Express Employment Professionals

For Nina Anderson, helping people has always been a passion. Nina is the owner of Express Employment Professionals in Grand Junction, CO. Express offers a wide range of services for job seekers and employers and is a national chain. The job seekers can have their job skills evaluated so they know what skills they need training in and then can be matched with an employer that meets the job seeker’s skill set and career preference. Express also provides many services to the employer. Along with the hiring of employees, Express can also handle a majority of the employer’s human resource needs.

All of these services became available in April, 2007 when Nina opened her business. She has a strong human resource background and passion to help people. This passion sets her apart from other employment service businesses. She truly cares about helping job seekers find a career and helping employers find the employee with the perfect fit. Nina’s background in human resources took her career all the way to Vice President of the Human Resource department in her most recent position. When she realized that she needed to have a college education to advance her career , she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management. Through past positions, Nina dealt with Express to fill job openings. She liked the service so much that she decided to open her own franchise.

To help her create a successful business, Nina utilized the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). She attended classes in finance and marketing. She also used consulting sessions to help her set up different avenues of marketing to help promote her business, which lead her to compete in the elevator pitch competition and win first place at the 2007 Western Colorado Venture Forum.

Thanks to the help of the SBDC and the passion that Nina has for helping people, her business is successful and growing.

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