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West Michigan Aerospace and Defense Industry Overview

February 26, 2020 / 3:00PM – 6:00PM / L. William Seidman Center - Grand Valley State University

On February 26, 2020, join industry experts in Grand Rapids as they share trends and resources available to West Michigan manufacturers looking to grow their businesses in the Aerospace and Defense industry. This special event will feature speakers from the Federal Business Group, Military Solutions Consultants & Associates (MSCA), Miller Canfield and Poland-U.S. Operations (PLUS Ops). For questions about accessibility or to...

Hello West Michigan 2020 Annual Meeting

February 27, 2020 / 3:00PM – 5:00PM / Embassy Suites Downtown Grand Rapids

10 Years of Growing West Michigan In 2020, Hello West Michigan is celebrating ten years of community impact on West Michigan. Ten years of educating, attracting, and connecting people to the West Michigan region. Ten years ago, Hello West Michigan was the only organization of its kind in the country: employer-driven and governed by employers. Now, they are a model organization for...

Industry 4.0 Workshop (Session Option 1)

March 3, 2020 / 8:30AM – 4:30PM / Feyen Zylstra

Industry 4.0 buzz words have been flying around for a few years now, but it seems the mystery remains. What does all of it mean for small and mid-sized manufacturers? We're here to break down the jargon and make the complex simple, separating reality from the hype. Join the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center-West and Feyen Zylstra for an interactive workshop geared...

Industry 4.0 Workshop (Session Option 2)

March 11, 2020 / 8:30AM – 4:30PM / Feyen Zylstra

Industry 4.0 buzz words have been flying around for a few years now, but it seems the mystery remains. What does all of it mean for small and mid-sized manufacturers? We're here to break down the jargon and make the complex simple, separating reality from the hype. Join the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center-West and Feyen Zylstra for an interactive workshop geared...

Industry 4.0 Workshop (Session Option 3)

March 19, 2020 / 8:30AM – 4:30PM / Feyen Zylstra

Industry 4.0 buzz words have been flying around for a few years now, but it seems the mystery remains. What does all of it mean for small and mid-sized manufacturers? We're here to break down the jargon and make the complex simple, separating reality from the hype. Join the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center-West and Feyen Zylstra for an interactive workshop geared...

Midwest Supply Chain Management Conference 2020

March 25, 2020 / 8:30AM – 4:00PM / GVSU Eberhard Center

The Midwest Supply Chain Management Conference is a comprehensive supply chain management education and networking event. Continued change in the global economy has created new opportunities for supply chain professionals. Future success will be heavily influenced by the strategies, practices, and processes that organizations put in place to facilitate innovation and operational excellence. As an individual or as an organization,...

Manufacturing Leadership Series: Big Data

April 29, 2020 / 8:00AM – 10:30AM / Embassy Suites Hotel

You might understand big data, but are you leveraging it? Big data is key to making informed, strategic decisions for your business. As advancements in manufacturing continue to accelerate at an unprecedented pace, companies are taking a step back to evaluate how big data can drive innovation and efficiency in their operations. Embrace the new industrial revolution with the Manufacturing...

Pitch North 2020

April 30, 2020 / 4:00PM – 6:00PM / Dogwood Center

Join us for an evening of innovation, entrepreneurship and excitement. Pitch North is a idea pitching competition created to spark change and promote entrepreneurial progress in some of West Michigan's more rural counties. A panel of judges will evaluate submissions from area residents seeking a chance to be finalists at the live pitching event on Thursday, April 30, 2020 at the Dogwood...

Back to Basics Webinar Series: Core Competencies & Growth

May 12, 2020 / 11:00AM – 12:00PM / GoToWebinar

Core Competencies & Growth Identifying your key capabilities and resources can be an important first step to creating new growth opportunities for manufacturers. In this webinar, we’ll discuss processes for assessing your core strengths and share proven strategies for leveraging your key advantages to develop new products, new applications and new markets for your company. Back to Basics Webinar Series T...

Back to Basics Webinar Series: Building Your Culture

August 11, 2020 / 11:00AM – 12:00PM / GoToWebinar

Building Your Culture Establishing an intentional approach to company culture is helping some Michigan manufacturers attract the right workers and prepare for their next phase of growth. This webinar discussion will examine best practices for building culture and amplifying your values to assemble a high-functioning team that’s ready to take on the challenges and changes ahead. Back to Basics W...

Back to Basics Webinar Series: Investing in Leadership

November 10, 2020 / 11:00AM – 12:00PM / GoToWebinar

Investing in Leadership Promoting operations staff to manufacturing management positions can often be a recipe for failure. The reason: Employees who are good at their job often lack natural leadership skills to step into those new roles. An investment in leadership training can help. Join us for a panel-style webinar on best practices for training team leaders, plant managers and...