In an era of contracting labor supply and growing demand for specialized skills, successful companies will have to compete for employees in much the same way they contend for customers. BLS & Co. helps clients understand whether a particular location can sustain their business by thoroughly analyzing the availability, quality and cost of local labor. As labor markets are organic entities that often transcend political boundaries, we focus on key population, labor force and employment indicators within a custom-designed labor catchment defined by commuting distances and conditions. We augment this statistical approach with empirical research - monitoring employers in target areas and conducting interviews with companies, recruiters, higher education institutions and workforce development officials. We ask penetrating questions about competitive labor demand, wages levels, employment relations, successful recruiting methods and other key variables.