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Effective Continuous Improvement – Are You a Contender or a Pretender?

April 14, 2016

By Dave Goebel, Missouri Enterprise Project Manager Does your company practice Continuous Improvement effectively or is Continuous Improvement just another program? Is Continuous Improvement part of your company’s DNA or is it just another phrase that appears on coffee mugs and t-shirts? These are the real questions you need to challenge yourself with if you’re serious about running an effective,
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Proposed ISO 9001:2015 Revisions Will Hit Top Down

April 14, 2016

By Curtis Lopez, Missouri Enterprise Project Manager The new revision of ISO 9001 is scheduled to be released in the 4th quarter of 2015, and the now available Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) contains some significant changes that may seem minor on the surface, but will have deep impact on how manufacturers adopt and adhere to the standard in the
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Missouri Companies Can Participate in Nuclear Resurgence

April 14, 2016

by Rick Prugh, Missouri Enterprise Project Manager Duck and cover!  For school students in the 1950’s and 1960’s, random civil defense drills were conducted where everyone was instructed to jump under their desks and cover their heads in the event of a nuclear bomb attack.  Those drills helped terrify an entire generation of Americans regarding nuclear power, who handed that
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Transitioning Your Company to the Next Generation of Ownership: If You Fail to Plan, You Plan to Fail

April 13, 2016

There’s a big problem facing Missouri manufacturing:  The loss of the knowledge and experience that makes entrepreneurial companies survive, grow and prosper.  It’s going to result in loss of jobs and affect Missouri’s economic growth, and it will destroy the legacy of too many hard working business owners who’ve earned the right to get more out of their hard work
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Risky Business isn’t Good Business

April 13, 2016

By T.H.L. Gordon, Missouri Enterprise Project Manager In simplest terms, “risk” can be defined as “the effect of uncertainty on objectives.”  The hard reality of business is that there is no such thing as “the future” in the singular sense.  There are only multiple, unforeseeable futures, which will never lose their capacity to take us by surprise!  The developing history
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Energy – Waste Not, Want Not: Big Savings are Often Hiding

April 13, 2016

By Bob Beckmann, Missouri Enterprise Project Manager and Certified Energy Manager It is a New Year and time for a New Year’s resolution.  The most frequent personal resolution is to lose weight.   A company does not measure improvement by the size of its waist but rather by the size of its waste – so maybe a corporate resolution may be in
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Cybersecurity – Protect Your Company

March 28, 2016

Published: March 28, 2016 Small manufacturers are big targets of cyber attacks. Cyber criminals are seeking your information including employee and customer records, banking and financial data, and access to larger networks. Small manufacturers are often seen as an easy entry point into larger businesses and government agencies. With limited resources and budgets, small manufacturers needcybersecurity guidance, solutions, and training that
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