John Seiffer was one of 50 business leaders who gathered at The Grove to discuss federal and state rules that encourage angel investors to put funds behind startups. While at The Grove he made the comment that business owners are not actually job creators; “The jobs are created because of demand for whatever the products are. Business owners focus that demand and make jobs around it. But if that demand is not there, then no one is going to make a job.”
Bruce Carlson, Acting President of the Connecticut Technology Council, agrees that business owners need a system where they can find the employees they need. If they don’t have said system, what will keep them in Connecticut? Carlson argues that early education and training in science, technology, engineering and math is crucial.
“If my 9-year-old son doesn’t learn cursive is school anymore, we need to be thinking about what is next. Software coding, for instance, should be a mandatory subject in elementary school. Why not start at an early age with those types of skills… to be the fuel we all need to build our businesses?” Said Carlson.
Carlson says the workforce is the number one issue in Connecticut. A number of companies are looking to grow, and quickly. If the resources aren’t there, how will they succeed?
“The question is, if they do that (grow) in Connecticut, where are the engineers? If we don’t have a system that those companies can tap into, it’s just as easy for them to have a division in another state,” said Carlson.
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