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I was wondering if there was an online resource or community where most quality employers may congregate to either hire new people or talk about business related things?

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James,

Yes,   go to    www.LinkedIn.com

It is like "Facebook", but for business people /professionals/ and anyone else who wants to be "connected".    There are no stories or pictures posted about the juicy steak you cooked and ate last night or your feelings on the Govt shutdown or what award your kids won over the weekend.     This "personal" content is not appropriate on LinkedIn.   Also not appropriate is blatant self promotion....  buy insurance from me- I'm great !!  type of thing...   

LinkedIn.com is all about building a business personal network-- people you can help and those who may be able to help you.  It is about hiring people and business issues.  Helps keep you up to speed with your "contacts".  You have contacts in LinkedIn like there are friends on Facebook.  Maybe meet a contact for business or even ask for a job.   You also join groups you are interested in-- for example, job posting groups and others-- many others...

Another option if you are a business owner or are interested in talking about the services you "sell" or offer,  try a local Business to Business networking group.  There are some all over the country.  There are about five groups I know of in a 50 mile radius of my location.  The group typically meets early in the morning weekly to trade busiess referrals from each other to each other.  Aside from those two options, I don't know of anything else I would spend my time on to do what you ask.

I hope this helps.  Also just in case you use LinkedIn now, and don't see the value, you may not be using it , or your network, to it's fullest potential.  Might want to look up online lesson on how to use LinkedIn efficiently.  Also joining a B2B Networking group might mean an investment of 6-9 months before you start getting referrals from longer tenured members.

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Foreign and US university students -*PLEASE*- DO NOT waste your time asking for my opinions, comments or analysis of your homework questions. Homework questions are not answered and are rejected. I am happy to help answer questions asked by employees and employers regarding United States based state and Federal wage and hour, OT, Fair labor standards, FMLA, COBRA, Recruiting, Interviewing techniques, employee manuals, discipline, terminations/quits, unemployment, HRIS rollout, Employee Leasing or Staffing company cost analysis, day to day scenarios, work situations and more. Essentially a well rounded HR generalist who operates Harvis, Inc., a human resource consulting and service business based in Northeastern Pennsylvania "NEPA". http://www.harvis.org

Experience

At Harvis, Inc., we provide Human Resource products, services and advice to small businesses that may not have the time or resources to hire a full time HR department. For larger companies with HR managers in place, we compliment their expertise to help with time consuming or time sensitive projects like updating policy manuals, screening and interviewing and more. We make workplaces better by becoming that 1/2 person they need to help handle HR responsibilities on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Formerly responsible for all Human Resource activity for a staffing agency with 2,500 annual employees as well as an employee leasing / PEO business with 1,500 annual employees. Designed and implemented the HR structure to support hundreds of clients in excess of $ 500 million in payroll volume over career in Human Resources.

Organizations
* President 2006- Harvis Inc. HR Services * President 2010-13 Business Association of the Greater Shickshinny Area - Shickshinny PA * President 2013- ShickshinnyForward Not for Profit Community Long Term Revitalization Organization and former member of varios Chambers of Commerce and HR Taskforce, former President of NBC Business Club 2 years

Education/Credentials
Bloomsburg University - 1993 BS Marketing, Bloomsburg Pennsylvania and Luzerne County Community College - 1991 Business Administration, Nanticoke Pennsylvania

Awards and Honors
* Better than average - 20/10 vision * Bestowed with an occasional "Thank You" from clients and their employees.

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