The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

Boost Your Manufacturing Business using Adaptable Process Flow Strategy

Events of the past year have caused businesses all over the world to re-evaluate their businesses. Many manufacturers did not have a well-developed strategy, business model and plan prior to the pandemic, but now realize their importance. Others have written plans only to find them shifting rapidly in the face…

Meet the Enhanced Technology Team

Are you trying to design a new product? Would you like to re-design an existing product to use modern technology? Do you want to find an application for a unique material you’ve developed? Do you want to build connections to federal resources that can enhance your R&D projects? Meet the…

Business Oregon Export Promotion Grant

Oregon manufacturers should be aware of a new grant available through Business Oregon’s Export Promotion Program. If you are currently exporting products internationally, or if you are interested in doing so, don’t miss this opportunity. The State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) matching grant reimburses 75% of eligible expenses up…

Yes, Small Manufacturers can Export – Interview with Ear Trumpet Labs

Did you know that Oregon products are in high demand around the world? Yet many manufacturers who are curious about the possibility of finding new audiences for their products can feel daunted by the task of exporting. Support Available Through Business Oregon Thankfully, small and mid-sized manufacturers can reap the…

The Lean Business Model is for Everyone: How To Avoid Undoing Continuous Improvement Progress

Managing a company using the Lean approach requires everybody at every level of the organization to think about time all the time. Lean enthusiasts think about ‘lead-time, ‘wait-time, ‘through-put time’, ‘on-time delivery’, ‘takt-time’, ‘set-up time’, ‘down-time’, etc. It is also about time that someone addresses how the Lean approach can…

Do You Have An Exit Strategy?

There are 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 years of age every day for the next 14 years. As a business owner within 7-years of departing your business you should be planning for your eventual exit. Developing a transition plan provides you the freedom and financial security you have always envisioned.

Ten Important Considerations You Don’t Want to Miss In Your Manufacturing Facility Layout

It is common for manufacturers to reconsider their use of space for a number of reasons, including an expiring lease, outgrowing the existing space due to new products or increased sales, the addition of new technology / equipment, or the need to consolidate to a smaller footprint. Good news: there…

Payroll Tax Considerations for Remote Workers and a Checklist to Mitigate Risk

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased remote work arrangements and dramatically altered work sites and offices. Some of those new arrangements may include employees working in states where the employer hasn’t previously conducted business or had a taxable presence. If your employees are working from other states—or even other countries—there could…

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…

How Relay Resources Can Help Solve 4 Common Manufacturing Challenges

Manufacturing companies in the Pacific Northwest are diverse, ranging from food production to microchips and everything in between, but one thing all manufacturers have in common is a desire to maximize effort, time, and money. Wherever your manufacturing business is in its lifecycle, you can tap…