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Grant Opportunity for Start-ups and Scale-ups

Up to $50,000 is available for companies looking to adopt new technologies, develop prototypes or proof of concept, scale-up or other projects that advance manufacturing capabilities. Application period opens February 1. Let us know if your North Country company needs a nonprofit partner. More details and application information is at this link.

 

Overcoming Data Overload Important for Growth

The enormous amount of data provided by just about every aspect of every production process at first seems like a miracle that will solve every manufacturing problem, but quickly becomes overwhelming and tedious and seems like a complete waste of time and energy. There are ways to ensure that the data you get is the data you need. Read about it at this link.

 

Cyber Security Resources Available

We know that cybersecurity is not your highest priority, but the average cost of a data breach for small companies in 2018 was $38,000. Here are some resources to make sure you have safe practices.

 

To evaluate the level of cyber risk to your business, you can use the self-assessment tool at this link.

 

Up to $3,000 is available to manufacturers to have cybersecurity assessments or to implement cybersecurity measures to meet NIST SP-800-171 standards. This funding is only available through March 2019, so reach out now if you are interested. (Email Aviva Gold; gold@citec.org.)

 

If you company is a DoD supplier, additional funding is available to ensure compliance with the NIST SP 800-171 standard by September 30, 2019. This grant can cover up to 90 percent project funding for assessments and implementation to meet the standards. Details at this link.

 

Workforce and Lean Top 2018 Concerns

Finding workers with the right technical skills and adopting lean manufacturing were the top concerns in 2018 for manufacturers in Georgia. We find the North Country challenges are similar. More about the study at this link.

 

New R&D Tax Credit for Life Sciences

New York State has a new refundable tax credit available to businesses in life science industries including biotechnology, biomedical engineering, academic medical centers, chemistry technology, genomics, image analysis, medical devices, natural product pharmaceuticals proteomics, veterinary science and more. There is only $10 million available statewide, so it is important to make your claim early. If you think your business may be eligible, give us a call and we can help you determine if you qualify. Aviva Gold; 315-268-3778 x23; gold@citec.org

 

Sexual Harassment Policy and Training Now Mandatory in NYS

NYS has passed new laws aimed at combating sexual harassment in the workplace. These laws apply to employers of all sizes, even those with only one employee.

 

By October 9 every employer in the state must have a written sexual harassment prevention policy in place. The DoL is in the process of finalizing a model policy that companies can use, or they can write their own, more comprehensive, policy if they choose.

Employers are also required to provide interactive sexual harassment prevention training to all employees on an annual basis, to be completed by January 1, 2019.

 

The details of the requirements are still being ironed out, but as soon as they are finalized, CITEC will be able to help you ensure your company is compliant.

 

Contact Steve Lockwood: lockwood@citec.org or 315-777-0556 or

Sharon Van Auken: vanuaken@citec.or or 518-907-4481

 

 

About CITEC

CITEC is a not-for-profit business consulting organization driven by a mission to help the small- and medium-sized enterprises in northern New York to thrive. The depth of our consulting team's expertise and an unbeatable nationwide network of resources will deliver the impacts your business needs to grow strategically, improve profitability, and create the competitive advantages you need.

We have proven results. Our clients are surveyed by an independent third party upon project completion and have reported amazing impacts to their businesses because of our assistance. On average, working with CITEC provides a return of $71 for every $1 of project cost.

 

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