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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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Intern learning from a manager on the factory floor thanks to funding from internship grants.

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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Person attending a trade show thanks to a STEP trade show grant

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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Advanced Manufacturing Grants Fund Innovation in Industry

By: Micki Vandeloo, President, Lakeview Consulting Does your manufacturing business have the next big idea? Do you wish to utilize Industry 4.0 technologies such as automation and big data to improve the efficiency of your operations?  If you are a forward-thinking company, you may be eligible to receive grants to reward your innovative nature! As more

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EV charging station funded by EV charging grants for businesses

EV Charging Grants for Businesses- Charging Ahead to a New, Greener Future

By: Micki Vandeloo, President, Lakeview Consulting America is going green! From a greater variety of electric vehicles to choose from to increased solar installations, many Americans are enjoying the benefits of reduced reliance on fossil fuels and lower greenhouse gas emissions presented by these technologies. With the increased purchase of electric vehicles (EVs) and the hesitance

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5 Tips for Creating a Realistic and Effective Grant Strategy

By: Micki Vandeloo, President, Lakeview Consulting We love to partner with our manufacturing and trade association clients to create a grant strategy. We truly believe that, just as organizations should have a strategic plan, they should also have a grant strategy. We find, however, that companies tend to set rather unrealistic expectations for grant success and

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Factory that has been upgraded using energy grants for businesses

Types of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Grants for Businesses and How to Apply for Them

By: Micki Vandeloo, President, Lakeview Consulting With a national focus on clean energy and zero emission initiatives, it is not surprising that the number of sources of grants for renewable energy and energy efficiency grants has dramatically increased at the state and federal level.  However, there are also some long-standing programs to help fund manufacturing renewable

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4 Challenges Facing American Manufacturers in 2023 and Beyond

One thing is true about manufacturing in the United States- the only constant is change. However, in this time of pandemics, new technology, and declining unemployment numbers, not only is change constant, but manufacturers MUST be able to adapt to that change quickly. In this blog, we’ll explore the variety of challenges currently facing manufacturers

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