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North Country Rural Funding Forum December 5
Join the SBA and USDA Rural Development for a forum highlighting funding programs, details and deadlines on Wednesday, December 5 in Canton. More details and registration information on this flyer.
Recent headlines aside, the trade relationship between Canada and the US remains strong. Canada is currently our number two trading partner, second to China. But because of the rising price of oil, it will soon become the top US trade partner again. Read more at this link.
Thirty years ago, President Reagan signed the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act to create the foundation of what would become the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP) program, of which CITEC is a part. Since 1988, the MEP National Network has worked with 94,033 manufacturers, leading to $111.3 billion in sales, $18.8 billion in cost savings, and it has helped create and retain 985,317 jobs as reported by clients.
This public-private partnership initially established three regional centers to enhance the productivity and technological performance of US manufacturing. From this modes beginning, the MEP National Network now comprises NIST MEP, 51 NEP Centers located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, and over 1,300 trusted advisors and experts at more than 400 MEP service4 locations. Together this network of professionals provide small and medium-sized US manufacturers ther resources they need to improve operations, chart paths to growth, and improve their competitiveness in the global marketplace.
As substance abuse grows in our community employers are faced with challenges ensuring safety in their wokrplace without crossing legal boundaries. This article provides a legal framework and basic guidelines for communications with personnel who may be substance abusers. The main takeaway is it is best to address the effects the problem have on performance rather than discussing substance abuse.
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: email@example.com or 315-777-0556 or
Sharon Van Auken: firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-907-4481
Cyber Security Funding Available
Up to $3,000 is available to manufacturers to have cyber security assessments or to implement cyber security measures to meet NIST SP-800-171 standards. This funding is only available through December 2018.
The devastating effects of cyber attacks on commercial and classified information networks have prompted industry and government leaders to take steps to implement safeguards not only within their own organizations but throughout their supply chain as well. NIST Special Publication SP 800-171 outlines a minimum set of standards that are now applied to all Department of Defense contractors and are being adopted by other industries such as the automotive industry. Manufacturers operating in commercial supply chains should consider implementing the NIST security requirements as an integral aspect of managing their organizational risks and competitiveness as more and more OESMs focus on cyber security as part of their supplier qualification.
For information on how to apply for the funding, contact Aviva Gold. email@example.com or 315-323-1703.
CITEC Business Solutions has hired John Zielinski to serve as its new executive director. Zielinski's diverse background includes ten years of healthcare operations leadership at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital, and 16 years in manufacturing in finance, business systems, project management and operational excellence. His resume also includes eight years as an entrepreneurial principle in the software/system design and consulting sector.
"John has been in the North Country for over 18 years, and his professional experience, connections, and commitment to the region will be great assets to CITEC moving forward," says Reg Carter, CITEC's outgoing executive director. You can reach John at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-268-3778 beginning September 4.