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webinar thumbnailWhat to Do When Customer or Supplier Financial Distress Stresses You Out

Presented by MMA and Wolfson Bolton PLLC
COVID-19 has strained many businesses like never before; both operationally and financially. While many manufacturers are closely evaluating their own finances, have you considered how your customers and suppliers are doing and how that could impact your bottom line? MMA and Adam Kochenderfer, an attorney with Wolfson Bolton PLLC, give an eye-opening presentation on how to proactively plan for three different levels of financial distress.


webinar thumbnailGain Insight into COVID-19 Special Enforcement Efforts

Presented by MMA
In November 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a special MIOSHA enforcement effort related to COVID-19 Emergency Rules. MMA hosted an interactive discussion with Director of COVID-19 Workplace Safety Sean Egan to learn more about increased enforcement in workplaces across the state from Michigan’s point person tasked with coordinating the state’s effort to monitor and enforce workplace safeguards in this free video conference.


webinar thumbnailGoing PRO Talent Fund Application Process – Get the Facts

Presented by MMA
MMA’s David Worthams and Stephanie Beckhorn, Director of Employment & Training for the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Opportunity, reveal new details about the application process and scoring criteria for 2021 Going PRO awards.


webinar thumbnailElection 2020: Analyzing the Results and the Manufacturing Impact

Presented by MMA
MMA’s Government Affairs Team analyzes the 2020 General Election results with particular attention to how the power of Michigan’s manufacturing industry will be impacted and the likelihood of success for the pro-manufacturing agenda in the future.


webinar thumbnailLearn More About New Workplace Safety Rules

Presented by MMA
MMA and Michigan’s Director of COVID-19 Workplace Safety Sean Egan took a deep dive on emergency rules issued in October by MIOSHA imposing a number of workplace safety requirements on employers.


webinar thumbnailAccess $75K in Matching Funds to Offset Foreign Competition

Presented by MMA and Great Lakes Trade Adjustment Assistance Center
Rising foreign competition in the time of COVID is a major challenge for many small manufacturers. Join MMA and Scott Phillips, Senior Project Manager, Great Lakes Trade Adjustment Assistance Center for a free informational webinar to learn how the federally funded Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAAF) program can help qualified companies make the changes they need to get in shape for the long run.


webinar thumbnailPayroll Tax Suspension Webinar

Presented by MMA and Maner Costerisan
Under the terms of the President’s “Memorandum on Deferring Payroll Tax Obligations in Light of the Ongoing COVID–19 Disaster,” withholding, deposit, and payment of an employee's share of the 6.2% Social Security tax are deferred on wages paid for the rest of the year. This does not mean the taxes are forgiven. The taxes are still due. As a result, businesses will need a strategy on how to handle the deferral now and what will still be owed in January 2021. Join Dennis Theis from Maner Costerisan for this webinar on the Trump tax deferral.


webinar thumbnailCascading Goals and Actions

Presented as part of the 2020 MFG Operations Conference
Geared for any leader in a management position, Express Employment Professionals’ John Keuning combines the essential components of setting company and team goals, determining actions that support the goals and the communication plan to execute the goals throughout an organization in this hands-on session from the 2020 MFG Operations Conference.


webinar thumbnailImprove Problem Solving Capabilities with New Brain Science

Presented as part of the 2020 MFG Operations Conference
Ineffective problem-solving and recurring problems lead to waste and frustration. To be globally competitive, manufacturers must identify the root causes of problems to progress in continuous improvement. Structured problem-solving tools are only half of the equation. Discover recent findings from the field of brain science with Dr. Ken Woodside and Murray Sittsamer of the Luminous Group to find ways to ensure lasting solutions to your most pressing problems.


webinar thumbnailIntegrating Compliance Into Manufacturing Operations

Presented as part of the 2020 MFG Operations Conference
No matter your business, environmental, health and safety (EH&S) regulations and compliance impact us all. The pressure to comply with seemingly ever-changing EH&S requirements can be overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be. James Colmer of BB&E, Inc. covers how an integrated EH&S program can support your manufacturing operations rather than compete with them.


webinar thumbnailHow to Attract and Retain to Sustain Your Workforce

Presented as part of the 2020 MFG Operations Conference
Manufacturers must be creative if they want to attract and retain a highly skilled workforce. Tooling U-SME’s Denise Ball provides strategies used across the country to build a skilled workforce and keep manufacturing competitive including how to leverage key characteristics of the Gen Z and Millenial generations, implement new development programs that align with how these generations learn and rethink policies that not only attract but also help retain these younger workers.


