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How to Hire Workers with Disabilities or Special Needs

As we all know, even though the unemployment rate nationwide is slowly increasing (meaning a larger pool of potential workers), manufacturers are still struggling to find employees.  This leads to the need to explore previously untapped sources for workers.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that, for 2023, the unemployment rate for people with a […]

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How to Qualify for Federal Supply Chain and Domestic Manufacturing Conversion Grants

By: Micki Vandeloo, President, Lakeview Consulting The bills authorizing funding to support domestic manufacturing that resulted from the pandemic have really garnered the attention of the U.S. manufacturing base.  However, as noted previously in my article, “Setting the Record Straight on Grants for Reshoring Manufacturing”, these grants are targeted at supply chains in very specific industry

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Best Practices for Securing Federal and State Manufacturing Grants

By: Micki Vandeloo, President, Lakeview Consulting In the last article, we talked about federal grants and the role they could play in your success as a manufacturing company. We also talked about the strings attached to federal grants. In this article, we will talk about some best practices for securing federal and state manufacturing grant money.

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Where Does Federal Grant Money for Manufacturers Come From and How Do You Access It?

By: Micki Vandeloo, President, Lakeview Consulting Everyone wants federal grant money, primarily due to the money awarded (in the hundreds of thousands to millions per award!).  A Google search proves that there is much publicity for these huge awards, which leads manufacturers to believe that so much money is out there.  This article discusses the sources

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Answers to Your Most Common Manufacturing Grant Questions

By: Micki Vandeloo, President, Lakeview Consulting As we enter the final months of 2023, I thought I would end the year answering some of the most common questions I received in my webinars, conference presentations and conversations with manufacturers this year. Question:  Are there manufacturing grants for reshoring?  Answer:  This was by far the most common

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Create Opportunities and Fill Staffing Needs with Internship Grants

By: Micki Vandeloo, President, Lakeview Consulting Are you trying to attract workers to your manufacturing facility to help increase capacity and meet customer demand?  In previous articles, I provided ideas for attracting workers, including offering apprenticeship opportunities for your most in-demand jobs and partnering with non-profits and state resources (check out this article on effective recruiting

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What are Trade Show Incentive or Assistance Grants?

By: Micki Vandeloo, President, Lakeview Consulting Is your manufacturing company diversifying markets by promoting your products overseas?  If so, your state may be happy to support you in this endeavor! Trade Show Grants: An Introduction The State Trade Expansion Program, or STEP, is a federal program funded by the Small Business Administration (SBA).  State entities apply

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Setting the Record Straight on Grants for Reshoring Manufacturing

By: Micki Vandeloo, President, Lakeview Consulting Since the pandemic, I have frequently gotten inquiries like this: “I saw on the news (or in the press, or on the internet) that the federal government is putting money toward reshoring manufacturing.  We plan to bring work back to the United States, so how can we get some of

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