In just over a week, OMEP will host the 7th annual Oregon Manufacturers’ Summit. If you haven’t signed up yet, consider the following five reasons to join 300 other local manufacturers for an unforgettable experience.
1. AN INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE DESIGNED JUST FOR YOU
After careful testing, OMEP is releasing our highly awaited business simulation strategy game READY OR NOT. See how well you fare in your role on the leadership team of a fictional manufacturing company facing a changing economy. Are you ready? Find out as you compete with other attendees. Instead of sitting in a conference room trying to absorb information, learn by collaborating with your peers in our interactive game format. We’ve piloted this event in 2 locations, and manufacturers love it!
“Ready or not was a fast-paced, immersive way to learn about key manufacturing best practices. It was like a business school operations crash course – and it was fun too!”
2. RENOWNED OREGON MANUFACTURER SHARES HER EXPERIENCE
Hear from Jaime Schmidt, Founder of Schmidt’s Naturals about her journey of scaling up production from her kitchen to a highly efficient manufacturing operation. Attendees will also receive a copy of Jaime’s new book, “Supermaker: Crafting Business on Your Own Terms.”
3. OVERLOOKED GROWTH STRATEGIES
Our breakout sessions, keynote, and game simulation experience will help you consider strategies that can be used to combat challenges facing all manufacturers. We’ll discuss everything from potential economic downturns, increasing competition, a retiring workforce, and much more. Breakout sessions are led by industry leaders from The Joinery, Euphoria Chocolate, and Rosboro, sharing their challenges and stories about moving manufacturing facilities, running a small business, and building a continuous improvement program.
4. EMBRACE NEW TECHNOLOGIES
You’ll hear from Craig Campbell of OMIC R&D, Steve Pecis of DWFritz Automation, and various OMEP staff about how small and mid-sized manufacturers can tap into the power of new technologies to increase competitiveness. They will share real-world examples to make the intangible tangible.
5. MEET NEW MANUFACTURERS AND RESOURCE PROVIDERS
Time and time again we hear that networking and collaborative problem solving with other manufacturers is the most valuable part of the Oregon Manufacturers’ Summit. Meet new contacts who could be buyers or suppliers, and meet statewide resource partners to build your network.
Our past attendees have been manufacturers of all sizes and industry sectors from around the state. This is your best chance to connect with peers, build meaningful business connections, and learn from businesses like yours!