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Corporate Culture: Perks That Work

Many companies have perks as part of their corporate culture. Are perks effective for employee morale? In a recent chat for USA Manufacturing Hour on Twitter, host Kelley Plats from North American Coating Laboratories in Ohio hosted a discussion about perks that work in a corporate environment.

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Entrepreneurial Thinking

Entrepreneurial thinking is thinking outside-the-box to bring improvements or solve problems. It is the ability to recognize opportunities and discover the best way to capitalize on them.

People who think in an entrepreneurial way see things differently. This is not always inherent. In fact, many who think in this way have developed their skills over time.

In a recent chat for USA Manufacturing Hour on Twitter, host Erin Courtenay from Earthling Interactive in Wisconsin led a discussion about entrepreneurial thinking in manufacturing.

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Recession Proofing Your Business

It's critical for business owners and managers to prepare their organizations to survive, and possibly even thrive, through a recession. What steps can be taken to prepare a business to maintain operational integrity during a recession?

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The Manufacturer Distributor Relationship

Manufacturers and distributors both benefit from building strong relationships. In a world where margins are tight, companies have to use all resources at their disposal to understand each other, encourage collaboration and streamline the process of working together.  

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Risk Taking: Put Yourself Out There!

There are many who believe that if you are not taking risks, you are not growing.

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Podcasting for Manufacturers

A podcast is a digital audio file made available for downloading to a computer or mobile device. Podcasts are typically available as a series and new installments can be received by subscribers automatically. The term podcast is a combination of iPod and Broadcast.

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Uncovering Money Leaks for Manufacturers

What are money leaks and how are they affecting the profitability of your operation?

Money leaks are small ways that business expenditures are wasted. These leaks cause unnecessary profit loss and require an organization to generate more revenue to compensate. In a recent chat for USA Manufacturing Hour on Twitter, host Adam Baker from Schooley Mitchell in Pennsylvania led a discussion about ways to eliminate money leaks and increase profitability.

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Customer Journey Mapping: How To Orchestrate An Amazing Customer Experience

Customer Journey Mapping is an ongoing process of mapping the steps a customer goes through in their interaction with a company. This process creates a visualization that looks like a map and includes the needs of a customer throughout the entire process with the hope of improving customer experience. In a recent Twitter chat for USA Manufacturing Hour, participants discussed this very topic, led by host, Nicole Donnelly of Donnelly Marketing Group in Virginia.

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Leadership & DEI in the Manufacturing Sector

People need to be talking about diversity and leaders need the appropriate skills to insure diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. Having a DEI plan for an organization has to be developed as something that is both solid and sustainable and avoids common mistakes that are often made.

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How to Shift Your Business When Surprises Happen

Surprises happen. They happen in business and they happen in life. The ability to pivot and shift quickly when the unexpected occurs is an important skill. What are some of the best ways to shift past surprises when they happen? Kirsten Austin of DCSC Inc in Missouri led a discussion for USA Manufacturing Hour on Twitter, discussing this very topic.

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