Recent Headlines of Interest
Greg Hart Receives Tom Plastino Distinguished Service Award
Each year at our annual business banquet CITEC recognizes a member of our community who demonstrates leadership, energy and dedication to strengthening our region. The Tom Plastino Distinguished Service Award began in 2010 and past recipients have included Joe Russo from National Grid, Eric Virkler from Lewis County Economic Development, and Dr. Richard Partch from Clarkson University's Center for Advanced Materials Processing.
This year CITEC recongized the North Country Regional Director of the Workforce Development Institute, Greg Hart, for his commitment to making the North Country a better place to live and work. We have partnered with Greg supporting companies of all shapes ans sizes across the entire region. He has consistently demonstrated a deep level of understanding of the needs of regional companies and works to find solutions. We are fortunate to have Greg working in the North Country.
"Separately our organizations aren't able to reach every entrepreneur or provide every service that theymight need, so by working together, we can increase awareness of the services we provide, utlimately increasing the chances of providing high impact support to county businesses and entrpreneurs, " Explains Jamie Hoose, director of the Shipley Center for Innovation at Clarkson University. The Ogdensburg Journal looks into business resource collaboration in the county.
As part of the Jeff Lawrence Manufacturing Innovation Fund, FuzeHub debuted its Commercialization Competition on November 16 and 16 in Albany. Seventeen entrepreneurs from across the state competed before a live audience for the $250,000 in prize mondy. Five companies were awarded $50,000 each for the innovative ideas, including North Country competitor Potsdam Sensors. Read more here.
Shaking the stigma of the industrial revolution has been a challenge for manufacturing but business leaders are now taking a closer look at how to improve safety to benfit the employees and the bottom line. Empasis on leadership, culture, Lean and data make the difference. A compelling case is made here.
Make Sure Upgrades Don't Turn Into Meltdowns
There is nothing more frustrating than investing time and money in improving a business just to have it be the cause of entirely new issues and bottlenecks. The solution includes proper planning, but more importantly, open communication throughout the operation. Learn more at this link.
Commercialization Competition Event Stirs Excitement
FuzeHub is prout to debut their first-ever Commercialization Competition -- a two-day event in Albany, NY that will feature a pitch competition and high-impact networking opportunities on Movember 15-16. Help grow the entrepreneurial network in New York State by helping to launch innovators toward success. Up to five companies will be awarded $50,000 each for their project. Details and event registration are available at this link.
Content Marketing Is Not Necessarily the Answer for Everyone Always
For the past couple of years experts have been insisting that inbound marketing is the answer to all of the biggest challenges of marketing and sales; that creating and sharing valuable content is a cost-effective way to raise awareness, bring in new customers, and convince them to buy. But like any marketing technique, there are limits. Mark Schaefer bring us back to reality in this article.
New Product Lanuch is Treacherous
Only 14 percent of new products succeed. Although that is a daunting number, there are steps any organization can take to raise the odds in their favor.