During these uncertain times, OMEP staff are standing by to provide resources for Oregon’s manufacturers. We are releasing a series of free webinars on a variety of topics designed to provide constructive information to manufacturers about successfully managing their businesses now and in the future. Scroll down to see past webinar recordings.


Manufacturing Resource Meeting – March 23, 2021

You’re invited to join the statewide Manufacturer Resource Meeting hosted by Prosper Portland and OMEP. Twice a month we host an open conversation for Oregon manufacturers from across the state to discuss challenges, successes, and share resources available to local businesses.


Get Your Manufacturing Business Found Online – March 17 @ 9:00 am 

Your website is the heart of your marketing, especially if you are selling products online. Yet most manufacturing leaders are frustrated with their online presence. Join OMEP and guest Jennifer Morrow to discuss tools and tactics you can use to strengthen your website and online business presence.


Marketing Best Practices for B2B Manufacturers – March 24 @ 9:00 am 

Discover five essential actions that you can take as a B2B manufacturer that will drive your most effective marketing strategy for 2021. In this webinar Jennifer Morrow will help you solidify your audiences, benefits, and key messages to move the right people to respond to your message at the right time




Oregon Manufacturing Economic Update from EcoNorthwest

Special Guest John Tapogna, President of ECONorthwest joined OMEP and Prosper Portland for our twice monthly meeting.  John gave an update on the competitiveness of Oregon’s manufacturing sector and benefits to the manufacturing workforce.


Exit Your Business with Freedom and Financial Security

Will you have the personal freedom and financial security to leave your business when you’re ready?

Successfully transitioning from your business requires steering your company and personalTim Root Managing Consultant OMEP life toward your vision. In this webinar Tim Root and Michelle Knepel discuss the steps to execute a successful exit while ensuring the longevity of your business. This virtual event was co-sponsored by The Florence Chamber of Commerce, WorkSource Lane, and OMEP.


5 Tips to Build An Actionable 2021 Strategy for Your Manufacturing Business

Carl Cox, OMEP board member discussed strategic planning for manufacturers in our twice a month Statewide Manufacturing Resource call.

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Exporting Opportunities with Business Oregon

Business Oregon shared updated export statistics, including top markets and products exported from Oregon in 2019, grant program information, and more. We heard from three Oregon businesses on how they used the funds to help find new importers, distributors, and end-users.


Accelerating Growth Through Equipment Automation and Processing Improvements

KeyBank’s Mark Thomas, discusses accelerating growth through equipment automation and processing improvements. If you plan to purchase equipment in the next year, this session is for you! Mark will make manufacturers aware of all the options available for leasing or gaining financing for equipment purchases of all types. He will guide attendees through considerations around the useful life of the equipment, common misconceptions, tax considerations, and various financial strategies that utilize depreciation.


Market Update from Moss Adams – Planning for Your Future

Moss Adams’ Ryan Kuenzi and James Rothenberge explored key ways to successfully navigate business disruption- and discussed what to look for in 2021. They cover a Q4 Market Update and Planning for 2021 including:

  • Owner Exit Strategies
  • State and Local Tax Update
  • R+D Tax Credits

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Technology Adoption: What Science Fiction Can Teach Us About Technology

In OMEP’s experience, the success of a technology project often has a lot to do with the philosophical lens through which it is approached. The way we think about challenges heavily influences how we solve those challenges. Take a quick tour through a handful of science fiction stories with Justin Gradek, OMEP Manufacturing Consultant, and learn about how OMEP would encourage manufacturers to think about and approach technology challenges. This presentation is a light-hearted discussion about the fundamentals of technology adoption, that mixes social science, literature, and engineering.


In the Eye of the Hurricane: Getting Back to Strategy

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted economies around the world. Even as the local economy is reopening in fits and starts, the impacts of the pandemic are proving to be more than a brief setback.

Carl J. Cox, CEO of 40 Strategy, discusses the fundamental challenges of strategy in 2020 and highlight the importance of setting both short-term and long-term goals to navigate the road ahead. In a time where it is hard to remain focused on what you can control, Cox provides insight into strategies business leaders can utilize to get their organization back on track!


How to Make Your Leadership Team Your Competitive Advantage

Frequent change, the unknown, and tough decisions can have a negative impact on team interactions and motivation, which impacts an organization’s competitive advantage.  A high performing team of talented problem solvers who communicate and work well together is critical to making the necessary changes to achieve organizational goals. In this webinar Tami Trout, Senior OMEP Consultant, shared her expertise on ways to identify and understand unique strengths on the team, manage conflict, and enhance interactions to be more effective together.


Opportunities to Grow Your Business within the DOD Supply Chain

Shane Steinke Principal Consultant OMEPShane Steinke is OMEP’s newest Senior Consultant. He discussed opportunities for manufacturers who are interested in being part of the Department of Defense (DOD) supply chain, as well as how to expand existing DOD and Federal supply chain opportunities.

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Factory of Tomorrow Launch Event

Together, OMEP and OMIC R&D have partnered to create an advanced manufacturing technology lab, The Factory of Tomorrow, designed to empower Oregon’s small and mid-sized manufacturers to adopt current and emerging technologies.

The Factory of Tomorrow is officially open, and you’re invited to join our interactive virtual tour. During this event, you’ll hear from manufacturers, OMEP and OMIC staff, as well as other experts. Don’t miss the chance to learn how your business can utilize affordable technologies that are driving productivity around the globe.



Proven Ways to Generate New Leads During an Economic Downturn

Presenter: Chris Scafario, DVIRC

Chris Scafario is the Vice President of Consulting Operations at DVIRC. He works in Philadelphia and across the nation’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) to support the advancement of small to midsized manufacturers and their supply chain through leading the design, implementation, and oversight of consulting services in areas related to operational excellence, top-line growth, and business management.





Sales Techniques for Manufacturers in Today’s Economy: Matching Your Selling Cycle with your Client’s Buying Cycle

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How to Skill Up New and Existing Employees Quickly

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Low and No-Cost Ways to Reduce Operating Expenses with Energy Trust of Oregon

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Business Tax & Financial Insights

Ryan Kuenzi of Moss Adams and Michael Smoot of Moss Adams share potential tax breaks and savings for your manufacturing business.




Employment Law COVID-19 Updates 

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Testing Resource 

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COVID-19 Workplace Preparedness resources

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PR and Communication for Your Manufacturing Business

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Operational Excellence Tools for Recovery

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Where Do We Go from Here? Business Continuity Webinar

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Workforce Best Practices for Recovery

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Clean Facility Resource 

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Three Dimensions of Digital Transformation

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SBA Coronavirus Relief Funding Options for Manufacturers

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SBA Funding Programs

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Social Distancing Best Practices for Your Shop Floor

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Business Survival Tips with Tom Schnell of Business Oregon

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Business Survival Guide

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Covid-19 Employment Law Updates with Jean Back of Schwabe Williamson and Wyatt

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Employee Rights from the Department of Labor

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Leadership During Uncertain Times with John Hunt

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