Where Manufacturing Matters

Does Every Business Need a Business Plan?

Posted by Adam Sonnhalter, Maximum Value Partners on Jun 13, 2016 4:02:10 PM

That’s a great question! Nearly every small business owner I’ve met has been told “You need a business plan”.  What a bunch of BS!

Unless you are looking to raise money for your business, you don’t need to waste your precious time pulling together a 30-50 page business plan that won’t be used.

So what should you do instead?  How about coming up with answers to the following questions:

  1. Where are you today?
  2. Where do you want to go?
  3. How are you going to get there?
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Topics: Accelerate Cleveland Manufacturing, Business Growth, Business Planning, Maximum Value Partners

Accelerating Cleveland Manufacturing...in High Spirits!

Posted by Kristen Haning on Feb 5, 2016 4:04:31 PM

Last night I was thrilled to be joined by 120 friends from our manufacturing community to kick-off our 2016 Accelerate Cleveland Manufacturing year. Attendees enjoyed Cleveland Whiskey’s award winning bourbon and signature cocktail: A Winter Night in Cleveland at the offices of Boondock Walker in MidTown.

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Topics: Manufacturing Events, Accelerate Cleveland Manufacturing, MAGNET, Business Growth, Cleveland Whiskey

Education and Learning Are Key to Business Growth

Posted by Kristen Haning on Aug 6, 2015 4:25:35 PM

Is your business growing? Do you attend workshops, conferences, and training sessions to improve your skills? Do you have a mentor or a coach that helps guide you? Or are you just going about your days wondering why you aren’t seeing the results you desire?

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Topics: Manufacturing Events, Accelerate Cleveland Manufacturing, Business Growth

How Manufacturing Impacts the City of Cleveland

Posted by Kareemah Williams on Jul 15, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Manufacturing matters to Cleveland. Manufacturing is the foundation of the community's current and future economy because it:

  • Employs Cleveland residents
  • Provides payroll tax to the City of Cleveland
  • Creates three jobs in other sectors for every manufacturing job
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Topics: News, Cleveland Manufacturing, Cleveland Industrial Retention Initiative (CIRI), Business Growth

Five Areas Your Manufacturing Business Can Benefit from Cloud ERP

Posted by Socius on May 14, 2015 4:19:25 PM


Manufacturers who migrate their ERP systems to the cloud see substantial improvements across their business. Real-time data enhances accuracy and visibility. The result is increased efficiency, higher productivity, and less waste.

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Topics: Business Growth, Cloud Computing, ERP, Socius

Generating Manufacturing Growth Through Ideation and Innovation

Posted by Kristen Pekarek on Apr 28, 2015 1:47:00 PM

The second Accelerate Cleveland Manufacturing Growth Forum, “Generate New Growth Ideas and Solve Process Problems Though Ideation and Innovation,” occurred yesterday in front of a packed audience at the Baldwin Wallace University Center for Innovation and Growth.

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Topics: Manufacturing Events, Accelerate Cleveland Manufacturing, Cleveland Manufacturing, Innovation, Dollar Bank, MAGNET, The Cleveland Foundation, Business Growth, Alfe Heat Treating, Jergens, Inc., Animal Oraletics, Ideation

AT&F First-to-Market in Fabricating Steel Foundations for Lake Erie Wind Project

Posted by John Colm, WIRE-Net President and Executive Director on Apr 17, 2015 11:04:00 AM

The non-profit Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) is currently developing a demonstration project called "Icebreaker" that will solve the unique challenges of deploying wind turbines in a freshwater environment. With six wind turbines positioned seven miles off the coast of Cleveland, Icebreaker will become a catalyst to building an offshore wind industry in Ohio and the Great Lakes region.

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Topics: News, GLWN, Business Growth, AT&F, Energy, LEEDCo

Intellectual Property Protection is Crucial to Business Success

Posted by Howard Cohn on Feb 20, 2015 9:00:00 AM

In today's globally-competitive marketplace, protecting your intellectual property is more crucial nowthan ever to business success. Often, innovation is the only way to grow. In fact, the primary advantage a company has is its innovative secrets.

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Topics: News, Accelerate Cleveland Manufacturing, Business Success, Innovation, Intellectual Property, Business Growth, Howard M. Cohn and Associates

Can B2B Manufacturing Companies be Successful in Inbound Marketing?

Posted by Chris Peer on Jan 16, 2015 9:00:00 AM

As an inbound marketer, I often get asked if inbound lead generation and lead nurturing works for B2B companies. There seems to be a belief that business-to-business companies fall into a black hole when it comes to marketing. It is simply not true.

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Topics: News, Manufacturing Events, Accelerate Cleveland Manufacturing, Lead Generation, Marketing, Inbound Marketing, Business Growth, SyncShow

WIRE-Net Will Help Grow Cleveland Manufacturing in 2015

Posted by Kristen Pekarek on Jan 16, 2015 9:00:00 AM

This year, WIRE-Net will be working collaboratively with manufacturing advocacy group, MAGNET, to bring growth solutions to manufacturers and connect people in the urban core to training and jobs.

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Topics: News, Manufacturing Events, Accelerate Cleveland Manufacturing, Dollar Bank, MAGNET, The Cleveland Foundation, Business Growth

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