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Six Options For Finding Local Talent In Los Angeles

Six Options For Finding Local Talent In Los Angeles

 

Hiring talent can be a difficult task — especially in Los Angeles — because while there are a lot of places to look, it can also be difficult to find the right match. Sometimes the perfect match may be looking for you, and sometimes the perfect match isn’t looking at all. Additionally, there are so many different kinds of talent out there that it can feel impossible to swim through all of the options to find just the right person. Having an area or two to focus on can really help improve the odds.

We asked members of the Forbes Los Angeles Business Council for their advice on where to find top talent to fill open positions. The next time you’re looking to hire someone, consider one of these tools or approaches before narrowing down your search to a few individuals.

Local experts share their tips for finding talent.ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS.

1. Facebook

Facebook isn’t just one of the most wildly successful social networks online; it’s also a place to post your jobs and find qualified candidates. So many of us spend so much of our time on Facebook that it’s a natural place to let people know that you’re hiring. – Ken GoodwinPacific Preferred Insurance Brokers

2. TechFair

Participating in the TechFair organized by the city of Los Angeles is great. It had big local companies in attendance, which attracted many job seekers and in turn led to more great resumes for us!  – Anna NguyenovaTubeScience

3. Referrals

Turn to your company’s best employees and ask them for referrals. That really can be the best way to get a full or accurate read on a person. Resumes these days can often be inflated and rarely ever paint a clear picture of a candidate’s full potential — or lack thereof. – Skyler DitchfieldGeoLinks

4. Local Meetups

Using Meetup (now owned by WeWork) is a great way to network and meet fellow specialists who can themselves help or refer someone to you right in your neighborhood. A few people create their own and drive relevant prospects to it! – Zaid AmmariPPC Masterminds

5. Indeed And Linkedin

I have two resources that I regularly use. One is Indeed, and the other is Linkedin, which I use for finding full stack developers and other talent for our company. Mainly, I will advertise on Indeed and then do follow-up research on Linkedin to see more information about each applicant. It is not easy to find full stack developers that are available and local, but this seems to work pretty well. – Ron BerkesManufacturingChina.com LLC

6. Your Community
I find participating in your community really helps. Specifically, speaking at my alma mater (USC) has been a great way to attract extremely promising candidates — from MBAs to people fresh out of college. –  Brett CrosbyPeerStreet
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Five Crucial Steps Needed To Close The U.S. Digital Divide

Five Crucial Steps Needed To Close The U.S. Digital Divide

POST WRITTEN BY Skyler Ditchfield

CEO of GeoLinks, the Fastest Growing WISP in America named 2018 “Most Disruptive Technology” for its ClearFiber™ Network.

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If you were to google “how to close the digital divide,” you would not come up empty-handed. As a quick precursor, for those of you who may be unfamiliar, the digital divide refers to the inequalities in finances, education and social status faced by those without computers and access to the internet versus those who do. Because having equal access to digital technology is at the core of the divide, broadband availability, or the lack thereof, has become a highly publicized and debated topic between politicians and telecommunications companies (telcos) alike. Nevertheless, the divide still remains and arguably will continue to remain unless the following five steps are taken.

Step 1: Redirect Federal Funding Distribution

The federal government has allocated and continues to allocate ample funding toward closing the digital divide. Consequently, over the past 20 years, we’ve been able to raise broadband standards considerably, at least in urban and suburban markets. Unfortunately, however, the majority of these funds are awarded to major telcos and incumbent providers, and without a guaranteed long-term revenue case in rural America, they have minimal incentive to invest in new infrastructure or to improve current infrastructure. While this may make sense for their personal bottom lines, it does not benefit the American public. So, if large telcos can’t or won’t service rural America, who will?

First, if you have an option to buy from a small local provider, do so — you will consequently be supporting your local economy. However, the problem with totally relying on the little guys is that they are, in fact, the little guys, and often don’t have access to or the power to access the spectrum of state-of-the-art equipment or fiber assets that enable other providers to offer competitive, cost-effective and high-bandwidth solutions.

