Tech After Hours

by Charleen Beiter, Tech After Hours Adult Education Manager As an adult education initiative of Erie’s Public Schools, Tech After Hours is an innovative program that seeks to expand the successful career training programs at Erie High School by making…

Engage and Equip Your Team = Improvement Kata

Beating the competition, exceeding customer expectations, and growing profitably isn’t easy. Add to the mix – increasing customer demand, pricing and delivery pressures, and the need to continually improve. Getting to where you want to be just got more challenging.…

PTAC- Bringing a Competitive Edge

by Melissa Becker, Government Contracting Specialist, Northwest Commission PTAC The U.S. federal government, as well as state and local governments, purchase billions of dollars of goods and services each year, hundreds of millions of that is from small businesses. This,…

Building Your WEDnet Training Plan?

WEDnet (Workforce & Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania) supports Pennsylvania companies by investing in the training needed to upgrade the skills, knowledge and effectiveness of current employees. WEDnet was recently awarded an increase in grant funding and is now accepting…

Impacting Workplace Practices, Behaviors, and Results

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC The Lean Together® working group from North Central graduates from Alpha Precision Group and St Marys Carbon. Missing from photo are grads from Atlas Pressed Metals and PC Systems. Far left is Bob Zaruta, NWIRC…

Isolation, Involvement, Empowerment, Engagement

By Jean Cunningham, President, Jean Cunningham Consulting What is culture? What is the current state of the culture? I believe in the genius of people and of the people in our workforce. What is the environment that allows the genius…

NWIRC Welcomes New Team Members

Northwest Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC) has welcomed two new Strategic Business Advisors (SBA) to their team. Lisa Pustelak Lisa Pustelak comes to NWIRC with over 20 years’ experience working with small businesses. She will support manufacturers in Crawford County, Warren…
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