i just applied B permit. the entry visa and settled permit are different things. entry visa should be granted by embassy of switzerland in u.s. settled permit should be granted by immigration office in switzerland. visa should be applied by yourself. and permit B should be applied by your boss.
the application procedure of two documents are closely related which means if someone can help you to push immigration office in switzerland for your permit then the procedure of visa application can also be accelarated.
you know, the switzerland embassy in my homeland will only handle 3 month short visit visa. for your situation, more than 1 year stay will be send back to switzerland to subscribe as "return-subscribtion". this will take 2 months which i was told by an embassy assistant.