New Polaris MEP Offerings Provide RI Manufacturers with Growth Tools

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by | Mar 14, 2016

Entrepreneurship Expert, Marketing Guru and Manufacturing Specialists Highlight Business-Focused Calendar

PROVIDENCE, RI – Polaris MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership), a division of the University of Rhode Island (URI) Research Foundation, has announced the lasted crop of seminars, workshops, and lunch & learns for Rhode Island manufacturers. The second quarter of 2016 finds Polaris MEP addressing real challenges that are facing manufacturers, many of them off of the shop floor.

“We have heard from many Rhode Island manufacturing companies looking grow their business. They have asked for guidance in the areas of growth, entrepreneurship, marketing, and strategic business planning in general,” said Christian Cowan, Center Director for Polaris MEP. “We feel our upcoming events, led by renowned experts, will help manufacturers on the path of intelligent decision making in these areas.”

A key event in April is the Entrepreneurial Process Workshop #1 which is an intense, one day version of the highest rated course at Brown University, led by Danny Warshay. A professor at Brown University, Warshay is serial entrepreneur who co-founded and sold 16 companies acquired by Apple, Medline, Time, Belo Corporation, Sealed Air and Penton Media.

“Danny’s workshop has been incredibly valuable to me,” said Steve Kirkpatrick, CFO of Focal Upright and President of the Board of Sail Newport. “His process driven approach to entrepreneurship incorporates simple yet effective frameworks for identifying, analyzing and executing on opportunities in the for-profit and non-profit sectors alike. I highly recommend it.”

The month of May is packed including two new offerings. The first is the 2016 Marketing Smarter for Manufacturers Series led by TribalVision CEO, Chris Ciunci. This is a 4-part workshop series taking place each Thursday in May.

“I am excited to help Rhode Island manufacturers strengthen their growth efforts and look forward to providing the marketing knowledge necessary for a manufacturer to compete and win in today’s rapidly changing marketing landscape,” said Ciunci.

About Polaris MEP
Polaris MEP is a statewide non-profit organization that provides competitive manufacturing business improvement programs to grow RI’s manufacturing industry. Polaris is an affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Program (NIST MEP) and a business unit of the University of Rhode Island Research Foundation. Since 1996 Polaris has delivered improvement solutions to over 750 Rhode Island manufacturers to help them achieve sustainable and profitable growth.

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