Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines talent as:

  1. any of several ancient units of weight | a unit of value equal to the value of talent of gold or silver
  2. a characteristic feature, aptitude or disposition of a person or animal
  3. the natural endowments of a person
  4. a special often athletic creative or artistic aptitude or general intelligence or mental power
  5. a person of talent or a group of persons of talent in a field or activity

We agree that a company’s true “gold” is its talent. A company’s talent strategy is as important as any other part of its organizational strategy.

Southwest Michigan’s companies have found success by identifying the talents of their employees and finding the best fit for them within the organization. We call our workforce “talent-driven.” The best fit means increased performance and profitability for the company, but also increased opportunity and commitment for the individual. From the newest technologies in design-based manufacturing to being up-to-date on the latest discoveries in the biosciences, with access to more than 200,000 university students within 75 minutes of our region’s heart and a vast pool of experienced and energized workers, Southwest Michigan First can provide access to the best practices and the best people in our region.