By: Micki Vandeloo Growth is a good thing but the flip side of growth is equipping your new and current staff to address higher volumes of work. With the low unemployment rate, manufacturers are hiring less skilled workers and training them on the job rather than trying to find an employee with a strong set
By Micki Vandeloo As the COVID 19 pandemic has raged across the United States and the world, businesses have shut down or have come very close due to lack of supplies, forced closures due to the potential for pandemic spread, and loss of revenue from cancelled events. Many people’s livelihoods have been severely threatened as
By Micki Vandeloo Have you ever had an idea for a new product or technology that you were certain would revolutionize your industry? If so, was money a barrier for commercializing the technology? Commercialized technologies lead to new jobs and, in some cases, new facilities to manufacture products using those technologies. Recognizing the economic impact
As manufacturing rebounds from the pandemic and order books fill (maybe you even have a healthy backlog), you might need your employees to possess new skills, particularly as it remains hard to find additional workers. You may have just gotten a new piece of equipment on your production floor and need training on its use.
By: Micki Vandeloo Trade associations have a unique nonprofit designation as a 501c6. This is the IRS designation for a non-profit that is supported by membership fees, that exists to promote its members’ business interests without the goal of making a profit. In addition, no one shareholder can benefit financially from the organization’s income. These
Broadband expansion, particularly to rural and underserved areas, has been a big focus in grantmaking since the beginning of COVID. The pandemic and, in particular, the distance learning and telemedicine efforts that resulted from the need to socially distance placed a spotlight on those in small towns and other geographic areas where internet service was