Month: March 2017

Resource Spotlight: Expert Advice on Exporting

Only about 15 percent of small- to mid-sized manufacturers in Iowa consider exports as one of their top three growth strategies. Yet in most industries, there are substantial opportunities for growth and profit outside of the United States.     One of the leading reasons that companies, especially smaller ones, avoid exporting is the potential complexity and risk associated with international sales. In Iowa, we have a great set of resources to help de-risk the process at any stage. 

Partner Spotlight: Iowa Economic Development Authority (TSB)

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) offers a variety of programs and services to individuals, communities and businesses to attract and grow business, employment and workforce in Iowa.  One of these programs is Iowa’s Targeted Small Business (TSB) program, which is designed to help women, individuals with minority status, service-connected disabled veterans and individuals with disabilities overcome some hurdles to start or grow a small business in Iowa. 

Service Highlight: Productivity (and getting recognition for it)

Every manufacturer has tried to get better. Many have set goals to be great. Some even aim for world class.   Iowa manufacturers have employed a variety of tools to get there: Lean, Six Sigma, ISO 9001, Total Quality Management, and countless others.  But how do you know if you are "there"? What is great? What is world class? Here are three ways to measure yourself against the best in the nation and potentially get global recognition for your achievements: