet. Here’s a step-by-step process to get started:

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

How to SHINE at Work as a Remote Employee | How to be a Superstar from Home


5 top tips on how to shine at work while working from home. If you've been asking "how to stand out at work when i'm working at home?", "how do I shine when I'm working remotely?", or "how can I stand out from others when I'm working from home?", then this video is for you!

Saturday, November 7, 2020

How to Ask for a Recommendation Letter: 3 Key Steps for a Getting a Great Letter of Rec


You may have to submit written letters of recommendation when applying to a school, formal program, a job at a new company or even for an internal promotion. Jenn, a certified career coach at Indeed, shares her recommended approach for requesting a recommendation letter.

Her 3 key steps are:

1) Pick the right person based on the role and their ability to speak to your work.

2) Schedule a brief meeting.

3) Follow-up with an email and keep track of their submission.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Are You Doing What You Love?


The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted nearly every industry in the world. As many of us seek to realign ourselves and our businesses, being able to pivot with grace is crucial. 

How do you do that? Ask yourself: What do you value? What do you prioritize? What is the biggest dream you have for your life? These questions and noticing what your answers have in common is a great place to start.

Friday, October 30, 2020

4 Tips for Overcoming Adversity | Brian Tracy


If you're facing problems in your life, you're not alone. Challenging situations can be hard to deal with, but they are highly valuable. When times are tough, remember over time your character will develop through overcoming adversity. This video will give you the top tips for overcoming adversity.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

How to Answer "What Motivates You" in an Interview - 3 Best Strategies


Employers often ask "What motivates you" in order to gauge whether you will be propelled by the demands of the role and to determine whether you are self-aware of your work habits. Jenn, a certified career coach at Indeed, shares three considerations for crafting a genuine answer that best aligns with the role:

1) What did a great day at work look like in previous roles?

2) What made you choose your profession or field?

3) What prompted you to apply for the role when you read the job description?

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Why You Shouldn't Fake it Until YouMake It


ONeal’s “aha” moment didn’t happen when he was homeless, $35,000 in debt and living in his car, but rather once he moved in with his dad in Oceanside, California, a suburb of San Diego.

One day, he decided to hang out at the beach with his friends. Some of them pulled up in high-end cars—a Mercedes-Benz, a Lexus, a Range Rover. When they stepped out of their cars, a lightbulb went off in ONeal’s brain. He knew all of them either lived with their parents or in apartments with three or four roommates. Most of them were struggling to get by and lived paycheck to paycheck.

“I think that’s typical in this generation—fake it until we make it,” he says. “My philosophy is make it until you make it even better.”

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Why Employers Seek Candidates With Creativity And How You Can Cultivate Your Creative Side | Forbes


In its recently released Global Talent Trends 2019 report, LinkedIn cited soft skills as vitally important for career success. At the top of the list? Creativity.

And it's no wonder. Creativity is the ability to perceive the world in new ways, to find hidden patterns, to make connections between seemingly disparate things, and to generate innovative solutions. When you're creative, you're able to turn new and imaginative ideas into reality.

From Branson and Ferris to Spielberg and Jobs, business leaders say creativity in the workplace is essential.

Worried that you're not an artist and therefore not creative? Rest assured, creativity in the workplace isn't limited to those with design degrees. Every role at every level can use this soft skill to solve problems in innovative ways. It simply requires adjusting your mindset to see the possibilities and allowing your curiosity to take over.

Here are five ways top leaders say to cultivate your creativity.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

How to Adapt Your Goals When Faced with Uncertainty | Brian Tracy


Now more than ever we are living in uncertain times, so it is crucial to be able to adapt your goals when faced with uncertainty. If you're looking to reach a personal goal or business milestone this journey may look different than before. Watch this video to learn how to adapt your goals.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

How to Improve Your Communication Skills at Work


Strong communication skills can help in all aspects of life—from personal relationships to education and professional success. In this video, Jenn, a career coach at Indeed, discusses 4 important questions that will help you improve your communication skills at work, including:

1) How do I sound?

2) What does my body language say about me?

3) Where am I looking?

4) Why is listening an important part of communication?

Monday, October 12, 2020

How to Be Optimistic During Challenges | Brian Tracy


We all face challenges, but it is our reaction to those challenges that determine how quickly we can overcome them. Your ability to find an optimistic view of challenges will impact your overall success, so to ensure you know how to be optimistic during hardships keep watching this video.

Friday, October 9, 2020

How to Make Your Habits Work for You


"A habit is something that once required conscious effort but has become automatic. It turns out, a large portion of what you do each day is a habit. In fact, more than 45 percent of what you do every single day is a habit.Your brain depends on these cognitive shortcuts to conserve energy. If you have ever driven home on autopilot because you were deep in thought, you were operating out of habit.

You live almost half your life on autopilot. If you are not careful, you can become a slave to your habits, and they can become a way to live life unconsciously, rather than deliberately choosing what you want and creating a path to get there.

Habits can be super helpful. After all, if you had to think really hard about putting on shoes, eating, taking a shower, or getting dressed, you would be exhausted by 9:00 am. Your habits allow you to conserve mental energy."

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

How to Negotiate: Use These 12 Science-Backed Strategies to Win


Everyone negotiates, even if they don't realize it! Whether they're trying to buy a car, get a raise, or find bargains at garage sales, people are constantly trying to score the best deal for themselves. However, not all of us are good at negotiating. In this video, Vanessa takes us through the best of the best negotiation tips and strategies that can help ensure you a WIN at your next negotiation.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Find Opportunity in Failure


Documentarian and entrepreneur Soledad O’Brien on dealing with the unexpected.

As a news reporter, Soledad O’Brien knows that not everything goes the way you hoped it would. An interview subject bails on you, a story you traveled great distances to investigate doesn’t pan out — every day comes with new and unexpected challenges. Learning to be flexible and to pivot quickly has helped Soledad achieve great success as a reporter, and in life. Reflecting on the time that her show got canceled, Soledad shared her philosophy on moving forward: “You have to pick the pieces out of what you think went well, and cobble those pieces together into the next thing that you want to be doing.” Failure can be disappointing and embarrassing, she says, but you can’t dwell on it. “Find the opportunity you can pluck from that experience, and run with it.”

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Six Months of COVID -A Review of Industry & Employment Trends in Solano County

 



Six (6) months into the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID) pandemic, Solano County, like many communities, is facing historically high unemployment and severe financial strain within the business community. Business shutdowns imposed to reduce the spread of the pandemic have had a troubling effect on Solano County’s economy and community. This publication provides a comprehensive analysis of unemployment and industry trends to provide a better understanding of the magnitude of COVID’s labor impacts in Solano County.

It is important to recognize that Solano County is not alone in facing these employment and industry challenges.Many of Solano County’s unemployment and business impacts are reflective of both the Bay Area region and the state of California as a whole. In addition, Solano County’s employment is tied to the regional economy due to its high level of commuters to neighboring counties. However, this report focuses specifically on the data and impacts within Solano County.

View Full Report HERE

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Do You Have Fortitude?


Fortitude, as I define it, is the strength of mind that enables a person to experience adversity with courage. If you look up definitions of the word, you’ll find “courage through adversity” or “resolute endurance.” While I think those versions are accurate, I don’t believe they fully encapsulate what the term truly means. 

Fortitude is having the mindset that if you keep showing up, you’ll be rewarded for your efforts.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Apply for Rebuild Solano's Small Business Grant Program - Deadline is Tuesday 9/30!!

 


Solano County Businesses impacted by COVID-19 - Be sure to APPLY for the $2M - Rebuild Solano's Small Businesses Grant Program today! - APPLICATION DEADLINE 9/30!!

The Solano WDB, Solano SBDC & County of Solano have designed this grant program to help Solano's businesses pivot their daily operations in response to COVID-19, and avoid costly employee layoffs and business closures.

Over 300 Solano businesses have already applied and grant funds will be awarded based on eligibility criteria & demonstrated need, not on a first come first serve basis. Eligible applicants include locally owned Solano County for-profit businesses, with 50 or less employees, who are in good standing with the State/County, and can demonstrate a need for funding due to COVID-19.

For more information on the 'Rebuild Solano's Small Businesses Grant Program' or to apply today, scan the flyer QR code or visit solanoemployment.org

Friday, September 18, 2020

How to Interview Well (and Feel Comfortable)


Learn the KEY strategy on how to feel comfortable in an interview so you can do an amazing job interviewing, answering the questions and hopefully eventually land yourself the job offer.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

WDB & SBDC's 'Restart & Recover' Online Business Seminar is Tomorrow!


WDB & SBDC's 'Restart & Recover' Online Business Seminar

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM


Come participate in this online employer seminar to learn how the Solano Workforce Development Board (WDB) and the Solano Small Business Development Center (SBDC) can help your business 'Restart & Recover' from the impacts of COVID-19. You will learn about tools to help you safely bring your employees back to the workplace, along strategies to help your staff and customers practice PPE guidelines. Space is limited so be sure to register via the Zoom link provided above.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

4 Tips to Improve Leadership Skills | Brian Tracy


Leaders never stop growing and developing. They have the capacity to keep themselves from falling into a comfort zone. They are lifelong students. All leadership qualities can be learned. The hard part is identifying the qualities that you must learn to succeed as an effective leader.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

End Every Conversation with THIS Phrase


Everyone has heard of conversation starters, but how about conversation enders? How do you end a conversation on a high? You are not alone if you struggle to end a conversation. Vanessa has a perfect conversation ender for you, from who else?? Her mom! Try this one to get out of your next awkward interaction.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

WDB & SBDC's 'Restart & Recover' Online Business Seminar


WDB & SBDC's 'Restart & Recover' Online Business Seminar

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM


Come participate in this online employer seminar to learn how the Solano Workforce Development Board (WDB) and the Solano Small Business Development Center (SBDC) can help your business 'Restart & Recover' from the impacts of COVID-19. You will learn about tools to help you safely bring your employees back to the workplace, along strategies to help your staff and customers practice PPE guidelines. Space is limited so be sure to register via the Zoom link provided above.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

5 Tips for Speaking to a Virtual Audience | Brian Tracy


One of the most common and effective ways to speak to your audience is virtual. There are many ways to accomplish this, but how well you are able to speak to a virtual audience is determined by how you manage virtual sessions. Learn how to keep your audience's attention with these 5 tips.

