The goal of Helena WINS is to attract, develop and retain talent to build a robust talent pipeline for the Helena area that is responsive to employers' current and emerging workforce needs. 

With record low unemployment and an aging workforce in Helena, it’s never been more challenging to attract, develop, and retain talent. As the community advocate for business, the Helena Area Chamber of Commerce is addressing the most important issue facing our members - workforce development. We know Helena is a great place to live and work, and we also know the pool of available workers is small and employers are competing for capable employees. By working together, we believe we can grow our workforce and help meet the needs of area businesses.

In May of 2018, the Helena Area Chamber of Commerce, Helena College, and Reach Higher Montana gathered a team of business, education, government, and community workforce development partners to launch Helena WINS (Workforce Innovation NetworkS).

Through the Helena WINS initiative, business, education, government, and community resource providers are encouraged to partner together to develop and implement “work-based” learning and promote career readiness strategically designed to serve employer’s priority workforce needs. 

If finding, training and keeping employees is a challenge for your business, Helena WINS can help!

Contact the Helena WINS Director at mwinkle@helenachamber.com or call 406-442-4120. Businesses of all sizes are welcomed to participate in Helena WINS.

There are no defined fee structures associated with Helena WINS because this is an employee-driven initiative, participating businesses determine how much time they would like to devote to work-based learning programs and opportunities, and if additional resources are necessary, it’s a business decision to invest in those specific strategies.


Attract Talent

  • Have a voice in the Chamber’s efforts to promote Helena as a great place to live, work and play.

  • As a participating Helena WINS employer, help target workers in specific demand occupations to consider Helena’s opportunities.

Develop Talent

  • Work collaboratively with employers who have similar needs to develop training programs for "up-skilling" current employees and to build career advancement opportunities. 

  • Showcase your business and employment opportunities with emerging workers who will be entering the workforce in the coming weeks, months and years.

  • Learn how to build advancement opportunities among your current workforce to grow employees’ skill sets.

Retain Talent 

  • Be on the cutting edge of implementing employment practices that foster loyalty among your workforce.

  • Collaborate with other businesses to strategize community services that matter to your workforce.