How Can We Make Our Strategic Planning More Efficient and Effective?

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Mar 24, 2017 9:00:06 AM

Written by Steve Barnhart, IMEC Technical Specialist

There really is no secret sauce to conducting an effective strategic planning process. You need to develop a strategy and you have to execute on that strategy. The hard work is the creative exercise of building the vision and bringing it to life with processes and measurable results. Here are a set of questions to help you think through developing your strategy and implementing your strategy. How many of these questions can you answer clearly? And, how many of them can you answer with evidence (proof and results)?

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Metro Chicago Exports - Your navigator in the path to exporting

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Dec 7, 2016 2:38:30 PM

What does Metro Chicago Exports Do?

Building Connections. Through our network of service providers and other partners, Metro Chicago Exports provides vetted referrals to help companies hit the ground running with an exporting strategy.

In 2016 Metro Chicago Exports established partnerships with the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC), U.S. Commercial Service, and Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM Bank).

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Report: The Future of Manufacturing

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Nov 9, 2016 8:46:54 AM

Recently, IndustryWeek Custom Research and Kronos Incorporated released a new manufacturing industry report titled "The Future of Manufacturing: 2020 and Beyond".  The report explores the current and future states of the manufacturing industry and focuses on the strategic management and technological priorities required for manufacturing competitiveness in the years ahead.

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Metro Chicago Exports and IMEC seek manufacturers for ExporTech cohort

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Sep 30, 2016 11:43:44 AM

Calling all manufacturers with an eye on global sales!

Are you re-actively selling to international customers who find you, rather than taking a proactive and strategic approach to international sales?

Are you struggling to take advantage of growth opportunities in global markets?
If YES… ExporTech could be the answer.

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IMEC and Metro Chicago Exports partner for manufacturing access to export assistance

Posted by Marketing Support on Apr 1, 2016 2:02:18 PM

Are you struggling to take advantage of growth opportunities in global markets?

Are you re-actively selling to international customers who find you, rather than taking a proactive and strategic approach to international sales?

If YES... ExporTech could be the answer. 

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The Manufacturing Council and White House Steering Committee visit Chicago manufacturers

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Jun 5, 2015 12:45:39 PM

On Thursday, May 28, IMEC had the privilege of joining the U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council’s Sub-Committee on Innovation and Research and Development, White House Advanced Manufacturing Partnership officials, Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) and local manufacturers for a round table discussion.

The discussion was held at the UI LABS: Digital Manufacturing Design Innovation Institute building in Chicago and was centered on the state of innovation in the American supply chain ecosystem, and effective strategies to help small manufacturers identify opportunities for innovation, invest in innovation and upgrade capabilities.

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MEP Supply Chain Optimization Program Releases Vitality Quiz

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Sep 8, 2014 2:49:15 PM

Are you vital as a manufacturer? A new quiz by Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Supply Chain Optimization program looks to provide a quick glimpse into a manufacturer’s vitality. This simple, 10-question quiz will help you to benchmark your abilities regarding strategy, alignment, collaboration, and ultimately optimization within the company’s supply chain.

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Doing business internationally and how to comply with the "CE mark"

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Aug 11, 2014 2:00:34 PM

CE Marking Workshop

Learn the Step-by-Step Process for Complying with Europe's CE Mark

Are you a manufacturer doing business internationally? Among the critical compliance standards of the U.S. there may be others to identify. The CE mark is a growing standard that may be costly for U.S. manufacturers, but will allow your organization to adhere to EU product safety regulations.

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