Small Manufacturers Needs | Detailed

On this page, learn more about the need for Small Manufacturers in RI. For this survey, Small Manufacturers refers to under 20 employees.


Snapshot of Total Small Manufacturers Votes – Across Categories

The following breaks down each category into further detail based on the needs of the RI Small Manufacturers expressed in the 2017 RIMFGB2B Needs Survey.


RIMFGB2B Small Business Needs Snapshot

Growth


Top Three Growth Needs | Small Manufacturers

RIMFGB2B Growth top needs

Help breaking into new markets

RIMFGB2B Growth top needs

Help growing sales of our existing products in established markets

RIMFGB2B Growth top needs

Help with sales of our new products

Detailed Results of All Growth Questions

Each category included section headers and questions to further define the need. Following are the detailed results showing each question in the category. Below the chart you’ll find the color key that references the section headers. Colors shading responds to the amount of need within that section – dark being stronger need, light being less of a need.

RIMFGB2B Growth Survey Details

Growth Categories Key

Sales
Strategy Help

Advice or Guidance
For Growth

Building or
Equipment

Funding

New Product Development


Top Three New Product Development Needs | Small Manufacturers

RIMFGB2B NPD top needs small mfg

Entrepreneurs with an idea that needs to be manufactured

RIMFGB2B NPD top needs small mfg

Engineering ideas to help develop the next great idea

RIMFGB2B NPD top needs small mfg

People with strategic skills to develop a next generation company

Detailed Results of All New Product Development Questions

Each category included section headers and questions to further define the need. Following are the detailed results showing each question in the category. Below the chart you’ll find the color key that references the section headers. Colors shading responds to the amount of need within that section – dark being stronger need, light being less of a need.

RIMFGB2B NPD Survey Details sm mfg

New Product Development Categories Key

Ideas To Develop
New Products

Help with Research
and Development

Testing
Facilities

People to Help
Drive Growth

Talent


Top Three Talent Needs | Small Manufacturers

RIMFGB2B talent top needs small mfg

We need to hire machine operators

RIMFGB2B talent top needs small mfg

We need to hire entry level floor workers

RIMFGB2B talent top needs small mfgs

We need to hire good machinists and engineers

Detailed Results of All Talent Questions

Each category included section headers and questions to further define the need. Following are the detailed results showing each question in the category. Below the chart you’ll find the color key that references the section headers. Colors shading responds to the amount of need within that section – dark being stronger need, light being less of a need

RIMFGB2B Talent Survey Details sm mfg

Talent Categories Key

Train Current
Employees

Hire New
People

Operations


Top Three Operations Needs | Small Manufacturers

RIMFGB2B operations top needs small mfg

Help with process flow for quality improvement

RIMFGB2B operations top needs small mfg

Help finding a material or parts supplier

RIMFGB2B operations top needs small mfg

Help with a new manufacturing process

Detailed Results of All Operations Questions

Each category included section headers and questions to further define the need. Following are the detailed results showing each question in the category. Below the chart you’ll find the color key that references the section headers. Colors shading responds to the amount of need within that section – dark being stronger need, light being less of a need

RIMFGB2B Operations Survey Details

Operations Categories Key

Improve Systems
and Processes

Improve Supply
Chain

Access to Modern
Equipment

People in
Operations

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