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Five Steps to Being a “Smarter” Manufacturer

Posted by Impact Dakota on Nov 16, 2017 2:17:31 PM

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5 Common Mistakes Organizations Make in Supplier Selection

Posted by Impact Dakota on Nov 13, 2017 1:57:30 PM

 

Buyers generally have a good understanding of their company’s needs, however, too many assumptions and too little structure can result in mistakes when selecting suppliers. To ensure the best decisions are made, buyers need to reflect on their current decision making process. Dr. Cuneyt Altinoz has a long history of working in supply chain and offered frequent pitfalls made when selecting a supplier. Review the following list of common mistakes to make sure your company is on the right track.

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What Industry is in Your Wallet?

Posted by Impact Dakota on Nov 2, 2017 2:00:45 PM

By: Ken Voytek
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Small-Business Cybersecurity is Twice as Nice as Pumpkin Spice

Posted by Impact Dakota on Oct 26, 2017 2:50:25 PM

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This article originally appeared on the NIST Taking Measure blog.

I think we’ve taken this pumpkin spice thing too far. Don’t get me wrong, I love fall. That first crisp evening when you need to put on a sweater, the crunch of leaves under your feet, homecoming football games, but pumpkin spice? It’s obvious that the pumpkin spice council’s marketing team has done an outstanding job because it’s in everything now: cookies, chocolate candy, ice cream, oatmeal, pancakes, marshmallows, and now even in a special “limited edition” of my favorite breakfast cereal.

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The Signs Your Manufacturing Company Should Seek Grant Funding - Part 2

Posted by Impact Dakota on Oct 23, 2017 1:07:00 PM

This post was written by Micki Vandeloo, President of Lakeview Consulting, Inc. Micki’s company has obtained over $20 million dollars in grant funding for her clients, most of whom are in the manufacturing community.  Micki is considered an expert in the field of for-profit grant writing and published the book, THE For-Profit Grant Writing Guide, in 2014.  She partners with Impact Dakota to find and access grant funding to help their clients accelerate growth and innovation.

In my last post, I told you about the signs you should look for if you are interested in accessing grant funding.  They included adding employees, increased capital investment and being negatively impacted by foreign trade.  Be sure to look for these signs and go back to re-read the post to see the others!

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The Signs Your Manufacturing Company Should Seek Grant Funding - Part 1

Posted by Impact Dakota on Oct 19, 2017 3:34:57 PM

This post was written by Micki Vandeloo, President of Lakeview Consulting, Inc. Micki’s company has obtained over $20 million dollars in grant funding for her clients, most of whom are in the manufacturing community.  Micki is considered an expert in the field of for-profit grant writing and published the book, THE For-Profit Grant Writing Guide, in 2014.  She partners with Impact Dakota to find and access grant funding to help their clients accelerate growth and innovation.

I walk through a potential client’s shop and a new piece of machinery catches my eye.  I ask the company leader if he applied for any grant funding to offset the purchase, and he looks at me with a blank or inquisitive stare.  He then says, “I didn’t know I could get grant funding.” 

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Ensuring the Cybersecurity of Manufacturing Systems

Posted by Impact Dakota on Oct 17, 2017 2:57:00 PM

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Manufacturing advisor to address automation in NDSU presentation

Posted by Impact Dakota on Oct 16, 2017 10:19:30 AM

NDSU’s Northern Plains Ethics Institute is set to host a presentation by Reza Maleki, Impact Dakota senior business adviser. He is scheduled to present “Automation: Boon or Curse” Thursday, Oct. 19, at 3:30 p.m. in the A. Glenn Hill Center’s room 300.

Automation has created a number of issues for the workforce, economy and privacy, but Maleki argues those challenges can be met by addressing the processes of automation and creating a system so workers can change with evolving technologies.

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Recruiting Millennials for Manufacturing Careers

Posted by Impact Dakota on Oct 12, 2017 10:26:00 AM

 

I was at an end of summer family barbeque the other day, and two of my nephews, 16 and 20 years old, were in attendance. As the day progressed, they spent most of the day fixated on their phones, from watching YouTube videos of cats and playing games, to tweeting and instagramming photos.

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Are You Safe Online?

Posted by Impact Dakota on Oct 10, 2017 9:27:00 AM

Cybersecurity is everyone’s business! As personal computing devices become even more pervasive, the chances of falling victim to a cyber-attack rise higher and higher. With continuous use of email, social media, banking apps, etc., the list of vulnerabilities to which we have opened ourselves is ever-growing. Hackers often use an unsuspecting individual’s error, like a weak password or clicking a suspicious link, to gain access to larger institutions or to organize large-scale denial-of-service attacks.

It is more important now than ever to be responsible with our cybersecurity practices, not just at work but also at home. Do you know how to keep your accounts secure or how to spot a suspicious email?

Take our cyber quiz to find out how cyber-savvy you really are.

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Impact Dakota Blog is a blog dedicated to supporting North Dakota’s manufacturing community improve People, Purpose, Processes and Performance. Entries provide information on opportunities, new ideas, quick tips, celebrations of success, and well, frankly, anything to help you become a better manufacturer.   

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