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Food service job fair aims to help struggling small businesses

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QUINCY, IL. (WGEM) -- Across the Tri-States, employers have reported trouble finding workers to fill open positions.

On Tuesday, Pappo's Pizza in Quincy said it would be closed until further notice due to a staff crisis.

Now the Great River Economic Development Foundation has organized a job fair on Wednesday, May 19 at the Quincy Town Center to help small businesses in food service find the workers they need.

Angela Caldwell with the Great River Economic Development Foundation is the organizer of the event.

She said there will be larger employers like local grocery store chains and hospitals who need food service workers at the event, but this is being organized so smaller businesses in particular can get a leg up on finding the workers they need.

“The beauty of this job fair is employers can send in all of their information for the jobs they have available and we do all the work for them. We take the applications and do a pre-screening interview.”

Caldwell said this is helpful for smaller businesses who may not have the time or have an employee available to spend a whole day at a job fair.

She said beyond the day of the job fair itself, GREDF’s screening process will also save small businesses time looking through applications and making initial calls.

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