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VERMONT MANUFACTURING EXTENSION CENTER

Providing Systems and Solutions to help
Vermont Manufacturers Innovate, Plan, Perform and Grow

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VMEC E-NEWS BRIEFS  ISSUE 4 - 2012

Greetings! 

Welcome to "VMEC E-News Briefs".    This e-newsletter covers a range of topics for manufacturers and other enterprises that desire to learn  and implement systems and solutions to accelerate sustainable and profitable growth marked by performance excellence.  To submit feedback, comments or suggest future content, e-mail vmec@vmec.org.

BUSINESS OWNER / CEO CORNER

VMEC News Release - Board Member Election and Changes

The seven questions every manager should ask...

Manufacturing the future: The next era of global growth and innovation
Manufacturing remains a critical force in both advanced and developing economies, but the sector has changed bringing new opportunities and challenges to business leaders and policy makers...

NEWS & UPDATES IN THE WORLD OF INNOVATION

Tools Don't Solve Problems, People Do

What do you do if the tools you use to improve your innovation process actually make it worse? Read here to see where you stand....

Here's Why Many Innovation Initiatives Fail
Wouldn't it be great if you could do customer service like Zappos?  Or design like Apple? Or innovation like 3M? Read here to see why it's not that simple...
SPOTLIGHT ON SUCCESS

Superior Technical Ceramics -
Read how the 5S System allows this northern VT company to improve customer satisfaction time and time again
TELL US WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT E-NEWS BRIEFS...

...as well as VMEC products and services, workshops and topics and speakers we are considering for the future...we'd like to hear from you! Please take this two-minute survey here. Thank you for your interest and feedback!
DID YOU KNOW VMEC OFFERS....

Standardized Work Training - This winter a Training Within Industry (TWI) Job Instruction (JI) training is tentatively being planned, but we need enough folks to make this happen.  The week of February 11-15 has been set aside, NW Vermont location TBD.  To learn more about TWI and how it works with your Lean Enterprise as well as your interest in this offering, please contact Patricia Giavara, VMEC Assistant Director and Growth Services, at (802) 279-6103 or pgiavara@vmec.org. Also, visit our TWI web page and read the article from Jim Myers, Lean Sensei, 6-Sigma and TWI Master Trainer, who would be conducting the training.

Software Selection with VMEC "Soft Select" -
Selecting and implementing the right enterprise software is critical to support business growth and profitability.  We can help! VMEC offers Vermont companies a cost effective process designed to meet their business software needs and objectives.  If you are interested in learning how to reduce time, risk and cost in the selection of your business software, visit VMEC/ Soft Select today or contact Bill Kuhns, Professional Manufacturing and Business Growth Advisor/ IT Specialist, at (802) 425-2499 or bkuhns@vmec.org. 
VMEC PROGRAMS AND EVENTS - Check out a few places we'll be the first half of 2013 and be sure to visit often as trainings are frequently added...

* These classes are also being offered as separate entities; see our web site for details under June 2013.

For a complete listing of VMEC workshops, visit
VMEC workshops.


INDUSTRY NEWS, ARTICLES and INFORMATION
ABOUT VMEC - Click here to learn more about us... About VMEC
 
The VMEC Team  
Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center  
 
email: vmec@vmec.org * phone: (802) 728-1432 * web:www.vmec.org

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