Another option is the middle road between mom-and-pop and the incumbent providers — the mid-sized internet service provider. As it currently stands, mid-sized ISPs do not have the financial resources of big telcos to build out low-cost products with long return on investment, thus making them less competitive for consumers. However, if granted adequate funding to build out infrastructure, these mid-sized telcos have the opportunity to give the mega-ISPs true competition, ultimately keeping the market honest, fair and favored toward the public’s best interest.

Step 2: Open The Airwaves, Fairly 

As it currently stands, today’s major cellular companies hold the vast majority of wireless spectrum allotted by the FCC to resolve the digital divide. These services, while important, do not currently deliver the entire bandwidth necessary to meet the needs of all unconnected Americans. However, the United States still has ample wireless spectrum available. If the FCC and Capitol Hill can appropriate these assets to companies that truly support the public’s best interest, and said companies utilize and deploy intelligently, the utopian idea of one day delivering one-gigabit speeds to every home in America is possible. 

Step 3: Implement A True Accountability Structure

On February 12, 2018, the White House released the Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America. The outline, which acknowledges the horrific state of the nation’s current infrastructure, demonstrates the new administration’s framework, meant to build a better future for all Americans. To its credit, there is a handful of positive action items presented in the outline. From empowering individual state decision-making, to establishing true accountability structures, to expediting and streamlining overall permitting and federal agency processes, at its core, the outline perceivably serves in the general best interest of the American public.

However, it can also be argued that there are inherent and massive flaws in the outline that will ultimately prevent these goals from reaching fruition. For example, past the inadequate division of funding, there is not a clear timeline of when all legislation changes must take effect. Therefore, even though once these changes are enacted there is a 24-month timeline, there isn’t a clear delineation of an official launch date. To paint an extreme example, this outline could have us all sitting here in five or 10 years still spewing on initiatives that could be and could make a better future. Thus, the administration needs to follow up its outline with immediate deadlines in order to formalize proposed accountability structures.

Step 4: Expedite The Use Of Federal Lands

As touched upon above, the idea of expediting processes has been proposed. However, even if we could ensure grant winners would build out as planned, the fact remains that 28% of the U.S. is federally owned, and many of these sites are in areas we need to get through or use for broadcast areas. It’s imperative we support operators’ build times by expediting permitting the use of federal lands sooner than later, and preferably now.

Step 5: Adopt A Technology-Agnostic Hybrid Approach 

While states and communities across the country continue to request fiber optic networks, the reality is that building out fiber infrastructure to every location in America is both cost- and time-prohibitive. Therefore, fiber is not the complete solution if we’re aiming to close the divide in a timely manner. The solution, rather, lies in adapting and building out technology-agnostic hybrid networks. From fiber, to fixed wireless, to 4G and 5G LTE, all of these technologies have their time and place in closing the divide. While there are pros and cons to each method, when used together, they have the ability to create a complete solution that can deliver gigabit and multi-gigabit bandwidth to both urban and ultra-rural communities.

So, If We Know How, Why Is There Still A Divide?

The answer is simple: lack of action. We know the course; now we need to implement. Therefore, to all of those reading this who feel inspired or compelled to truly take part in closing the divide, reach out to your local and state municipalities, and demand action.

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Five Ways To Find Trustworthy Local Vendors As A Business Owner

Five Ways To Find Trustworthy Local Vendors As A Business Owner

No entrepreneur is an island — every day, business owners rely on the help of suppliers, accountants, attorneys, marketers and other service providers to keep their operations running smoothly.

Working with local vendors, as opposed to low-rate overseas freelancers, strengthens the LA small business community and its overall economy. However, it’s not always easy to find someone who not only understands your business, but also offers trustworthy, reliable service. We asked a panel of Forbes Los Angeles Business Council members to share their best advice for fellow LA business owners seeking trusted vendors. Here’s what they had to say.

Members share how they find reliable vendors.

