Cerenizia Foods, Inc.

Story submitted by: San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board

Workforce Challenge

Cerenzia Foods, Inc., a local distributor of major food brands, is a family-owned company. Like many employers across the nation, Cerenzia faced challenges in this tough economy in maintaining profitability and was in danger of laying off key employees.

Workforce Solution

Cerenzia enrolled in the Business Consulting Program funded with Workforce Investment Act (WIA) dollars and administered by the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County. They were paired with DEIVIN Consulting, a business consultant specializing in process improvement and business efficiency.

“In this tough economic time, saving money can be the difference between keeping three to four key full-time employees and letting them go,” said Joe Annunziato, chief executive officer for Cerenzia.

Outcomes & Benefits

Joe estimated that the County’s Business Consulting Program helped them realize an annual savings of more than $75,000, which will allow the company to avoid laying off staff.

The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s business efficiency consulting program, which is offered at no cost to local employers, has saved more than 700 jobs and created 200 jobs in less than one year.

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