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Forsyth County News

If you go

What: Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce “HR Boot Camp”

When: 8-11:30 a.m. Tuesday; registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

Where: DeKalb Office, 1320 Ridgeland Pkwy.

Cost: $20 for chamber members; $30 for non-members

R.S.V.P. by calling (770) 887-6461 or online at www.cummingforsythchamber.org.

The Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce is planning to hold an upcoming human resources boot camp this week.

Attorney Tracy Moon, an organizer and presenter, said the event will serve as a kick-off event for a new Human Resources Council offered by the chamber.

The boot camp will be from 8-11:30 a.m. Tuesday at DeKalb Office in south Forsyth.

Moon said he and several other chamber leaders have been working months to develop the council as a result of inquiries from various companies.

He noted that Forsyth has continued to see economic growth, even throughout the economic downturn of recent years.
“We’re seeing around four interested companies a month where most counties aren’t seeing four interested companies in a year,” he said. “There’s been a lot of expansions, a lot of international companies and domestic companies coming in.

“And one question we’ve been getting at the chamber from HR professionals, office managers, things like that, is we need more information with regard to HR-related topics.”

Fellow organizer Kelly Sloan agrees.

“We’ve said there is a desperate need  …  for HR managers and HR professionals and office managers of medical practices to have a place to go and get some professional education and knowledge in the HR field,” said Sloan, who works with Georgia United Credit Union, presenting sponsor of the council and boot camp.

She said Tuesday’s event will provide a range of information for business professionals who deal with human resources issues at any level.

“[Moon and the other presenters] do a great job of breaking the information down for those people who that’s not what they do all the time, that’s not their main role, but they do have some job responsibilities in the HR arena,” she said.

In addition, the event will provide continuing education hours for professionals in the field, Sloan said.

Moon said Tuesday’s event will focus on several areas.

“The HR boot camp is really designed to address the questions we’ve been getting recently,” he said. “Like, the National Labor Relations Board, what’s going on with that? What do we do with social media? Compliance with compensation laws, Fair Labor Standards Act … what’s the lawful way to do this?”

Moon said there has already been a lot of interest, but he’s hoping for even more.

“We are anticipating anywhere from 60 to 120 people,” he said, noting the event will also offer food, giveaways and drawings.

“Because this is kick-off, we’re trying to do a little more … things that make it fun.”