Business Retention and Expansion

networkingThe Conroe Economic Development Council has a strong Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E) program designed to promote the growth and development of local companies. Company representatives are encouraged to call and discuss any challenges they may be facing, get help coordinating utilities for development projects or to report any issues, receive permitting assistance, help connect with local service providers, workforce development support, assistance with expansion projects and more. Large or small, all requests for help are taken seriously by the staff.

Below are some of the ongoing programs in which local companies can get involved.

Conroe Manufacturing Association – The CMA is in the early stages of development, and the purpose is to be a unified voice regarding legislative issues that impact the manufacturing community. This group meets twice a year to get updates on a variety of topics and provides a networking opportunity.

get togetherHR Fuse – the HR Fuse group is made up of HR representatives in manufacturing located in Conroe. The focus of the group is to learn about training opportunities for their employees, talent pipeline development and professional development for the members. This is a great opportunity to connect with others in HR to discuss challenges and get peer support which is invaluable for the smaller companies.

Job Fair – Conroe’s Annual Job Fair creates an opportunity for employers to meet and hire quality talent. On average, 500-600 job seekers and 50+ companies and organizations register for booths. There are several free workshops held in advance of the event to help job seekers update their resumes and freshen up their interviewing skills. Job seekers also have an opportunity to apply for scholarships at Lone Star College to help them pay tuition for one of the workforce programs.

Networking – A number of networking events are planned each year to give companies an opportunity to connect in an informal atmosphere. From local breweries to tailgate parties, each event provides great food, music and conversation.  

Workforce Development Committee – Made up of volunteers in education, manufacturing, healthcare, workforce programs, etc., their focus is to address and implement the recommendations from the Workforce Analysis and Workforce Strategy that the CEDC completed in 2019.

For more information please contact:

Jennifer Matthews
matthews@conroeedc.org
936-522-3527