The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

The Importance of Developing Your Employees

In today’s economy, if your business isn’t learning, then you’re going to fall behind.  Your business learns as its people learn. Your employees produce, refine, deliver and manage your products or services every day. Creating an effective employee training and development program is essential for getting the…

Small Businesses Get Technical Assistance from National Labs

Small Business Vouchers Pilot from the Dept. of Energy As part of OMEP’s Innovation Partnerships initiative, we want to let you know about great opportunities to partner with world class resources.  The Department of Energy (DoE) has opened round 2 of its Small Business Vouchers (SBV) Pilot. The $50,000-$300,000…

Cascade Alchemy Success Story

OMEP/Intrepid Marketing Collaboration Helps Bend, Oregon Distillery Grow 350% OMEP recently worked with Cascade Alchemy, in collaboration with Intrepid Marketing. Take a look at their guest blog post about the project below.  Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Nowhere does…

Supply Chain Lessons from the Taiwan Earthquake

Earthquake in Taiwan impacts United States Manufacturers On February 6th, southern Taiwan experienced a magnitude 6.4 earthquake, killing 117 people, almost all in the collapsed 17-storey Weiguan Jinlong building.  Fortunately, damage to factories, homes and infrastructure was minor, with limited or no disruption to utilities, seaports or transportation,…

Talent Engine Secrets

How to recruit and retain the best of the best employees On Monday, Kinesis CEO Shawn Busse spoke at the Oregon Manufacturers’ Summit about talent, recruitment, and the importance of marketing when it comes to building a great workplace.  Read below for his guest blog post.  The fact…

SBA Loans Can Help Boost Small Business

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there are more than 23 million small businesses in America, employing about half of the nation’s private workforce. As the government agency tasked with protecting, strengthening and representing the interests of America’s small businesses, the SBA understands the value of small businesses…

Taking the Black Magic Out of Machining

Lean Continuous Improvement Journey Thursday, February 11th marked the Share to Grow event at ARE. Over 25 attendees gathered to learn about ARE’s continuous improvement journey (read more about A.R.E. Manufacturing). Located in Newberg Oregon, ARE Manufacturing specializes in utilizing high-end CNC machining equipment to manufacture precision components. ARE…

Silver Sponsor: Vigilant

Representative Name:  Bryon Bailey Representative Title: Regional Sales Manager Sponsorship Level: Silver What is your favorite part about your job at Vigilant? Connecting business leaders with our team of experts so they can rest easier regarding critical issues. What caused you to make the decision to sponsor OMEP?…

Growing Successful Managers

Do you utilize your managers in a way that allows them a path to success? Many companies waste their managerial talent. It’s easy to do! Instead of using your managements’ minds creatively, they are merely used to relay orders from the top.  In a healthy company, a manager is free to…

A Supply Chain Lesson from the Coolest Cooler

Roger Jensen, OMEP’s supply chain expert, shares his thoughts on the coolest cooler. If you’d like help to identify, assess, quantify and mitigate your supply chain risks, contact us.  What happened to the Coolest Cooler? Do you remember the Coolest Cooler? It’s a 55 quart portable cooler with a…