Intuit leaders and supporters

Community leaders and supporters stand with officials from Intuit for a photo after announcing that the company will be bring 200 to 500 jobs to Bluefield.

BLUEFIELD — On June 20, area residents will get a chance to meet representatives of new businesses coming to Bluefield, as well as apply for a job.

A Lemonade Block Party will be held at 622 Commerce Street at the former AAA building, hosted by Intuit and Alorica.

The building is a temporary headquarters for the companies as preparations are being made on the Summit Bank building on Federal Street for a permanent headquarters.

Intuit, a California-based international information technology company that offers online products like TurboTax and Quick Books, will open a “prosperity hub” in the bank building. The hub will include a customer success center and an innovation lab for entrepreneurs and start-up businesses.

The company will bring with it 200-500 jobs.

Alorica, an Irvine, Calif.-based customer experience management company also with an office in Charleston, is working with Intuit.

According to a recent article submitted by the two companies, Alorica partners with some of the world’s largest and most respected brands and specializes in being the connecting thread between a community like Bluefield, and a corporation like Intuit.

Alorica will be taking care of the hiring process.

“Together, Intuit and Alorica are opening up new jobs that we know the people of Bluefield are ready to embrace,” the article said. “We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: jobs and careers are a critical first step to fueling an economy. For example, through similar jobs we provide in Wise, VA, other small business owners have been able to launch and benefit from more dollars and foot traffic. Job creation through Alorica is just one part of our plan to inspire prosperity in Bluefield.”

The party will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

An Alorica hiring event is also set for Wednesday, June 12, at the Bluefield Arts Center.

Event details on Indeed.com say those interested in applying can be at the arts center between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Positions advertised are customer service representatives.

Inuit made the announcement of its plans to locate the prosperity hub in Bluefield in March.

Wise, Va. also has a customer success center as part of Intuit’s Mission Hope project to bring centers into rural communities that have experienced financial downturns. Another center is in Johnstown, Pa.

Bluefield is the third, but is unique because of the innovation lab component and the only one called a “prosperity hub” because of the innovation lab. 

“The Prosperity Hub coming to Bluefield is greatly inspired by Intuit’s mission to power prosperity around the world, especially for those who need it most,” the companies’ recent article said. “Our vision for Bluefield and other Prosperity Hub cities is to bring jobs, skills, financial well-being and small business success, creating a positive ripple effect on the economy and success for each city and region.”

As part of the preparations for the companies coming to town, the city is working to create up to 750 more parking places, not only for employees but also to accommodate other businesses that are expected to spring up as well as visitors to the city.

— Contact Charles Boothe at cboothe@bdtonline.com