Training

Three Ways to Beat the Skills Gap

January 31, 2017

by Linda Colon

The shrinking labor pool. It’s a nationwide phenomenon. Baby Boomers are migrating toward retirement. Millennials are continuing to join the workforce and are actually outnumbering the Gen Y population by 23 million: Compared to the Boomer generation, the Gen X population’s decline (as much as 25%) raises the concern that the most experienced yet smallest...(continue reading)

Part III – Building Business Value Series

September 07, 2016

by Linda Colon

This month, in Part III of our Building Value Series, we look at business sustainability. This blog series examines the most common business owner issues that may detract from making your business more attractive to potential buyers and how to continue addressing your value gap. Along the business sustainability path, in addition to recruiting and retaining your workforce, comes...(continue reading)

Part II: Building Business Value Series

August 09, 2016

by Linda Colon

This month, in Part II of our Building Business Value Series, we look at assessing talent shortages. This blog series examines the most common business owner issues that may detract from making your business more attractive to potential buyers and how to continue addressing your value gap. Baby boomers exiting from the workforce are causing a talent shortage. Last...(continue reading)

CONNSTEP Offers Business Growth Program

December 17, 2015

by Linda Colon

Helping Manufacturers Hit Their Targets in 2016   More than half of Connecticut companies (52 percent) continue to record flat or declining sales, and the top barriers to growth have been a lack of sales infrastructure and an overreliance on too few customers. In response to this, CONNSTEP has created an educational offering that helps manufacturers assess what prevents...(continue reading)

New Manufacturing Voucher Program: A Great Opportunity for CT Manufacturers

December 10, 2014

by Bonnie Del Conte

It's inspiring to see the level of support across Connecticut for our manufacturing sector! Many organizations across the state are working for the benefit of CT manufacturers, including the recent launch by DECD of the $3.5 million matching grants voucher program as part of the new Connecticut Manufacturing Innovation Fund (CMIF). Governor Malloy introduced the $30 million CMIF during...(continue reading)

CONNSTEP solved a huge problem for us and helped us bring our delivery rate to 100%. As a direct result of that, we have been awarded with an increase in business which, ultimately, will also benefit (our supplier) Har-Conn.”

CT manufacturer Pegaasus

Chris DePentima

CEO, Pegasus Manufacturing Inc.

“I see great value in the new experiences and perspectives CONNSTEP brings to our business, at reasonable prices. They’re not like consultants, they’re like partners in the business – willing to roll up their sleeves and help.”

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Mark Burzynski

President, Arthur G Russell Co

“CONNSTEP has proved to be a tremendous resource for ESI. CONNSTEP has helped us to adapt to today’s marketplace and remain a quality minded, competitive global player. Our ISO/TS16949 implementation process was efficient and rewarding. I look forward to our future projects with CONNSTEP.”

esi CT manufacturer

Ron Delfini

President, Engineering Specialties Inc.

“CONNSTEP worked with FuelCell Energy to educate and facilitate Lean initiatives and to help meet our needs to establish an overall production improvement plan. This plan has been utilized over a period of time as a ‘guiding light’ to spur numerous improvements that dramatically reduced our product cost.”

Tom Lucas

Manager, Fuel Cell Energy

“CONNSTEP is a valuable partner to Hologic, providing the expertise and ‘outside eyes’ everyone needs to keep their continuous improvement on track. We are now well-positioned on a dynamic growth path and look forward to a long-term relationship with CONNSTEP.”

Greg Safarik

VP Manufacturing Operations, Hologic

“Our experience working with CONNSTEP has brought us benefits we never expected. It’s a great team to work with!”

Bruce Wheeler

VP of Operations, Metal Finishing Technologies Inc.

“The goals of the team were to reduce manufacturing lead-time, reduce floor space utilized, and increase worker productivity. All the goals were met. CONNSTEP helped us to better compete.”

Tornik CT manufacturer

Dan Rubbo

General Manager, Tornik LLC

“The Business Growth Program is working well for us. We enhanced our website following the meetings to improve our SEO and become more visible to search engines. The segment on negotiating …  promoted changes in our thinking and improved how we interact with customers. The mentoring between sessions was helpful in boosting our progress.”

CT manufacturer Colonial Spring

Bill Lathrop

President, Colonial Spring Co.

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