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Build Smart. Lead Strong.

Build Smart. Lead Strong., co-hosted by Jennifer Deamud, highlights the innovative work being done by Michigan manufacturers. She talks with small manufactures all across Michigan, in rural communities as well as urban that are building smart and leading strong. Industry experts share how they are supporting small manufacturers innovate, pivot to capture new opportunities and stay on a growth path.

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Tax Credits and Guidance for Manufacturers

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May 4, 2021 9:00 AM

More than a year into the pandemic, 2021 is shaping up to be another interesting and historic year with a slew of impactful federal and state legislative action, requirements, and guidelines. There’s no shortage of critical areas for businesses to navigate. In this episode, MGA talks with Rehmann as we discuss planning opportunities and critical considerations for manufacturers -- including the employee retention credit, research and development credit, and navigating state and local tax guidance.

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Protecting a Small Manufacturing Facility from a Cyber-Attack

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April 29, 2021 8:00 AM

On this episode of Build Smart. Lead Strong. is Micro Visions Inc.'s President and Owner, Julie Lough, and Account Executive, Ben Knighton. Micro Visions Inc. is an IT solutions partner. They offer a wide variety of IT services, consulting, and project management expertise. Listen to the podcast to hear about how to prepare a manufacturing facility for a cyber-attack and the importance of protecting digital machinery.

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Expand Your Talent Pool by Offering a Second Chance to a Skilled Workforce

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April 22, 2021 12:00 PM

Small manufacturers who need to expand their workforce have an opportunity to hear more about how Returning Citizens (those who have returned to the community after serving time) can be a great resource to alleviate workforce challenges. Returning citizens face many barriers as they return to the community from incarceration. Through the efforts of the Offender Employment & Opportunities Unit and the Offender Success Administrative Agencies, many of these barriers are reduced. Listen and learn how you can access a skilled workforce to support your manufacturing facility.

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Providing Mission Critical Infrastructure to Small Manufacturers

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April 14, 2021 1:00 PM

JEM Tech Group has been in business for 42 years. They provide mission-critical infrastructure to a wide variety of businesses, including manufacturers. New procedures, technologies, and practices are being introduced on almost a daily basis, which makes the manufacturing industry among the most interesting and challenging. Listen to Jami Moore, President of JEM Tech Group share insights and trends impacting manufacturers.

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Maintenance Technicians available through Pro Services

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February 23, 2021 10:00 AM

Michigan manufacturers need workforce solutions. MGA spoke with Roy Lemke, Director of Operations at Pro Services about their Full Maintenance Team resource. They provide a turnkey solution for manufacturers to consistently have the maintenance team. Listen to acquire a strategic approach to alleviating workforce challenges.

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MGA | Toffee Manufacturing Leads to Sweet Growth

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February 2, 2021 10:00 AM

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Helping Manufacturers Find Smart Solutions

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February 1, 2021 11:00 AM

Since 1991, the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (MMTC) has offered personalized services that enable Michigan manufacturers to operate smarter, compete and prosper.

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MGA | Growing Family Owned Manufacturer Focused On Employees & Community

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January 14, 2021 6:00 PM

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Growing Family Owned Manufacturer Focused On Employees & Community

Hear from MGA member Lyons Industries, a third-generation family-owned manufacturer in Dowagiac, MI that continued to grow throughout 2020.

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Toffee Manufacturing Leads to Sweet Growth

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January 13, 2021 1:00 PM

A firefighter’s handmade toffee has evolved into an award-winning soft toffee manufacturing business. Andrew Chmielewski knew his father’s toffee recipe was one of a kind, so he started manufacturing the toffee several years ago. Andrew and his confectionary team have grown the business year-after-year. Along the way, they have been the recipient of many awards. Join Jenn as she interviews Andrew on what makes “Dave’s Sweet Tooth” toffee so great, and how they continue to innovate resulting in “sweet” company growth.

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Growing Family Owned Manufacturer Focused on Employees and Community

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January 5, 2021 9:00 AM

Lyons Industries, third-generation family-owned manufacturer in Dowagiac, MI continued to grow throughout 2020. With over 100 employees, Lyons Industries is dedicated to serving clients, employees, and the community. In the coming year, they will focus on two keys areas. Building on their strong company culture, and leveraging resources to continue adopting industry 4.0 technologies to support growth. Check out the podcast to hear more about Lyons Industries, their 2021 focus areas, and hear about opportunities they have for individuals seeking to join a great team.

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