Frequently Asked Questions from Manufacturers About OMEP

How can OMEP help my company? 

No matter what product your company creates, or what you’re facing, OMEP can help you. We have helped companies decrease costs and grow margins, increase sales, implement Lean business practices, train employees, do strategic planning, develop quality systems, and more. We pride ourselves on creating unique services tailored to your needs. We don’t give you a to-do list and walk away, we help with implementation as well. If you are struggling with a problem and could use some advice, or if you just want to talk to us about how we can help you to take your business to the next level—call us!   

How does OMEP work with businesses? 

The most common way we work with manufacturing businesses is on an individual contract. We begin with a no-cost assessment to identify your unique challenges and build a custom approach to help you reach your goals. Both companies who are working with us on an individual contract, as well as companies who are not ready for a project with us, attend cohorts or events. There is no membership fee so any manufacturer in the state of Oregon can attend our events. 

What services do you offer?

OMEP’s team of manufacturing experts have real-world experience implementing lean as a business operating philosophy. This is reflected in the breadth and depth of our service offerings. At a high level, we focus on Manufacturing Operations, Business Financials & Strategy, and Workforce Solutions. You can read the full menu in our brochure or our services page.

Are you a member organization or member association?  

No. This is a common misconception. There are no monthly dues or fees. Any manufacturing business that has a facility in the state of Oregon can participate in classes, events, or projects.  

What is the best way to get involved? How do we work with you?  

The best way to get involved is to invite us to your facility. Virtually or in person, we will conduct a no-cost assessment to identify where growth opportunities exist. If you don’t have a specific challenge In mind, or you’re looking for networking opportunities, the best way to get involved is to attend one of our events.  

Are OMEP services free? 

OMEP provides services at a rate that is affordable for small businesses. We offer no-cost assessments to help you identify areas of growth potential for your company, and can often supplement the cost of planned projects through partnerships with state and local economic development organizationsContact us to discuss our pricing and our services.  

Does OMEP provide grants to manufacturers? 

As a manufacturer resource and service organization, we do not routinely provide grants to businesses. The funding that we receive from the government allows us to provide our services at rates that are affordable even for very small, budget-conscious businesses. We encourage you to reach out to us, because bringing us in is probably a lot more feasible than you think. 

What is considered “manufacturing” / Do I qualify for your services? 

Manufacturing is defined as “making things from raw materials by hand or by machinery.” Any company that takes a good and transforms it is considered a manufacturer. If you aren’t sure if your business qualifies, please contact us and we’ll figure it out together!