Joe Shaw, Director, Venture Development and Partnerships, NASA John H. Glenn Research Center, Keynote
SUCCESSES IN SUPPORTING REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
NASA Glenn Research Center has an aggressive effort to partner with members of the external community to infuse NASA capabilities (people, facilities, technologies) into critically important sectors of our national economy so as to support job creation/retention by the private sector. This effort aligns with the 2011 Presidential directive to all federal agencies to Accelerate Technology Transfer and Commercialization of Federal Research in Support of High-Growth Businesses. NASA Glenn's approach and recent successes will be presented and discussed.
NASA TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE
John Torinus, CEO, Serigraph, Keynote
THE GRASSROOTS HEALTHCARE REVOLUTION
When exploding health care costs threatened Serigraph’s solvency, CEO
John Torinus Jr. searched the country for solutions. Using his findings,
Torinus applied innovative, cutting-edge strategies and cut his
company’s health care expenses well below the national average while
improving his employees’ care.
Craig Porter, President, PlastiCert, Keynote
WORKFORCE ENGAGEMENT: DEVELOPING AND RETAINING YOUR MOST VALUABLE RESOURCE
For all companies, staff will make or break your success. As a small manufacturer, accomplishing your mission with a small staff makes that a bigger challenge. With the evolving state of the available workforce, managing your ability to fill out that staff is a more daunting task. Hear from a Sloan Award winner on how achieving workplace effectiveness and flexibility can help you achieve both.
Mike Weller, President, North America Welding, Miller Electric, Keynote
STRENGTHENING THE HEART OF YOUR COMPANIES' PERFORMANCE THROUGH EMPOWERMENT AND 80/20
The principle of 80/20 simply states that 80% of organizations key outcomes come from 20% of your resources or customers.
While this all makes sense and is proven, how do you act with this key
business intelligence and use it to continuously improve your
organization, sales, profits and your life? Through an engaging discussion format, Mike will lead the group through
the key principles of the 80/20 paradigm and how to build a
process that leverages the resources of your organization while avoiding
Nancy Mistele, Director of Business Development, State of Wisconsin
REDUCING THE REGULATORY BURDEN - MINI SESSION & ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
Want to do something to reduce the regulatory
burden you face doing business in Wisconsin?Then attend this event to hear what the Office of Business Development
can do for you.As the 'concierge
service for business' they help cut through government red tape to solve
problems, work with you to identify laws and rules that need to be reformed (or
removed) and link you to various business services available in the state.Don't miss the opportunity to meet your very
own state government problem solver.
Elizabeth Laxague, International Trade Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service
GROWING YOUR BUSINESS THROUGH EXPORTS - MINI SESSION
Exporting gives companies the chance to diversify their
markets and increase sales and jobs. Learn how exporting will benefit your
company. Included in the discussion will be the available resources in
Wisconsin to help make exporting easier than ever.
Roger Gehring, Development Manager, UW-Stout MOC
TECHNOLOGY ADOPTION / ACCELERATION - MINI SESSION
Hear about the Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center’s unique approach to researching new, application-ready technologies for adoption by forward-thinking manufacturing companies.
David Ding, Professor of Operations and Management, UW-Stout