Monday, August 31, 2020

How to Get into a DIFFERENT Job or Industry | How to Switch Careers


In this video I'm going to go through 5 steps on how you can switch into a different job or industry, especially if you feel the one you currently are in isn't the right one for you. I will discuss how to bridge the gap between the two roles and successfully make that career transition. If you've been asking "how do I switch careers?", "how can I change jobs?" or "how to transition into a different job or industry?" then this video is for you.

Friday, August 28, 2020

WDB & SBDC's 'Restart & Recover' Online Business Seminar


WDB & SBDC's 'Restart & Recover' Online Business Seminar

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM


Come participate in this online employer seminar to learn how the Solano Workforce Development Board (WDB) and the Solano Small Business Development Center (SBDC) can help your business 'Restart & Recover' from the impacts of COVID-19. You will learn about tools to help you safely bring your employees back to the workplace, along strategies to help your staff and customers practice PPE guidelines. Space is limited so be sure to register via the Zoom link provided above.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

How to Overcome a Bad First Impression


Bad first impressions can be ROUGH. But guess what? It happens to everyone, and perfectionists can be extra hard on themselves about it. In this video, Vanessa gives us tips on overcoming those bad first impressions on second encounters! You can improve someone's impression of you.

Saturday, August 22, 2020

6 Do's and Don'ts of Public Speaking


Whether you are a public speaker or hoping to become one, knowing the do's and don'ts will help you monumentally in your career. With the right strategies under your belt, you are guaranteed to deliver an incredible speech. Watch this video for public speaking tips you won't want to miss.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

How to Grow Your Circle of Influence


Having influence is big, right? Influence allows you to have more income, it allows you to have more impact, it allows you to have a better life.

So how do you grow your circle of influence and become more influential around your colleagues and your friends that you currently have in your life right now?

In this video, Anthony Trucks uses the analogy of a house to describe how you can start to expand your influence.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Toxic Positivity: Why Positive Vibes are Ruining You


Do you know what toxic positivity is? You might have experienced (or been the cause of) toxic positivity. And it is the worst! Learn what it is and how to fix it in this video.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Finding Your Voice


If you Google “how to find your voice,” the search engine will display about 1,710,000,000 results in less than .53 seconds. That is almost 2 billion suggestions of how to speak your truth from sources outside yourself. Now more than ever, it is crucial to operate from a place of alignment and authenticity in our personal and professional lives, and the truth is… you’re the only expert there is on what that means for you.

Monday, August 10, 2020

How to be More Focused at Work | Brian Tracy


The modern era has brought an unlimited source of distractions to the workplace. Staying focused at work seems to be a struggle for so many people. If you are looking to improve your productivity in this distraction-filled world, keep watching for how to be more focused at work.

Friday, August 7, 2020

40 Productive Things to Do When You're Bored (Other Than Watch TV)


Are you bored? I want to help! Here are my top things to do when you're bored and still be a little productive. I have some crazy anti-boredom ideas and ones where you can play it safe. You choose!

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Suzy Batiz: Finding the Good in Difficult Situations


Suzy Batiz is a hustler.

She’s helmed a tanning salon, bridal store, clothing shop and staffing startup. She’s bejeweled sweat suits and designed denim high heels. At one point, she even sold lingerie by having her boyfriend at the time take a catalogue into strip clubs.

Batiz, 55, is no stranger to the struggle of entrepreneurship. Myriad business ideas of hers failed, not to mention she filed for bankruptcy twice. After some deep introspection, she realized what was holding her back: She was too focused on making money.

Fast-forward several years to 2005. Batiz had sworn off business and just spent four years on a spiritual sabbatical. She was at a dinner party when her brother-in-law asked, “Can bathroom odor be trapped?”

And so, Poo-Pourri was born.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

How To Be A Good Manager


Do you know how to be a good manager? I think the key to being a great manager (not just a good one) is learning personality science. This is a very unique way to look at leadership. Most people think about management in terms of skills, I think it has everything to do with your personality style as a manager. I sit down with my partner Scott Edwards to discuss how this works.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

3 Reasons Hard Work Does Not Always Lead to Success | Brian Tracy


It can be hard to accept sometimes that just working hard is not enough. Success comes to those working hard on the right things, in the right order, on a specific goal. If you're looking to achieve your goals and create a plan for success to get you there, watch this video and follow these tips now

Sunday, July 26, 2020

How to Get Hired | Stop Doing These Things if You Want to Get Hired | Linda Raynier


In this video, I discuss the topic of things that you should NOT do if you want to get hired/the job that you've been looking for. Here are my 6 key tips that I go through:

1. Stop skimming job descriptions
2. Stop sending the same resume to every job
3. Stop going to interviews unprepared
4. Stop applying to positions you don’t actually want
5. Stop focusing on the company and instead focus on the job
6. Stop whining, beating yourself down and complaining that you’re jobless and will never find a job

So if you've been asking "how to get hired", "how to get a job that i want", "how to get the job", then this video is for you!

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Why Vision Matters Now More Than Ever



Hi, I'm Michael Hyatt, author of The Vision Driven Leader, and I'm often asked, particularly in this context, is vision important in the midst of a global pandemic? Well I'm going to say absolutely. In fact, it's more important than ever. Why? Because, as Andy Stanley says, "vision leaks."

