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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. 


Michigan’s Manufacturers Are Set to Celebrate National Manufacturing Day!

9/19/2014 - THE CENTER
Move over Halloween. There’s another holiday in town during October, and Michigan’s finest are gearing up to celebrate. We’re talking about National Manufacturing Day, which is set for Friday, October 3rd!


Value of Made in America

9/15/2014 - THE CENTER
As more and more attention is focused on manufacturing and what gets made where, the question is being asked . . . . What does it mean to be ‘made in America’?


The Strategic Importance of Technology Roadmapping (Part 2 of 2)

9/5/2014 - THE CENTER
We recently published a blog entry about the importance of roadmapping. Roadmapping is an excellent way to align your technology with your company’s strategic goals. To recap Part 1, roadmapping is a visualization of how to tie a company’s technology needs to its new product development and strategy.


We Interrupt This BlogCast . . .

8/29/2014 - THE CENTER
We regularly look for new methods and products with which we can serve Michigan businesses, with a special focus on manufacturers. As a result, we're adding key personnel to concentrate on Michigan's emerging and expanding markets. We are so excited about some of the new things happening around here that we couldn't wait to share them.


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