Archive - April/May 2015

April/May 2015

Bob Kill

Bob Kill, Enterprise MinnesotaDo not forget to register to attend our State of Manufacturing Survey Release Event on Wednesday, May 13 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. In addition to the Minneapolis release event, we will be taking the results of the survey around the state, so keep an eye out for our schedule of State of Manufacturing events in Greater Minnesota. 

Thanks to all of you who have helped make The State of Manufacturing such a remarkable success, and I look forward to this year's being the best one yet. If you would like to assure a voice in The State of Manufacturing survey please contact me at

Mary Connor
"Workplace disagreements are quietly acted out rather than discussed, and mistrust is passed in whispered complaints to third parties.  Failure to speak up in the workplace about concerns can have real financial consequences.  Encouraging candid dialogue can boost productivity."

Read- Is Workplace Conflict Killing Your Bottom Line

“It is a buyer’s market for smaller manufacturing companies and the competition will get more fierce as boomers continue to exit their businesses.  If you are in this category, make sure you are thoroughly prepared with the documentation typically requested by a buyer in a due diligence conversation.” 
- Mary Connor

Read- 8 Do's and Don'ts of Selling Your Business

Pat Voyles

“Do your employees care about your company's mission?  Mission is one of the key elements of employee engagement, and having a sense of purpose and meaning in one's work is crucial to individual well-being.  How clear is your company’s mission statement?  Does it inspire and motivate your people?  If not, ask your employees what’s important to them?"

Read- Factory Workers Don't Care About Their Company's Mission

"Learn how the largest John Deere dealership in America was able to grow and sustain over 45 years by focusing on employee and customer engagement and by adhering to three simple principles: maintain a sense of core values; understand stakeholders' ever-shifting needs, and delivering the finest service."
- Pat Voyles

Read- Building a Giant in the Heavy-Equipment Industry

Increasing Market Share

Jerry Kauffman of Windings Inc. speaks at an Enterprise Minnesota business event
(Jerry Kauffman, President & CEO of Windings Inc. address the crowd at Enterprise Minnesota's April business event)

Enterprise Minnesota's April business event Increasing Market Share at South Central College in Faribault featured presentations from two CEO Council members; Mankato Council member Jerry Kauffman of Windings Inc. and Owatonna Council member Maynard Akkerman of Akkerman.

Click on the links below to view copies of the speakers' presentations given.

Maynard Akkerman, President/CEO/Owner
Akkerman - Brownsdale

Larry Haberman, President & CEO
V-TEK, Incorporated - Mankato

Jerry Kauffman, President & CEO
Windings Inc. - New Ulm

Upcoming Events

The State of Manufacturing

Click here for full details and to register

Minneapolis - Wednesday, May 13
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Mankato - Monday, May 18 
8:00 a.m - 9:30 a.m.

Eagan - Monday, May 18
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Duluth - Tuesday, May 19
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Moorhead - Thursday, May 28
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Brainerd - Tuesday, June 2
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m

St. Cloud - Tuesday, June 2
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Alexandria - Wednesday, June 3
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Willmar - Wednesday, June 3
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Albert Lea - Tuesday, June 9
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Owatonna - Tuesday, June 9
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Elk River - Wednesday, June 10
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Red Wing - Thursday, June 11
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Winona - Thursday, June 11
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Hibbing - Thursday, June 25
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Rochester - Monday, June 29
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Litchfield - Thursday, September 10
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Additional dates and locations to be announced...

Click here for full details and to register

Enteprise Minnesota® Magazine

May 2015

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