Providing Systems and Solutions to help  Vermont Manufacturers  Innovate, Plan, Perform and Grow
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VMEC E-NEWS BRIEFS - ISSUE 28 - AUGUST 2017


INNOVATION, GROWTH and  TECHNOLOGY ACCELERATION 


This 3-day course is designed for anyone who wants to be able to work faster, smarter and more creatively.  

IE Quick Start will teach you: 

* How to create ideas and problem solve (with methods 8x
   more effective than brainstorming)
* How to communicate ideas in a way that sells
* How to take an idea from inspiration to reality - FAST

In 3 days, you will learn how to accelerate success in your work RIGHT NOW
- no matter your skill, title, or experience.  Immerse yourself into Innovation Engineering Fundamentals, presented by VMEC Innovation Engineering Black Belts.  Participants have 60 days after the session to successfully complete the coursework and real world application project to achieve an Innovation Engineering Blue Belt certification.

If you're interested in learning more about what VMEC can do for you and your team in getting Innovation started in your organization and the IE Quick Start course, contact Patricia Giavara at pgiavara@vmec.org or (802) 279-6103 or Lisa Henderson at lhenderson@vmec.org or (802) 299-1456. 

2017 Stanford Research Study finds Innovation Engineering is a true Breakout Innovation System  Their two year study identified 5 practices that enable "Breakout Innovation," and each of these align with Innovation Engineering best practices.

The Problem with Problems Each of them has a solution...maybe more than one! 
OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE and CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT 

Why Registering Your MFG Day/ Month Event is So Important  Each year, we hear stories about MFG Day/ Month events that never make it on  the map .   While we're glad these "under the radar" events happen and fully appreciate how they underscore that MFG Day truly is a grassroots movement, we're also a bit disappointed that they don't become part of the annual celebration's public record.   More importantly though, holding an MFG Day event without officially registering is a missed opportunity for the host that made the effort to hold the event in the first place! 

Whether you're considering hosting your company's event on October 6, 2017 - MFG Day - or anytime in October, visit this  blog to read how hosts benefit from registering - and how the registration process is easier and more accommodating for the event hosts MFG Day depends on!  

Questions on how to make this happen? C ontact  2017 National Manufacturing Day  at this  link  or Robynn Albert, VMEC Marketing and Training Manager,  (802) 793-2078  or  ralbert@vmec.org for more information on how to make your event as successful as it can be! 

VMEC Supervisory Leadership Development - Growing Supervisors & Leaders for a Lean Environment  Read here how Maple Landmark Woodcraft trained  the right people, in the right roles, with the right behavior. 
WORKFORCE STRATEGIES and TALENT DEVELOPMENT 

Upcoming VMEC Training   Visit this link and check back often for future updates. Highlights include: 


RESOURCES for VERMONT MANUFACTURERS 

ERP Life Cycle Management Workshop - August 24, Pittsburgh, PA  A VMEC trusted service provider, Engleman Associates Inc., is presenting this all-day workshop.

Vermont Business Growth Awards - September 12, South Burlington  Join Keybank and Vermont Business Magazine as they celebrate the achievements of the top  25  companies in 5  different categories! 

Women's Economic Opportunity Conference - September 16, Randolph Center   Hundreds of women from around Vermont will gather at Vermont Technical College to celebrate the 21st anniversary of Senator Leahy's Women's Economic Opportunity Conference.  

Champlain Maker Faire - September 23 & 24, Shelburne  A new highlight this year is inviting businesses to exhibit as part of a Company Maker Challenge.

Vermont Woodworking and Forest Festival - September 23 & 24, Woodstock Explore Vermont's farms and forests while buying made in VT wood products and VT furniture.

Manufactured in Vermont: Vermont's Premier Supply Chain Conference Trade Show - September 27, Essex Junction Don't miss the opportunity to attend the 2017 Manufactured in Vermont trade show, focused on advanced manufacturing.  Also, as part of this event, VT PTAC and VMEC will team up to present a Supply Chain Seminar,  "Got DoD Contracts in Your Supply Chain? Get Cybersecurity Compliant and Meet DOD's Year-End Deadline for Competitive Advantage" See event link for more information.  

Puzzled by fast-moving technology changes? Technology changes work best when strong management leaders show no fear of them.