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Northwestern Michigan College
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Northern Lower Regional Office of the 
Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center

April 2017 Newsletter

2017 Grand Traverse Area Manufacturing Summit:
Inspiration from Innovation

By Matt Schwarze, NMC TS Business Development Assistant and Grand Traverse Area Manufacturing Council Coordinator

"Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things." This quote by Theodore Levitt, an American economist and professor at the Harvard Business School,  summarizes what the Grand Traverse Area Manufacturing Council is all about. The Council encourages individuals to think outside the box and provide the resources to innovate and make great things. The innovation-themed third annual Manufacturing Summit, which took place in Traverse City in early March, allowed the Council to gather manufacturers under the same roof to collaborate with and be inspired by each other and ultimately provided direction to the Council for the upcoming year.

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Regional:  In the News

Regional business summit invites winds of change

By Dan Nielsen, 
Published in Traverse City Record Eagle

TRAVERSE CITY — Efforts to improve any business can take time. Changing entrenched habits in a traditional industry like manufacturing can be even more difficult.

But it can happen.

About 110 representatives of regional manufacturing companies and educational institutions took a day out from their routines last week to meet face-to-face and talk about innovation.


April 18, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Registration & Breakfast begins at 8:00 a.m.  

DeVos Place
303 Monroe Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Early Registration: $85/person
(Register by Friday 3/31/17)
Standard Registration: $110/person

Group Registration: $75/person
(3 or more people from the same company)

Registration Deadline: April 12, 2017


The MiFOOD 2017 summit tackles some of today's most challenging issues in the agriculture and food processing industries. Learn from business leaders and industry experts on how you can drive new, innovative strategies for growth, safety, sustainability, and increased efficiency in your own company.

Michigan's food processing and ag industries are two of the fastest growing sectors of Michigan's economy. The goal of the 2017 summit is to ensure that trend continues and that Michigan's growers and processors have access to the resources, education, and support they need to succeed.

Click here to register>

On the Web

Trying to Manage Millenials?  Give Up and Lead Them Instead

George Bradt, Published in Forbes.
May 27, 2014

Don’t even try to manage Millennials, the largest generation in the workforce. Lead them. Yes Virginia, those born just before the turn of this last century are different. They cannot be managed the way other generations have been managed. They must be inspired and enabled through BRAVE leadership.

The BRAVE leadership framework is comprised of Behaviors, Relationships, Attitudes, Values and the Environment, building those from the outside in through context, purpose, strategy, message, and implementation. Applying those to Millennials:                                   
                                                                      Continue reading>>

Join us on Friday, May 5th as we discuss
“Managing Multiple Generations in the Workplace."

If you asked a Baby Boomer to describe the Millennials in their office, you would probably hear the following:
  • They are lazy!
  • They are entitled!
  • They need constant feedback!
On the other hand, if you asked a Millennial to describe the Baby Boomers in their office, they might say:
  • They are workaholics!
  • They are stuck in their ways!
  • They don’t understand technology at all!
The clash of the generations in the workplace is real.  Cell phones, tattoos, work schedules, and email etiquette are causing managers to scratch their heads in frustration.  Is there a way for all of the generations to get along?

Register Here >>
Lean Learning Consortium Monthly Events
Traverse City (NMC)-Lean Manufacturing and Office Champion Celebration
Contact Matt Schwarze for more details.

Traverse City (NMC) - Electro-Optics Technology, Traverse City, MI
Petoskey (NCMC) - Mantei, Petoskey, MI

May 19, 2017, 9 AM - 4 PM  
Michigan Lean Consortium Annual Healthcare Symposium at the Sparrow Health Science Pavilion in East Lansing, MI.
Click HERE to learn more.  Use discount code 3T1AO8BA.

Matt Schwarze
(231) 995-2009
Professional Bookshelf

Jon Dreher of TentCraft highlighted the book Bringing Out the Best in People by Aubrey Daniels at the recent Manufacturing Summit.

You can find it on Amazon here.
Read a review here.

Upcoming Workshops

Click on the training topic to see the flyer and learn more.
Contact Training Services at (231) 995-2218 or for more information.

Data Driven Decision Making - $95
Friday; April 7, 2017; 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
To register click here

Change Management - $95
Tuesday; April 18, 2017; 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
To register click here

Train-the-Trainer - $595
Thursday; April 20, 2017; 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
To register click here

Managing Multiple Generations in the Workplace - $95
Friday; May 5, 2017; 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
To register click here

Continuous Improvement/Problem Solving - $95
Tuesday; May 9, 2017; 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
To register click here

ISO 9001:2015 Internal Auditor - $995
May 9-11, 2017
To register click here

Effective Listening - $95
Friday; June 16, 2017; 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
To register click here

Customer Service in Healthcare - $145
Tuesday; June 20, 2017; 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
To register click here

Lean Office Champion - $3,500 per participant; add an additional person for 1/2 price
September 2017-February 2018: 2nd & 3rd Wednesdays of the month
To register click here

Lean Manufacturing Champion -$3,500 per participant; add an additional person for 1/2 price
September 2017-February 2018: 2nd & 3rd Thursdays of the month
To register click here
MMTC clients in northern lower Michigan reported the following project impacts for the past year:
$76,165,570 in new sales
$210,011,316 in retained sales
$146,695,216 in new investments
$67,515,150 in cost savings
523 jobs increased and retained
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