Corporate Voices for Working Families has released a valuable new resource to help community leaders and employers collaborate to support children, youth and families in their communities. Understanding the Needs of Your Business Partners: Building and Conducting a Successful Business Survey offers practical advice to community organizations, helping them work strategically with employers in their region and guiding them through a business survey to better understand the landscape of business investments in their community. The publication is the latest addition to a unique suite of tools offered by Corporate Voices, based on a decade of experience studying the workforce needs and expectations of employers nationwide. It was released last week at “Community Solutions,” a conference of Ready by 21® communities across the Southeastern United States.

“At a time when our nation’s prosperity depends more than ever on a well-educated workforce, too many young Americans remain poorly equipped to excel in school today and in the economy of tomorrow,” said Stephen M. Wing, President of Corporate Voices. “Our tools for community-business engagement aim to address an urgent goal: strengthening and expanding the most effective public-private partnerships to ensure that more young people can step confidently into the exciting jobs of the future.”

Corporate Voices’ community-business engagement tools are produced in connection with the Ready by 21® National Partnership, an initiative helping improve the odds that all youth will be ready for college, work and life. The centerpiece of our resource library is Supporting the Education Pipeline: A Business Engagement Toolkit for Community-Based Organizations, published in late 2010 in partnership with United Way Worldwide and the Workforce Strategy Center.

Others useful resources in the suite include:

The full set of tools may be accessed on Corporate Voices’ website at