December 2017
The 2017 Manufacturer's Edge Holiday Gift Giving Guide
In this issue:
2017 Manufacturer's Edge Holiday Gift Giving Guide
Manufacturer's Edge Welcomes a New Member to the Team
tomTom Bugnitz Recognized by the Colorado Space Business Roundtable
The Cosmic Contributor Award recognizes individuals and organizations who advance aerospace in Colorado and beyond
 
On December 6, Manufacturer's Edge CEO Tom Bugnitz was recognized as the 2017 Cosmic Contributor of the Year at the Colorado Space Roundup. This marks the 5th time the Colorado Space Business Roundtable (CSBR) has awarded an outstanding member or organization from the community for their commitment and contribution to aerospace in Colorado and beyond. Previous recipients include Christie Lee from Lockheed Martin, Oakman Aerospace, and Major General Ret. Jay Lindell.  

According to CSBR, the purpose of the Cosmic Contributor award is to acknowledge an organization or individual who embodies the CSBR vision for the community. This vision includes promoting the growth of aerospace and space-related industry in Colorado. The inscription on the award states, "In recognition of your personal and professional drive to advance aerospace and manufacturing in Colorado, the nation, world, and across the Cosmos! You have been one of CSBR's longest and most enthusiastic partners and supporters through participation and sponsorship of events and be being an Ambassador of Aerospace to students, businesses, elected officials, and the community at large."
 
In his acceptance speech, Tom Bugnitz acknowledged the many people who have supported him in his endeavors. "It is humbling to receive this award from the Colorado aerospace community. As with most efforts, anything we accomplish requires a team and I consider this a tribute to the Manufacturer's Edge team who day in and day out support Colorado manufacturing and the aerospace community overall. Great thanks from all of us to the Colorado Space Business Roundtable for honoring us with this award."
 
sumerMoore + Wright: The Future of Cybersecurity
Excerpt from an article written by Sumer Sorensen-Bain, Manufacturer's Edge Chief of Programs and Operations
Most people have heard of Moore's Law, which relates to the tendency for the number of transistors (a device used in semiconductors to amplify the signals or electrical power) to double approximately every two years. This law (or observation) has remained true since 1965. Fewer people, however, have heard of Wright's Law, the learning curve effect, which states that the more a task is performed the less time is required on each rendition. When these two laws operate simultaneously in a world of endless possibilities, such as manufacturing, amazing developments occur at an extraordinary rate of advancement. All you have to do is look around to see that we are living in incredible times as technology floods our homes, our work, and our schools - technology that, until very recently, we never thought possible.
 
As the world becomes more connected, the risk for others to intercept critical information increases. In a recent Deloitte study, 39% of business owners experienced a breach in their information systems. 28% of them experienced a loss between $1M - $10M (...)


In a n effort to assist Colorado manufacturers with the knowledge and resources necessary to become cybersecure, Manufacturer's Edge has partnered with the No rthe rn Colorado Manufacturing Partnership (NoCO) to offer a cybersecurity pr  esentation featuring a cyber expert from the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) tomorrow afternoon. Registration closes today. Be sure to reserve your spot and find out more about how you can protect your business from cyber risk!
gift2017 Manufacturer's Edge Holiday Gift Giving Guide
Presenting... our annual holiday gift giving guide featuring some of our favorite products - all made right here in Colorado!
We may not have snow yet, but that isn't going to stop the holidays from arriving! With only a handful of shopping days left before Christmas and only ONE before Hanukkah begins, we figured you could use some gift giving inspiration. And so...we present to your our annual holiday gift giving guide featuring some of our favorite products -- all made right here in Colorado. Whether you have a Tiny Tim budget or a Scrooge-sized pile of money, here are a few of the stylish suggestions we've come up with this year:
justin Manufacturer's Edge Welcomes a New Member to the Team
Manufacturer's Edge is excited to announce a fantastic new addition to the team, Justin Lewis
Justin is the new Transformation Specialist here at Manufacturer's Edge. He will work with Manufacturer's Edge clients to help them improve their people and production processes around the state. As a Transformation Specialist, Justin's specialty is helping organizations achieve their goals and have measurable results through the implementation of process improvements and organizational excellence. Justin leverages 20 years of corporate experience having worked in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, and gaming. His experience comes from such organizations as Intel and Memorial Health System of Colorado Springs. He compliments his corporate experience with four years of formal coaching to provide a diverse perspective on leading and managing breakthrough performance.  
 
Throughout his career, Justin has held a variety of positions in manufacturing, Healthcare Management Engineering, management, training, human resources, and organization development. Justin has an Eastern Philosophy degree from the University of New Mexico. He also received specialized training in Organization Development from Columbia University and is a SME Lean Bronze Coach.
 
Fun facts about Justin include that he  played football at Penn State, he has a blackbelt in Kempo Martial Arts, and has even trained with 109-year-old Buddhist monk. Please join us in welcoming Justin at jlewis@manufacturersedge.com 
kidsKids Connection: Thank You to Geotech Environmental Equipment
8th graders from the STEM Launch school were recently treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Geotech facilities and a Kata in the Classroom demonstration 
A big thank you to Mickele Bragg and the entire Geotech Environmental Equipment team for rolling out the red carpet for the students from the Adams 12 K-8 STEM Launch school. The group of 50 8th graders thoroughly enjoyed their tour of the facilities and gained valuable firsthand knowledge about the world of exciting and viable careers that exist in STEM. Thank you for helping us invest in the future by educating and inspiring young minds!
grantAdvanced Industries (AI) Export Accelerator Grant Program Now Accepting Applications
Funding available to offset international business development and marketing costs 
The  Advanced Industries (AI) Export Accelerator Grant program is now accepting applications from current and aspiring Colorado exporters in the Advanced Industries who are looking to offset international business development and marketing costs.
 
Grants are available for up to $15,000 for eligible costs for small and medium-sized  AI businesses in aerospace, infrastructure engineering, advanced manufacturing, energy and natural resources, bioscience, electronics, and technology and information.

Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted. This is a competitive grant process with limited opportunities for funding. First year grant applicants will be given preference during the application review process. The deadline is rolling and projects and/or travel must be complete by June 30, 2018. Questions can be emailed to Laura Brindle at  laura.brindle@state.co.us