Designed as a way to keep the best and brightest talent in Rhode Island, the Wavemaker Fellowship program provides up to 4 years of student debt relief to professionals who work in RI in a STEM or commercial design field. To find out if you are eligible, and to apply, please visit https://wavemaker.commerceri.com. The application period for the Fellowship program is open, and applications will be accepted until Friday, June 23, 2017.
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From May 1st through the 26th the Steel Yard (http://thesteelyard.org/) will be hosting its 150-hour Weld to Work job training program. Weld to Work is the Steel Yard’s unique answer to a shortage of affordable and accessible vocational training and Rhode Island manufacturers’ hiring needs. It pays participants to learn to weld and fabricate by working on real contracts of artistic functional pieces, such as ornate fences, bike racks and trashcans. Participants either receive 30-hours or 150-hours of intensive training in which they learn to safely use all the tools common to a welding shop.
Sure, September of 2015 was packed with the launch of the Rocket Program, our first All Access Bus Tour of Westrock and Spectrum Thermal, and one or two workshops, but March 2017 takes the cake!
Along with RIMA and Buy Local RI , and made possible by Commerce RI, we were able to pull off one of the largest (yet) RI Manufacturing focused trade shows. Thanks in part to a connection with RIPTAC’s DOD Matchmaker event, we hadover 400 attendees from over 250 companies from 15 states.
We are excited to publish the information that we collected from the data request board so keep an eye out for that soon. Read more
Christian Cowan, center director of Polaris MEP joined Peter Kaczmarek, president and COO of Mearthane Products Corp. (MPC) of Cranston for a recent interview on Executive Suite with Ted Nesi. The three spoke about MPC’s innovative products, upcoming events (the RIMFGB2B as well as the state of manufacturing in Rhode Island in 2017.
Our friends at the URI Business Engagement Center made us aware of an opportunity for Rhode Island manufacturers. The University of Rhode Island Office of Veteran’s Affairs is seeking guest speakers from the New England manufacturing community to help their student veteran population in their transition from active duty to the civilian academic community. Read more
By Ken Voytek
Every January, I take some time to look at what our MEP clients are saying about the future and the challenges they face. It’s usually part of my New Year’s resolution to rack up the responses. I’ve been writing this basic story for eight years. Especially this year, it’s useful to take the time to step back and consider what is happening with our manufacturing clients and their businesses. This exercise provides a look into the minds of some of the CEOs who run the over 200,000 small manufacturers across the U.S. and provides important market intelligence to guide future MEP activity. Read more
PROVIDENCE, RI – Polaris MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership) has joined forces with Rhode Island Manufacturers Association (RIMA), to bring the state’s manufacturing community together at the first Rhode Island Manufacturing B2B. The event will be held in conjunction with the “DoD Northeast Regional Council Training & Matchmaking” event presented by Rhode Island PTAC and will occur on March 23rd at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick, RI. Read more
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at CCRI is a no-cost 12-week program that helps small businesses grow through a practical business education, access to capital, and a support network of advisers and peers.
Over 7,000 small business owners have participated nationwide and in the U.K., and the program continues to expand. The Rhode Island program launched in March 2016 and is hosted at the Community College of Rhode Island.
With a 99% graduation rate, business owner participants are translating the knowledge they gain from the program into increased revenue and job growth — within just six months of graduating, 64% of participants have increased their revenues, and 45% have created new jobs.