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Businesses that need employees before thousands arrive in Florida for the season

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“Many businesses are struggling. It’s supply and demand,” said Stacie Carroll, the owner of Peach Tree Designs. “There’s a lot of demand for employees and there’s a shortage.”  Businesses are putting up signs, posting to social media, and attending job fairs. 

During the season, Carroll said customers will spill out onto the streets in the evenings. She needs people to work in the evenings at her boutique. If she can’t find people, it may result in shortening store hours. 

Carroll said every year they look for seasonal hires. However, this year it is more difficult to find workers with a higher demand. 

“It’ll affect our sales,” Carroll said. “We won’t get that nighttime capture.”

Augusto Marenco, a manager of Vergina Restaurant, said they are looking forward to the season but will need workers. The restaurant is looking to hire people before the big rush in a few months. 

“We’re looking for everything right now,” he said. “Servers, cooks, bartenders with experience. But if no experience, we can train.”

Marenco said if they don’t have enough people they may have fewer tables and staff may work overtime.  

Artis—Naples is hosting a job fair from 2-6 p.m. on Friday, September 17 in the Hayes Hall Lobby. 

There have been a few job fairs in Collier County recently to get the word out about job openings. There will be another job fair on Fifth Avenue on October 15 from noon to 2 p.m.

“We view our job fair as a very effective way to identify potential candidates and also make them aware of various roles at Artis—Naples, the premier destination for the visual and performing arts in Southwest Florida,” said CEO and President Kathleen van Bergen. 

They are looking for bartenders, event services team members, patron services representatives, museum store associates, safety and security officers, ushers, and housekeepers.

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