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Webinar: Access Markets in 90+ Countries Around the World
Webinar: Access Markets in 90+ Countries Around the World
MEDC’s six International Trade Centers offer local expertise and market knowledge to companies looking to reach established or emerging markets in more than 90 countries.
Webinar: Unlock, Protect and Increase Business Value Through Digital Transformation
Webinar: Unlock, Protect and Increase Business Value Through Digital Transformation
This roundtable discussion uses real-world examples of how you can use the power of connectivity and automation to deliver new value by digital transformation to your manufacturing company.
Webinar: Stories of Exporting Success
Webinar: Stories of Exporting Success
In Fiscal Year 2020 alone, MEDC’s International Trade Program helped 530 companies increase their export sales in 121 countries. Meet the Trade team and hear the real life experiences of local manufacturers who discovered new markets and developed new customer relationships through exporting activities.
Webinar: Overview of MEDC’s International Trade Program
Webinar: Overview of MEDC’s International Trade Program
In Fiscal Year 2020 alone, MEDC’s International Trade Program helped 530 companies increase their export sales in 121 countries. Meet the Trade team and hear the real life experiences of local manufacturers who discovered new markets and developed new customer relationships through exporting activities.
Webinar: Post Closing…Now What?
Webinar: Post Closing…Now What?
While it may seem like completing a transition is enough — it’s not quite done. Find out what’s on the other side of a deal ahead of time to manage expectations and ensure a smooth process through this final phase.
Webinar: Protect Your Company from FCPA Criminal and Civil Liability
Webinar: Protect Your Company from FCPA Criminal and Civil Liability
A record level of corporate fines and penalties under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) were levied in 2020 and 90% of those actions involved a third-party service provider. Miller Canfield helps attendees establish a tailored compliance program that works in real-world operations to protect your company from criminal ...
Webinar: It’s All About Due Diligence
Webinar: It’s All About Due Diligence
Deals are made or lost in the due diligence process. This webinar reviews common issues that surface during this phase, including vital buyer and employee needs.
Webinar: MIOSHA Rules with Michigan COVID-19 Workplace Safety Director Sean Egan
Webinar: MIOSHA Rules with Michigan COVID-19 Workplace Safety Director Sean Egan
MMA hosted Michigan’s COVID-19 Workplace Safety Director Sean Egan to answer questions about MIOSHA's updated COVID-19 Emergency Workplace Standards in May 2021 to reflect the impact increased COVID-19 vaccines administration.
Webinar: The Exit Checklist
Webinar: The Exit Checklist
MMA and MWV Consulting, an Affiliate of Empire Business Brokers/Empire Global Business Solutions, cover typical push and pull factors, exit types and value drivers/inhibitors to successfully exit your business.
Webinar: Retaining Your  Hard-Won Talent
Webinar: Retaining Your Hard-Won Talent
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed much in our personal and professional lives, not the least of which are the reasons your employees may choose to stay or leave. Learn creative and effective solutions to grow and retain your workforce.
Webinar: Get the Latest on COVID-19 Workplace Regulations
Webinar: Get the Latest on COVID-19 Workplace Regulations
MMA and The Center provide the latest intelligence on rapidly changing MIOSHA COVID-19 workplace restrictions. Watch to find out what rules still apply to your facility and what you can expect in the future.
Webinar: The Art of the Deal
Webinar: The Art of the Deal
When you find yourself seriously considering a transaction, you’ll need to put the right team in place. Learn more about the roles of your CPA, attorney, investment banker and financial advisor — and how they work together to protect your interests.
Webinar: Succession in a Family-Owned Business
Webinar: Succession in a Family-Owned Business
Transitioning a family-owned business from one generation to the next is a delicate balancing act. Hear from manufacturing leaders who have pulled off successful transitions that created a sustained competitive advantage, boosted customer satisfaction and maintained family ties.
Webinar: Your Business Isn’t for Sale, But… Preparing Even When You’re Not Ready
Webinar: Your Business Isn’t for Sale, But… Preparing Even When You’re Not Ready
From financial statements to estate planning considerations, there’s a check list of best practices to embrace if you're within five years of selling. Clayton & McKervey takes you through how buyers assess value and what’s needed to put yourself and your business in the best possible position
Webinar: Embracing the Innovation Challenge
Webinar: Embracing the Innovation Challenge
MMA and Dewpoint lead a roundtable discussion with manufacturing innovators to discover how leading companies are cultivating innovation, fundamentally changing their business and breaking the boundaries of traditional disciplines.
Protecting Your COVID-19 Innovations
Protecting Your COVID-19 Innovations
Manufacturing innovations skyrocketed during the global pandemic. Learn from the intellectual property protection experience of your your manufacturing peers in an interactive panel discussion.
Money on the Table: Use ERC & PPP Programs to Your Advantage
Money on the Table: Use ERC & PPP Programs to Your Advantage
The Payroll Protection Program ends on 3/31/21. Take advantage of the PPP and the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) but make sure that you have a full understanding of the impact so you can use them to your advantage in 2021 and beyond.
