Transforming companies & communities
one employee at a time

About Us

Our Mission

Employer Resource Networks (ERNs®) assist private companies in supporting working families to gain self-sufficiency while driving business growth. ERN USA transforms companies one employee at a time through its onsite Success Coaching model, the support and growth of existing ERNs®, the development of new networks, peer learning across all partners, and evaluation to demonstrate high impact for employees, employers, government and communities.

The ERN® model is an innovative approach to workforce development that was initiated in West Michigan in 2007. As of June 2024, ERN USA has grown to 25 ERNs in 8 states including Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Tennessee with an average employer ROI of 1394% (2023 ERN USA KPI Report). The ERN USA network has over 50 area network administrators and success coaches and over 150 member employers. Additional ERNs are in the Exploratory or Development phases in California, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas. If you are interested in starting or joining an ERN, please contact us.

We invite other regions seeking innovative ways to blend the efforts of business and social service to learn more about how to launch an ERN® in their own communities.

ERN USA Network Benefits

ERN USA partners with Lead Organizations who assist in new ERN® start-ups. These new ERNs® become licensed members of ERN USA with benefits that include:

  • ERN® Data Solutions for metrics tracking that helps determine individual ERN and national network impact 

  • National ERN® conferences for best practice sharing and development

  • Quarterly national Peer Learning Calls for both administrators and success coaches

The ERN USA trademark is our “Good Housekeeping Seal.” It lets other organizations know that a member belongs to the ERN USA Network, and has:

  • Completed the 5 Phase ERN Collaborative Development Process
  • Follows an employer-led model that is uniform across all ERNs nationally
  • Shares an onsite Success Coach
  • Uses the data and process driven ERN USA Data Solutions CMS
  • Participates in ERN USA Peer Learning events