Webinar-01: PPE Regulatory Requirements for Re-Tooling: Regulatory Issues

 
Webinar-01: PPE Regulatory Requirements for Re-Tooling: Regulatory Issues

 
 
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Thank you for attending either the May 12 or May 21 NCMEP webinar titled, “PPE Regulatory Requirements for Re-Tooling: Regulatory Issues”.
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E-09: Business North Carolina

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E-09: North Carolina Business in the Era of COVID-19

In this uncertain time, Ben Kinney from Business North Carolina helps shed light on the current business climate in North Carolina.

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Business North Carolina
According to North Carolina’s Small Business and Technology Development Center, there are 179,773 employer businesses in North Carolina. 98.1% of them are small businesses. As of March 24, 2020, many of those businesses were deemed “non-essential” and had to temporarily close to limit the spread of COVID-19. This has resulted in mass layoffs and some businesses are facing the threat of having to permanently close their doors.
For this interview, I sat down with Ben Kinney. Kinney has been a publisher at Business North Carolina (BNC) since 2003 and started his career in advertising sales working for The News & Observer. He is a 1992 graduate of North Carolina State University with a BA in History. Kinney is also the publisher of Southpark Magazine.
BNC is the largest business industry magazine in North Carolina. Located in Charlotte, the magazine has provided relevant business news to North Carolinians for over 35 years. BNC partners with NCMEP every year to help host the annual manufacturing convention, mfgCON. Over the last several weeks, BNC has been reporting on the effects the pandemic is having on North Carolina businesses.
On this episode of Clocking In, we discuss the current manufacturing climate, how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting business, how the small business loan included in the government stimulus package can help NC businesses and more.
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Business North Carolina
ABOUT
Phil Mintz
Phil Mintz is the Executive Director of NC State Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) and Director of the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP). At NCMEP, Phil drives outreach to NC manufacturers, builds relationships with federal and state leaders and coordinates efforts to drive profitable manufacturing growth in the state. He also leads the broader IES Extension Operations outreach unit of regional managers, technical specialists and business development leaders providing business engagement, assessment and improvement tools. This includes statewide peer networks, ISO 9000 quality management systems, Six Sigma, Lean manufacturing, environmental services, and health and safety solutions.
Ben Kinney
Ben Kinney has been a publisher at Business North Carolina since 2003 and has worked for The News & Observer and South Park Magazine. He graduated from North Carolina State University in 1992 with a BA in History.
 
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PRODUCTION TEAM
Talent/Host: Phil Mintz
Executive Producer: Teresa Bradford
Producer: Shelby Kimes
Sound/Audio Engineer and Editor: Mike Reep
Graphic Designer: Casey Hembrick

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NCMEP Administrator helping fight the COVID-19 virus

In mid-March, NC State’s Phil Mintz received a request from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) asking for “volunteers who can donate and provide and/or produce within two weeks large-scale quantities of critical supplies to help the nation respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.” Since then, his phone hasn’t stopped ringing.
Read the full article here.

