The Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board’s (MAWIB) Business Services division is designed to provide services to Milwaukee businesses that focus on effective solutions that meet the current and future needs of a demand-driven workforce. The Business Services’ staff is highly skilled at addressing employers’ needs and creating viable solutions to their ever-changing business environments. The staff studies job vacancy statistics, pay rates and education and training required for jobs that are in high demand in the local area. With this knowledge, they provide Milwaukee regional businesses with a single point of contact for obtaining assistance with workforce needs, as well as:

  • planning workforce solutions that meet and anticipate economic development needs along identified targeted industry sectors;
  • recruiting and selecting qualified candidates to fill current vacancies by providing innovative human resources services;
  • providing strategies that enable businesses to remain competitive and to stay ahead of on-going challenges presented in a robust economy;
  • developing outreach initiatives that build cooperation and effective leveraging of resources; and
  • engaging businesses in meaningful ways to develop a system that allows for cooperation, coordination, and communication.

The Business Services division is uniquely structured and also has a partnership with the specialty/career opportunity centers that provide an array of employment and training services throughout Milwaukee County to thousands of potential job candidates.


The Business Services division partners with area colleges, local trainers and businesses to create training programs that match qualified employees with hiring employers. Some of the trainings are on-the-job trainings, designed to provide the potential employee with specialized skills an employer is seeking for him/her to succeed in their workplace. On-the-job trainings range from employers looking to fill entry-level to highly-technical positions. When an employer agrees to an on-the-job training, the training takes place at their business and a pool of potential candidates are selected by the Business Services team whose skills and interests have been evaluated to match the job requirements. A training plan is then developed which includes a minimum of 32 hours a week up to a maximum of 16 weeks. The employer and the Business Services team comes up with an agreement that up to 50 percent of the employee’s wages are reimbursed to the employer, and in return the hiring employer has to provide the training participants with a permanent job that at least pays $8 an hour and offers a full benefits package.

The Business Services division also partners with Milwaukee-area businesses, area colleges and technical schools to create customized skills training. Customized skills training is a tool used to help current employees at a business meet the changing demands of an industry to increase productivity. It is also used as a way to build a company’s workforce. With this training the Business Services team offers a 50 percent contribution to the cost, as well as the employer, and current employees do have to meet eligibility requirements.

MATCH for Employers

MATCH is a unique tool that employers can use to recruit employees who match their specific job requirements.  The social recruiting platform allows employers to connect, engage and hire actively-seeking applicants.

MATCH’s technology turns job seekers’ social profiles into professional resumes and makes them available outside the job seeker’s social network so employers can view their information minus their photos, friends and comments featured in their profiles. The job seeker’s resume is always up to date and ready to be viewed by potential employers.

MATCH is a proven way for employers to connect with jobseekers and build a Talent Community.

HR Assistance

The Business Services division knows that finding the right candidate that is a good match for your organization takes time and can be a daunting task. That’s why our team welcomes the opportunity to assist your company with its hiring needs by providing human resources services that enable you to remain competitive. These services include:

•Application/Resume Collection

•Application/Resume Screening

•Customized Recruiting

•Interviewing Space

•Pre-Employment Testing & Assessments

•Forums to Post Job Openings

•MATCH (Milwaukee Area Talent Community)

Forums and Events

The Business Services division also hosts forums and events that are designed to increase key stakeholders knowledge on local and regional workforce initiatives, economic forecasts and employment opportunities. Forums and events provide an opportunity for workforce partners to collaborate, innovate and streamline services to improve the Milwaukee-area workforce service delivery system. Forums enable presenters to share best practices and offer information to enhance workforce services to better serve our customers, employers and participants through our workforce system.

Who should attend?

  • Workforce Board’s Executive Directors
  • Business Leaders
  • Workforce Development Leaders
  • Labor Market Specialists
  • Community-Based Organization Directors
  • Faith-Based Organization Leaders
  • Job Developers
  • Training Liaisons
  • Case Managers
  • Career Opportunity Center Directors
  • Career Opportunity Center Resource Room Staff