The more challenges you face, the more resistance you encounter, the more obstacles you're trying to overcome, the more you use up the tank of gas that's in your vision. And unless you, as a leader, refill it for yourself and for the people you're trying to lead, they're going lose connection to, sort of, that transcendent hope that keeps them in the race when they want to quit. So you've got to inject that vision. That presupposes that you have a vision that's clear, and it presupposes that you keep talking about the vision.

Back in the midst of the Great Recession, I had an executive coach who said to me, "You've got to keep speaking the vision." So I did speak the vision. I did keep talking about the vision, even when it seemed impossible to accomplish. Finally, I went to her one day, and I said, "I'm tired of hearing myself talk about the vision. You know, I feel like that's all I'm talking about is. I'm talking about the vision here, I'm talking about the vision there. Can I stop?" She said, "When you're tired of talking about vision, you're half done." Why? Because vision leaks.

If you don't refill the bucket, nobody else is going to. You may be the last best chance of achieving your vision, but you've got to give voice to it. Yes, even in the middle of a crisis.

Monday, July 20, 2020

How to Regain Lost Motivation | Brian Tracy


We all lose motivation at some point, but I'm here to help you regain motivation and stay productive, so you can achieve your goals. No matter what happens around you, utilizing SMART goal techniques will ensure you reach your goals. If you're lacking motivation, watch this video gain it back.

Friday, July 17, 2020

What's Your Intelligence Type?


Did you know there are 9 different types of intelligence? That's right! Everyone has at least one, and you can hone your natural intelligence type to use it to your advantage in your career and everyday life. In this video, Vanessa explains each type and even goes over the best career choices for each.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

3 Major Changes To Job Interviews You Should Prepare For | Forbes


If you’re in a job search or plan to be soon, you know that the stakes are high in this competitive market. The current pandemic has changed up the game in new ways, so there are a few additional things you need to be ready for if you want to stand out and secure a great next step in your career. 

Although you’ll no longer need to worry about the grip of your handshake (perhaps ever again), here are three new aspects that will be important to focus on in your next job interview.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Why You’re Not Hearing Back from Hiring Managers | Reasons Why Your Job Application is Ignored


In this video I'm going to go through 6 reasons why you're not hearing back from hiring managers and what to do about it. If you've been asking "why am I being ghosted after the interview?", "why is my application being ignored by the hiring manager?", "why don't I hear back from hiring managers?", then this video is for you!

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

The Identity Shift: Who You Need to Be to Succeed


I’m about to talk to you about the most crucial aspect of your success that you might have never heard before. It’s what’s called an identity shift. Now, here’s the thing, it’s not new, but the structure I’m about to teach it to you is very new.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

10 Guaranteed Tips to Become an Online Networking Pro


Is virtual networking even possible? Yes you can absolutely network online! As a recovering awkward person, online networking is a great way to form strong social and business connections. In this video I’ll share with you exactly how to use the internet to your advantage.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

How to Create a Resilience Reset


The global pandemic has shifted the way we live and work. But now we have a unique resilience building opportunity.

Monday, June 29, 2020

To Be Successful, Never Lose Your Childlike Daring


Most kids are daring. It's in their nature to be bold and try new things. According to Former NFL coach Tony Dungy and his wife Lauren Dungy, you should hold on to these qualities well into adulthood.

Friday, June 26, 2020

6 Tips for Finding a New Job | Brian Tracy


Finding a job is no easy feat, especially under the current circumstances. Learning how to secure a job at the right wage, doing something you enjoy at a reputable company is an important life skill to develop. The teachings in this video will revolutionize your life and future in business.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Virtual Hiring: Phone Interviews, Video Interviews & and More!


In this week's episode of The Future of Hiring, we share everything you need to know about virtual hiring, including phone and video interviews!

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Don't Try to Please Everyone. You're Not Pizza!


You. Cannot. Please. Everyone. Don't even try it! Don't be boring. Don't be taken for granted. Basically... don't be pizza. Instead of being a people pleaser, take pleasure in finding YOUR people.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Eight Reasons You Weren't Hired for the Job


Tanya Rivero has a look at some of the reasons that human resources professionals say you may not have been hired for the job you applied for. Photo: Getty.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Interview Tips to Get the Job | 5 Things You Need to Ace the Interview


In this video I'm going to go through 5 things that recruiters, hiring managers, and interviewers look for during the interview. This includes communication ability, energy level, fit, you can do the job and you genuinely want this job. If you've been asking "how to get hired", "interview tips to get the job", "interview strategies to get hired", or "how to ace the interview", then this video is for you!

Thursday, June 11, 2020

What It Means to Be Accountable


How do you hold yourself accountable, when someone else can't? I don't believe that it's about holding yourself accountable. I believe it's about being accountable.

Accountability is keeping your commitments to people. You're responsible for things, but you're accountable to people. If you're working from home or working on a side gig, well, you have things you need to get done. Those are your responsibilities. Accountability, keeping commitments to people, is based on a series of relational commitments, not tactical commitments.

