Recent Headlines of Interest
Bridge and Port Authority Hosts Canadian Companies Considering US Expansion
The U.S. Commercial Service of the Embassy of the United States of America, the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority, and the St. Lawrence County IDA will host a full day event aimed at introducing the area to Canadian compaines who are interested in expanding their operations to include U.S. locations. The workshop is Wednesday, October 18 at the Dobisky Visitor's Center in Ogdensburg.
More details are available at the Bridge and Port Authority website.
Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. This annual recognition occurs on the first Friday in October — this year Oct 6. In the North Country events will be held across the region on several days throughout the month of October. For information on events near you, email Aviva Gold at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Data Reveals Productivity Differences by Region and Industry
Ken Voytek, Group Manager for Manufacturing Research and Program Evaluation at NIST, is a numbers guy. In this column he delves into some productivity data and shows us which states across the nation have the hightest manufacturing value added per employee. This is the first in what will be an interesting series.
Walmart Plans 1.5 million Manufacturing Jobs
Walmart met with government and business leaders in Washington last month to unveil a plan to spur growth in domestic manufacturing with a plan that company executives say will create more than a million US jobs. Learn more at this link.
Manufacturing Is Picking Up
Optimism in the manufacturing sector is growing strong according to the Institute for Supply Management. The June numbers indicate higher production, higher employment, higher export orders, and growth in general. Here is a Bloomberg analysis.
Help Available to Sell to Military and Other Government Agencies
Government opportunities can be a game-changer for small businesses, but dealing with government procedures, policies, and regulations can be an intimidating process. Procuremnt Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) offer a wide range of services including training, individual counseling and easy access to bid opportunities, contract specifications, procurement histories, and other information necessary to successfully compete for government contracts. The North Country PTAC, based in Watertown, is staffed with professionals, and their services are generally free of charge. More information is available at this link.
DoD Contractors Must Meet Cybersecurity Standards by Year End
All Department of Defense (DoD) contractors that process, store or transmit Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) must meet the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) minimum security standards by December 31, 2017 or risk losing their DoD contracts.
DFARS Safeguarding riles and clauses, for the basic safeguarding of contractor information systems that process, store or transmit Federal contract information. DFARS provides a set of basic security controls for contractor information systems upon which this information resides. These security controls must be implemented at both the contractor and subcontractor levels based on the information security guidance in NIST Special Publication 800-171 “Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Non-Federal Information Systems and Organizations.” The DFARS cybersecurity rule and clauses can be found at this link.
More on How to Keep Your Supply Chain From Killing You
The MPI Group has written an in-depth series on supply chain management that offers some fresh insight. This fourth piece in the series covers why culture and strategy absolutely must go beyond "the lowest price wins."
Succession Planning for Your Business
In our remote rural region, every single employer and business makes an impact on our economy that we cannot afford to lose. Yet we often hear from our clients as they approach retirement that they don't have anyone to take over their business. MEP Centers like CITEC have the expertise you need to smoothly transfer your business on to the next generation when you are ready. Read more at this link.