CONNSTEP Offers Post-Pandemic Business Assessments for Connecticut Manufacturers

July 29, 2020

by Connstep Team

(Hartford, CT, July 29, 2020) – CONNSTEP, Inc., a member of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), announced today that for a limited time it is providing a series of business enhancement assessments free of charge to those Connecticut-based manufacturers who were negatively affected by COVID-19.

As the state emerges from the coronavirus pandemic, many manufacturers are taking a fresh look at their business plans. While they are implementing new safety protocols for their operations, several are facing a new competitive landscape given current economic conditions.

In an effort to give them a head start, CONNSTEP has created a series of assessments for manufacturers that will analyze capacity capabilities, workforce utilization, technology applications, human resource systems, cybersecurity readiness, and strategic business planning.

Each of these assessments offer the benefit of an independent, experienced evaluation resulting in a roadmap that can be applied to specific areas of a business that may need strengthening, reinforcement, or an entire changeover. Assessments may be completed remotely or in-person with proper safety precautions.

Business owners and leaders have steered their companies through this rocky economic period and are preparing for what is being called the new normal. The right assessment can help guide their business forward.

For more information about these assessments, contact CONNSTEP at 1.800.266.6672 or by email at



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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

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Ron Delfini

President, Engineering Specialties Inc.

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Manager, Fuel Cell Energy

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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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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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