Tuesday, June 26, 2012

NextGen for the Cure!

A team of NextGen staff and family members participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 2012 in downtown St. Louis along with 51,000 other racers and many more who came to cheer them on.

Since 1999, more than $26 million has been raised in the St. Louis community through events such as the annual Race. Komen St. Louis has awarded more than $19 million in grants to local organizations that deliver breast health services in the local community.

NextGen is glad to be part of a community that does so much good each year and that joins the fundraising efforts of communities all over the country to fight breast cancer!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Immigrant Entrepreneurs in St. Louis: You Have To Hustle

On Wednesday, June 20th, in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Tim Logan reported that St. Louis' high-skilled, entrepreneurial immigrants have helped the region's economy, and that to spur further growth, more immigrants are needed in the region.

Carmen Jacob, NextGen's founder, was interviewed for the article:

Carmen Jacob saw an opportunity 15 years ago, when she heard some big local companies say they had a hard time finding good information technology workers. So she launched NextGen, an IT staffing agency downtown. Now she provides workers on a contract basis to big companies such as AT&T, Ameren and Monsanto.
A native Guatemalan, Jacob came to St. Louis 24 years ago. She said there are challenges to breaking into a male-dominated industry. But, she's found, if you provide a good service, people will hire you.
"You have to hustle," she said.
The Post-Dispatch article coincides with a study conducted by Jack Strauss, an economist at Saint Louis University, which points out that immigrants in St. Louis have a greater impact on the economy of St. Louis through entrepreneurial activity than non-immigrants, per capita. Strauss' study notes that immigrant households in the region tend to earn 25% more than native-born households, and foreign-born residents are 44% more likely to have a college degree and 60% more likely to start a business.

Furthermore, the Wall Street Journal on June 21, 2012, contained an op-ed by Matthew Slaughter that said:
As for start-ups, a 2007 study by researchers at Duke and [the University of California at] Berkeley found that 25% of all U.S. high-technology firms established between 1995 and 2005 had at least one foreign-born founder. In 2005, these new companies employed 450,000 workers and generated over $50 billion in sales.
The Post-Dispatch cites other immigrants helping to stimulate the St. Louis region's growth: 75 researchers at the Danforth Plant Science Center, and Rao Chilakala, owner of Mayuri Indian Restaurant. St. Louis is also home to the International Institute of St. Louis, which has helped about 500 resettled foreign refugees start businesses, as well as Bosnian, Hispanic, and Asian-American Chambers of Commerce.

What do you think? How can this region attract further entrepreneurial activity by foreigners? What else could St. Louis do to spur economic growth?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

NextGen in the News: Immigration Stimulates Economic Growth

On June 19th, 2012, St. Louis, Missouri's, Fox 2 News ran a story highlighting the effect of immigration on regional economic growth in St. Louis, after a study authored by Jack Strauss, an economist at St. Louis University, was released. Development officials in the region, such as the St. Louis County Economic Council, were interviewed as were prominent immigrant business people in St. Louis.

One of the business people interviewed for the story is NextGen's CEO Carmen Jacob.

Other interviewees included Martha Garcia Kampen of Kampen Marketing Consultants, and Anna Crosslin of the International Institute of St. Louis.

Thank you to Fox 2 News and Charles Jaco for recognizing the impact of immigrant business people on the St. Louis region's economic vitality!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

NextGen teams up with Benskin & Hott for GO! Network St. Louis

Working with staffing agencies can be a win-win situation for job-seekers, if done well: workers get resume-strengthening experience, solid income, and networking opportunities in their field of expertise - while companies get qualified employees focused on accomplishing specific objectives without the company getting distracted from its core competencies due to a complicated search for talent.  

On June 12th, 2012, NextGen teamed up with Benskin & Hott Talent Partners for an informative panelpresentation at GO! Network St. Louis, a nonprofit organization that helps St. Louis-area in-transition professionals get the knowledge and connections they need to move forward in their careers. The presenters gave GO! Network members a behind-the-scenes look at their processes, highlighted the benefits of working with staffing firms, shed light on common myths, and offered help in navigating potential pitfalls.  

The panel included Lori Eaton, Vice President of Sales and Recruiting at NextGen Information Services, Jennifer Millich, Senior Executive Search Partner at Benskin & Hott Talent Partners, Kristina Wilson, Recruitment and Sourcing Manager at NextGen Information Services, and was facilitated by Jason Fry, Sourcing Specialist at NextGen Information Services and a former member of GO! Network St. Louis.

Topics that the panelists focused on were:
  • What questions one should ask staffing agencies before partnering with them
  • What recruiters look for in candidates - from resumes to phone interviews - and how to stand out from the crowd
  • How staffing agencies "sell" candidates to client companies and what companies expect from agencies and contractors
  • Common misconceptions, pitfalls, and red flags while working with staffing agencies
  • Q&A with GO! Network members
Check out the video of the panel presentation and if you have any questions about working with staffing and recruiting agencies, contact NextGen or Benskin & Hott. If you're an in-transition professional in the St. Louis, Missouri, area, then check out GO! Network.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Sister Salute recognizes Carmen Jacob for contributing to society

The Sister Salute organization acknowledged eight Hispanic women of St. Louis at the Women of Color awards event May 11, 2012. The awards were given to the women for their exemplary work in the community and excellence in their contributions to society, and one of the honorees that night was NextGen founder and CEO, Carmen Jacob.

Here is what Red Latina Magazine said about Carmen Jacob's recognition:
Maria del Carmen Jacob is Founder and Executive Director of NextGen Information Services, Inc. Carmen started NextGen in 1997 as a regional personnel recruitment and business consulting services organization, which has grown to a $70 million company. NextGen is a certified minority and woman-owned business. Mrs. Jacob started her career as executive assistant to the Minister of Public Services in Guatemala. She is licensed in nursing and in business and has  worked in the banking sector as a warranty analyst. She and her husband worked for eight years in Latin America managing operations and Information Technology. Her family moved to St. Louis, where in 1997 they together founded a personnel recruitment services company, NextGen Information Services. NextGen is a leading provider of Information Technology (IT) staff to the largest Fortune 500 companies nationwide.
Other award recipients at the Women of Color event were Carmen S. Dence, Dinorah Viñas Bommarito, Haniny M. Hillberg, Elena García Kenyon, Jalesia F. MacQueen, Ciléia Miranda-Yuen, and Eileen Wolfington. A big thank you to all of these women for choosing to have a positive impact on the community!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

NextGen Founder Recognized

Carmen Jacob appeared in the Women of Achievement special feature of the St. Louis Post Dispatch on April 29, 2012. She was highlighted as one of several St. Louis-area women under the headline, Women in Business: Local Women Excel In Business Fields, for her success as founder and CEO of NextGen Information Services.

NextGen was founded in 1997 as a regional IT Staffing and Consulting Services business and it has grown to a $70 million enterprise.

Thank you, Carmen, for your hard work growing NextGen!