Created on September 15, 2015
All over the country, manufacturing companies and other organizations are preparing to host an anticipated 400,000 people who want to experience American manufacturing up close and in person. On October 2, 2015, the fourth annual Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) will simultaneously increase public awareness about what and where manufacturing is, provide some with a pathway toward a new career, and demonstrate manufacturing’s value to the United States’ economy.
Manufacturing Day is a big, national to-do. And it should be. In 2014, manufacturing accounted for 12.3 percent of the Gross Domestic Product, supported 17.4 million jobs and contributed $2.1 trillion to the economy.
Manufacturing Day is also group effort. At its core is a team of co-producers made up of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association International, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Manufacturing Institute, guest producer Industrial Strength Marketing, media partners Science Channel and EdgeFactor, and movie partner American Made Movie. Together they are leading the charge to organize towns, cities and states to amplify the promise of Manufacturing Day’s mission. The goal is to challenge outdated perceptions and address workforce recruitment concerns by presenting manufacturing in a straight-forward (yet ultimately flattering) light. Manufacturers are prepping, primping, polishing and getting ready to show off what they have to offer.
Created on September 15, 2015
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently issued a final rule authorizing federal agencies to award sole-source contracts to women-owned small businesses eligible for the Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract Program. Effective October 14, 2015, the rule levels the playing field for women-owned small businesses across the federal contracting marketplace.
Created on September 11, 2015
As a small business owner, you know that being forced to close your doors, even for a day, is a costly setback. Typically, it’s often the seemingly isolated incident, not the mega-disaster, that causes power outages and the interconnected fallout affecting your clients, employees, and your bottom line.
Between 2003 and 2012, roughly 679 power outages, each affecting at least 50,000 customers, occurred due to weather events, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. The number of outages caused by severe weather is expected to rise as climate change increases the frequency and intensity of hurricanes, blizzards, floods and other extreme weather events.
Created on September 10, 2015
Compete, Win, and Expand Your Business
Plan to attend this unprecedented national series of conferences designed to help U.S. businesses expand sales, penetrate new markets, and boost their bottom line through exports. Reserve your spot now at a Discover Global Markets event in 2015.
At Each Discover Global Markets Conference, you will:
- Meet one-on-one with U.S. Commercial Diplomats visiting from abroad
- Participate in panel discussions on the latest industry trends
- Identify new and emerging markets of opportunity ahead of your competition
- Learn about U.S. export programs designed to cut your time to market
- Network with U.S. trade officials, leading private sector experts and like-minded U.S. businesses active in overseas markets