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Regional Workforce Conference at JWCC to Help Companies Address Labor Shortage and Adapt for the Future

Posted by Simone Erskine on Sep 3, 2019 10:50:00 AM

Contributed by our partners at John Wood Community College.

Regional companies will learn practical ways to adapt for the future at the “ABC’s of a Thriving Workforce” conference set for Tuesday, September 24 from 9a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at John Wood Community College’s auditorium in Quincy.


How do you Add Value to Your Company?

Posted by Simone Erskine on Aug 30, 2019 8:43:00 AM

This is an original article, contributed by Jeff Johnson, President of LMI Chicago.

Who has never said, “If I only had time, I would…”? Our bet is – not many! Time, the most precious of commodities that we sometimes take for granted, often squander and regularly wonder where it went. So, how do we take better care of time?


Get to Know Our Third Party Resources: An Interview with Larry Bouvier of Fuss and O'Niell Manufacturing Solutions

Posted by Simone Erskine on Aug 26, 2019 1:24:10 PM

Who is Fuss & O’Neill?

Fuss and O’Neill Manufacturing Solutions provides mentoring, training, and engineering services for industrial and municipal clients to help them achieve safer, more cost effective productivity. In a recent interview with Larry Bouvier, Vice President and Partner at Fuss & O’Neill, IMEC got a deeper look into how they work with manufacturers and set themselves apart from the competition – one of many reasons they are one of IMEC’s top Third Party Resource partners. 


Working Capital in Manufacturing: How to Thrive in Periods of Rising Costs & Explosive Growth

Posted by Simone Erskine on Aug 20, 2019 1:19:48 PM

This is an original article written by Alex Newman, Co-Founder and CEO of Finance Fuel.

A quick definition so that we’re on the same page: Working capital is your cash for day-to-day expenses. More specifically, working capital represents short-term assets available to a business for meeting their financial obligations like payroll, creditors, and suppliers. Cash flow is your ability to generate cash over time, while working capital is a snapshot of what’s on hand.


Healing a Company After a Toxic Leader Leaves

Posted by Simone Erskine on Aug 19, 2019 3:29:03 PM

This is an original article written by Gina McClowry.

Every leader leaves behind a legacy. Toxic leaders who abuse their leadership role can continue to harm a company even after they are gone. I’ve seen the long term effects of toxic leadership in some of the organizations I’ve consulted with. In each company, it took concerted effort and practical steps to rid the culture of the leader’s poison.


Protecting Internet Communications

Posted by Simone Erskine on Aug 16, 2019 10:52:53 AM

This is an original article written by Michael Allbritton, Cybersecurity Analyst and Trainer with Alpine Security. 


Today we all communicate constantly over the internet. Some people say we spend too much time on our mobile devices, and we do not interact enough with the world, and with the people around us. However, that is a discussion for another time. In this blog post we want to discuss how we keep our internet communications secure from eavesdropping.


Made in Chicago Featured Company: Spicy Grrrls

Posted by Simone Erskine on Jul 31, 2019 10:38:00 AM


Spicy Grrrls is women-owned and operated small batch, craft hot sauce company based here in Chicago. In addition to creating flavorful sauces, they also focus sustainability and strive to be waste-free. Part of which ties into their efforts to be involved with and give back to the community!


Tough Conversations: Can They Also Be Compelling?

Posted by Simone Erskine on Jul 29, 2019 7:57:00 AM

This is an original article from the American College of Healthcare Executives.

"Holding a tough conversation is not a task for the timid. There is an art to doing it to complete, not compete." Lynne S. Cunningham, MPA, FACHE and Coach with the Studer Group.

Think back to a time when someone shared something so compelling, you were engaged, attentive and present. You wanted to listen. Now think of an equally difficult conversation. Chances are, it was an entirely different experience altogether. But did it have to be? Can tough conversations, especially in the workplace, also be compelling?


Team Spotlight: Mark Baer

Posted by Simone Erskine on Jul 25, 2019 8:11:00 AM

After serving as a regional manager at IMEC for almost 20 years, Mark is retiring from the workforce! Over the years, and currently, he has been successfully assisting manufacturers in the Peoria area to improve their processes, efficiencies, and cut costs. Mark believes in assessing, suggesting, delivering, and servicing projects quickly and accurately. As a result, he is able to foster meaningful relationships with his clients and set them up for sustainable competitiveness.  


Made in Illinois Featured Company: Midwest Turned Products

Posted by Simone Erskine on Jul 23, 2019 1:01:41 PM

Midwest Turned Products is a world class manufacturer of precision machined components. Their goal is to engineer, manufacture, and deliver each part to the exact requirements of our client. With a mission to serve customers, employees, shareholders and society through world-class precision machining service, they pride themselves on remaining flexible to meet the ever-changing needs of the marketplace.


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