1. Look For Well-Known Past Clients

I would advise any business owner looking for a local vendor they can trust to simply do their research. Begin by conducting a Google search for firms that have done work for major businesses in the past. An example would be noticing if a law firm has worked with brands such as Facebook or Snapchat in the past. Once you confirm that, you then get enough credibility to move forward with them. – Toyosi Azeez, Swiftdine

2. Check Online Review Sites Like Yelp

Look the vendor up on Yelp. There is nothing more trustworthy than a compilation of hundreds of unbiased reviews. – Anna Nguyenova , TubeScience

3. Ask For Referrals

Every company is going to present a sales pitch either in person or their website about why they are the best. Therefore, my advice is to always go off of referrals. Once you collect referrals from the people you know and trust, then really do your own due diligence and make some phone calls to find out what it’s really like to work with them. – Skyler DitchfieldGeoLinks

4. Attend Conferences And Join Digital Communities

I’ve attended conference events and made good use of digital resources. I’ve met people who became trusted partners who do work I don’t do, such as build and manage websites and connect to the podcasting community. I’ve used LinkedIn to find my bookkeeper and I’ve used Reddit to find my first full-time employee. Facebook groups are also good resources. – Robert BrillBrill Media Company

5. Take Time To Develop Strong Relationships

Trust with a vendor is built through communication and time — this is how you see if a vendor is reliable, has good communication skills, is a good problem-solver and is consistent. Though reputation goes a long way, time is really key here. The joy of local vendors is that they are people and can become part of your extended family and stay the course with you through thick and thin. – Jennifer Piette, Out of the Box Collective

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Six Fundamental Daily Routines That Will Help You Become Successful

Six Fundamental Daily Routines That Will Help You Become Successful

Forbes.com – POST WRITTEN BY Skyler Ditchfield | CEO of GeoLinks, the Fastest Growing WISP in America named 2018 “Most Disruptive Technology” for its ClearFiber™ Network.

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Any successful entrepreneur has been asked the following question probably more times than they can count: “How did you become successful?” Sometimes the answer is as simple as luck, other times it was the birth of a great idea. What I have found, however, is that the foundation of success starts with having a strong, positive mindset and the will to work. I’ve gone from modest beginnings to running one of the nation’s fastest-growing companies, and I can attribute this success to exercising the following seven routines on a daily basis.

Reframe your mindset daily — keyword, daily.

What you believe becomes reality. We may hear this all the time, but it’s actually true. Do not complain. Complaints are not productive — they leave us dwelling on what is wrong. If you find yourself habitually complaining, reframe and train your mind to work towards possible solutions to those complaints. Then, implement them. Do not wallow. Avoid others that complain or suck you into their pessimism — it is contagious, infectious and will only drag you down.

Create a small list of attainable goals every morning.

If you’ve heard this before, it’s because it works. Write small tasks down on paper, and physically cross them off as you complete each task. This gives you both a feeling of satisfaction and tracks your progress, which is very helpful in keeping yourself mentally engaged.

Allow yourself the luxury of rescheduling.

While this may seem easy, we all do it far too often. In fact, I find myself doing it almost every day. If you can’t get to a certain task or simply don’t have the mental stamina for it, accomplish a smaller or easier item on your list so you can keep your momentum moving forward. Allow yourself to reschedule bigger action items if necessary.

Assign priorities.

I often feel mentally overwhelmed by my tasks and get stuck dwelling on how much I have to do. I’ve learned it’s critical to take time to organize my list of work, daily and assign priorities. Also, realize that it’s OK to delegate or skip low-priority tasks if you are too pressed for time. After I’ve taken the time to actually organize my to-do list, it is typically smaller than I was initially making it out to be, enabling me to feel much more focused and capable of creating a plan of attack.

Don’t skip your workouts.

This is one that after 20 years I continue to struggle with. A good workout always gives me more energy and a refreshed mind, ultimately encouraging me to dive into tasks I’ve been procrastinating on. It also gives me a renewed amount of self-confidence and strength — a strong body equals a strong mind.

Trust yourself. 

