April 2022


FloridaMakes' Connex Florida supply chain demonstrations

May 4, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.: Connex Florida and Supply Chain Florida Demonstration

May 13, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.: Demo: Connex Florida and Supply Chain Florida

19 May 4, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.: Demo: Connex Florida and Supply Chain Florida Resources

Employment Law 102

May 19, 12 p.m.

Presented by LandrumHR


CEO Academy Presented by GrowFL

March 31: Business Process Improvement

April 21: Sales & Marketing

May 26: Company Culture

Register for CEO Academy sessions

IKYMI: Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund: The Cost of Attracting & Retaining Talent in Today's Market

In Case You Missed It!

The presentation on the cost of attracting and retaining talent is available online. Speakers James Howe, Corporate VP of Workforce Solutions, LandrumHR and Susanne Cox, CPA, CIT Tax & Accounting Shareholder, Saltmarsh explain how to attract the right candidates, create a successful onboarding experience and increase employee retention.

Simply Register to receive the recording and follow-up materials HERE.

Get with the program!
Manufacturing Academy
Help develop knowledge and interest in careers in manufacturing by working with students. The program includes the Adopt-a-School program and the Industrial Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship partnerships with FloridaMakes. Contact Paul Miller to learn how your organization can participate.

TeCMEN 2022


The NWFL Manufacturers Council participated in the 5th Annual TeCMEN Industrial Day, the Gulf Coast's leading aerospace, technology, engineering, and manufacturing expo. Hundreds of people attended the event including representatives from manufacturing companies and educational institutions and other professional service providers, and students. There we shared the benefits of being a part of the Florida manufacturers network and resources available to members of the NWFMC. NWFL Daily News Coverage

Employment Law 102

Join LandrumHR on Thursday, May 19 at 12 p.m. CT, for the second session of a two-part course as hrQ Managing Consultant  Becki Haines provides attendees with a working knowledge of employment law.

Session 102 will:

  • Include the following laws: PDA, GINA, ADEA, IRCA, EE Polygraph Protection Act, USERRA, EPA, Whistleblower Protection and FLSA.
  • Introduce laws regulating employment to enhance confidence in handling employment issues.
  • Identify when to partner with the Human Resources Manager for additional guidance.
  • Raise a supervisor’s level of knowledge of the laws and regulations, and lessen the potential for litigation.
  • Missed Session 101? Catch up with the OnDemand recording.

Presenter, Becki Haines, Managing Consultant, hrQ has more than 25 years of Human Resources experience and holds a business degree with a concentration in HR. She is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) and a Certified Professional through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-CP). She also holds her SHRM People Analytics Specialty Credential.

Register Today!

2021 Florida Manufacturing Facts

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has published a report on manufacturing in Florida for 2021. According to the report, manufacturers in Florida account for 5.32% of the total output in the state, employing 4.46% of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $58.88 billion in 2019. There were also an average of 384,000 manufacturing employees in Florida in 2020, with an average annual compensation of $73,811.28 in 2019. Read the rest of the report HERE.

UWF boosts economic development in Northwest Florida through Industry Resilience and Diversification Fund program

The Industry Resilience and Diversification Fund program, administered by the University of West Florida, has completed its first year of operations after being relaunched in 2021. The program, managed by UWF’s Office of Research Administration and Engagement, remains open to new applicants.

Over the past year, the University has approved IRDF incentive funding for projects cumulatively projected to add 685 new jobs and resulted in more than $91 million in capital investment in Northwest Florida.

The IRDF program will remain open to new applicants until all funds are awarded. For more information about the Industry Resilience and Diversification Fund, visit uwf.edu/irdf.


Florida Supply Chain Resources Demo

FloridaMakes has a number of Connex Florida supply chain demonstrations throughout the month of May. Registration for each webinar are provided below. 

Wednesday, May 4, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.: 

Connex Florida and Supply Chain Florida Demonstration

Friday, May 13, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.: 

Demo: Connex Florida and Supply Chain Florida

Thursday, 19 May 4, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.: 

Demo: Connex Florida and Supply Chain Florida Resources

Information about other FloridaMakes events in May including the Florida Medical Device Symposium webinar and symposium (May 17 - 18) in St. Petersburg and the 30th Anniversary Sterling Conference (May 31 - June 3) in Orlando is available HERE.

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