Cincinnati women entrepreneurs hope that incentives will replace hiring battles

As businesses continue to open, some female food and beverage owners face another unexpected hurdle to normalcy: hiring. As Findlay Market prepares for the crowds on Memorial Day weekend, some vendors tell us they are struggling to keep up with customer demands as they come due Melissa Gilmore owns Em’s Breads and has been in Findlay Market for six years. During the height of the pandemic, she was forced to lay off seven of her 11 employees and close Em’s second location. Now that most employees are back to work and customers are returning, Gilmore said their employees are “barely” keeping up. Em’s currently has three openings: a baker and two sandwich makers. According to Gilmore, the positions offer either $ 11 or $ 12 an hour, tips, and a flexible schedule. Gilmore estimates that 80 percent of applicants who have offered an interview fail to show up. She said this was directly related to the current state of affairs. “It’s related to a pandemic,” Gilmore said. “I know people have problems. Maybe they’re waiting for their second vaccine, or maybe they’re waiting for that two week period because they got through, you know, and they’re just not ready to commit. They may have childcare issues, but it’s worse. Before we’d get a lot of interviews now, we might only get 10 and two of them show up. “To apply for the positions, click here. Gilmore said she wanted to fill the positions as soon as possible to prevent her current employees from being burned out. “We’re actually trying. We’re trying Facebook. We try word of mouth. We put a sign up, you know, but our people get burned out, “Gilmore said.” I had a young man who worked 106 hours in one pay period, that is, that’s tough. It has now dropped back to 70 hours. “Amy Ares is also cutting out with hiring new positions. In January she founded her vegan dessert company Love Thy Desserts. She uses the communal kitchen area at the Findlay Market to create her desserts. Customers include Essen Kitchen, the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and Cincy Cheesecakery. As more people return to restaurants and public spaces, the demand for Love Thy desserts continues to grow, according to Ares. Ares says, to keep up with the growth, she is hiring two part-time workers to help with packaging and manufacturing. Ares said she was offering $ 15 an hour. As a mother of a toddler, she said she could only invest so much in her business without needing help. “I can only take so many customers,” said Ares. “That also means that I have to work every day and bring my child to a daycare center, which doesn’t really make sense when day care costs more than I can pay for myself. It’s kind of a situation. “Ares is from South Africa and moved to Ohio with her husband. She told how she scratched her head in the current recruitment struggles in the USA because of her international experience with unemployment. While she said she understood the need for unemployment benefits, she also blamed her for why she had problems filling jobs. Go out, get a job, “said Ares about unemployment in South Africa.” And here you have the exact opposite. You have people sitting in the comfort of their own home, getting paid, and not really wanting to work at this stage because they are too comfortable. “To apply for an open position at Love Thy Desserts, email [email protected] Mike DeWine announced that $ 300 weekly unemployment benefits will end on June 26 in Ohio.

As businesses continue to open, some female food and beverage owners face another unexpected hurdle to normalcy: hiring.

As Findlay Market prepares for the crowds on Memorial Day weekend, some vendors tell us they are struggling to keep up with customer demands due to staffing needs.

Melissa Gilmore owns Em’s Breads and has been on the Findlay Market for six years. During the height of the pandemic, she was forced to lay off seven of her 11 employees and close Em’s second location. Now that most employees are back to work and customers are returning, Gilmore said their employees are “barely” keeping up.

Em’s currently has three openings: a baker and two sandwich makers. According to Gilmore, the positions offer either $ 11 or $ 12 an hour, tips, and a flexible schedule. Gilmore estimates that 80 percent of applicants who have offered an interview fail to show up. She said this was directly related to the current state of affairs.

“It’s related to a pandemic,” Gilmore said. “I know people have problems.” Maybe they’re waiting for their second vaccine, or maybe they’re waiting for that two week period because they got through, you know, and they’re just not ready to commit. They may have childcare issues, but it’s worse. Before we’d get a lot of interviews now, we might only get 10 and two of them show up. “

To apply for the positions, click here. Gilmore said she wanted to fill the positions as soon as possible to prevent her current employees from being burned out.

“We’re actually trying. We’re trying Facebook. We try word of mouth. We put a sign up, you know, but our people get burned out, “Gilmore said.” I had a young man who worked 106 hours in one pay period, that is, that’s tough. It has now dropped back to 70 hours. “

Amy Ares is also noticeable with hiring new positions. In January she founded her vegan dessert company Love Thy Desserts. She uses the communal kitchen area at the Findlay Market to create her desserts. Customers include Essen Kitchen, the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and Cincy Cheesecakery.

As more people return to restaurants and public spaces, the demand for Love Thy desserts continues to grow, according to Ares. Ares says, to keep up with the growth, she is hiring two part-time workers to help with packaging and manufacturing. Ares said she was offering $ 15 an hour. As a mother of a toddler, she said she could only invest so much in her business without needing help.

“I can only take so many customers,” said Ares. “It also means that I have to work every day and put my child in day care, which doesn’t really make sense in day care.” costs more than what I can pay myself so it’s kind of a catch-22 situation. “

Ares is from South Africa and moved to Ohio to be with her husband. She told how she scratched her head in the current recruitment struggles in the USA because of her international experience with unemployment. While she said she understood the need for unemployment benefits, she also blamed it for why she had problems filling positions.

“So, you know, there are tons of people out there who are looking for jobs, desperate to work, and going to do anything, you know. Go out, get a job, “said Ares about unemployment in South Africa.” And here you have the exact opposite. You have people sitting in the comfort of their own home, getting paid, and not really wanting to work at this stage because they are too comfortable. ”

To apply for an open position at Love Thy Desserts, send an email to [email protected]

Governor Mike DeWine announced that $ 300 weekly unemployment benefits will end on June 26 in Ohio.

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