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E-08: 2 Hounds Design

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E-08: Fetching Designs

A small start-up that began in the home of Alisha Navarro, transforms into one of the most respected dog accessory manufacturers in the pet industry.
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2 Hounds Design
There are almost 90 million dogs currently owned in the US. As dogs have become a more integral part of American life, their owners have sought more quality and variety in their little friend’s accessories. Our next Clocking In guest invested just $500 dollars into starting a company that could supply this new demand.
I had the pleasure of interviewing founder and president of 2 Hounds Designs, Alisha Navarro and several members of her organization’s workforce. Alisha founded the company in 2003. She was tired of looking at the same four walls at her white collar job and started sewing dog collars part-time. As she saw increased demand for her products, she was able to quit her job and focus on 2 Hounds Design full time.
The organization is located in Indian Trail, North Carolina, a small suburban town located 30 minutes south of Charlotte, North Carolina. 2 Dogs Designs’ no-pull harnesses have been rated as one of the best by professional dog trainers. The company has been mentioned in prestigious magazines such as New York Magazine and Business Insider, as well as pet industry networks.
On this episode of Clocking In, we discuss the founding of 2 Hounds Designs, trends within the pet industry, the growth of 2 Hounds Designs workforce, what’s in 2 Hounds Design’s future and more.
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NCMEP
2 Hounds Designs
ABOUT
Phil Mintz
Phil Mintz is the Executive Director of NC State Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) and Director of the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP). At NCMEP, Phil drives outreach to NC manufacturers, builds relationships with federal and state leaders and coordinates efforts to drive profitable manufacturing growth in the state. He also leads the broader IES Extension Operations outreach unit of regional managers, technical specialists and business development leaders providing business engagement, assessment and improvement tools. This includes statewide peer networks, ISO 9000 quality management systems, Six Sigma, Lean manufacturing, environmental services, and health and safety solutions.
Alisha Navarro
Alisha Navarro is the founder and president of 2 Hounds Designs in Indian Trail, North Carolina. She graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne College in 2001 where she double majored in physics and mathematics. She went on to Appalachian State where she earned her masters in physics in 2003. Alisha was named Woman of the Year in the Corporate Category by the Women in the Pet Industry Network.
 

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PRODUCTION TEAM
Talent/Host: Phil Mintz
Executive Producer: Teresa Bradford
Producer: Shelby Kimes
Sound/Audio Engineer and Editor: Mike Reep
Graphic Designer: Casey Hembrick

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Leveraging the Benefits of ISO 9001 Certification and a Strong Partnership

Building lasting professional relationships, as an organization, can contribute greatly to its success. Especially when the relationship has the potential to help improve how the organization operates. When French-owned, North Carolina manufacturer MEMSCAP found themselves in a situation where they needed to renew their ISO 9001 certification, they called on a familiar organization for support.
MEMSCAP, a Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) manufacturer, provides the aerospace/defense, optical communications, medical and biomedical and IT/consumer industries with custom solutions based on MEMS. They couldn’t let their ISO 9001 certification lapse. Doing so could have given their direct competitors an advantage and they couldn’t afford a situation where their competitors were ISO certified and they were not.
When MEMSCAP’s quality management specialist suddenly left the company, they had to think outside the box. Christine Schmid, site manager at the North Carolina MEMSCAP manufacturing facility, knew action had to be taken quickly. Schmid said, “We had to change our way of thinking and that quality should be a company commitment and not a one-person job.” That’s when Schmid reached out to NCMEP partner, Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) for assistance.
Schmid says she reached out to IES because of the long-running history between the two organizations dating back over 10 years. “Several years ago, IES was recommended to us by our banker. Our local IES regional manager helped us look for a new location to move to. Ultimately, we didn’t move but the regional manager at IES was beyond helpful and we’ve stayed connected,” says Schmid.
“The stakes were high and we understood a simple lapse could have impacted our business’s profitability, among other things,” added Schmid.
Within a nine-month period, IES improvement specialists trained all members within the organization on the concepts and practices of quality control and how to implement quality management systems in time to renew their ISO 9001 certificate. “They trained us to understand what we needed to do every day, every month, every year in order for us to constantly improve standard operating procedures and managerial systems,” said Schmid. “The recertification became a way to ensure we’re always improving. Our employees also have a greater sense of pride, knowing they work in an ISO certified company.”
As a direct result of IES’ on-site quality training, MEMSCAP has seen approximately $1.15M in total economic impact—$500,000 dollars in retained sales, a $100,000 increase in sales and $250,000 in cost savings.
MEMSCAP continues to work with IES. An IES improvement specialist has been on site three to four times to conduct the internal audits. “Each time the improvement specialist comes, we learn something new. We use their feedback to implement root cause analysis which helps pinpoint exact problems in operations or defects in products. We go back to the source and fix any problems so they won’t happen again,” said Schmid. MEMSCAP hasn’t hired someone to fill the vacant quality management specialist position and doesn’t intend to anytime soon. Schmid said, “The reason? Quality is now everyone’s responsibility.”

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