webinar thumbnailThe Future of Manufacturing Technology is You

Presented as part of the 2020 MFG Operations Conference
Your business processes, leadership and culture are just as important as your technology investments. Learn from Jerry Foster with Plex Systems which management styles lead to success, how culture affects a company’s ability to leverage technology investments and how manufacturers can derive the most value from their vendor partnerships.


webinar thumbnailSix Keys to Getting What You Want from Your Manufacturing Business

Presented as part of the 2020 MFG Operations Conference
Learn how having a clear vision sets you up to attract the best talent — and build an advantage your competitors can’t touch. Traction Training Center’s David Sullivan and Catherine Juon discuss how fellow Michigan manufacturers have used the Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS) to help build world-class teams while systematically strengthening their organizations and removing barriers to growth.


webinar thumbnailVoice of the Blue Collar Employee

Presented as part of the 2020 MFG Operations Conference
Hear recommendations from Brian Devine and Alex Vazquez of Employ Bridge for attracting and retaining the best workers based on the results of the largest survey of hourly workers in the country which captures the preferences and expectations of more than 18,000 blue collar workers in the supply chain (manufacturing and logistics positions).


webinar thumbnailAttracting Tomorrow’s Buyers: Guide to Digital Marketing for Manufacturers

Presented as part of the 2020 MFG Operations Conference
While most manufacturers today rely on long-time customer relationships built on reputation, the internet gives buyers access to more resources than ever before. How will you keep your customers coming back? TopSpot’s Josh Blankenship discusses how to leverage modern digital marketing channels, understand the role the different channels play and discover basic B2B strategies to help you grow.


webinar thumbnailOpen for Business; Now What? Managing a Different Kind of Workforce Crisis

Presented as part of the 2020 MFG Operations Conference
These are certainly unprecedented times and there is no playbook. Chuck Mouranie and Ken Mall of EDSI Consulting have been working with companies and government agencies across the country to help them manage through this crisis. This interactive session will explore what other organizations are doing to manage their workforce, keep them safe, and get back to business.


webinar thumbnailWhy Combating Cyber Attacks is a Leadership Level Responsibility

Presented as part of the 2020 MFG Operations Conference
Having the latest technology is great but without the three pillars of a solid technology solution — managed IT services, disaster recovery and cyber security — in place, the new technology could actually be a threat to your company. ASK’s Scott Freitag covers why obtaining the three pillars of technology should be a C-Level responsibility more than an IT duty.


webinar thumbnailLessons Learned and Growth Ahead; A Peer-to-Peer Discussion

Presented as part of the 2020 MFG Operations Conference
Eight months in to one of the most tumultuous and unpredictable years in history, manufacturers are looking back at lessons learned during the early phases of the global pandemic and are looking forward to growth ahead. Watch the peer-to-peer discussion moderated by Rehmann’s Melissa Johnson with executives from leading manufacturers for an engaging and informative discussion of preparedness planning, adaptation and recovery.


webinar thumbnailConsiderations of Recent SCOTUS Rulings on LBGTQ Discrimination

Presented by MMA and Honigman
The US Supreme Court finished its 2020 term with a flurry of important and historical decisions, including a decision that includes a connected case from Michigan. In Bostock v. Clayton County, a 6-3 decision held that it is against the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for an employer to fire or refuse to hire someone because they are gay or transgender. MMA and Honigman’s Matt Radler discuss the impacts this ruling may have on human resource policies.


webinar thumbnailFederal Paid Leave Requirements: USDOL Update and Q&A

Presented by MMA
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) continues to have far–reaching implications for employers and their paid leave programs. MMA and Jacob Swier, Community Outreach and Planning Specialist, U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, joined Association members on 7/22/20 for an informative presentation on compliance resources to help ensure that their company is administering the new entitlements correctly.


webinar thumbnailA Conversation on COVID-19 Workplace Safety

Presented by MMA
Members joined MMA and newly appointed Director of COVID-19 Workplace Safety Sean Egan on 7/8/20 for an update on Michigan’s gradual process of resuming in-person work. As the Governor’s point person tasked with coordinating the state’s efforts to monitor and enforce the workplace safeguards established in Executive Order 2020-114, Director Egan informed members on the latest developments with workplace safety requirements and resources available to employers.


