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Enterprise Minnesota Launches New Leadership and Talent Development Services

Monday, July 10, 2017
Abbey Hellickson, Leadership and talent expert, Enterprise Minnesota
(Abbey Hellickson, business growth consultant, Enterprise Minnesota) 

Minneapolis (July 10, 2017) - Enterprise Minnesota, an ISO 9001:2008 certified consulting organization for medium-size and smaller manufacturing companies, has launched leadership and talent development, as part of its suite of consulting service offerings for Minnesota’s small and medium size manufacturing companies seeking to effectively influence the culture and performance of their businesses.

Enterprise Minnesota’s leadership and talent development consultants help Minnesota manufacturers develop, retain, and attract top talent in an increasingly tight labor market, and assess businesses to determine current and future leadership competencies integral to organizational success. Manufacturers can expect to better understand where their skills and leadership gaps are and how to close them, improved workforce productivity and adaptability, and to be best prepared for future growth opportunities. 

Enterprise Minnesota’s 2017 State of Manufacturing® survey found that 68% of Minnesota’s manufacturers say that the difficulty of attracting and retaining qualified workers is a significant concern, which is a sizeable increase compared to the results from the 2010 survey.

“The skills gap and the shortage of qualified workers pose a growing risk for manufacturers and it is critical that they take a proactive approach to developing their talent in order to grow profitably,” said Bob Kill, Enterprise Minnesota president & CEO. “One of the main concerns we regularly hear about from manufacturers is the challenge of developing effective leaders internally. We believe these new services will help manufacturers build a stronger leadership culture at all levels of their organization.”

“Leaders are the core component to developing the talent within any organization," said Abbey Hellickson, an Enterprise Minnesota business growth consultant. "When you start with developing your current leaders, it trickles down throughout the entire business. Manufacturers all have different approaches, cultures, environments, and relevant issues, which is why we don’t do one-size-fits-all solutions. Our services are designed and delivered based on the specific needs of each individual company.”

Enterprise Minnesota is hosting Manufacturing Workshops on leadership and talent development exclusively for manufacturing executives in Blaine on July 13, Mankato on July 27, and White Bear Lake on August 3. To learn more and to register please visit

For more information on Enterprise Minnesota’s leadership and talent consulting services please visit


About Enterprise Minnesota
Enterprise Minnesota is an ISO 9001:2008 certified consulting organization that works with medium and smaller manufacturing enterprises to help them compete and grow profitably, and also serves as the “voice” for the industry, raising visibility and appreciation for the value manufacturers provide our communities and the state’s economy. Our affiliation with the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) further positions us to offer clients leading-edge services to improve manufacturing operations and strengthen business.

In the last five years alone Enterprise Minnesota has helped over 510 Minnesota manufacturing companies gain access to strategies that increase efficiency and promote growth. Resulting from the organization’s work, clients have realized a total positive economic impact of over $696 million in sales, reduced costs by over $131 million, invested over $289 million in capital expenditures and modernization and added or retained over 6,600 jobs.