Business Services & Resources

OhioMeansJobs Portage County actively addresses the needs our local businesses have for a qualified, trained and skilled workforce.  Working with OhioMeansJobs, employers can create value and save money for their business in addition to providing a significant benefit to the community.  All of the services we offer our employers are free of charge.  We ask that businesses who utilize our services take a moment to complete a brief survey and communicate with our team about their experience.  Link to survey here!

For businesses to grow in Ohio, training providers, educators, and workforce professionals need to know the future hiring needs of employers. Ohio's In-Demand Jobs List helps drive the state and federal investments in our workforce. As we design Ohio's list, we want to make sure it accurately reflects the needs of Ohio businesses - your needs. So, help us help you. Your feedback will directly shape Ohio's workforce priorities.

Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted will be continuing efforts on the In-Demand Jobs Survey to forecast future workforce needs and create the In-Demand Jobs List. A top priority remains maintaining an accurate and useful In-Demand Jobs List and to do that, we need your help.

We hope you will participate in this important survey so we can continue to shape Ohio's workforce together and better create talent pipelines for Ohio's employers. Please go to OhioMeansJobs.com and click on the link inside the flying OWEN banner to begin the survey.

With questions or feedback on the In-Demand Jobs Survey, please email workforce@owt.ohio.gov.

Thank you in advance for your participation in creating Ohio's In-Demand Jobs List.

In-Demand Jobs Survey

Find Qualified Job Candidates using OhioMeansJobs.com or OhioMeansJobs Portage County’s Business Services Team

Employers that like self-directed services  can utilize OhioMeansJobs.com to help them find the right employees with ease at no cost.  Getting started is easy.  Just log onto OhioMeansJobs.com, click on “Get Started” under “employers,” and look for these icons:

Checkmark Posting a job at OhioMeansJobs.com is quick and easy.  Registration is required. You will need your organization’s FEIN (Federal Employee Identification Number) and State of Ohio Tax Withholding Account Number you can have immediate and full access to search resumes.

Magnify  Easily search millions of resumes by experience, veteran status, education, location and more.

Employers that prefer a more personal touch can utilize our Business Services team to assist them with their job posting and recruitment needs. For more information on these or other staff assisted services please email Portage_Recruiter2@jfs.ohio.gov.

Pre-Screening of Resumes and Applications

Employers may choose to have resumes pre-screened to their job requirements.  Potential candidates may also complete applications at our site and qualified applicants will be referred.

Free Advertising

Job postings may be displayed in the center for all local job seekers in addition to online.  Additionally, employers that participate with OhioMeansJobs may be recognized and/or have job opportunities shared on flyers, social media, email blasts and other outreach materials without cost.

Community Resource Contacts

Information and contacts for a wide range of community resources can be provided.

Labor Market Information

Labor market information based on your requirements can be provided.

Federal Contractor Requirements

Federal contractors and subcontractors are required to immediately list all employment openings with the nearest State Job Services Office or Workforce Development Offices. OhioMeansJobs Centers meet this requirement

Hiring Events

If you are expanding your current business or opening a new facility, we can provide you with candidates no matter how many you require. Our OhioMeansJobs Centers offer an ideal location for recruiting a large number of candidates.

Rapid Response Services

If you are downsizing or closing your business, we can assist by meeting with your workers to explain their options and help them get re-employed. Our staff can conduct this service at your facility or at Our OhioMeansJobs Centers.

Tax Incentives

Tax Incentives can help employers offset hiring costs.  OhioMeansJobs.com offers employers access and information on these valuable resources so that their businesses can succeed.

The Work Opportunity and Welfare-to-Work Tax Credit Program (WOTC) are federal tax credits which provide Ohio employers with a tax credit against their federal tax liability for hiring individuals from targeted groups of job seekers such as TANF & SNAP Recipients, Veterans, Ex-Felons, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Recipients. 

Go to How to Participate  for steps on accessing our online application and requesting certification. The employer or agent must apply for, and receive, certification to claim these tax credits. Agents acting on behalf of employers must send us a valid Power of Attorney.  

Note: Applications must be submitted to the Ohio WOTC Office within 28 days of the start to work date to meet the timely filing criteria. Don’t miss this tax credit by missing the deadline! 

For More Information on the WOTC Program:
Office of Workforce Development
P.O. Box 1618
Columbus, OH 43216-1618 
Direct phone: (614) 644-0966
Email: wotc_contact@jfs.ohio.gov  

On-The-Job Training

You Hire, You Train, We Pay:  Training may be offered for select jobs up to 6 months with partial reimbursement of the wage rate you are paying the trainee. Call us to find out more about the OJT program and our customized training programs.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or comments. We are glad to assist you with any employment needs.

Phone:  330-296-2841

Email:  PORTAGE_RECRUITER2@jfs.ohio.gov