Consulting a big part of developing business

John Lowe Dix Communications Published:

NEW CONCORD -- Owners of local businesses who would like to provide ancillary services to businesses of the gas and oil industry have a new resource available locally in Elizabeth Carter.

Owner of the eponymous Elizabeth Carter Consulting LLC, Carter wants to work with a broad spectrum of businesses. However, business people with their eyes on the burgeoning growth of gas and oil companies have zeroed in on her.

Considering her experience in the gas and oil industry, that interest is understandable.

"I worked for a large company that did nothing but build compressor stations for the oil and gas industry," Carter said. "So, for the last five years that was the industry I was focusing on."

A year ago, Carter resigned from Bi-Con Services to stay home with her toddler. As a member of the Guernsey Noble Safety Council board of directors and of Leadership Guernsey, word began to spread that Carter was home and might be available to help businesses understand the ins and outs of the gas and oil industry.

"They just started asking me to help them do things and that's what led me to start my consulting company," she said.

With what sort issues does Carter assist?

She helps implement industry-specific training, advises on human relations and personnel issues and the sort of policies that need to be adopted. With respect to policies, she can advise, review or, even, write the policies that gas and oil companies demand of their vendors.

Having helped gas and oil companies in their hiring, she is well acquainted with the idiosyncrasies of the industry.

"I know what small businesses should try to get in place now before the big boom hits," she said, "safety policies, personnel policies -- everything that the oil and gas industry wants to look at, everything they want in place [in order] to be on a bidder's list for them."

With respect to industry specific policies, consider the issue of drugs.

With respect to drug usage, the gas and oil industry must follow the guidelines of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

"It's not the same as a commercial drivers license Department of Transportation drug test policy," Carter said. "You have to do a pre-employment. You have to random drug test your employees. You have to do a post-accident test. Then, if someone were to test positive, they're terminated immediately and referred to a Substance Abuse Professional counselor."

In addition to her experience in the gas and oil industry, Carter can tap the experience she gained as a business owner. She and her husband have operated Carter Concrete Inc. That company, however, soon will be shut down.

"My husband just took a job with an oil company that came to the area, so we're going to be closing down the concrete company."

Anyone wishing to confer with Carter can reach her by calling 740-826-4709.

jlowe@daily-jeff.com

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