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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.
The Watertown Lean White Belt 2017 class (pictured) graduated and received their belts on June 6, and the Plattsburgh class did the same the following day. These 15 new white belts bring their new knowledge and skills back to New York Airbrake, Otis Technologies, Ansen Corporation, Powertex, NovaBus, and Camso to increase efficiency and solve problems. They covered basic Lean topics in depth including Value Stream Mapping, Project Ranking and Implementiation, 5S, Visual Controls, Material Flow, Change Management, and a whole lot more. The next White Belt class begins in early 2017. Contact Steve Lockwood for more information.
Four More Marketing Action Items for Manufacturers
Content, content, content, content. If you are not offering your customers the information they need to make informed decisions around your products and services, someone else who offers those products and services will. Learn more at this link.
Turning Your Movements Into Energy
Research that integrates nanomaterials and energy production offers limitless possibilities. "Power suits" are being developed that can potentially power a pacemeaker or other implants, or embed GPS into clothing for hikers or Alzheimer's patients, for a couple of examples. Learn more here.
Manufacturing Makes a Difference
It's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day, but every now and then it's important to step back and look at the big picture of how what you are doing is part of something much larger. More than 12 million good jobs, nearly 12 percent of our GDP, and a lot more. See this image for more details.