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Small Business Saturday is Nov. 29th

11/28/2014 - THE CENTER
In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help businesses with their most pressing need - getting more customers. The day encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The single day has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before.


Additive Manufacturing and the Future of our Industry

11/21/2014 - THE CENTER
Additive manufacturing is becoming a “hot topic”. The manufacturing process was actually developed in the 1980’s, but hasn’t really picked up interest until the last few years or so. Since then, it’s sometimes more commonly referred to as “3D printing.” 


Michigan Holiday Shopping Guide: Buy Local

11/14/2014 - THE CENTER
There are some great reasons to buy locally, and not just because we believe Michigan makes the best items around (though we do!)  First, let’s do the math.


LinkedIn: 6 Tips for Michigan’s Manufacturers

11/7/2014 - THE CENTER
Well, if you’re not an active member of LinkedIn right now, it’s time to start feeling a little foolish. Don't worry though – it’s never too late to join! LinkedIn is the premiere social media site dedicated to business networking and currently boasts 332 million members.


From Concept to Consumer: Supply Chain Optimization

10/31/2014 - THE CENTER
As technology and other advances make the world seem smaller and smaller, it’s more important than ever to prepare in advance for potential service disruptions. As stated last week, we want to ‘remove the blindfold’ before entering the obstacle course.


Competition: It’s Not Just for Football Any More

10/24/2014 - THE CENTER
According to Miriam Webster, competition is “the act or process of trying to get or win something (such as a prize or a higher level of success) that someone else is also trying to get or win: the act or process of competing.” This is something we’re all familiar with, and at the top of our minds as one of Michigan’s biggest sports rivalries of all time takes place this weekend.


The Importance of a Public Relations Program

10/17/2014 - THE CENTER
Here’s the difference between the companies who are featured in news articles and you: those companies have a public relations (PR) program. A lot of things can go under the umbrella of PR, so we’ll be more specific for our manufacturing readers.


Manage or Mitigate: Why Risk can’t be Avoided

10/10/2014 - THE CENTER
No one likes being vulnerable. It involves risk, and risks are scary. In business, innovation or trying new things is often seen as a risk. There are entire service industries that revolve entirely around the concept of managing or mitigating risk, have you talked to your insurance agent recently?


National Manufacturing Day: The Perfect Time to Reflect on Michigan’s Progress

10/3/2014 - THE CENTER
It’s finally here! Break out the champagne and blow your kazoos in New Year’s Eve style… today is the third annual National Manufacturing Day!


It’s Never Too Soon To Celebrate. . . Especially When It’s Focused On Manufacturing!

9/26/2014 - THE CENTER
​Now in its third year, National Manufacturing Day continues to grow in awareness and involvement. This year, at the time of this writing, there are over 1300 different events planned for the week leading up and including Fridays Manufacturing Day extravaganza. These events are both physical plant tours at manufacturing facilities across North America, and virtual events for those that can’t get away from home, school or work. 


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