In anticipation of many upcoming events of relevance to local industry, we wanted to send out a "mini" version of our e-newsletter, Industry Pulse

Please take a moment to review these opportunities - they may either save you dollars or help you recruit/retain the best talent.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact me.

Nathan Huret
Recycling Grants: Up to $40,000   

The Recycling Business Assistance Center (RBAC) is now accepting applications FROM COMPANIES for grant projects for the 2020 Recycling Business Development Grant.
Proposals are due by 5:00PM, Thursday, November 14, 2019.
The purpose of this grant program is to reduce the flow of solid waste to disposal facilities and encourage the sustainable recovery of materials from North Carolina's waste stream.
Examples include but are not limited to recycling collection infrastructure, processing equipment, facility improvements, or manufacturing investments to create new products using recycled materials.  
Applicants may request any amount of grant funding up to $40,000 - but the applicant must also be willing to provide at least a 50% cash match of the requested grant amount ($40K grant & $20K match).
In recent years, we have had a number of Catawba County companies win these grants, allowing them to pursue new recycled product lines and buy more equipment that would produce a value-added product from "trash".    
I would highly encourage you to at least review the application
and analyze the benefit of participation. 
2 New Courses from NC State IES

Interested in joining the data analytics revolution to improve problem-solving and decision making? Want to get the basic data analysis knowledge needed to identify opportunities for improving your business agility? Or maybe you're interested in learning what digital supply chain management (DSCM) is, its benefits and how to move towards implementation of DSCM.  
 NC State Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) is proud two announce two new courses to help you answer those pressing questions:

Tapping into Talent: October 21st

8:00AM - 1:30PM
Hickory Metro Convention Center
$45; Deadline is Oct. 7th

This half-day symposium hosted by the Catawba County Chamber, K-64, the Catawba County EDC, Catawba Valley Community College and Lenoir-Rhyne University aims to bring together leaders in business and education to spotlight local resources to assist with talent attraction, retention and development. Hear from peers and other subject matter experts on topics such as apprenticeship, internships, generation Z in the workplace and building organizational culture.

All attendees will receive breakfast and lunch included in their registration.