Accountability isn't a way of doing, it's a way of thinking. It's how you think about people. It's how you think about those commitments. The unspoken commitments that tie you closely to them.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Why Goal Setting Has Never Been More Important | Brian Tracy


While many of us are staying home due to the pandemic, you may feel unmotivated and uninspired, but this is the time to cultivate new habits and behaviors. With more time and fewer distractions, personal goal setting will help you reach your goals and focus on personal development.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Employers/Small Businesses - NEW! WHAT’S NEXT SERIES


The Solano SBDC has created a webinar series called What’s Next to help our business owners prepare for the next 12 months. The topics include: Effective Leadership during a crisis, Strategic and Scenario planning, Marketing and Budgeting during a very uncertain time ahead.

You can access the recorded webinar series on our website: SolanoSBDC.org, click and click on COVID Recovery at the top right of our home page. You can also be assigned to a business advisor to help you with your planning by hitting the “Apply Now” button on the website or call as at: 707 646 1071

Are you a small business or employer impacted by COVID-19? Visit our Employers page regularly for vital resources and services available to businesses. Topics include the following:

SERVICES AVAILABLE

  • Rapid Response
  • Layoff Aversion
  • Business Advising
  • Loan Assistance

RESOURCES

  • Small Business Development Center
  • Small Business Association Disaster Loan
  • Small Business Finance Center
  • California Association for Local Economic Development
  • State Payroll Taxes
  • Avoiding Layoffs
  • Protecting Workers from COVID-19

For more information on upcoming events and workshops held by the Small Business Development Center of Solano visit: http://www.solanosbdc.org/calendar

Saturday, May 30, 2020

COVID-19 General Resources


The WDB and the America’s Job Centers of California (AJCC) system in Solano County is closely monitoring the situation and will provide information regarding services to individuals as they become available. At this time, the Fairfield center will remain open in order to provide the growing need of workforce services to the community. We are, however, taking extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of staff and participants during this time and some services, such as workshops, may be limited.

Solano County

Effective May 7, 2020, Solano County revised its countywide Shelter At Home Order, allowing low-risk businesses to reopen starting Friday, May 8, 2020 with specific social distancing practices. Guidance regarding medium-risk businesses will be discussed at the County Board of Supervisors' Board Meeting on May 12, 2020. Solano County has also released a Roadmap outlining the process for future business and community reopening measures. For more information from Solano County:

Visit the Solano County website for regular COVID-19 updates

Follow Solano County Public Health Facebook page (@SolanoCountyPH) for COVID-19 updates

Register for Alert Solano to receive emergency alerts on your mobile

Please visit our COVID-19 General Information page regularly for the latest information and resources at: https://solanoemployment.org/covid-19-general-information

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

How to Stay Productive During Any Crisis | Brian Tracy


During a crisis, you may have the misconception that everything is beyond your control, but one thing will always be in your control; becoming the best possible version of yourself and focusing on your goals. If you find it difficult to adapt in times of crisis, here are tips to stay productive.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

How to NOT be Nervous in Job Interviews | How to be Confident in Interviews | Linda Raynier


In this video, I'll be going through my 5 tips on how to overcome being nervous in job interviews. If you've been asking yourself "how to not be nervous for job interviews", "how do I stop being so nervous when I go to an interview", "how do I get rid of my nervousness", then this video is for you!

Monday, May 18, 2020

How To Look For A Job During Quarantine | Forbes


It’s impossible to predict what the job market will have in store over the next few months. While the job market is slow at the moment, it could ramp up faster than you expect or in industries you aren’t yet targeting. It’s fair to prepare yourself for a longer job search than you would have experienced this time last year, but don’t give up on your efforts. Before you launch or continue your job search, here’s what you need to know to help you face this month’s unique challenges and find new opportunities.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Affirmations to Help You Stay Positive in a Crisis | Brian Tracy


Have you considered using positivity to aid in crisis management? It can be challenging to keep a positive attitude during trying times, but this video will teach you how to maintain positive motivation. Here are some daily affirmations to stay calm that will change your life during a crisis.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Solano County Guide to Business Re-Openings

Do you have questions about how COVID-19 re-opening will look in Solano County?

Here's a quick reference guide from the WDB & SBDC on how businesses will be able to re-open in Solano County!


Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The Future of Hiring: How to Market Yourself


Two easy steps to get you started:
1. Clean up your digital presence.
Make your social media accounts private ASAP!
2. Create your elevator pitch.
A brief intro of who you are, what you do, and what you want to do!

Sunday, May 3, 2020

5 Reasons You're Not Achieving Your Goals | Brian Tracy


Do you want to learn how to set goals and create an action plan? People do not achieve goals when they are too vague, not measurable, achievable, or relevant to their life. Prioritize your personal growth and find out the 5 reasons you are setting goals and not achieving them.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Body Language of Leaders - What You Can Learn From the Best


Become a leader by modeling yourself after the best.

We describe leaders as people who carry themselves differently and possess a magnetic charisma. Leaders are the alphas: they are instantly memorable, hold authority and seem to be ahead of the game. In this video, I will you share with you how leaders use their body language and nonverbal communication to appear more powerful, trustworthy and successful.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

ATTENTION Workers Affected by COVID-19 - Resources Are Available!


More and more Solano residents are becoming affected by COVID-19 in different ways. If you have experienced any of the listed situations due to COVID-19, you may qualify for benefits.

Visit: http://solanoemployment.org/sites/default/files/COVID19%20for%20Job%20Seekers_3.29.20.pdf for answers to all your COVID-19 questions.

