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.


SOLUTIONS SERIES – Advanced Manufacturing Technology

August 27   |      9:30AM – 10:30AM

Join OMEP for our New Solutions Series – A Monthly Webinar Series to Help Your Manufacturing Business Forge New Possibilities for Success. Throughout this series, we will present case studies, how-to’s, and practical advice to empower Oregon manufacturers toward reaching their strategic goals.

In this session, learn how small and mid-sized businesses are using new tools to improve efficiency and solve workforce challenges. We’ll discuss:

  • Smart factory technologies like Augmented Reality, IOT, and Robotics
  • How small businesses can achieve ROI on these tools
  • Case studies from manufacturers achieving success with these tools
  • Practical tips on how you can begin to integrate Smart Manufacturing tools in your facility



4 Words That Could Change Your Business Forever… Have You Considered Exporting?

This webinar was sponsored by Business Oregon. Elyse Erickson AKA BettySue Export Queen discussed the 8 steps of exporting, laying the foundation for exporting opportunities for manufacturers. This webinar recording expires end of the month.

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 Mid-Valley Business and Industry Alliance Workforce Challenges Event

The Mid-Valley Business and Industry Alliance hosted a discussion on workforce challenges for mid-valley businesses, including an overview of the current economic situation, as well as near and long-term workforce solutions.


Safety in the 21st Century: Cybersecurity for Small and Mid-Sized Manufacturers

Small and mid-sized manufacturers are particularly vulnerable to increasing cyber-attacks and data loss. Even if you don’t supply to the DoD or to large contractors, your business can still be targeted. Being safe in the 21st century requires a business culture shift to include cybersecurity as a business practice, not just a department responsibility. In this webinar, OMEP, Axiom Infosec andEPB&B Insurance discussed how to protect your business and livelihood.

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Schwabe + OMEP: Utilizing Technology to Find, Train, and Retain Skilled Workers


Attract and Retain Workers: CSNW

Employees are your organization’s most important asset – so how do you go about attracting the right individuals and then retaining them? CSNW  Benefits discussed a variety of topics including employee benefits design and implementation, benchmarking to ensure competitiveness, and new and unique benefits to keep employees engaged.


How Oregon’s Work Share Program Can Help you Retain your Manufacturing Employees

For more than 35 years, Oregon Work Share has been helping businesses avoid wide-scale layoffs while retaining talent during a temporary decline in business. Covid-19 has caused many manufacturers to reduce hours. In this webinar Adam shares how the Work Share program allows employers to leverage unemployment insurance to temporarily supplement a portion of staff’s lost wages when their hours are reduced.

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Marketing Best Practices for B2B Manufacturers  

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 discusses understanding your audiences, key messages to move the right people to respond to your message at the right time.

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Axiom Electronics / Electr0n Automation Challenges for Small Manufacturers

Robert Toppell sharers about the automation challenges and adoptions Axiom has made



Get Your Manufacturing Business Found Online

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. Jennifer Larson Morrow discusses tools and tactics you can use to strengthen your website and online business presence.

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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

UrbanWild Studio Live Event Drawing

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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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