Portland, OR, August 28, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- The Alternative Staffing Alliance, a national association of social purpose staffing companies, convenes for its seventh annual conference September 25-27, 2013 in Portland, Oregon. The conference is co-hosted by DePaul Industries, a highly-celebrated integrated social enterprise headquartered in Portland that employed nearly 3,000 people with disabilities and other barriers to employment last year.
Alternative Staffing Organizations, or ASOs, are social enterprises that combine a temporary staffing business model with supportive services to help job seekers with obstacles to employment enter and advance in the workplace. Typical barriers include physical or mental disabilities, criminal history, unstable housing, or past substance abuse. Job placements tend to be concentrated in entry-level clerical, industrial and property maintenance occupations across multiple industries.
“Staffing services continue to be on the rise nationwide, and continue to be utilized by commercial businesses of all sizes,” says Dave Shaffer, President & CEO of DePaul Industries. “DePaul Industries is proud to host the Alternative Staffing Alliance here in our hometown to better work together to leverage this proven model for both business and people with barriers to employment.”
The conference will feature a variety of workshops designed to help ASOs strengthen their businesses and expand employment opportunities for job seekers with barriers. Local presenters include leaders from Inavero, Lead to Results, A Social Ignition and New City Initiative. Social enterprise leaders from the Social Enterprise Alliance, Business4Better, VeraWorks, and REDF along with staffing industry experts from Haley Marketing, Goodwill Staffing Group and Bingham Consulting will also be on hand to educate and inspire.
Attendees will have an opportunity to accompanying DePaul Industries’ sales staff on prospect and customer visits. In addition, tours have been arranged of DePaul’s Packaging operation and two other local companies that use alternative staffing services and employ people with barriers, Dave’s Killer Bread and Metro Paint.
“Our annual conference is the premier networking and learning event for alternative staffing practitioners and others from around the country who are interested in this social enterprise strategy,” says Janet Van Liere, Member Services Coordinator for the Alternative Staffing Alliance. “We’re excited about meeting in Portland, and look forward to welcoming workforce development professionals and social entrepreneurs from the Northwest region and beyond.”
· Members of the Alternative Staffing Alliance ticket price: $250
· Non-members ticket price: $300
The conference will be held at The Heathman Hotel. Discounted hotel rates of $182 per night (inclusive) are guaranteed through September 3. Use the group code ALTSTAFFING or ask for the Alternative Staffing Alliance group rate. A post-conference winery tour of the nearby Willamette Valley is also available for only $50.
For ticketing details, visit http://altstaffing.org/2013-conference-registration-and-hotel-information/
About the Alternative Staffing Alliance
The Alliance was launched in 2007 with funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, in response to a call from numerous practitioners across the US who sought to connect with their peers and join together to address common challenges and pursue shared goals. Since then the Alliance has grown into a vibrant network of about 40 alternative staffing organizations throughout the country. Altogether, the alternative staffing sector employs an estimated 25,000 people annually and generates annual sales exceeding $100 million. Besides providing practitioners with tools and resources to increase their effectiveness, the Alliance works to engage workforce developers, employers, public and private funders and academics to attract new business, new practitioners and new resources to the field. To learn more, visit www.altstaffing.org.
About DePaul Industries
Since 1971, DePaul Industries has focused on its vision of changing the landscape of employment of people with disabilities while growing into a comprehensive outsourcing specialist serving small and large commercial and government customers. DePaul helps people with disabilities and other barriers to employment to have the opportunity to work through a self-sustaining business model that generates more than 99% of revenue through the operation of three core businesses: Temporary Staffing Services, Food Packaging & Contract Manufacturing, and Security Services. To date, DePaul has trained or employed in excess of 20,000 people with disabilities and paid wages and benefits of more than $225 million. To learn more, visit www.depaulindustries.com.
Dave Shaffer, President & CEO, DePaul Industries
Janet Van Liere, Director, Alternative Staffing Alliance
617.232.5380, ext. 104