Enterprise Minnesota program
and staff receive prestigious
Enterprise Minnesota's CEO Peer Councils - and the staff that manage them -- were named "Practitioner of the Year" by the 2012 National MEP Awards in Orlando, Fla. this week. The staff members include Jan Hepola, Mary Connor, and Deb Bly. They are all business growth advisors.
In addition, Constance Fantin, a sales assistant at Enterprise Minnesota, was named MEP's "Newcomer of the Year."
Enterprise Minnesota is one of 59 regional centers that make up the U.S. Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).
"The Peer Council award recognizes our cutting edge organization and bottom line orientation," said Bob Kill, CEO of Enterprise Minnesota. "It proves once again that great programs can't succeed unless you have great people managing them. We are fortunate enough to have great people."
The Peer Councils were created eight years ago with a single group of CEOs. Today, more than 85 manufacturing CEOs belong to one of ten councils throughout Minnesota. Each council convenes one full day each month for a combination of topical presentations and open-ended conversation. In this way, members function as an informal, off-the-record advisory board for the others.
"The fact that there is such a high CEO retention rate over the eight years of operating CEO Peer Councils speaks to the tremendous value placed on these relationships," Kill said.
Membership is by group invitation only, which fosters a high level of trust, confidence and respect among members. It also ensures that council members have a similar level of "business sophistication." Each day's meeting is organized and facilitated by the award-winning team of business advisors.
Between the monthly meetings members receive one-on-one coaching from our consultants toward their specific improvements, with ROI measured every six months. The meetings are also supplemented by multi-council events, leadership development webcasts, company tours, demonstrations, and a council website.
At the request of member CEOs, Enterprise Minnesota recently expanded the Peer Council approach by developing three Operations Executive Councils using a similar model.
Fantin, winner of the "Newcomer" award joined Enterprise Minnesota in August, 2010 as a part-time sales support assistant, taking on a role previously filled by two full-time employees. By leaning up several areas of sales support operations, she freed up eight business development staff and 10 consulting delivery staff to focus solely on their core responsibilities of sales and delivery with manufacturing clients.
Fantin eventually added the role of coordinating logistics of Enterprise Minnesota's monthly Business Events and annual State of Manufacturing™ poll. The State of Manufacturing poll - having gained nationwide recognition over the last year - surveys over 400 manufacturing executives and garners 200 focus group participants about the optimism, challenges and issues manufacturers face in the upcoming year.
PLEASE JOIN US TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CENTRALLIA 2012
Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Dave Angus, co-chair of
Centrallia 2012, and the Canadian Consulate of Minneapolis, Minnesota
Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise Minnesota, GREATER MSP, and the
Minnesota Trade Office invite you to join them for lunch and
presentation on opportunities to connect with potential customers and/or
suppliers outside the U.S. and especially those in Manitoba.
WHEN: Monday, May 21
TIME: Noon - 1 p.m.
LOCATION: Canadian Consulate in Minneapolis (Canada Room), 701 4th Ave. S., 9th floor
is a global business forum being hosted in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, from Oct. 10-12, 2012 (www.centrallia.com). More than 600 companies are expected to attend from more than 40 markets worldwide.
as "speed dating" for business, participants are matched and provided
up to 14, one-on-one meetings of 30 minutes each over the course of the
2½ day forum on international trade, investment and business
development. The forum also includes a trade show and optional tours and
seminars. Minnesota business will have the option of arriving a day
early for pre-arranged meetings with potential Manitoba customers and/or
This is a chance to:
- Explore many types of opportunities - import, export, joint venture, distribution, supply chain, outsourcing, investment, R&D, technology transfer, and more
- Gain valuable market insight that could save your company thousands of dollars (e.g. price points, competition, branding, messaging, business culture.)
- Develop new strategic alliances - forge a partnership with a local company to increase your capacity to go out and compete in new markets.
- Foster innovation
- see what your counterparts are doing in other countries, find new
processes or technologies to improve the way you do business.
Follow-up surveys of Centrallia 2010 participants indicated:
- 83% anticipate new business will result
- 90% rated the B2B model format highly effective
- 92% would come again
- 97% would recommend this type of event to other companies
To register for the May 21st briefing contact Wendy
State's exports surge again:
Minnesota exports of agricultural, mining and manufactured goods topped $20 billion for the first time last year, beating the 2008 record and furthering the state's mission to grow exports and related jobs.
StarTribune article continues
MN manufacturers make a big comeback: Manufacturing in Minnesota is making a comeback in a big way.
Sales are up, as are profits. Companies are hiring, expanding facilities and buying equipment at an accelerating pace. It's a welcome change for an industry that focused on cost-cutting for the past several years.
Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal article continues
Manufacturing Companies Show Promise In Tough Economy:
If you want to hear what economic recovery sounds like, listen closely. It's the din of machinery pressing out steel parts is sweet music to the employees of a Blaine metal stamping plant.
WCCO TV - CBS Minnesota continues
Good jobs are out there; ATCC is helping to fill them:
Despite some of the negative talk one hears about the economy, job opportunities are out there. In the Alexandria area, for instance, there is a shortage of qualified workers for high-tech manufacturing jobs.
Alexandria Echo Press article continues
How People Make Things Exhibit:
has partnered with the Minnesota Children's Museum to host a traveling
exhibit geared toward children 10 years old and under. The exhibit is
based on the Fred Rogers show and will provide a unique opportunity for
Minnesota manufacturing to reach out to children and their parents,
grandparents, teachers and other influencers who impact career
MN Children's Museum website has more information
How People Make Things
Now-June 3, 2012
MN Children's Museum
Spring 2012 Virtual Program Offerings
Carlson School of Management-U of MN
Meeting Minnesota's Workforce Needs: Workforce Assessments
Renewable Materials Summit: Markets for Building the Biorefinery
BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota
May 15, 2012
More information here & here
2012 Small Business Week Awards Luncheon
Small Business Administration
May 16, 2012
CE Marking and the EU Directives: What Applies to My Product?
Minnesota Trade Office
May 17, 2012
Maple Grove, MN
Predictive & Social Media and the World of Big Data
May 21, 2012
Mounds View, MN
Shifting Patterns of Thinking For Leaders and Employees
May 22, 2012
MPMA May Breakfast: Transforming for Competitiveness... Your Company, Your Industry
May 24, 2012
Minnesota Council for Quality's Annual Best Practice Conference
June 5, 2012
Six Sigma Green Belt Certification
South Central College CBI
July & August 2012
North Mankato, MN