The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

What Manufacturers Need to Know About Cybersecurity Right Now

Did you know that October is National Cyberscrity Awareness Month? The number of cyberattacks continues to rise, and cybercriminals are getting more determined. Companies are left trying to navigate confusing technical guidance in a rapidly changing digital landscape. Small manufacturers often don’t think their companies are at risk. After all,…

Strategic Energy Management Alongside Lean Management Reduces Costs, Boosting Savings

By partnering with experienced manufacturing consultants at Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP), manufacturers are developing processes and systems that increase capacity, while also reducing energy intensity, decreasing waste and streamlining production. “Part of our holistic approach is we help organizations set and communicate clear expectations, measure what’s actually happening…

2019 Oregon MFG Day Recap

Thanks to the efforts of 67 manufacturers who opened their doors to host students, as well as the countless partners who coordinated tours, hundreds of students across the state got the first-hand experience with manufacturing. Many students were visiting facilities for the first time.  The OMEP staff participated in several…

How Public Relations Can Work for Your Business

How Public Relations Can Work for Your Business Public Relations (PR) and paid media services can be an extremely effective and quick way to introduce your business to a large-scale audience, drive attendance to your events, your website, and retail spaces, as compared to traditional networking methods. Effectively using PR…

Growing Your Business Through Acquisition

By Ron Wolfe, Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager, KeyBank Linda Hamilton, Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager for KeyBank Thinking of growing your business by buying another company? For organizations wishing to enhance core operations or develop new revenue sources, acquisition may be the way to go; but only…

Total System Thinking: Learn To Truly See Your Business

So often business owners make decisions based on intuition, luck, or the magic 8 ball. As a small or mid-sized manufacturer, there are so many factors that can affect your company’s profitability, both inside and outside of your control. How do you make proactive decisions for the betterment of your…

WANTED: WA County Manufacturers

Washington County Manufacturers: We Need Your Help! Consider opening your doors to allow high school students to tour your facility during National Manufacturing Day on October 4. When you open your doors for a few hours to students, you open students eyes to exciting careers and fill your future…

Increase Your Skilled Worker Hiring Pool with Apprenticeships

Increase Your Skilled Worker Hiring Pool with Apprenticeships Manufacturers in all sectors struggle with finding, developing, and engaging employees. Getting candidates in the door is a challenge. Once they’re hired, it’s difficult to onboard them effectively and get them to full contribution quickly. After investing in training and onboarding, we’ve…

Are You Prepared for a Successful Descent?

By Ron Wolfe, Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager, KeyBank Linda Hamilton, Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager for KeyBank According to a study put out by the Pepperdine Private Capital Market’s report, the number one reason business owners contacted a broker or investment banker…

One Thing You Need To Do To Save Your Computers From Virus Attacks

Laptops and PCs lock and freeze all the time, right? It’s no big deal, we all know to “turn it off and on again.” It’s a pretty standard problem and one that happens daily in your business. You have your security firewalls all up to date with premium security and…