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  • Ready to go global?

    Next session:  Vancouver, WA – begins March 4, 2015
    Contact Kristin Kautz to register or for information at (360) 241-5135 or by email at

    Grant funding available for eligible companies.

    ExporTech: Creating Your Strategic Plan to Increase International Sales

    Are you taking advantage of growth opportunities in global markets, but are afraid of navigating international sales on your own?

    Do you have a strategic plan to find the most profitable overseas marketing for your products?

    If NO, the ExporTech program could be the answer.

    Why ExporTech?

    • Structured strategic process that assists your company to accelerate export sales growth
    • ONLY export program that helps you develop and execute a STRATEGIC export plan
    • Connects you with local and national experts that help navigate the export sales process
    • Saves countless hours and eliminates fear of the unknown about getting paid, protecting intellectual property, finding effective distribution channels overseas and more.

    If you are ready to make the investment of time, ExporTech can unlock your growth potential.

    New to Export?

    • ExporTech will help you start exporting the right way from the beginning, helping you look at the world and see where the best places are to sell your products.
    • ExporTech will connect you with all the resources you will need to navigate the complicated export process.

    Already Exporting?

    ExporTech will take you beyond being a reactive exporter and help you be more strategic in your approach to international sales.

    ExporTech will connect you with financial products that are available to exporters and how to use those to gain a competitive advantage overseas.

    How Does ExporTech work?

    • Jointly offered across the United States by NIST MEP in partnership with the U.S. Export Assistance Centers of the Department of Commerce.
    • Can be done in consortium with other companies or one-on-one with an individual company for more customized consulting. Both options lead to a strategic export plan in three months.
    • Execution driven, with a team of partners who make it easier to go to market and implement the plan.
    • Innovative customized sessions that are hands-on and help companies extract the specific information they need.
    • Amplifies the impact of other export programs and brings together all the resources you will need to create a comprehensive, strategic, repeatable export plan.
    • Helps companies get the most out of foreign trade shows, GoldKey services, country visits and trade missions.

    SESSION 1: Export Strategy and Best Practices
    The Big Picture
    Successful Export Strategies
    Best Practices Plan Template
    Coaching on Markets, Logistics, Capacity, Resources
    Between Sessions – Market Research, Target Market Selection, Strategy

    SESSION 2: Mechanics of Exporting
    Custom Agenda Based on Company’s Needs
    Financing, Rep & Distributor Partners, Export Controls, Legal Issues, Intellectual Property, Culture
    Between Sessions – Plan Development, Concrete Strategies to Go to Market

    SESSION 3: Export Growth Plan Presentations
    Panel Review of Company Plans with Expert Feedback and Coaching
    Action Plan for Going to Market


  • Coming Winter 2014-2015
    Spokane, WA

    Cost: $1,995 per person / $1,795 for Made in Washington members (includes all course materials, books and certificate exam)
    Information for Spokane:  Patric Sazama – (509) 343-3170 or Mike Schneider – (509) 981-6348


    Your Opportunity to Develop Internal Lean Champions

    Companies that realize sustained success with Lean implementation know that developing their employees’ capabilities to lead continuous improvement efforts is key to their success. The Lean Enterprise Certificate Program arms participants with demonstrated understanding of the Lean body of knowledge and provides them hands-on practice applying Lean tools and strategies.

    Benefits to an Organization

    • Development of internal Lean champions
    • Enables employee involvement in sustained continuous improvement
    • Helps an organization build a Lean transformation

    The Program

    • With a curriculum comprised of both classroom and project application, the program provides seven days of Lean training to individuals who can then play roles as Lean Champions in their organizations. Participants earn a certificate of completion.
    • A three-hour exam from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers based on the instructional material and the required texts is administered at the end of the program, through which participants demonstrate understanding of the Lean Body of Knowledge. This certified test completion, along with additional project hours, can be applied towards a Bronze Level Certification and career progression for silver and gold certification (listed at
    • The training will be combined with tours of local companies employing best practices in order to demonstrate and visualize Lean techniques in practice.

    Each Lean Enterprise Certificate Program (LECP) participant will:

    • Have demonstrated knowledge of the Lean Body of Knowledge
    • Apply their learning to their organization with a practicum project
    • Go back to their organization equipped to help champion continuous improvement

    Certificate Program Curriculum
    Day 1: Introduction to Lean Manufacturing. This will consist of an introductory seminar that will combine the theory of Lean Manufacturing with a live simulation that incorporates the theory learned in the presentation.

    Day 2: Introduction to the Theory of Value Stream Mapping, Workplace Organization and Standardization, 5-S and Cellular Flow. Students learn the common language of Lean as they draw a current state map for a company, analyze that current state, find the non-value added activities and draw a future state map that eliminates those unnecessary activities. This section looks at the visual factory, with organization and orderliness stressed.  Cellular flow is the linking of manual and machine operations into the most efficient combination of resources to maximize value-added content while minimizing waste.

    Day 3: Set-Up Reduction/Quick Changeover, Pull/Kanban and Total Production Maintenance. Set-Up reduction teaches a systematic, low cost, shop-proven method that has reduced set up and turnaround time in all types of manufacturing environments. In addition, this class will cover the effectiveness of Pull Kanban systems to drive velocity to reduce the costs of over production. Pull Systems and Kanbans control the flow of resources in a production process by replacing only what has been consumed. Total Productive Maintenance will also be presented to the student. TPM is a strategy to maximize the productivity of equipment over its entire life while reducing downtime, improving quality and increasing capacity while minimizing capital expenditures.

    Day 4 and 5: Problem Solving, Process Design, Quality, Productivity & Delivery Measures Product Development and Leadership & High Performing Teams. The Daily Improvement Kata. Models of problem solving approaches including the Deming cycle and Six Sigma’s DMAIC are reviewed. Gap Analysis, Brainstorming, 5 Why’s, and root cause analysis are covered. In addition, Flow Charting, Pareto Charts, Histograms and Cause Effect Diagrams are presented. This training also includes the value of Vision, Mission and Values to an organization. Policy deployment and the roles and responsibilities of employees and leaders are discussed. Leading change in a continuous improvement culture is presented. Designing and improving process strategies iscovered in this section. Variety Reduction, Engineering Changes and Design for Manufacture and Design for Assembly are key components of Product Design and Development that are presented.

    Day 6: Practicum. In addition to the presentation of the Theory of Lean, students will be assigned to work with a team on a practical application of a key component of a Lean Transformation. Students will present their projects.

    Day 7: Society of Manufacturing Engineers Lean Bronze Exam. Company Tours and Exam Preparation are interspersed among the days of instruction outlined above.

    Books provided as part of the registration fee are: Lean Thinking by James Womack and Daniel Jones, Gemba Kaizen by Masaaki Imai, Lean Production Simplified by Pascal Dennis and Learning to See by Mike Rother and John Shook. In addition, instructional manuals that reflect the classroom presentations will be provided.