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August 2020
Hello TSMA members and friends,
As the summer winds down, we would normally be experiencing all the things associated with the start of a new school year. But as you know things are not normal. As so many of us are facing a new normal perhaps you can take some comfort in knowing... Read more
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AMS Digital Productions creates videos for a wide range of clients, to be used in many different applications: web, mobile, social, streaming, and broadcast. With expertise in interviewing and on-location filming, the agency specializes in... Read more
TSMA General Meeting
September 1 • 3:30 pm
Join us for a live gathering in the beautiful outdoor setting at the Legacy of the Lakes Museum to network and hear updates from community leaders. Then we'll reconvene at Copper Trail Brewing Co. for continued outdoor networking, dinner via a food truck, and cash bar beverages. Register
Cyber & Data Privacy
September 2 • 10:30 am
Join us to explore the threat of cyber security as remote workforce increases and analyze your companies cyber-security exposure and discuss practice strategies. Register
Session 3: Essential Marketing Practices for Small Businesses During the Pandemic
September 16 • 11:00 am
Join us to learn recent pandemic marketing insights from Gartner, the world's leading research company and cost-effective and practical marketing tips to use at your own organization.
TSMA golf social recap
First place team: Kyle Rohlfs (Federated Insurance), Eric Voigtman (Productivity, Inc.), Bob Grove (Cosmos Enterprises), Dennis Kashmark (Diamond Buick GMC).
About 80 people gathered for our 27th annual golf social, held at Tipsinah Mounds Golf Course near Elbow Lake on July 21, 2020. The day-long event included a best ball tournament, awards ceremony and boxed dinner. Despite misgivings about holding the event during the pandemic, TSMA is pleased to report profits of nearly $10,000 in support of... Read more
MN House and Senate candidates invited to address manufacturing issues
TSMA is undertaking a project that will help gauge the extent to which area candidates are pro-manufacturing. Candidates running for a seat in the MN House or the MN Senate will be asked to respond in writing to a series of questions. Read more.

Board profile - Philip Johnson
Philip joined the TSMA Board of Directors just this year. He is the President of Paydac Plastics in Fergus Falls ... Read more
TSMA in-person meeting survey
In late July, TSMA issued an online survey to gauge where members are “at” with in-person events.
  • 50% indicated they would attend an in-person event in 2020, while 29% prefer not to attend until 2021. The remainder are “undecided.” 
  • 79% said they’d attend virtual TSMA meetings.
  • Click here to review the survey findings. 
The TSMA Board of Directors will use this information to guide upcoming meetings and events. To all who completed the survey – thank you!
Johnson transitions to MMA Assistant Director. Read more.
TSMA board updates
July board highlights
August board highlights
TSMA 2020 goal statement
The TSMA board finalized the 2020 goal statement at their July meeting. Read statement
Looking for tour hosts
Minnesota State Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence will host the 2020 Minnesota Statewide Tour of Manufacturing, despite COVID-19. Please adhere to your company’s social distancing policy when hosting a tour. Register your tour NOW for the October 2020 Tour of Manufacturing! Register.
Web marketing minute
Over 35,000 searches have been completed on our online member directory so far in 2020! Pretty impressive! Visitors have clicked all the way thru to member's sites 1768 times. We don't know how many sales have resulted from that traffic, but I'm willing to bet it's significant. Is your listing on complete? Or enhanced? Contact Becky, Communications Specialist, with questions.
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