Heard on the Street: New Rochester business ready to put you to work

Temporary doesn't always mean short-term in today's ever-changing business world.

"In the true full workforce model, companies have their core workforce employees, long-term contracted workers and true temps," said Curt Olson, co-owner of Aspire Employment Solutions. "We help them solidify that model. We make sure it is as cost-effective as possible and meanwhile as effective for the employees."

Olson and his co-owner, Ryan Thomas, fired up their new Rochester business earlier this month in Suite 303 of 3145 Wellner Drive N.E. in the Premier Bankbuilding.

While their firm handles traditional short-term staffing for companies, Aspire also offers its own approach to long-term contract employees.

Olson said temporary staffing once meant filling a short-term need, but today, "temporary" contract workers are often on the job for years.


That can be good for the employer's bottom line, but limited or nonexistent benefits can make such a position a strain for workers. That in turn can make it difficult for businesses to keep good talent.

That's where Aspire comes in, offering competitive benefits for contract employees.

"The new health-care reform is bringing new challenges to companies, and we can help them address all of that in a cost-effective manner," said Olson.

Olson previously worked with Express Employment Professionalsin Rochester as well as running his own Express franchise office in Eau Claire, Wis. Through Express, he addressed HR issues for the tech firm Pemstar, which later was acquired by Benchmark Electronics.

Thomas previously worked as operations director at Rochester Medicalin Stewartville, and he has been on the road for the past several years as a national sales manager for Minnesota's Mackin Educational Resources.

He is focusing on the short-term staffing services at Aspire, which is he said is very refreshing after so many years on the sales beat.

"I'm finding putting people to work is very rewarding," Thomas said.



Columnist, blogger and reporter Jeff Kiger tracks business action in Rochester and southeastern Minnesota every day in Heard on the Street.

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