Colleges, chamber combine for `how-to’ workshops helping small business owners

A series of free “How-To” workshops designed to help East County small business owners improve their employee productivity and performance is being offered by the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District.
“We’re proud to work with the chamber to offer courses dedicated to supporting East County businesses so that they can be as productive and effective as possible,” said Cindy L. Miles, college district chancellor.
East County Chamber President & CEO Scott Alevy is also looking forward to the class offerings. “We hope our members and others from the community will take advantage of this opportunity, and that they will make a difference for how business is done here in the East County. We are proud of our long-standing partnership with the college district.”
Three workshops are currently scheduled. Each workshop will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Chamber’s Community Room, 201 S. Magnolia Ave. in El Cajon.
The series will kick off with a class entitled “Generational Diversity in the Workplace.” It will be presented on Tuesday, Oct. 30, by Victoria Hankins, professional development instructor with the San Diego and Imperial County Workplace Learning Resource Center. This workshop will offer tips on how managers and staff can foster good working relationships between generations, including understanding sources of generational conflict and how to minimize it, how to identify each generation’s value system, what motivates each generation, how each generation defines success and appreciating and gaining respect for what is important to each generation.
“Critical conversations: Utilizing Feedback Opportunities to Enhance Employee Performance” will be presented on Tuesday, Nov. 13, by Kathryn Rippy, director of organization development with The Centre for Organization Effectiveness. This workshop will discuss the importance of having critical conversations even when they are difficult, weighing the cost/benefit, navigating the difficult conversation to a win-win outcome and making this critical part of your organization or team.
“A Model of Employee Engagement: Improving Performance from Good to Simply the Best” will be presented on Tuesday, Jan. 29, by Dr. Sommer Kehrli, executive director with The Centre for Organization Effectiveness. This workshop will cover how to build employee engagement by aligning to the overall organizational strategy, communication techniques to enhance engagement and the best ways to develop employees’ skills to maximize engagement.
For more information about the series, contact the San Diego East County Chamber at (619) 440-6161, or visit