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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 7 - 2013

Greetings! 

Thank you for your interest in VMEC E-News Briefs.  These periodic e-newsletters cover 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. Thank you!

VMEC PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

NGM STUDY EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 10 - Your chance to participate and receive your FREE scorecard. The NGM study provides a framework for understanding and  identifying competitive performances, corporate best practices, and company attributes for achieving world-class status in the 21st century.

GROWTH AND INNOVATION WEBINAR, September 25 - "Putting Your Company's Strategic Plan to Work:Translate Strategic Plans into Clear and Actionable "Very Important Problems" and/or "Very Important Opportunities"

NATIONAL MANUFACTURING DAY, OCTOBER 4

Manufacturers, educational institutions and others are encouraged to host events that will highlight the importance of manufacturing to the nation's economy and draw attention to the many rewarding high-skill jobs in manufacturing fields.

EXPORTECH - Drive Your International Sales Growth exportechlogo
Today! ExporTech™ provides companies with a
systematic process for entering or expanding in global markets and connects them with the best international business experts in the region.  Don't miss this terrific opportunity to expand your business into new global markets!  Also, read here an article by Mike Stone of
Stone & Associates on Refocusing U.S. Export
Assistance Strategy for Manufacturers.

VMEC FALL 2013 WORKSHOPS - Check out our training opportunities around the state this fall including two this month - one to prepare you for the SME Lean Bronze Certification and Exam (September 13, Williston) and Basic Blueprint Reading for Mechanical Drawings (September 19, Springfield).

BUSINESS OWNER / CEO CORNER 

"ACE" helps Assess Advantages of Manufacturing and Sourcing in America -  A new Assess Costs Everywhere (ACE) tool from the U.S. Department of Commerce is helping manufacturers assess the wide range of costs and risks associated with offshore production, and it also provides links to important public and private resources so that firms can more accurately assess the total cost of operating overseas.  ACE also shares case studies of firms that reversed their decisions to locate offshore after the full range of costs became clear.  For more information, go to NIST ACE tool.

A Revolution in the Making - Read how new technologies are disrupting the 'old ways' of doing things in manufacturing ...click here.

Bullish on Digital - A new McKinsey Global Survey shows CEOs becoming more
supportive and involved in digital company initiatives...
read more.

2013 Annual VT Economic Development Summit, June 2013 - Click here for summary results.
NEWS & UPDATES IN THE WORLD OF GROWTH AND INNOVATION

Change the World by transforming innovation from a random art to a reliable system - Stop,Think and Read here... 

If would like to learn more about the Innovation Engineering process, contact Patricia (pgiavara@vmec.org / (802) 279-6103) or Lisa (lhenderson@vmec.org / (802) 299-1456).  


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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