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Jasmine Agnor

Smart Manufacturing Survey from University of California, Irvine: Your chance to voice your opinion!

Do you work in a small or medium manufacturing firm (fewer than 500 employees)? Or do you work with such companies as a consultant? Consider donating 10-15 minutes of your time! You could win a gift card of $500! With your help, this will be the largest national study ever…

New Alliance Announced to Serve Mid-Willamette Valley Businesses

In Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley, the partnership of Chemeketa Community College, the Small Business Development Center, the Willamette Workforce Partnership, the Strategic Economic Development Corporation, and the Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership form a coalition of organizations with resources designed to strengthen the region’s manufacturers…

Supplier Scouting with OMEP

Small businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy and create two-thirds of net new jobs that drive U.S. innovation and competitiveness. During this challenging time, manufacturers are looking for any opportunity to not only support their bottom line but also ramp up production of critically needed items. Enter the…

Happy Thanksgiving from OMEP

This season, and always, OMEP is grateful for the Oregon manufacturing community we have the pleasure of serving. 2020, in particular, has held a myriad of challenges, and we want to congratulate all of you for working tirelessly to continue to build your manufacturing businesses in spite of the difficulties.

Manufacturing Resource Meeting: You’re Invited!

Every other week OMEP joins Prosper Portland to host a statewide Manufacturing Resource Meeting discussion. This a casual conversation and open discussion time for manufacturers from across the state to share the challenges and successes they’re facing, connect with one another and learn from an expert. During these meetings…

Manufacturing Matters Oregon – Season 2 of the Podcast

OMEP is pleased to announce the second season of our new collaborative podcast, Manufacturing Matters Oregon. Hosted by our very own Linda Wechsler,  this podcast is dedicated to telling the stories of Northwest manufacturers. USiA and KAM Apparel Episode one of our second…

Join the Built Oregon Marketplace

Calling all Direct to Consumer Manufacturers Built Oregon has Launched an Oregon Products Online Marketplace, and You’re Invited to Join All Oregon-based direct-to-consumer manufacturers are invited to join the Built Oregon Marketplace. As a not-for-profit Built Oregon has established a low-cost route to market that showcases local sellers,…

Governor Brown Announces Free Masks and Gloves for Small Businesses

Today Governor Brown announced a new program to provide masks and gloves to small businesses in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor, in partnership with the Oregon Legislature’s Emergency Board, allocated $10 million from the federal CARES Act funding for the purchase of protective supplies. The state of…

Now Launching: The Factory of Tomorrow

Many manufacturers in Oregon have felt that advanced technologies were out of reach, whether due to lack of budget or lack of on-staff technical expertise. As Covid-19 has caused supply chain disruptions and production challenges, it is clear that now more than ever, utilizing technologies is…

Can a SWOT Analysis Help Me Find Opportunities for Growth?

This is a guest blog post from our fellow member of the MEP National Network, DVIRC A SWOT analysis, a common tool for evaluating your company’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT), is valuable for a variety of strategic efforts: sales and marketing, new product development, growth planning, the list goes on. It…