Unemployment Insurance 101
Unemployment Insurance 101
Learn what you need to work successfully with the UIA on unemployment matters in 2021, including pandemic-related changes to employer tax rates and chargeable benefits, the best ways to facilitate claim filings and appeals, tips on using MiWAM and more.
Recruiting During a Pandemic
Recruiting During a Pandemic
MMA and Sigred Solutions hosted a panel discussion on the changes and challenges companies have faced with recruiting since 2020. Panelists discussed best practices to become employers of choice in their regions.
The COVID-19 Vaccine: What Manufacturing Employers Need to Know
The COVID-19 Vaccine: What Manufacturing Employers Need to Know
COVID-19 has forced manufacturing employers to consider new decisions and workforce policies. Watch the interactive discussion with public health officials and employment law professionals to learn how to handle vaccination.
Do You Qualify for the Employee Retention Tax Credit?
Do You Qualify for the Employee Retention Tax Credit?
MMA and Dennis Theis and Matthew Latham, principals with Maner Costerisan, teach how you can take advantage of take both the Employee Retention Tax Credit and participate in the Payroll Protection Program.
PPP Round 2 - What You Need to Know
PPP Round 2 - What You Need to Know
MMA and Butzel Long guide you through the the key provisions of the new law and explore the interplay with prior law and regulations related to the second round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) approved in late 2020.
What to Do When Customer or Supplier Financial Distress Stresses You Out
What to Do When Customer or Supplier Financial Distress Stresses You Out
MMA and Adam Kochenderfer, an attorney with Wolfson Bolton PLLC, give an eye-opening presentation on how to proactively plan for three different levels of financial distress.
Gain Insight into COVID-19 Special Enforcement Efforts
Gain Insight into COVID-19 Special Enforcement Efforts
This interactive discussion with Director of COVID-19 Workplace Safety Sean Egan outlines the increased enforcement regarding special MIOSHA enforcement effort related to COVID-19 Emergency Rules
My Employee Was Exposed to COVID-19; Now What?
My Employee Was Exposed to COVID-19; Now What?
Ingham County Health Department's Linda Vail joined MMA for an in-depth discussion of how employers should respond when an employee is exposed to COVID-19, as well as trends local health departments are seeing and how they are responding.
Election 2020: Analyzing the Results and the Manufacturing Impact
Election 2020: Analyzing the Results and the Manufacturing Impact
MMA’s Government Affairs Team analyzes the 2020 General Election results with particular attention to how the power of Michigan’s manufacturing industry will be impacted and the likelihood of success for the pro-manufacturing agenda in the future.
Going PRO Talent Fund Application Process – Get the Facts
Going PRO Talent Fund Application Process – Get the Facts
MMA’s David Worthams and Stephanie Beckhorn, Director of Employment & Training for the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Opportunity, reveal new details about the application process and scoring criteria for 2021 Going PRO awards
Access $75K in Matching Funds to Offset Foreign Competition
Access $75K in Matching Funds to Offset Foreign Competition
Rising foreign competition in the time of COVID is a major challenge for many small manufacturers. Learn how the federally funded TAAF program can help qualified companies make the changes they need to get in shape for the long run.
New Workplace Safety Rules
New Workplace Safety Rules
Michigan’s Director of COVID-19 Workplace Safety Sean Egan takes a deep dive into emergency rules in October by MIOSHA imposing a number of workplace safety requirements on employers.
Payroll Tax Suspension
Payroll Tax Suspension
When Congressional leadership was unable to reach a consensus on an additional COVID–19 relief package, President Trump under took actions to boost consumer spending.
Why Combating Cyber Attacks is a Leadership Level Responsibility
Why Combating Cyber Attacks is a Leadership Level Responsibility
ASK’s Scott Freitag covers why obtaining the three pillars of technology (managed IT services, disaster recovery and cyber security) should be a C-Level responsibility more than an IT duty.
Open for Business; Now What? Managing a Different Kind of Workforce Crisis
Open for Business; Now What? Managing a Different Kind of Workforce Crisis
These are certainly unprecedented times and there is no playbook. Chuck Mouranie and Ken Mall of EDSI Consulting explore what other organizations are doing to manage their workforce, keep them safe, and get back to business.
Attracting Tomorrow’s Buyers: Guide to Digital Marketing for Manufacturers
Attracting Tomorrow’s Buyers: Guide to Digital Marketing for Manufacturers
TopSpot’s Josh Blankenship discusses how to leverage modern digital marketing channels, understand the role the different channels play and discover basic B2B strategies to help you grow.
Voice of the Blue Collar Employee
Voice of the Blue Collar Employee
Hear recommendations from Brian Devine and Alex Vazquez of Employ Bridge for attracting and retaining the best workers based on the results of the largest survey of hourly workers in the country.
Six Keys to Getting What You Want from Your Manufacturing Business
Six Keys to Getting What You Want from Your Manufacturing Business
Traction Training Center’s David Sullivan and Catherine Juon discuss how fellow Michigan manufacturers have used the Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS) to help build world-class teams.
