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Business Says It Was Excluded From SD Wins

March 15, 2012, 5:56 PM by Kelly Bartnick

Business Says It Was Excluded From SD Wins

It's been touted as the state's newest workforce initiative program. South Dakota Wins trains workers for certain hard to fill jobs, and it also provides incentives for new workers moving to the state for those jobs. But a Sioux Falls business says she doesn't win with South Dakota Wins.

Glenda Sorum knows there are job vacancies to fill across the state. Her Snelling Personnel Services branch in Sioux Falls works to do that.

"We're very good. And we have a record of bringing good people back to South Dakota and we do that without the help of the government's office. So it'd be nice if we had the governor's office backing us up doing that for companies," Sorum said.

She believes she's been left out of the South Dakota Wins program, specifically the part of the program that gives incentives to workers who move into the state for manufacturing, engineering, financial services and information technology positions. Those are all positions Snelling Personnel Services works to fill.

"Basically, they're going to take business away from us. And they're telling us they're going to take business away from us," Sorum said.

The program awarded a staffing contract to Manpower.  A spokesman for Governor Dennis Daugaard's office said people were notified, and 120 vendors received notices. Six of them put in bids. Four of those were South Dakota companies.

"It's not unusual when we award a big bid for people after the fact to say, 'How come I didn't know?' That's a good reminder for the vendors that if you want to do business, you need to do that so you can get registered and we can send you that information when it's something you'd be interested in," Governor Daugaard's Chief of Staff Dusty Johnson said.

Sorum says her business is on a list of people who are supposed to be notified and has been in the past. But that didn't happen.

"When you're told you don't get a chance, that's when I have a problem. Or when I get told money is going to come out of my pocket on two sides of the fence, my tax dollars and the money I'm making in my business. I'm gonna get hit twice. Not just once," Sorum said.

Representatives for Daugaard say they are working on a plan that may include other staffing agencies in the process, but nothing has been put in place yet.

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