Thanks to all who made our Networking Event a Success!

One hundred and forty people attended our joint networking event at the Dark Horse Distillery in Lenexa.  We couldn’t have pulled this off without the support of our participating organizations:

APICS
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)
American Society for Quality (ASQ)

Also a great big thanks to our sponsors!
Premier Drink Sponsor: Spencer Fane
Supporting sponsors:  MWV, Kelly Services, Barr-Thorpe Electric and A&E Custom Manufacturing

Also thanks to Brian McCarthy (IIE), Deneen Slack (SME) and Andy Zawisza (APICS/KCMN) for giving up most of their evening to help with check-ins, and for all who led our networking discussions!

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Networking – Strategy and Value for Manufacturers

KCMN September Panel Discussion
Alphapointe – Please note the location change!
KCMN’s annual networking event is always a big draw, but networking doesn’t have to be that event you attend once a year.  With social media, cocktail hours, breakfast meetings, and special events, how does a manufacturer find time to get it all done?  Join our panelists at Alphapointe on September 9 to learn how to build and utilize your network for business growth, and for the benefit of your manufacturing career.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
7:30 – 9:00 AM, tours available at 9:00 AM
Alphapointe 7501 Prospect  Kansas City, MO

David Cacioppo, President/CEO, emfluence   David will be our panel moderator, and will share his one-to-one marketing philosophy built on three guiding principles: Track. Measure. Improve. David was the recipient of the 2014 Direct Marketer of the Year Award from the Kansas City Direct Marketing Association and is currently the President of the Entrepreneurial Exchange, a Board Member of Children International and is a past Board member of the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program, The American Advertising Federation of Kansas City and the Kansas City Direct Marketing Association.
Dave Coughlin, Operations Consultant, Heatron  Dave will share how to build a professional network, some do’s and don’ts, and include an approach to grow and build your network into professional relationships.
Brad Carl, Vice President and COO, Columbia Burlap & Bag Co. - The impact Social Media has on networking, the misperceptions, and how your company could be using it to connect with others and stay in touch with your market.
Chris Klope, Chief Operations Officer, Mobile Hydraulic Equipment Co., LLC   Chris will discuss his perspective on networking as “the new guy in town” and contrast his experience in KC with St. Louis – a very clique-ish metro area that has failed to innovate and grow. He’ll share how he makes time for networking, and how to make a business case for building your network.

Cost is $15 for members and $25 for guests. Guests may attend 2 meetings before having to join as a member. Space is limited, so sign up no later than September5 BY CLICKING HERE  contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958, or donna@kcmn.org 

Due to hotel conflicts, thanks to Alphapointe for hosting our meeting! Tours are available for anyone who can stay following our meeting
About Alphapointe
www.alphapointe.org and www.alphapointeonline.com
Alphapointe is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that has continued to serve people who are blind and visually impaired in the Kansas City, Missouri community and surrounding region since 1911. Alphapointe is the largest single employer of visually impaired individuals in Missouri, employing 200 + people locally, approximately 115 of which are blind or visually impaired, and is the only comprehensive rehabilitation and education agency for persons with vision loss in the state of Missouri, serving over 5,000 individuals annually.  Alphapointe is ISO-9001:2008 Certified, cGMP compliant.

Our Panelists:
Columbia Burlap & Bag Company began in the early 1950`s by buying and selling used burlap bags. Today, we have locations in North Kansas City, MO Dallas, TX as we continue to build on a 60-year commitment to quality products and customer satisfaction.  Products include burlap bags, rolls, sheets and other burlap products, woven polypropylene products including sand bags and bulk bags and a complete line of wire baskets for the tree growing industry  Columbia`s customers include tree growers, custom tree diggers, nurseries, garden centers and landscape companies and any business or person who needs a bag.

Mobile Hydraulic Equipment Co - HIPPO Multipower began in the 1970s as a hydraulic service company.  The company developed more efficient hydraulic circuits and began the manufacture of Multipower (hydraulic, electric, pneumatic and welding) generators for the US Military.  Following the award of a program of record by the US Army the company transitioned the same technology into the work/service truck industry, railroad maintenance-of-way equipment and most recently co-developed a program with Polaris building the first SUV with a Multipower unit for the commercial agriculture, railroad, energy exploration, and maintenance vehicle industries.

Heatron is an ISO 9001:2008 registered company serving two core business units: Custom Heating Elements (thermal management and heating element design and solutions) and LED Integration (design and manufacture of LED light engine components and full LED light engines). Heatron focuses on building long term relationships with our clients. We are committed to the highest industry standards and remain dedicated to the continuous improvement of thermal management and LED lighting design, manufacturing and assembly solutions.

emfluence is a full service digital marketing agency focused on conversions. We convert strangers into prospects, prospects into customers, and customers into evangelists. Part internet technology specialists, part marketing strategists, emfluence is solely focused on helping you grow your business online with less hassle and increasingly better results. Our integrated approach allows us to offer affordable, impactful solutions in local, national and international markets.

Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center and Missouri Enterprise, are our NIST Network Affiliate Sponsors.