Part I: Building Business Value Series

July 12, 2016

by Linda Colon

This monthly blog series focuses on the important challenges business owners and the Connecticut economy face within the next two to five years. Subsequent blog posts will define business drivers, how they affect the value of your business and help you gain insight into your operational strength while identifying the value gap (the difference between what your business is...(continue reading)

Happy New Year… You Can Make It Happen

December 23, 2015

by Mark Paggioli

It’s the time of year when we’re able to come up for air, look back on our accomplishments, and look ahead to our goals and aspirations for the new year. In the business world, this means that the holiday season and the advent of 2016 is a rare opportunity for planning, reflection, and honest self-examination. As you consider your...(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 them...(continue reading)

Connecticut Observes Manufacturing Month in October

September 21, 2015

by Linda Colon

Connecticut manufacturers, who make up nearly 10 percent of the state’s overall labor force, will celebrate Manufacturing Month as part of the state’s Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. program, with a variety of presentations and open house events across the state. This is the fourth year that manufacturers throughout the U.S. are opening their doors to the public on...(continue reading)

Lean Processes Can Add to Your Company’s Value, Regardless of Size

August 25, 2015

by Mark Paggioli

Wiremold’s Enterprise Value Increased by 2,467% Using Lean Methodologies As the summer winds down and Connecticut business owners and executives get ready to plan for next year’s growth, it’s time to think about how Lean processes can lead to increased profits, decreased waste, and more capital for growth initiatives. Earlier this summer, CONNSTEP held one of our biggest events...(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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