If you're in need of immediate employment also be sure to visit our NEW COVID-19 Jobs Now page at http://solanoemployment.org/covid-19-jobs-now for employment opportunities in our community.

You can always visit the WDB website for more COVID-19, resources and information. - Stay safe and together we will help Solano County overcome these difficult COVID-19 challenges.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

5 Productivity Tips for Working from Home | Brian Tracy


Many of us are now working from home during these uncertain times. It is important now, more than ever, that you remain productive while working from your home office. To remain as productive as possible, here are five useful tips you can use to be productive while working from home.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Astronaut's Tips on Surviving Long Periods of Isolation


Astronaut Scott Kelly knows a thing or two about keeping busy on his own after spending nearly a year aboard the International Space Station. As people across America and around the world are urged to self-isolate and practice social distancing to slow the coronavirus pandemic, many are becoming restless. Inside Edition asked Kelly for his tips on how to cope with being stuck at home. His number one piece of advice: “Keep a schedule.”

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Calling All Californians!

Here are a few easy ways to help our community during the COVID-19 crisis. For more helpful information be sure to visit the State's COVID-19 Response Toolkit online at https://toolkit.covid19.ca.gov/


Monday, April 6, 2020

ATTENTION Workers Affected by COVID-19 - Resources Are Available!


More and more Solano residents are becoming affected by COVID-19 in different ways. If you have experienced any of the listed situations due to COVID-19, you may qualify for benefits.

Visit: http://solanoemployment.org/sites/default/files/COVID19%20for%20Job%20Seekers_3.29.20.pdf for answers to all your COVID-19 questions.

If you're in need of immediate employment also be sure to visit our NEW COVID-19 Jobs Now page at http://solanoemployment.org/covid-19-jobs-now for employment opportunities in our community.

You can always visit the WDB website for more COVID-19, resources and information. - Stay safe and together we will help Solano County overcome these difficult COVID-19 challenges.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Ergonomics Expert Explains How to Set Up Your Desk | WSJ


Our desks weren't made for us. They were made for everyone. So ergonomics expert Jon Cinkay from the Hospital for Special Surgery is here to show you how to make your desk and office chair adapt to you and not the other way around. Photo: Adam Falk/The Wall Street Journal

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

15 Unique Ideas to Stay Sane During Social Distancing


Social Distancing is the new buzzword--in the past few weeks, it's gone from a good idea, to an unspoken rule, to a law for many of us. But everyone handles isolation differently. In this video, Vanessa shares tips for extroverts, introverts, and ambiverts on surviving social distancing.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

7 Ways Your Morning Routine is Killing Your Productivity | Brian Tracy


The way you begin each morning has a major impact on the rest of your day. While many morning routines can positively impact your motivation and productivity, other habits can drain them. Here are 7 things you might currently be doing, or not doing, that are destroying your productivity.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Meet The Board: Scott Reynolds


Scott Reynolds serves as Vice Chair for the WDB’s Board of Directors. Here is a little bit about Scott, both personally and professionally.

Why did you join the Board? I have been a member of the Board of Directors of Solano EDC for over 15 years. During the first years, the Board received regular reports from the President/Executive Director. Ten years ago, I decided I wanted to learn more about the organization and promote its mission - and what better way to do so than join!

What is a typical day for you? I usually start work around 6:45 am and finish around 5:30 pm. My day is filled with client phone calls and meetings, document drafting for business and estate planning matters, and attending to management of the law firm. And, I always get in a work out at the gym

If you were given $500,000 to invest in workforce what would you invest in and why? I would invest the money to better promote and expand WBDs jobs training program, specifically for those displaced workers whose skills/experience no longer meet the ever-changing needs of employers and for those workers who want to upgrade their skills in order to seek a better career. These services are currently provided by WDB - but they are a hidden resource in our community.

What do I enjoy most about the WDB? The diversity of members of the Board, the professionalism of the staff and the opportunity to learn.

What was the last book you read? John Grisham’s The Guardians.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

How to Find a Job When You're Unemployed | What to Do When You're Unemployed


You’re someone who wants to improve your career and life and I’m going to share with you just how I would do that if I was unemployed and going through the same thing. If you've been asking "how to find a job when you're unemployed", "what to do when you're unemployed", "how to land a job fast", then this video is for you!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Prison to Employment


A Better Way Out

On January 20th the Rourk Vocational Training Center hosted the Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program. Eight (8) incarcerated students were selected and enrolled in the vocational training program.

The training partnership includes Solano County Sheriff’s Office, Workforce Development Board of Solano County and the Laborer’s Community Service and Training Foundation. The partnership agrees that: “Inmates who receive general education and vocational training are significantly less likely to return to jail after release and are more likely to find employment that peer who do not receive such opportunities.”

The Sheriff’s Office intends to utilize the training facility to host educational and vocational programs in automotive maintenance, welding, carpentry, and introduction to the union trades and other courses as identified.

The training course includes OSHA 10 Safety Certification, First Aid/CPR, Confined Space, Hazardous Waste Removal and Fundamentals of Construction.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be issued a certificate of completion and will have opportunities to apply for and interview for positions with the union in the local and surrounding areas.

For additional information, contact Marion Aiken, Director of Workforce Services, WDB Solano, (707) 863-3594.

