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)

Is It Time to Sell or Transfer Your Business?

February 15, 2019

by Dean Simmons

A look at three options for a smooth exit strategy Selling the business. Exiting the company. Transitioning out of the organization. Whatever you call it, you are planning to leave your job as a business owner. As the head of a small to midsize company, you work hard to make sure your business thrives. But eventually there comes a...(continue reading)

Automation and Cross-Training Can Ease Labor Shortage Pain

February 15, 2019

by Dean Simmons

And make your company more productive and agile It’s no secret that many industries are facing a talent shortage. In the manufacturing sector alone, more than 500,000 manufacturing jobs currently remain vacant in the United States. In Connecticut, vacancies number more than 13,000.1 According to a recent study by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, U.S. manufacturers are forecasting the...(continue reading)

Assessment Tools to Advance Your Business

February 15, 2019

by Dean Simmons

Assessment tools are more than data collectors that evaluate and measure specific outcomes. They can help look at a business from different perspectives such as its financial health, its value on the market, or opportunities for growth. The information and knowledge gained from assessments have been used by companies to establish goals and create a comprehensive operating plan for...(continue reading)

Manufacturers Must Build a ‘Cybersecurity Culture’

February 15, 2019

by Dean Simmons

‘You need to take steps at every level to protect yourself in the supply chain’ At a recent panel discussion on cybersecurity hosted by CBIA and CONNSTEP, the packed room heard from industry experts on how to best protect their businesses and employees from cyberattacks. The panel included David Huang, assistant U.S. attorney; Carl Jackson, engineering director, Sikorsky, a...(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.”

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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

“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!”

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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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