Making Connections: Inspiration from Seat 7B


Flying from Charlotte to Indianapolis earlier this week I put down “Life” by Keith Richards and picked up the airline magazine. It was US Airways “the magazine that connects you”. And, in the end, isn’t that what we all want? Connections. To information. To cool stuff. To people. To opportunities. To resources.

Which got me to thinking about our upcoming conference, Connect with Manufacturing Innovations 2011 — a must-attend networking event for industry and business leaders. If you know the answers to these questions, Manufacturing Innovations 2011 is not for you:

What will your sales volume be in 3 years? How about profitability?

Will the customers you have today be your customers in the future?

What are your strategies for growing your business?

Where do you go to learn about new business opportunities?

Manufacturing Innovations 2011 was planned and designed with one specific purpose — to bring people together. Buyers will connect with sellers and people will connect with ideas. This event was designed to help you LEARN, GROW and CONNECT. Manufacturing Innovations 2011, an event organized by the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), will provide you a forum to explore business opportunities, learn the latest market trends, establish contacts, enhance professional development, exchange views & ideas and gain a greater understanding of how and where to generate new sales.

Yes, it is all about connections. And further, it’s about being in the right place, at the right time to insure that those connections happen. Manufacturing Innovations 2011 can help you do that.

As for the US Airways magazine, it was focused on a different kind of connection. There it was, on page 34. An advertisement that read, “Maybe it’s time to outsource your dating life…” Hmm. I think I’ll stick to focusing on the conference.

About Author

Mark Schmit

Mark Schmit has served multiple roles while with MEP and is currently the National Accounts Manager. In this role he is responsible for developing partnerships with both the public and private sector entities. Mark identifies new business opportunities that leverage state and federal funding with the goal to improve the competitiveness of US-based manufacturers. His major area of focus is supply chain improvement.

1 Comment

  1. Somewhere I once heard this phrase, “Success happens when preparedness and opportunity meet”. Notice that preparedness comes first. I have been helped greatly by MEP (Impact Washington). I started work with them in 2005 and now we have grown tremendously. It was the training, the preparing that made it possible for us to make opportunity success.
    Climbing on course,
    Richard W. Bogert

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