Small business owners are still in the race to attract and retain talent during the looming recession.
Insider partnered with Indeed to create a mentorship program as part of the Talent Insider series to help five entrepreneurs.
Here are the mentees, the businesses they built, and the talent problems they want to solve.
For entrepreneurs, the battle for talent continues.
Small business owners still compete to attract and retain talent, but face stiff competition from larger firms that can offer large contract bonuses and favorable perks. We predict a recession is looming, and the competition to hire and retain staff is intensifying.
Insider partnered with Indeed to create a mentorship program to help five entrepreneurs navigate a challenging labor market. We paired them with five of his experts to help solve specific talent challenges, such as increasing DEI commitments, hiring to scale up, and creating robust benefit packages. supported.
Meet five mentees, the businesses they founded, and the talent problems they hope to solve through mentorship.
Aisha Taylor Isser
name: Aisha Taylor Isser
Title: CEO and Founder
work: Business Expo Sisters
Business content: A small business exhibition and community designed for entrepreneurial women of color. Participants receive an affordable, accessible platform where women of color can showcase products and services while gaining valuable resources and information.
size: 15 people
talent problem to solve: Issah is actively thinking about how to create benefits packages that benefit both employees and the business. She wants to grow in the years to come and knows that providing benefits is an important part of attracting and retaining talent. , had to pay for fertility treatment out of pocket.
Mentor: Leslie Neitzel, Carrot Fertility
name: Deirdre Mathis
work: Wonderstay Hospitality Group
Business content: Hostel in Houston. To date, he has over 11,000 guests staying at Wanderstay from around 29 countries. His second location for the company, a boutique hotel, is expected to open in the coming weeks.
size: 5 employees
headquarters: Houston, Texas
Talent Problems to Solve: Mathis seeks recruiting advice as he expands his business. With the opening of the second location, Matis is preparing to hire additional employees. A more pressing problem she hopes to solve is successfully recruiting more leadership roles.
Mentor: Donna Harris, Builders & Backers
name: Hans Schlei
Business content: A direct-to-consumer startup that manufactures and sells cookies.
size: 8 employees
headquarters: Austin, Texas
talent problem to solve: Wunderkeks needs to hire a CFO, content manager, sales manager and head of e-commerce due to its focus on scaling up. Schrei has learned that in e-commerce, execution is everything, so a key hiring goal is to strike the right balance between technical experience and cultural fit. He said Wunderkeks is more than a brand that sells cookies and wants to create a safe space for people to tell their stories. Through this mentorship, in a period of critical growth, he hopes to identify ways in which Wunderkeks will remain true to its mission.
Mentor: Judy Nam, sure
name: Rachel Schneider
Business content: Canary works with employers and organizations of all sizes to ensure employees have access to emergency cash when they need it financially.
size: 8 full-time employees, 1 part-time employee, and several contract employees.
talent problem to solve: Schneider focuses on what happens after hiring an employee. Although there is some diversity in her team, she feels that everyone belongs on her team, and she wants to establish work norms and ways of communicating so that she can do her best work. is thinking
Mentor: Rhonda Moret, Increased Diversity
name: Ze Scott
Business: SEO Queen
Business content: SEO Queen aims to help businesses get more clients and revenue without paying for advertising.
size: 6 full-time employees, 1 part-time employee
headquarters: Long Beach, California
talent problem to solve: Scott is looking to hire more people so he can delegate tasks and reduce his workload. Currently working mainly in sales, customer service, and fulfillment. She wants to grow her business and reach certain milestones, but she realizes that to reach those goals she needs to get rid of some of the many hats she wears. I’m here.
Mentor: Bernard Coleman III, Gusto
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