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Safeguarding Small Business Saturday: Cybersecurity Tips for Vermont Small Businesses and Manufacturers

November 25 is Small Business Saturday! It’s more than just a day; it’s an opportunity for communities to rally behind the local entrepreneurs and artisans that define their culture.  This is particularly true in Vermont, where Yankee ingenuity meets creativity to produce unparalleled products. Vermont’s small and mid-sized manufacturers continue to be the craftspeople at […]

Written by on November 17, 2023

No Available People to Hire? Affecting Your Ability to Operate?

We often hear from our small and medium manufacturing (SMM) clients that a lack of qualified people, or simply people, are hampering their ability to fulfill their current orders and negatively affecting their ability to grow. While that is true, there may be ways to mitigate or eliminate the issue through a combination of approaches. […]

Written by on November 2, 2023

10 Ways TWI Supports Employee Engagement and Retention

Workforce challenges these days are never-ending, not just for manufacturers but across the business spectrum. You have to be on top of your game to be successful building a talent pipeline, recruiting and hiring, onboarding and training, creating an engaging workplace culture, and promoting career development. Leadership skills in manufacturing are paramount, as is the […]

Written by on October 26, 2023

Performance Management Approach That Supports Performance

Have you ever been in a company that had a yearly performance management review, perhaps a set of numbers to rate your performance based on a set of five or so objectives?  Did that system help you perform better and motivate you based on the feedback?  Did your yearly number help with your development? Research […]

Written by on May 18, 2023

Sourcing Talent Pools Is Critical and Often Overlooked

Many times in my career when I was in or associated with HR, we talked about recruitment. Seldom did that discussion ever cover the activity and approach of sourcing. What is Sourcing?  Sourcing is the identification of the total pool of talent that may be able either immediately or with structured training to fill the […]

Written by on February 6, 2023

Manufacturing Day (MFG Day/ Month) 2022 is almost here!

What is it about? The goal of MFG Day/ Month is to spread the word about the importance of manufacturing, its benefits to our economy, and the many career opportunities that exist within the industry. When does it start and how long does it run? October 7, 2022 is the “official” MFG Day, but many states–including […]

Written by on August 11, 2022

Are You Ready for a Revolution?

The term “Industrial Revolution” often recalls images of 19th century factories, steam engines, and the shift from an agricultural economy to the manufacturing focus that shaped the last 150 years, especially here in the northeast.  Today, the Fourth Industrial Revolution is already underway, and it has the potential to fundamentally change the way we work, […]

Written by on June 1, 2022

Four Key Stages Business Leaders Must Overcome to Change Results

The following blog post is reprinted with permission from CONNSTEP, VMEC’s Connecticut sister MEP Center.  Many small to mid-sized manufacturers, as well as other businesses, simply plod along from year to year. Revenues hover around the same level while wrestling with recurring operational challenges and not managing to “crack the code” for what it takes […]

Written by on February 10, 2022