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How to Work ON the Business, Instead of IN the Business

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One of the most common challenges that Business Owners face is that they oftentimes handle everything from running and maintaining the shop floor to managing the organization’s books to leading sales and marketing efforts. This is all too common an issue – and stems from the fact that, in many cases, it may have been […]

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New ISO 9001 Standard May Require Effective Process Management

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Recently we explored the upcoming changes to the ISO 9001 standard, due to take effect in 2015. One of the key differences between 9001:2008 and the proposed new standard is a greater emphasis on effective process management. With this in mind, I want to take a deeper look at the ways enhanced process management can benefit companies of all sizes and industries. ISO 9001:2008 encourages the examination of one’s business in terms of processes. 9001:2015 is likely to go one step further, requiring a process-based Quality Management System (QMS).

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How to Get New Products to Market Faster

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Too many manufacturers take too long to bring new products to market, and those delays prevent them from maximizing the rewards of marketing new products. Find out the four biggest obstacles to new product development and how to scale them. Get to market faster, so you don't miss out on crucial windows of opportunity!

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Partnering for More Control Over your Suppliers

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Delivery issues have the power to make or break a business. On-time deliveries to customers can result in more demand, more sales, and ultimately, more revenues. But inconsistent or chronically delayed deliveries can potentially be huge barriers to success, bringing a business to its knees – FAST. When you're dependent on your suppliers to keep your lines moving on schedule, you may feel like things are "out of your hands". If you feel like your business is too much at the mercy of your suppliers' schedules, interceding in a constructive way can yield great benefits - for both of you.

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The Power of Assessment Tools: Take Your Business to the Next Level

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As an Owner looking to reorganize, transfer leadership or ownership, or otherwise take your business to the next level , your success is directly tied to whether you have a clear understanding of what is needed to move forward. Determining what that path forward will be requires a thorough grasp of the current state of your organization and how well key aspects are functioning. It is only when you are armed with this knowledge that you can develop a targeted plan to drive your bottom line and fortify your organization for future success.

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