July 2017
Manufacturer's Edge Impact Info for the First Quarter of 2017
In this issue:
Manufacturer's Edge is Growing
Cybersecurity Resources for Manufacturers
What is Small Manufacturer's AdvantEDGE and Do I Qualify?
growingManufacturer's Edge is Growing
We are excited to announce the addition of two new members to the Manufacturer's Edge team, Shane Barber and Jessica Cowden.
Shane Barber, Director of Organizational Excellence
Shane Barber is the new Director of Organizational Excellence and will be extending our services into a new area:  Organizational Excellence, where we optimize the connection of  
people  and  process 
to help build stronger companies. Shane leverages 20 years of experience with Intel Corporation and as a personal business owner to help organizations leverage workforce strengths and reach higher performance. Shane's unique skill-set will allow us to help organizations not only refine their production processes, but also take greatest advantage of their largest and most important investment, their people.
Jessica Cowden, Marketing & Communication Manager
We are also very excited to announce that Jessica Cowden is joining the team full-time as our Marketing & Communications Manager. No stranger to Manufacturer's Edge, Jessica has been with the team on a part-time basis for the past 4 years. Jessica has supported Manufacturer's Edge through the rebranding process, the new website, our social media outreach, and our many events and communications avenues.
Jessica's expertise is in marketing and communications strategy, public relations, social media, graphic design, and website design and development. Jessica comes to us most recently from Castleton University in Castleton, Vermont and is excited to return to her home state of Colorado. Having grown up on the Western Slope, Jessica began her marketing career at Colorado Mesa University and has served clients as a freelance strategist, designer, and consultant throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. Jessica will become a full-time team member beginning in early August, so you will be seeing much more of her around.

cyberCybersecurity Resources for Manufacturers
Visit nist.gov for a variety of helpful tools geared directly toward addressing the needs and threats faced by manufacturers

NIST MEP is dedicated to informing and educating US manufacturers on the importance of cybersecurity. To that end, they have developed a series of helpful resources for everyone from novices who are struggling to understand the full scope of their cyber Risks to IT professionals who may need more assistance troubleshooting and enhancing their cybersecurity systems. Articles, infographics, and helpful videos can all be found on the nist.gov website.

For additional assistance with all of your cybersecurity needs, be sure to contact Manufacturer's Edge  
smaWhat is Small Manufacturer's AdvantEDGE and Do I Qualify For Assistance?
Find out more about how SMA can help you!
Small Manufacturer's Advantage (SMA) is a partnership program providing integrated support to small manufacturers across Colorado by leveraging the coordination of key strategic organizations such as Manufacturer's Edge, the Colorado Small Business Development Center Network (SBDC), the State of Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), the World Trade Center (WTC), and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). The result is a unique and powerful synthesis of expertise and resources designed to help Colorado manufacturers succeed across all stages of the organizational life cycle.

Funding is provided in three parts; Manufacturer's Edge, the State of Colorado through the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), and a small cash contribution from the participating manufacturer served by the program. SMA leverages state and federal funds to bring industry experts to provide coaching, consultation, and/or training based on the challenges each company is facing. This expertise could be in business finance, marketing, operational excellence, growth services, export assistance, and beyond.

Does my company qualify?
  • Are you a manufacturer?
  • Is your company located in Colorado?
  • Do you have fewer than 20 full-time employees?
  • Can you demonstrate support and commitment to implementing recommendations in order to maximize results and improve your business?
  • Are you willing and able to report impact data to Manufacturer's Edge and SBDC?
How do I get started?

If you meet the above requirements, the next step is to apply below. Once the application is received, you will meet with staff members from Manufacturer's Edge and SBDC to discuss your participation in this 3-year statewide initiative to impact the Colorado small manufacturing community.

Questions? Visit our website for more information. Or contact Sumer Sorensen-Bain, Chief of Programs and Operations for Manufacturer's Edge, at ssorensen@manufacturersedge.com or 303.981.2144 or Glenn Plagens, Senior Director of North Metro Denver SBDC, at glenn.plagens@frontrange.edu or 303.460.1032.
mfgday17How to Start Planning Your MFG DAY 17 Event
Here are some step-by-step instructions from mfgday.com to help you get started
1. Think About the Type of Event You Want to Host

Most MFG DAY events are plant tours. During a plant tour, a manufacturer opens their shop to show their audience what they do. Sometimes, though, manufacturers that are close by to one another decide to collaborate and create a sort of "manufacturing community" in their industrial park or even a mini expo to showcase manufacturing companies in their area. 

Manufacturers aren't the only ones, though, who can host MFG DAY events. Lots of technical colleges, for example, hold educational fairs for their students and invite local manufacturers to set up booths or speak about their operations.

2. Download the Event Planning Kit

Each year, MFG DAY updates its event planning kit, or "Host Toolkit" In it, you'll find practical tips for organizing your event, including suggestions such as forming a planning group, sending out formal invites, and scripting your event to insure your audience is engaged.

Most of this stuff you probably already know, but the Host Toolkit provides you with a useful checklist and a series of templates designed to make the planning process a bit easier - and to make your MFG DAY event a success.

3. Create a Host Account on mfgday.com

Even if you haven't worked out all the details for your MFG DAY event, you should take a minute to create a Host account on mfgday.com.

First of all, it will give you access to a dashboard that includes planning and promotional resources. Second, it will give you a chance to preview the event registration process so you can gather all the information necessary to register your event.

4. Register Your Event

Once you've created a Host account, you can use the "Event Management" tab in your Host dashboard to add your event to mfgday.com. Click on the "Add Event" button to start the three-step process.

Use the "Add Event" button in your Host dashboard to start the event registration process.

In the first section of the event registration process, you'll be asked for basic event info, such as the date, time, address, and type of even you plan to hold.

In the second section, you'll designate how people will be able to register for your event. They can do it through mfgday.com or via a third-party site such as Eventbrite. Alternatively, you can choose to make your event open to everyone without registration - or to designate it private.

Lastly, you'll be given the option of enhancing your event listing by adding your logo, your website URL, and links to any social media profiles. If you don't have any of this information available the first time you run through the event creation process, you can always save your work and come back later to update your event listing.

5. Publish Your Event

Once you're satisfied with the information you've provided about your event, you can publish it to mfgday.com.

This will add your event to the map, as well as create a landing page for your event on the site. If you plan to promote your event, you can use this page's URL to share information and drive registration.

By publishing your event, you'll create a landing page for it on mfgday.com.
Find out more at MFGDAY.com
events Upcoming Events
Visit our website for a complete calendar of
manufacturing events taking place around Colorado
Jeffco EDC Presents: The 2nd Annual Aerospace and Defense Small Business Industry Day
August 2, 2017
This statewide contract opportunities fair will give attendees an overall look at what is happening in the Colorado aerospace industry, sessions on business topics, networking, as well as matchmaking opportunities with prime contractors for small businesses.

The Art & Practice of Project Leadership
Aug 3 and 4, 2017 8:30am-4:30pm
A successful project leader knows how to bring together the essential elements of complex organizational tasks to align project and corporate objectives. This entertaining program with instructor Bill Hubiak will introduce participants to the tools and techniques necessary to be a successful project leader who completes projects on time and under budget!
Find out more
First Friday Manufacturing Event: Kata in Action
August 4, 2017 10am-2pm
This half-day workshop defines Kata and demonstrates the use of this powerful system for managing change and improvement. Participants will practice using Kata during a problem solving 'game' that demonstrates how Kata can be used to proceed through unclear territory without fear of obstacles, changes and unknowns.