The Future of Manufacturing Technology is You
The Future of Manufacturing Technology is You
Learn from Jerry Foster with Plex Systems which management styles lead to success, how culture affects a company’s ability to leverage technology investments and how manufacturers can derive the most value from their vendor partnerships.
How to Attract and Retain to Sustain Your Workforce
How to Attract and Retain to Sustain Your Workforce
Manufacturers must be creative if they want to attract and retain a highly skilled workforce. Tooling U-SME’s Denise Ball provides strategies used across the country to build a skilled workforce and keep manufacturing competitive.
Integrating Compliance Into Manufacturing Operations
Integrating Compliance Into Manufacturing Operations
James Colmer of BB&E, Inc. covers how an integrated EH&S program can support your manufacturing operations rather than compete with them.
Improve Problem Solving Capabilities with New Brain Science
Improve Problem Solving Capabilities with New Brain Science
Discover recent findings from the field of brain science with Dr. Ken Woodside and Murray Sittsamer of the Luminous Group to find ways to ensure lasting solutions to your most pressing problems.
 Cascading Goals and Actions
Cascading Goals and Actions
Geared for any leader in a management position, Express Employment Professionals’ John Keuning combines the essential components of setting company and team goals, determining actions that support the goals and the communication plan.
Considerations of Recent SCOTUS Rulings on LBGTQ Discrimination
Considerations of Recent SCOTUS Rulings on LBGTQ Discrimination
The US Supreme Court finished its term with a flurry of important and historical decisions, including a decision that including a connected case from Michigan. In Bostock v. Clayton County, a 6-3 decision held that it is against the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for an employer to fire ...
The 3 S's of Improving Your Workplace Safety Protocols
The 3 S's of Improving Your Workplace Safety Protocols
As manufacturers work towards re-opening with full-scale operations, being safe and following preventative procedures is crucial not only for the health and well-being of their teams and communities, but also for achieving compliance with state requirements and guidelines.
Federal Paid Leave Requirements: USDOL Update and Q&A
Federal Paid Leave Requirements: USDOL Update and Q&A
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) continues to have far–reaching implications for employers and their paid leave programs. MMA and the U.S. Department of Labor provide an informative presentation on compliance resources to assist.
Manufacturing Back in Action A Peer to Peer Discussion
Manufacturing Back in Action A Peer to Peer Discussion
Learn from leading manufacturers with global reach on how they are transitioning back to full-scale production. Hear directly from pace-setting companies about their preparedness planning, implementation, and adaptation.
A Conversation on COVID-19 Workplace Safety
A Conversation on COVID-19 Workplace Safety
Director Sean Egan informed members on the latest developments with workplace safety requirements and resources available to employers.
Staying Safe On Social Media
Staying Safe On Social Media
Mike Maddox of ASK offers clear tips every manufacturer needs in order to trust that what they promote doesn’t come back to haunt them.
Quick Tips for Improving Your Product Launches
Quick Tips for Improving Your Product Launches
Oakstone Group, an MMA Premium Associate Member, provides actionable strategies to bring your teams together and develop a cohesive process for successful product launches.
Purchasing Principles - How to Negotiate a Great Deal and Keep It
Purchasing Principles - How to Negotiate a Great Deal and Keep It
Learn how to avoid common errors in purchasing and anticipate the unexpected volume fluctuations, engineering changes, and shorter-than-expected program durations which erode profit margin.
Demystifying a Vast Marketing Wasteland
Demystifying a Vast Marketing Wasteland
The Whole Brain Group shares the strategies they’ve developed to ensure any manufacturer can succeed at marketing their brand to local, national and global markets.
Operational Lessons Learned — Stories of One Manufacturer’s Journey to Success
Operational Lessons Learned — Stories of One Manufacturer’s Journey to Success
Learn how the Total Security Solutions (TSS) team made a series of choices that changed the company’s trajectory to an empowered sales team, growing revenue, and state and national recognition.
Improving Morale & Teamwork for Workplace Success
Improving Morale & Teamwork for Workplace Success
The Center's Charlie Westra addresses the most essential aspects of leadership, from how to inspire and motivate employees, to how to increase engagement and build trust among workers.
Why Engage in Advocacy?
Why Engage in Advocacy?
Why Engage in Advocacy explores the role of manufacturing in Michigan, why advocacy matters and how MMA can help your team become in-house advocates for your company.
Lobbying 101
Lobbying 101
Lobbying 101 explains how MMA’s Government Affairs team works to improve your company’s competitiveness and how you can lobby directly on behalf of the industry.
Legalized Marijuana and Your Business
Legalized Marijuana and Your Business
Has Michigan’s new legalization of marijuana sent your business scrambling for answers? Get a professional look at what the future holds for employers from issue specialists at Miller Canfield, MTMIC and MMA.
Active Shooter Survival — Preparation and Response
Active Shooter Survival — Preparation and Response
Discover the strategies to keep a workplace incident from becoming a tragedy. This program will prepare you for the unexpected with an overview of the nature of aggressive intrusions at workplace facilities and the types of countermeasures organizations may initiate.
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