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Some Exciting New Changes for 2017:

Happy New Year!

It is the season for setting new annual goals and 2017 is bringing some big changes here at MBS, so we wanted to give you a snapshot of what you’ll be seeing from us during our next spin around the sun! We have been brainstorming about how we can better serve our Grand Rapids community and of course, our wonderful readers! Here are some of the changes we are making to better connect with you:

  1. This Blog – Throughout the next several months you will find a series of blogs written and designed specifically for those of you that are looking to get to the next level in your career, whether that means finding a new job or moving up in your current one.  From nailing that final round interview, to watering your work-life, we will be here every month to provide you with our best advice from years of experience.
  2. Facebook – Like and follow our page for brand new content, hot new job listings and some extra special contest giveaways starting next week!
  3. Twitter – We’ll be tweeting out our hottest jobs, and original Twitter-only content to add some humor to the tougher weekdays.
  4. LinkedIn – If you’re on the market or looking to connect with local professionals, we want to see you on LinkedIn! LinkedIn is a great way for potential employers to see your background and the endorsements of individuals you’ve worked for in the past! Follow Management Business Solutions and connect with us for more job descriptions and direct access to us with any questions!
  5. We want to build a relationship with you! – Is there a topic that you would like to see a blog about? Do you have a question about career advancement, interviewing or something else that we can answer for you? Leave us a comment or connect with us on our pages, we would love to assist you in any way that we can!

We are looking forward to this upcoming year and cannot wait to connect with you!

Management Business Solutions Adopts Local Families in Need

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Grand Rapids, MI – Management Business Solutions has partnered with Hope Community, a rapid re-housing program under the Grand Rapids Housing Commission which serves homeless mothers and their children, to adopt two of their families for the holidays. The company’s goal is to align with the organization to help single mothers overcome obstacles associated with homelessness. Women who choose to become a part of Hope Community participate in an individualized self-discovery and educational process designed to help them identify and overcome barriers to self-sufficiency. As they identify those barriers, donors such as MBS step in to alleviate some of those needs. Latoya Person, part-owner of Management Business Solutions is very active with the local homeless community. As a Transitional Housing Program Donor for many years, her involvement inspired the company to step in and fill this need.

 

Latoya stated, “The emergency housing program has seen a change recently and although Hope Community provides the women with private apartments, each equipped with a kitchen, living room, bathroom and bedrooms appropriate to the family’s size, they no longer come fully furnished in many cases. Some of the residents are living in completely empty apartments with their young children. We have taken on the task of helping to improve their living situation.” Latoya is also volunteering her time as a personal mentor to the women. She realizes that they are assisting some of our community’s most vulnerable families and her steady support increases their chances for success.

 

The entire staff has collected gifts and toys for the children and mothers, and Latoya has put together a personal analysis of their situations to provide beds, couches and other tangible needs so that they can focus on self-sufficiencies such as finding a job, transportation or childcare.

 

Not only will Management Business Solutions be delivering gifts to them this holiday season, but also stocking their shelves with food, cleaning, and personal hygiene products.

 

Latoya acts as a liaison between the community and the Grand Rapids Housing Commission, also volunteering resources to complexes such as Adams Park Apartments, Leonard Terrace, and Delaware Manor. Individuals or organizations that want to adopt a family like Management Business Solutions can connect with Latoya Person directly at latoya@mgmtbsolutions.com or 616-589-8071.

MBS Giving Back: Partners’ in the Office and the Community

Management Business Solutions is owned and managed by three amazing women! Each co-owner is heavily involved in the community, giving back and showing support for different groups and individuals.

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Floriza Genautis, Founder and CEO of MBS is heavily involved in several community organizations including United Way, BL²END, Fair Housing and WISE. Floriza started MBS with a focus on diversity and inclusion, and gets involved with organizations that share that purpose and her passions. Floriza donates her time on a regular basis to these groups organizing events, representing the business community and giving back to the Grand Rapids area. She supports fair housing, young professionals and inclusion and equity. As a co-founder of WISE, she has developed many connections in the community and mentored individuals regarding their employment search and professional development.

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Latoya Person, co-owner and managing partner, has been involved in several organizations during her time at MBS. She has served on the board as Secretary and Executive Board Member for BL²END (Business Leaders Linked to Encourage New Directions), whose mission is to foster an environment of growth and belonging where young professionals of color can connect with each other, develop professionally and contribute to the local community. She also is heavily involved with One in Christ Ministries, an organization which she co-founded. The organization is committed to serving, helping and motivating the under-served population in our local community. One in Christ partners with the transitional housing organizations to provide annual food baskets, clothing, and other items of necessity to their residents. Their annual food basket drive has continued to grow. Last year they bought, packaged and distributed over 700 Christmas food baskets throughout the Grand Rapids area. Latoya is on call at all times in addition to serving as a mentor to individuals in their housing programs. It is her personal mission to connect, uplift, encourage, educate, and disciple those in need.

am Amy Marshall, co-owner and managing partner, is involved with multiple organizations throughout west Michigan but the organization that Amy is most active in is the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She has sat on the Board of the directors for the last 6 years and is passionate about raising awareness of the growing Hispanic population in West Michigan. The Hispanic Chamber’s leadership and staff continue to raise the bar and challenge themselves to offer the very best in programming and events for individuals and companies to attend for continued professional development. Having been so heavily involved, she donates over 350 hours a year to the Hispanic Chamber and has made some wonderful connections that share her goals and passion for supporting the Hispanic community.

Other members of our team are involved in organizations like Relay For Life, Grand Rapids Young Professionals, the Second Reformed Church of Grand Haven and the Humane Society of West Michigan.

