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April 07, 2015 09:06 ET

LiveWatch Security Recognized for Providing Exceptional Employment Opportunities to Kansas' Youth

Event for Entrepreneurs to Learn About Benefits of Offering Youth Employment Opportunities, Mentorships, Apprenticeships and On-the-Job Training

MANHATTAN, KS--(Marketwired - April 07, 2015) - Local employer, LiveWatch Security, will be honored on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 by small business organization, Small Business Majority, for their efforts to employ youth in Kansas. LiveWatch Founder, Chris Johnson, will be accepting a national small business youth employer award as part of Small Business Majority's opportunity youth campaign. The campaign works to get small business owners to commit to providing employment, internship and mentorship opportunities to our nation's youth. A case study funded by The Rockefeller Foundation and conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit, will be shared to show the innovative ways LiveWatch has gone above and beyond to employ local youth.

Says Chris Johnson, "It is common for youth to think they don't have much to offer, but it's up to us to recognize raw talent and intelligence and then teach them business principles and specific skills needed to be a part of a professional organization. Employers have a tendency to think about talent in terms of experience and that can hinder their willingness to hire a young workforce. Here at LiveWatch, we have worked to leverage the experience of strong leaders to quickly train and mentor new talent and grow a team of young professionals."

LiveWatch was founded by Johnson in 2002 after he spent 10 years in emergency services working with EMS, Fire, and Law Enforcement agencies. Established in the heart of the U.S. in St.Mary's, Kansas, the LiveWatch team has since grown to serve over one-hundred thousand customers nationwide with the help of a young and skilled team. LiveWatch focuses on delivering top quality security equipment and 24-hour nationwide alarm monitoring, all with a team that is focused on delighting each customer it serves.

"We are honored to receive this award for our efforts with youth employment," says Johnson. "There is something very special with the way LiveWatch approaches youth employment. We look for people who are smart, fun, caring, and who like to win. There is an incredible amount of talent hidden in the younger population. Companies have to be willing to mine for that talent, and part of that is recognizing the marks of a great employee."

The event will be hosted by The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce, the St. Mary's Chamber of Commerce, and Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corporation in conjunction with Small Business Majority and with support from The Rockefeller Foundation. Meant to highlight the growing problem of youth unemployment and discuss ways small employers can help today's youth while boosting their bottom lines, Johnson will participate in an interactive discussion with other small businesses.

Following the event, The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce will also host its monthly "Business After Hours" networking event where guests will be able to continue the discussion with LiveWatch, as well as representatives from The Rockefeller Foundation, The Economist Intelligence Unit and Small Business Majority.

About LiveWatch Security, LLC LiveWatch Security®, a DIY home security system provider offering smartphone-enabled alarm systems and home automation, has revolutionized home security in America with its Plug & Protect® home security system featuring the patented ASAPer® (As Soon As Possible Emergency Response) service. Founded in 2002, LiveWatch is headquartered in Evanston, IL and serves customers in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. LiveWatch was honored with the 2014 Gold Stevie Award for Customer Service, 2013 Silver Stevie Award for eCommerce Customer Service, and was recognized as an enterprise leader by The Economist. For more information, please visit

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