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Monthly Newsletter                                                                                          May 2017


Making Connections
Loren Lyon, Center Director

 

 

 

Connections is a great nonfiction book and series by James Burke.

Burke examines the ideas, inventions, and coincidences that have culminated in the major technological advances of today. He untangles the pattern of interconnecting events, the accidents of time, circumstance, and place that gave rise to major inventions of the world. It is a fascinating story of how we have arrived where we are from a technological perspective, but also the social implications.

Burke describes how the invention of the cannon ball led to the invention of celluloid film and how high temperature kilns for firing glass led to worldwide navigation. Truly fascinating connection of dots!

Most of us who have developed products and companies know that timing and connections make all the difference.

Some call it luck, some call it Karma, but often it is about the connections that we have as individuals and as companies.

The people that we surround ourselves with; the partners, suppliers, customers that we work with and the professional organizations that we are affiliated with, very often make the difference between just working and making breakthroughs.

Connections is available as a video series, but I strongly recommend the book!

Make Connections!

Best,

Loren Lyon

 

Impact Washington introduces a new blog series that is all about getting Out of the Office, away from the cubicle, and introducing you to some of our rural customers.
Want to be featured in Out of Office?  Contact Miguel Moreno and be prepared to get personal.

What We're Reading. . .
Northwest Washington Account Executive Steve Winters has two books he is reading at this time:
1)
Toyota Kata Culture: Building Organizational Capability and Mindset through Kata Coaching, Mike Rother’s new book, a how-to guide for implementing Toyota Kata into the culture of any organization and
2) 
Creating a Lean Culture, Tools to Sustain Lean Conversions, by David Mann

 
Impact Washington Offering Small, Rural Companies Free Business Assessment
Washington’s rural communities have less access to the technical assistance needed to sustain and grow their businesses.  Rural agricultural businesses face uniquely difficult hurdles in locating and keeping qualified employees, adapting to newly-implemented technological changes, meeting food safety requirements, and transferring skills and knowledge from a rapidly aging workforce. As part of their mission to assist small businesses in rural communities, Impact Washington is partnering with a USDA Agricultural Grant to offer a $2500 Business Assessment developed by Core ValueTM at no charge to companies in across ten rural counties in Washington State. 
Completing this Business Assessment will allow an executive to have a better idea of the value of their business, as well as the strengths and opportunities for development.  Armed with this knowledge, small projects can be prepared, at little to no cost to the company that will provide an immediate positive change.  Examples of such projects include an Introduction to 5S, Defining an Org Chart, Fundamental LEAN education, and Basic ISO 9001 Knowledge.
 An Impact Washington Account Executive will be on hand for all phases of the project, but there is also a large network of resources that are available for these businesses. The state Workforce Board and Highline College’s Center of Excellence for Global Trade and Supply Chain Management are also partnering in this project.  COMPLETE A BUSINESS SURVEY HERE or please contact Miguel Moreno if you have any questions.
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Spring is here, and it’s not just your office that can use a makeover. Your business operations can benefit from some serious decluttering too. But how do you even begin to step back and evaluate what’s weighing your business down and what isn’t? Find out more here at Forbes.

Impact Washington welcomes Summer Intern, Damon Devani:
“I am a student from Champlain College in Vermont working with Impact Washington over this summer. My title is Data Analytics Intern and as such I will be working with the team to clean and come to understand information we are working with. Outside of work I enjoy hiking, cooking, and film. I’m terribly excited to explore the area and get to know the business over the next couple of months!”

 

Learn About Our Made in Washington Program
Manufacturing is a vital arm of Washington's economy, and it's our mission to support and energize our local industry. The Made in Washington program is a free service to the community that certifies, promotes, and connects Washington State manufacturers. Check out our directory of Made in Washington businesses, or get certified and listed today!  The program is at no cost to join and includes such benefits as listing in our on-line guide and use of the Made in Washington logo on your website.  For more information or to sign up, visit our Made in Washington page

Impact Washington hosts events on many topics, including LEAN, ISO, FSMA, and many more.  Please check our Events page for our latest offerings and to register.  We'd look forwarding to seeing you!

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