MBS encourages employees to get involved and provides the flexibility during working hours to pursue volunteer opportunities. How does your employer support your involvement in the community? Are you wishing you could get involved, but aren’t sure what your first step is? We’d love to hear your stories in the comments below!

This One Question Can Make or Break Your Interview!

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 You have finally landed an interview for a great role with a reputable company. You’ve put on your best business attire, arrived early, and the conversation is going very well – if you may say so yourself. Then it happens: the question that can throw the entire interview off course. The interviewer smiles, folds her hands together on the table and inquires, “Why do you want to work for us?”. You pause a moment before piecing together a generic compilation of the words, “great company”, “wonderful opportunity”, and “need a job because…” concluded with vague details. She jots something down, thanks you for your time and says that they will be in touch.

That is not the answer that your interviewers are looking for. 

Employers are looking for something specific when they ask this question, and typically it will come up in the very first round of interviews.  Here are a few steps to build a better response that encompasses the reality of why you want work there:

 

  • Do your research. It is impossible to tell someone why you want to work for them if you do not actually know yourself. Research the company – find out what they do, how they do it and why it is done that way. If you have any contacts there already, reach out to them. Learn as much as possible about the company and the role ahead of time.

 

  • Tell the truth, but give relevant responses. It may be true that you need a job to pay off your car or afford daycare. It is not, however, relevant to the question at hand. The employer wants to hear what specifically about the company and role appeals to you and why. Maybe it aligns with professional goals you have set, maybe the company offers great training opportunities and is highly regarded as an ethical company or maybe you are looking to get back into a similar set of responsibilities as your last position. Whatever the case, include the relevant facts, rather than the extraneous ones.

 

  • Paint them a picture. Your answer to this question is a great way to showcase your skill set, your passion and your future goals. Show that you are a motivated and driven individual.

 

The next time that someone asks you why you want to work for them, you should be able to identify a clear, concise and truthful answer.

 

MBS: CEO Grows Employee to Become Company Owner

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(MBS) – (www.mgmtbsolutions.com) announced today that its principal founder and CEO, Floriza Genautis, is officially offering shares of the company to Latoya Person, Managing Partner, after five years with the company. Latoya started her MBS journey in 2010 as an intern in her last year of college. With her great work ethic and willingness to help the company continue to grow, it led to her being promoted into a lead recruiter role. Latoya brings more than 10 years of experience and expertise in the management, hiring, and recruiting of employees.

Latoya plans, directs and coordinates the operations of the company which includes managing daily operations and planning the use of resources. She has succeeded in streamlining business operations to ensure each client receives the best recruitment solutions possible. Floriza Genautis, CEO said “Latoya has a natural talent for strategic oversight and effective analysis that has awakened her elite sourcing abilities. She is our internal sourcing guru and brings expertise in attracting extraordinary candidates.” Latoya Person, is the second MBS employee to be offered shares of the company under the 5-Year Employee Ownership Plan with Amy Marshall being the first in 2014.

The 5-Year Employee Ownership Plan at MBS is available to all interested employees that demonstrate the commitment and dedication necessary to be a part-owner in a small business. According to Genautis, the goal of the 5-Year Employee Ownership Plan is to show a “commitment to guaranteeing the success of our organization by creating future leaders that are vested in the growth of the organization.  Constant training and mentoring are provided. One on one interaction, an open door policy, and communication are important, as well as making sure autonomy and flexibility are given to all. Valuing the contribution of each team member, we strive for success and excellence as well as making sure that upward mobility is available to all. Our business model is to hire and train future owners.”

About Management Business Solutions
Management Business Solutions (MBS) was founded in 2006 to provide practical, cost-effective, and customized employment solutions to clients. The current MBS staff has over 30 years of combined experience in recruiting, staffing, interviewing, and sourcing – all key components in designing customized staffing solutions to meet client needs. Headquartered in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, MBS has a strong commitment to the West Michigan community but has national reach in its recruiting efforts. MBS is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) and Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB), in addition to holding 8(a) certification.
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Management Business Solutions, Inc., CEO Grows Employee to Become Company Owner

Grand Rapids, MI – Management Business Solutions, Inc. (MBS) announced today that its principal founder and CEO, Floriza Genautis, is officially offering shares of the company to Amy Marshall, Managing Partner, after five years with the company. Amy started her MBS journey in February 2009 as a part-time recruiting assistant and quickly demonstrated the willingness and ability to learn and grow within the company, and also to help the company grow and bring in additional business. In her five years at MBS, she has been able to help build a successful team of committed recruiters, develop a thriving internship program, and gain the trust of long-lasting repeat clients. Amy Marshall is the first MBS employee to be offered shares of the company under the 5-Year Employee Ownership Plan.

The 5-Year Employee Ownership Plan at MBS is available to all interested employees that demonstrate the commitment and dedication necessary to be a part-owner in a small business. According to Genautis, the goal of the 5-Year Employee Ownership Plan is to show a “commitment to guaranteeing the success of our organization by creating future leaders that are vested in the growth of the organization.  Constant training and mentoring are provided.  One on one interaction, an open door policy, and communication are important, as well as making sure autonomy and flexibility are given to all. Valuing the contribution of each team member, we strive for success and excellence as well as making sure that upward mobility is available to all.  Our business model is to hire and train future owners.”

Management Business Solutions (MBS) was founded in 2006 to provide practical, cost-effective, and customized employment solutions to clients. The current MBS staff has over 30 years of combined experience in recruiting, staffing, interviewing, and sourcing – all key components in designing customized staffing solutions to meet client needs. Headquartered in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, MBS has a strong commitment to the West Michigan community but has national reach in its recruiting efforts. MBS is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) and Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB), in addition to holding 8(a) certification.