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.
November 14, 2016 – PROVIDENCE, RI – Today, U.S. Senator Jack Reed and RI Governor Gina Raimondo visited Goodwin-Bradley, a Providence manufacturer who has received a Strategic Assessment award through the Manufacturing Innovation Challenge, a program of Polaris MEP and part of a comprehensive program funded by a $2.9 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to RI Commerce Corporation. Read more
November 2, 2016 – PROVIDENCE, RI – Polaris MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership), a division of the University of Rhode Island Research Foundation, announces today the second round of applications are open for the Manufacturing Innovation Challenge, a competitive opportunity for RI manufacturers supplying the defense industry to access over $1 million of available funding, expertise and hands-on design and product development talent. Awards are currently available to qualifying RI manufacturers with a defense focus. Applications can be found at www.polarismep.org/challenge. Deadline is November 23, 2016 at 12:00 pm. Read more
In August, Scott Jensen, director of the R.I. Department of Labor & Training, called manufacturing a “bright spot” in the state economy. Jensen and Donna Murray, Rhode Island’s chief labor statistician, noted that 42,300 manufacturing jobs in July were the most in the sector since March 2009. This is due not only to the resiliency of our legacy manufacturers, but also largely to the focus on advanced manufacturing as an industry, which benefits from innovation programs throughout the state. Read more
By Carroll Thomas, Director of the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership
The revolution will not be televised—but it will be digitized!
Taken from a famous poem and song by Gil Scott-Heron first recorded in 1970, this was a popular slogan in the African-American community back in the day. The lyrics in the poem refers to television series, advertising slogans and icons of entertainment and news coverage that feature examples of what the revolution will not be or do. Read more
SENEDIA is continuing to offer an exciting opportunity for Rhode Island college and university students and companies alike: an IT /Cybersecurity Internship Program to provide experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students studying information technology or cybersecurity.
SENEDIA has 16 intern slots available for the 2016/2017 Fall and Spring semesters, and both intern candidates and companies will be selected on a first-come first-served basis.
By Mark Schmit, NIST MEP National Accounts Manager
Summer is a great time to catch up on reading. I suppose that’s why there’s such a thing as summer reading; it starts in grade school and extends a lifetime (or so goes the theory).
My initial attempt at summer reading was complemented by a July 4th military flyover of two F16 jets. The jaw-dropping visual and ear-popping soundtrack to celebrating the birth of this great country of ours was a sobering reminder of current world events. It was a reminder of the awesomeness of American manufacturing. The ubiquity of all things manufactured did not escape even my vacation-dulled mind, not even with my feet in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina sand I might add, with an American-made beer by my side. Read more