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When Good Strategies Go Bad: The 7 Deadly Execution Mistakes

By Marie Mansheim, Senior Consultant—Growth & Strategy Practice Leader | 06/11/21 | Much work goes into developing sound business strategies. Yet when it comes to executing those brilliant initiatives, plenty of organizations fall short. If execution is the secret behind […]

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4 Best Practices for Better Strategic Planning

By Marie Mansheim, Senior Consultant—Growth & Strategy Practice Leader | 05/25/21 | Strategic Planning. Rarely were there two words viewed with more reluctance, dread, and disappointment. The process of strategic planning is often considered too time consuming for manufacturers, especially […]

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8 Surprising Ways a B2B Ecommerce Site Can Improve a Manufacturer’s Performance

Guest blog provided by Earthling Interactive. | Apr 17, 2021 | Ecommerce Let’s look at eight surprising ways that a B2B ecommerce site can create efficiencies that not only streamline your sales process but also transform your customers’ buying experience. But before […]

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Whether You Build Them or Buy Them – IoT Device Security Concerns Us All

April 15, 2021 By: Barbara Cuthill The Internet of Things (IoT) offers many attractions for small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) who may want to integrate IoT into their facilities and operations, or who seek to enter the IoT market with innovative […]

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DoD Cybersecurity Acronym Help

By: Cory Larson CMMC, NIST 800-171, & DFARs Greetings! This is Cory Larson, and I am an Automation & Cybersecurity consultant at WMEP.  I wanted to write a quick clarification on DoD Contracts, NIST 800-171, and CMMC.  There is a […]

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America Works – An Innovative Approach to Workforce Development

March 9, 2021 By: Matt Fieldman This blog is the first in a monthly series brought to you by the new America Works initiative. As a part of the MEP National Network’s goal of supporting the growth of small and medium-sized […]

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Detecting Abnormal Cyber Behavior Before a Cyberattack

March 5, 2021 By: Dr. Michael Powell The promise of advanced manufacturing technologies — also known as smart factories or Industry 4.0 — is that by networking our machines, computers, sensors and systems, we will (among other things) enable automation, improve […]

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Sometimes It’s Not Easy Being a Small Manufacturer

February 23, 2021 By: Mark Schmit The COVID-19 pandemic has presented big challenges for small manufacturers. That was the message of three leaders from manufacturing companies located in two Southwestern states. Fortunately, the MEP National NetworkTM, in WMEP Manufacturing Solutions, is here […]

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U.S. Manufacturing to the MEP National Network: Don’t Let Up!

February 17, 2021 By: Mark Schmit The COVID-19 pandemic has asked much of manufacturing executives. They’ve had to make decisions about staffing and operations in the face of tremendous health and economic uncertainty — and then adjust or even change decisions […]

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After a March (and More) of Madness, What’s Next for Manufacturers?

February 10, 2021 By: Mark Schmit The six manufacturing executives participating in a Sept. 25, 2020, virtual conversation spent much of the time discussing what comes after the pandemic has subsided. This session of the “National Conversation with Manufacturers” was the […]

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