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8 ways to know if you have a job or own a business

May 29, 2019

by Connstep Team

The ultimate test of your business can be found in a simple question: would someone want to buy your company? Whether you want to sell next year or a decade from now, you must be building an asset someone would buy – otherwise, you have a job, not a business.   Here are eight ways to ensure you are...(continue reading)

Four Key Stages Business Owners Must Overcome to Change Results

May 06, 2019

by Mark Paggioli

Many small to mid-sized manufacturers, as well as other businesses, simply plod along from year to year. Revenues hover around the same level while wrestling with recurring operational challenges and not managing to “crack the code” for what it takes to get the business to the next level. [bctt tweet="The real roadblock that is often preventing progress, is typically...(continue reading)

The Economic Winds of Change

April 22, 2019

by Dean Simmons

If the financial news pundits are accurate, there could be some economic growth headwinds facing our country within the next year or two. Doesn’t sound like we’ll have another recession similar to the last one but a slowdown into “sluggish” territory is entirely possible. In fact, in his annual letter to investors in April 2019, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie...(continue reading)

4 Steps To Finding Your Sell-By Date

April 07, 2019

by Connstep Team

Most business owners think selling their business is a sprint, but the reality is it takes a long time to sell a company.  The sound of the gun sends blood flowing as you leap forward out of the blocks. Within five seconds you’re at top speed and within a dozen your eye is searching for the next hand. Then...(continue reading)

9 Warning Signs You’re a Hub-and-Spoke Business Owner 

April 01, 2019

by Connstep Team

If you were to draw a picture that visually represents your role in your business, what would it look like? Are you at the top of a traditional Christmas-tree-like organizational chart, or are you stuck in the middle of your business, like a hub in a bicycle wheel? As anyone who has tried to fly United when O’Hare has...(continue reading)

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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.”

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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

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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!”

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VP of Operations, Metal Finishing Technologies Inc.

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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.”

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Bill Lathrop

President, Colonial Spring Co.

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