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Is a small business right for you?

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If you are one of those looking for work, where are you looking?

In this economy, the size of the company matters.

Forrest Cook, has spent nearly 30 years working in human resources. His employer is NCP Solutions, a small business that processes secure information.

Cook says small businesses are hiring people who are willing to work with others.

"That collaborative ability to work with other people, and share in the work is very very important," says Cook.

Collin Vaughn is a human resource generalist for Atherotech, a company specializes in cardio-diagnostics.

From customer service, to technicians, to management, Vaughn says there's room to move up through the ranks.

"We like to promote from within, we're growing so much. We hired 135 people last year, with that we try to promote our own employees," says Vaughn.

Chad Brewer with Manpower works to connect potential employees with employers.

He offers a caveat. While a small business employee may have more opportunity to shine, there's also more chance for scrutiny.

"You're working in a smaller pool of people and will be noticed by upper management quicker, that can give you opportunities for promotion," says Brewer.
"(Employees) have to be prepared to be on their game, because they aren't in a large situation where others pick up the slack. So those issues will surface a lot quicker."

Brewer says ultimately, while gainful employment in any company is a plus.
He says the majority of businesses that are hiring, are small businesses.

"The trend is going with the small business because we've gone through a very tough recession, they cut themselves down significantly. Obviously they need to get back into a situation where their business is growing and they have to have good talent to come on board with them," says Brewer.

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