Workforce Development

Workforce Initiatives

A top priority of most communities is to grow, attract, and retain talented workforce.  Your Chamber works closely with existing businesses and educators to create/foster initiatives to address current and future employment needs.

Marshfield Area Human Resource Association (MAHRA)

The Marshfield Area Human Resource Association’s purpose is to provide a network for business and industry professionals to share human resource and other information of mutual concern. Download the MAHRA Brochure and Application.MAHRA Logo

Benefits of MAHRA membership include:

  • Spousal Referral Program Recruitment advantage — when recruiting someone to our community, we will forward the resume of their significant other to our Human Resource group members, assisting them in finding qualified employment in the Marshfield Area.
  • Networking — meet others in similar roles within our community, and utilize their knowledge as a resource, while keeping abreast of the latest Human Resource trends.

Meetings are held the third Wednesday in September, October, November, January, February and March. Various human resource-related topics are presented at the meetings, including a roundtable discussion and tour of host business. Cost is $60.00 per program year for MACCI members; $85 for prospective MACCI members.

Forum presentations:
North Central WI Labor Market Trends, Information, and Updates – by Derek Heikkinen, North Central WI Workforce Development Board
Identity Theft Workshop – by Julie Ward, LegalShield
Healthy Lifestyles – Marshfield Area Coalition Community Outreach
Sex Harassment Review for HR Professionals – by Attorney Brian Formella, Anderson, O’Brien, Berz, Skrenes & Golla LLP
Veteran Employment Services
Division of Employment & Training
Regional Workforce Development and Talent Pipeline Assessment
The DOL’s Final Overtime Regulations: Are You Ready?
 – by Attorney Sara Ackermann, Ruder Ware
Legal Update 2015 – by Attorney Sarah Ackermann, Ruder Ware
The Talent Shortage 2015 – by Melanie Fisher, Manpower

Workforce Paradox & Recruitment Committees

The Paradox committee, comprised of industry sector leaders and educators, was formed to address current and future workforce needs in Marshfield and the surrounding area. Through a statewide and local gap analysis conducted the following topics were identified for laying the groundwork for the group:

  • Expose students to available vocational opportunities.
  • Offer more professional mentoring.
  • Provide more basic work ethic/readiness skills training.
  • Teachers and guidance staff could start identifying areas of interest and skills for each student.
  • More information should be provided on area vocational positions.
  • More forecasting of future job demands.

The goal of the Recruitment committee is to address the challenges of recruiting talented workforce to the area. The mission of this group, comprised of various industry sector representatives, is to create jobs, keep jobs and bring people to the area, and assist with making the unemployable more employable. Meetings are held as needed.

Marshfield Area Technology Council (MATC)

The Marshfield Area Technology Council (MATC) is a team of professionals from various industries throughout the community whose mission is to grow, attract, educate, and retain information technology talent and business in the greater Marshfield area.

The goal of MATC is to implement information technology initiatives through collaboration, networking, and education that will support related professional and industry development in the Marshfield area. A steering committee identified IT areas of interest including advancing technology and infrastructure; enhancing IT-related careers; and starting and growing IT businesses.

Marshfield Technology Council BrochureMarshfield Area Tech Council

Presentations from January 25, 2017 Meeting:
Marshfield Area Tech Council Welcome & Regional Update
What Is Marshfield Area Tech Council
Software Development
What Makes A Business Analyst Great

Marshfield Young Professionals (MYP)

The Marshfield Young Professionals (MYP) is a personal and professional development program of the Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry that encourages young business people to interact socially, exchange ideas, share common interests, learn more about the area’s business community, and engage in the community’s future. The mission of MYP is to engage and empower young professionals through community, professional, and social opportunities; creating and promoting an environment to attract and retain professionals. Visit the Marshfield Young Professionals web page for more information.

Contact the Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry at or call 715-384-3454 to learn how you can get involved.