Have an idea that is risky? Find yourself consistently contemplating doing something? Are others warning you of potential negative outcomes? Remember this: only you can make a choice for yourself. I can live with any mistake that I make. What I can’t live with, however, is the mistake of taking the advice of someone else that ends up being wrong. I’ve found that every time I’ve followed someone else’s advice against my own gut, I’ve ended up regretting it. Thus, before making daily decisions, check in with your gut and follow it.

Finally, even if you follow these fundamental daily routines, know this: You will have setbacks. You will have failures. In fact, you will have more of both than you ever anticipated. Successful individuals often lose more than they win — the difference is they keep getting up and trying again. While this seems so simple, so many people succumb to defeat. Take your losses as lessons and learn from them. They are great teachers and character builders. After a defeat, you grow stronger, and it will take much more to knock you down again.

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GeoLinks’ CEO, Skyler Ditchfield, Accepted into Forbes Los Angeles Business Council

GeoLinks’ CEO, Skyler Ditchfield, Accepted into Forbes Los Angeles Business Council

Forbes Los Angeles Business Council Is an Invitation-Only Community for Small Business Owners in Greater Los Angeles

 

Skyler Ditchfield, Co-Founder and CEO of GeoLinks—California’s fastest growing telecom nationally recognized for its innovative Internet and Hosted Voice solutions, has been accepted into the Forbes Los Angeles Business Council, the foremost growth and networking organization for small business owners in Greater Los Angeles.

Ditchfield joins other Forbes Los Angeles Business Council members, who are hand-selected, to become part of a curated network of successful peers and get access to a variety of exclusive benefits and resources, including the opportunity to submit thought leadership articles and short tips on industry-related topics for publishing on Forbes.com.

“I am thrilled to join Forbes’ esteemed group of industry thought-leaders and disrupters,” said Ditchfield. “GeoLinks was founded in 2011 out of my weight room in rural Ojai, California. Over the past seven years, we’ve aggressively climbed our way to become California’s fastest growing telecom, and the fastest growing WISP in America. Our accelerated success is largely due to our flagship product ClearFiber™ which was recently named ‘Most Disruptive Technology’ in the Central Coast Innovation Awards. Accolades aside, my team and I are passionate about closing the United States’ digital divide. I’m personally determined to bring connectivity to every unconnected Anchor Institution in America over the next 7 years. By joining the Forbes Council, I hope to educate council members and Forbes’ readership not only about the telecom industry as a whole, but about the current state of broadband availability and policy across the United States.”

Forbes Councils combines an innovative, high-touch approach to community management perfected by the team behind Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) with the extensive resources and global reach of Forbes. As a result, Forbes Council members get access to the people, benefits and expertise they need to grow their businesses — and a dedicated member concierge who acts as an extension of their own team, providing personalized one-on-one support.

Scott Gerber, founder of Forbes Councils, says, “We are honored to welcome Skyler Ditchfield into the community. Our mission with Forbes Councils is to curate successful professionals from every industry, creating a vetted, social capital-driven network that helps every member make an even greater impact on the business world.”

For media inquiries or interview requests, please contact Lexie Olson at lolson(at)geolinks.com.

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About Forbes Councils
Forbes partnered with the founders of Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to launch Forbes Councils, invitation-only communities for world-class business professionals in a variety of industries. Members, who are hand-selected by each Council’s community team, receive personalized introductions to each other based on their specific needs and gain access to a wide range of business benefits and services, including best-in-class concierge teams, personalized connections, peer-to-peer learning, a business services marketplace, and the opportunity to share thought leadership content on Forbes.com. For more information about Forbes Los Angeles Business Council, visit forbeslacouncil.com. To learn more about Forbes Councils, visit forbescouncils.com.

About GeoLinks
Headquartered in Southern California, GeoLinks is a leading telecommunications company and competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) public utility, nationally recognized for its innovative Internet and Hosted Voice solutions. Ranked No. 5 by category on Inc. Magazine’s 2017 Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America, GeoLinks delivers Enterprise-Grade Internet, Hosted Voice, SD-WAN, Cloud On-ramping, Layer 2 Transport, and both Public and Private Turnkey Network Construction expertly tailored for businesses and Anchor Institutions nationwide.

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