Monday, March 16, 2020

New Developments Regarding COVID-19


New Developments Regarding COVID-19 and Solano Public Health Recommendations

Due to evidence of ongoing community transmission of COVID-19, Solano Public Health is taking further steps to protect the health of our community members by providing guidance and recommendations that will slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, reduce the number of people infected and, most especially, protect those who are most vulnerable to severe COVID-19 illnesses. These are important steps for vulnerable populations and their family members, event organizers, workplaces, schools, and the general public to keep our community safe. The attached recommendations are effective as of March 11, 2020. These measures are in place initially through March 31, 2020, and Public Health will continue to assess their impacts to determine if adjustments need to be made.

Solano County Public Health Officer, Dr. Bela Matyas, gave an update on COVID-19 to the county Board of Supervisors at their meeting on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. You can watch the video by clicking here.

In addition, Dr. Matyas has a great video to the community on COVID-19 posted on the Public Health Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SolanoCountyPH/videos/1021411058259793/?t=36.

Dr. Matyas’s number one recommendation is to avoid hand to hand contact with individuals, and if you do have hand to hand contact, to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer to avoid spread.

For more information from Solano County Public Health:

  • Visit the Solano County Public Health website for regular COVID-19 updates
  • Visit the Solano County Public Health Facebook page (@SolanoCountyPH) for regular COVID-19 updates
  • Register for Alert Solano to receive emergency alerts on your favorite mobile device, including COVID-19

WDB Actions
The WDB will continue to monitor developments regarding COVID-19 and we anticipate additional information from public health authorities and to staff and partners over the next month. However, the WDB will continue to augment sanitation and disinfectant measures for staff and participants and continue to encourage all staff to be vigilant about hygiene measures.

Friday, March 13, 2020

5 Ways to Stay Motivated at Work | Brian Tracy


If you're like most people, there are probably days where you show up to work feeling a little unmotivated and uninspired. But if you wish to move up in your job and career you must continue to push yourself to do better work. Here are 5 tips that you can use to help you stay motivated at work.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

What to Do Instead of a Handshake


Do you want to find out how to avoid a handshake non-awkwardly? Are you feeling freaked out by germs? Have you always been tentative about touching? There are more ways to make others feel seen and greeted than the traditional handshake. In this video, Vanessa breaks down some fun and practical alternatives to help you stay safe out there!

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

How to Stop Overthinking Everything | Stop Overanalyzing


If you notice yourself as someone who tends to overthink things, worry and over analyze a lot then this video is for you. I’m talking about the reasons why you’re likely doing this and how to stop because it is HURTING you rather than helping you in your career. If you've been asking "why do I keep overthinking things?", "how to overcome thinking too much" or "how to stop overthinking" then this video is for you!

Sunday, March 1, 2020

6 Ways to Motivate Your Team | Brian Tracy


If you are in charge of a group of employees, then chances are you know it can sometimes be hard to motivate a team to produce their best work. Here are 6 tips and tricks that you can use to become a more powerful motivator and raise your team to new levels of success!

Thursday, February 27, 2020

7 Email Tips to Make Email Suck Less


The more and more we email, the more we need email tips to make our emails amazing! Do you ever spend too much time over-analyzing an email at work? Are you drowning in a sea of unnecessary electronic correspondence? Does it seem like your coworkers rarely respond to your emails? Email can SUCK... but it doesn't have to. In this video, Vanessa talks about 7 easy-to-apply, yet crucial, ways to optimize your emails.

Friday, February 21, 2020

The Secret to Giving Great Feedback | The Way We Work, a TED Series


Humans have been coming up with ways to give constructive criticism for centuries, but somehow we're still pretty terrible at it. Cognitive psychologist LeeAnn Renniger shares a scientifically proven method for giving effective feedback.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

10 Productivity Tips to Help You Reach Your Goals | Brian Tracy


What is your biggest obstacle when it comes to reaching your goals? Boosting your productivity may be all you need to reach new heights. If you are looking for a few simple ways to be more productive and efficient with your time, check out these ten productivity-boosting tips.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

How to Make Faster Decisions | The Way We Work, a TED series


In a world of endless reviews and options, it's easy to become paralyzed by indecision. Investor and writer Patrick McGinnis shares the dangers of "FOBO" -- the fear of better options -- and how to overcome it.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

How to Read People and Decode 7 Powerful Body Language Cues


Do you know how to read people? Can you decode body language? People are constantly sending you signals, whether its with their hand movements, eyebrows, or microexpressions. In this video I want to show you how to read people by decoding 7 powerful body language cues you should know. We'll also be looking at some real life examples that will blow your mind!

Thursday, February 6, 2020

4 Ways You Can Master Persuasion | Brian Tracy


We live in a society where every change in your life is strongly influenced by other people in some way, and how well you communicate what you want can mean the difference between success and failure 👀 Become a master of persuasion to get more of the things you want today.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Why You Need Clarity to Achieve Your Goals


Clarity is everything. Clarity is power. If you don't know exactly what you want, how are you going to get it? You can't hit a target that you can't see.

So a great mantra to live by when you're unclear is this: Clarity comes from engagement, not thought. 

