(KFVS) - Several agencies are working together to help former Noranda employees find new work.
The company recently announced that it would lay off 480 employees from the New Madrid plant.
The Missouri Department of Economic Development, The Missouri Innovation Corporation, Southeast Missouri State University, and Three Rivers College are working together to provide resources and aid to those impacted by the layoffs.
On Friday, Feb. 5, the Missouri Department of Economic Development will hold a Community Resource and Job Fair at the Sikeston campus of Three Rivers College. That will take place from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
During the fair, Southeast will have representatives from the Office of Admissions, Extended and Continuing Education, Missouri Innovation Corporation, and Office of Military and Veterans Services to provide information about the services and resources available to displaced workers.
After the resource fair, the Missouri Innovation Corporation will work with leaders from several affected communities to offer entrepreneurship training and programs over the next several months.
One of those partnerships is with the Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce. The groups will work together to bring the training program 'LaunchU' to the Poplar Bluff area. 'LaunchU' is a business planning software that aims to educate aspiring and early state entrepreneurs on the ins-and-outs of business planning.
Class details, dates, and times are still being worked out for Sikeston, Kennett, and Poplar Bluff.
By the end of February, the Small Business and Technology Development Center at Southeast's Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, will expand its hours to two days each week to meet with clients at satellite locations.
The expanding hours there will take place on a rotating basis in Sikeston, Kennett, Dexter, and Poplar Bluff.
The initiative aims to allow business development associates to spend more time helping small business owners.
Small business owners who are interested in scheduling a meeting should call (573) 651-2929.
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