webinar thumbnailWebinar: The 3 S's of Improving Your Workplace Safety Protocols

Presented by GoCanvas & MMA
As manufacturers work towards re-opening with full-scale operations, being safe and following preventative procedures is crucial not only for the health and well-being of their teams and communities, but also for achieving compliance with state requirements and guidelines. Keeping track of what those procedures and requirements are, as well as ensuring your team is being compliant as possible, is likely a daunting task for many businesses. The more you can simplify, standardize, and speed up those processes, the more vigilant, compliant, and safe you'll be.


webinar thumbnailManufacturing Back in Action: A Peer to Peer Discussion

Presented by Red Level, Aludyne, Kiekert, and MMA
Michigan is moving again and manufacturing is back in action. Leading manufacturers with global reach described how they transitioned back to full-scale production. These pace-setting companies spoke about their preparedness planning, implementation, and adaptation, describing lessons learned and anticipating growth ahead.


webinar thumbnailStaying Safe On Social Media (ASK Security Tips)

Presented by ASK
Social media is a critical piece of today’s manufacturing industry. From developing your brand to marketing your products to connecting with customers, the benefits are great but there are also plenty of risks. Mike Maddox of ASK offers clear tips every manufacturer needs in order to trust that what they promote doesn’t come back to haunt them.


webinar thumbnailQuick Tips for Improving Your Product Launches

Presented by Oakstone Group
Every product could be the one to accelerate your company growth so every product launch needs to be the very best. Ed Potoczak of the Oakstone Group shares strategies you need to implement, the questions you need to ask, and the three key components to bringing your team together for a successful product launch.


webinar thumbnailPurchasing Principles: How to Negotiate a Great Deal and Keep It

Presented by Wolfson Bolton
Learn how to avoid common errors in purchasing and anticipate the unexpected volume fluctuations, engineering changes, and shorter-than-expected program durations which erode profit margin. Discover how you can strengthen your processes, ask the right questions and be prepared to make the most out of any deal.


webinar thumbnailDemystifying a Vast Marketing Wasteland

Presented by The Whole Brain Group
CEOs, presidents and business executives care deeply about the direction of their brand but even the most well-intentioned leaders can get in their own way. The Whole Brain Group shares the strategies they’ve developed to ensure any manufacturer can succeed at marketing their brand to local, national and global markets.


webinar thumbnailOperational Lessons Learned — Stories of One Manufacturer’s Journey to Success

Presented by Total Security Solutions
Several years ago, Jim Richards and the Total Security Solutions (TSS) team began making a series of choices that would change the company’s trajectory. Today, the TSS sales team is more empowered than ever, revenue is growing, and the business enjoys state and national recognition — their future has never been brighter.


webinar thumbnailImproving Morale & Teamwork for Workplace Success

Presented by The Center
An employee’s immediate supervisor plays a crucial role in their career development, job satisfaction and engagement. The Center’s Charlie Westra addresses the most essential aspects of leadership, from how to inspire and motivate employees, to how to increase engagement and build trust among workers.


webinar thumbnailA Principled Approach to the Paid Medical Leave Act

Presented by Miller Canfield and MMA
For the first time in Michigan’s history, employers are required to provide paid sick time to workers. Miller Canfield’s Kurt Sherwood and MMA’s Delaney McKinley provide practical insights to help employers comply with the Paid Medical Leave Act, which goes into effect 3/29/19. You’ll learn the scope of the new law and your obligations as an employer.


webinar thumbnailLegalized Marijuana and Your Business

Presented by Miller Canfield, MTMIC and MMA
Has Michigan’s new legalization of marijuana sent your business scrambling for answers? This member-exclusive webinar presents a professional look at what the future holds for employers from issue specialists at Miller Canfield, MTMIC and MMA.


webinar thumbnailLobbying 101

Presented by MMA
MMA provides members with access to a five-person lobbying team — but what are your actually getting? What is lobbying? Lobbying 101 explains how MMA’s Government Affairs team works to improve your company’s competitiveness and how you can lobby directly on behalf of the industry.


webinar thumbnailWhy Engage in Advocacy?

Presented by MMA
With nearly 3,000 special interests fighting against manufacturing at the Capitol, it’s more important than ever to have an advocacy team you can depend on. Why Engage in Advocacy explores the role of manufacturing in Michigan, why advocacy matters and how MMA can help your team become in-house advocates for your company.


webinar thumbnailActive Shooter Survival — Preparation and Response

Presented by The Incident Management Team
Discover the strategies to keep a workplace incident from becoming a tragedy. This program will prepare you for the unexpected with an overview of the nature of aggressive intrusions at workplace facilities and the types of countermeasures organizations may initiate.