This means that you aren't going find answers in your head, sitting on your couch, making pros and cons lists. You need to get out there, you need to take action, and you need to engage physically. That's when you're going to feel your way to your truth and to your clarity.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Tax Resources


As Tax Season approaches here are some free resources to help you prepare for filing:

Earned Income Tax Credit Information
The Earned Income Tax Credit, EITC or EIC, is a benefit for working people with low to moderate income. To qualify, you must meet certain requirements and file a tax return, even if you do not owe any tax or are not required to file. EITC reduces the amount of tax you owe and may give you a refund

Earn It! Keep It! Save It!
The EKS campaign is hosted by the United Way Bay Area to provide free tax preparation to households earning less than $54,000 a year. Partners include the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), churches, nonprofits, AARP, and other organizations. Find a location near your (click here).

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide
AARP offers free tax preparation help to anyone 50 and older who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Find a location near you (click here).

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
VITA program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. Find a location near you (click here).

For additional resources and important deadlines visit: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-opens-2020-filing-season-for-individual-filers-on-jan-27

Saturday, January 25, 2020

How to Become a Problem Solver | Brian Tracy


Problems are an unavoidable fact of life. They will never end; they only vary in size and importance. Instead of feeling overwhelmed, learn to control your response to the problems that come your way.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Self-Worth: 20 Ideas to Build Your Self-Esteem


You are AMAZING, so you have every reason to be confident in yourself. In this video I’m going to give you 20 quick and easy ways to boost your self-worth so you can feel as incredible as you actually are. It's time to be happier and more confident in who you really are!

Sunday, January 19, 2020

NATIONAL SLAVERY & HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION MONTH


January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking prevention month. Here in Solano County the Vacaville Police Department (VVPD) has made several strides to eliminate human trafficking.

We spoke with Detective Nichole King of VVPD’s Vice Unit to learn how her team tackles this prevailing problem.

What are some of the biggest challenges that you face?

Law enforcement goes after traffickers. In the process we rescue real victims. But we [law enforcement] are not set up for the long-term care that these particular victim’s require. If a social service / mental health program is not able to enter the victim’s life at that moment and handle the tremendous time requirement to serve a victim, they will return to the life they knew. They will not be saved long-term. Offering a victim resources via phone numbers, pamphlets and referrals is not sufficient. They need someone to be with them through the entire “extrication from the life” process. They need someone at night to respond, give them a safe place to sleep, food to eat, and the sure knowledge of stability, non-judgement and a social worker who will stick with them through-out the entire process. If the victim feels in any way that they are going to just be passed from one agency to the next, from one social worker to the next, in an endless phone tree of referrals, they will hang-up on the whole process and return to what they know.

How can others help?

Our message to civilian groups and mental health / social services employees is that their part in the rescue of sex workers from that life is essential, irreplaceable, and extremely demanding. It is a long-term investment for both the victim and social worker employee. Awareness is more than simply knowing sex-trafficking exists. It’s also about self-awareness… knowing whether or not we (the people trying to help) are actually capable of helping.

How can you tell if your child, friend or a student is being trafficked?

Trafficking victims can be any age, race gender or nationality. While no single indicator is necessarily proof of sex trafficking, recognizing the signs is the first step in identifying potential victims:

  • Tired during the day (from working at night)
  • Abusing drugs and/or alcohol
  • Dating outside of their age range
  • Suddenly has expensive things
  • Suddenly getting nails done/make up/hair/eyelashes – things to change appearance
  • Increasing interested in or talks about traffickers’ dreams
  • Morals and values expand
  • New tattoo of trafficker’s initials, name, nick name or phrase related to human trafficking
  • Carries multiple cell phones
  • Avoids family and friends and seems to have isolated themselves
  • The average age a child enters sex trafficking is 14-16 years old

Are there resources available in Solano County for victims of human trafficking?

The Vacaville Police Department’s Vice Unit is committed to raising awareness in the hopes of preventing and combating human trafficking in Solano County. If you believe someone you know is the victim of human trafficking please report it to your local law enforcement agency.





Thursday, January 16, 2020

New Year, New Career! Employment Extravaganza!

SAVE-THE-DATE for the upcoming WDB 2020 Employment Extravaganza taking place Friday, January 24th at the Vallejo Job Center (1440 Marin St.) from 10am - 12pm.

It's time to start the New Year with a New Career, so be sure to dress professionally and bring plenty of copies of your resume. More businesses will be added to event in the coming weeks so check periodically for employer updates on the. - Good Luck!


Monday, January 13, 2020

7 Tips to Help You Become More Goal-Oriented | Brian Tracy


Are you writing down your goals for the new year? WRITTEN goals are 3 times more likely to be accomplished than unwritten goals - who knew? Discover the simple seven-step formula you can use to start writing down your goals and achieve success today!

Friday, January 10, 2020

Where Focus Goes, Energy Flows.


According Richard Janes, if you want to be successful, you have to get laser-focused on what you love. Watch the full video to learn more

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

How to Increase Your Influence


Be an influencer and get people to do what you want by authentically dialing up your confidence and charisma. In this video, I am going to teach you 3 communication strategies and nonverbal tips you can use to be more influential, memorable, and powerful.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

How to Develop a Clear Vision for 2020 | Brian Tracy


Only a leader can think about the future and plan for the future each day, and this is even more evident when heading into a new decade. Watch today's video to develop a clear and exciting vision for your future, and how to plan for a success-filled 2020.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year!


We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.