May 2023

Workforce Guide

The Manufacturers’ Guide to Finding and Retaining Talent

Are you experiencing significant workforce disruptionsOur Guide to Finding and Retaining Talent outline steps to help you improve and enhance your employee recruitment, retention, and engagement. We look at the following areas:

  • Workforce strategy
  • Attracting and retaining talent 
  • Training and development 
  • Workplace culture

Download Your Copy of the Guide Here - hard copies available just contact us here

Technology 4

Manufacturers’ Guide to Industry 4.0 Technologies

Why don’t small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) adopt new technologies more quickly? Studies have uncovered many reasons, but most boil down to a simple barrier: the lack of time.

Our Guide to Industry 4.0 Technologies is for SMMs that don’t have time to sort through overwhelming amounts of information. We hope to answer some of your questions and concerns, so you can begin adopting technologies that make sense for your company.

This guide includes unbiased information about technologies that are helping other SMMs. You’ll learn how to assess technologies to determine if they’re a good fit for your business. 

Download Your Copy of the Guide Here - hard copies available just contact us here

New Board Members 2023

Impact Washington Announces Three New Board Members

New members will enhance the board's focus on the needs of manufacturers around the state.

"We're excited to expand our board with three new members who will bring diverse expertise and insight into manufacturing," said Deloit R Wolfe, JR., President, and Center Director of Impact Washington – NIST MEP. "We have worked diligently to ensure Impact Washington's board and leadership represents a variety of experts from a various  manufacturing industries, higher education, state leadership, and advocacy groups, and the newest board members are no exception."

The new board members began their three-year terms with Impact Washington effective April 27, 2023, and can serve a maximum of two terms. The three new board members are:

  • Scott Reader, General Manager/Owner, Rainier Woodworking Company
  • Tommy Gantz, Director of Business Development, TLG Aerospace
  • Wendy Flick, Chief Compliance Officer, Heritage Distilling Co.

Click here to learn more about the Impact Washington board and read member bios. 

Phising Blog

The Power of Phishing-Resistance Authenticators: Safeguarding Sensitive Data from Impersonation Attacks. 

If you're like us, you've probably heard about the alarming rise in phishing attacks targeting our personal information. It seems like no matter where we turn—whether it's our computer, the news, or our online activities—the term "phishing" keeps popping up, always in a negative context. Maybe someone in your organization has fallen victim to one of these malicious attempts.

We want to shed light on the world of phishing and emphasize the importance of adopting phishing-resistant authenticators to keep our sensitive data out of the wrong hands. Learn more here

MFG Day 500 x 200

As part of our commitment to promoting the industry, we strongly support Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) and urge local manufacturers to get involved in this critical initiative. We encouraged manufacturers to open their doors to students and the community, allowing them to learn about modern manufacturing practices and the many exciting career opportunities in the industry. 

We are committed to working with local manufacturers, industry partners, and educational institutions to build a strong and vibrant manufacturing workforce for the future.

Learn more about Manufacturing Day/Month Here

I 90 Conference 1

More than 200 aerospace supply chain leaders convene each year in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, for the I-90 Aerospace Corridor Conference & Expo produced by INWAC.

In 2023, they are introducing a “Smart Manufacturing Demonstration Zone” sponsored by Impact Washington - NIST MEP and TechHelp - Idaho Manufacturing Specialists. The zone will include a select number of companies demonstrating how their machines, tools, and software can be game changers in production efficiency, cost savings, and innovation.

May 30th - 31st | Coeur d’Alene Resort

Learn More and Register Here

Cybersecurity Framework Webinar

Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information: What’s New in Draft SP 800-171, Revision 3 | Webinar

NIST is hosting a virtual webinar to overview the significant changes in NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-171, Revision 3, Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Systems and Organizations. Space is limited.

This revision to NIST SP 800-171 represents over one year of data collection, technical analyses, customer interaction, redesign, and development of the security requirements and supporting information to protect Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). Draft SP 800-171, Revision 3 is available for public comment through July 14, 2023. See the publication details for a draft copy, additional resources, and comment submission instructions.
During this webinar, NIST will:

  • Provide an overview of the significant changes in Draft SP 800-171, Revision 3
  • Describe the design principles and rationale behind the significant changes.
  • Identify areas where NIST seeks additional and specific input.
  • Share information about how to engage and provide feedback.
  • Take live audience Q&A 

June 6 | 10:00-11:00 AM

Learn More and Register Here 

WiM Workshop June

Women in Manufacturing - Washington Chapter

Join Impact Washington at next month's WiM Washington Chapter private tour of the Terex facility, a global manufacturer of processing machinery and aerial work platforms. This tour will allow participants to see how the industrial lifts many of us see and use daily are built. Hear from an expert panel during our Manufacturing Fundamentals Workshop on how and why Quality and Inventory processes are crucial for a successful business. 

June 8th | 1:00 - 3:00 PM | Redmond

Learn More and Register Here

FSPCA Animal Food Event June

FSPCA Animal Food Preventive Controls Qualified Individuals (PCQI)

Learn how to write and update an animal food safety plan. This is the standardized curriculum recognized by the US Food and Drug Administration for training individuals to be qualified to oversee the safe manufacture of animal food (PCQI). The course is a prerequisite for inspectors conducting FDA CGMP inspections.

The reduced workshop registration fee is $300/person subsidized by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) Animal Feed Department

June 14th and 15th | Thurston County EDC

Learn More and Register Here 

MAC   500 x 200

NW TechBridge – DON SBIR Program Briefing: Engagement, Experimentation and Transition

The NWTB will be hosting an in depth presentation about the DON SBIR/STTR program led by key program leaders. In webinar format, you will hear presentations about the Program, SBIR transition and Phase II Experimentation opportunities. Expect to hear about how you can get help and funding from the DON for conducting an experiment with and transitioning your Phase II SBIR technologies

June 8th | Online | Learn More and Register Here

Business of Innovation in Defense (BID) – Marketing, Accounting, and Commercialization

PNW MAC is launching its first seminar program, Business of Innovation in Defense (BID). This multi-part seminar series will explore the complex DoD marketplace and how to approach and navigate it as a company with cutting edge innovation.

June 20th | Online | Learn More and Register Here

Impact Washington and Center for Advanced Manufacturing Puget Sound (CAMPS) Lunch and Learn

June 21st | Register Here 

June 21 Event Flyer

Web Slide summerfest

Join Impact Washington at PNAA's Summerfest, a yearly networking event.

Summerfest follows the multi-year success of Oktoberfest & Springfest and is part of PNAA’s quarterly networking series. We're sure you'll enjoy networking and have summer fun with aerospace leaders from around the Pacific Northwest. 

June 22nd | 4:00 - 7:00 pm | Everett Community College Aviation Maintenance Technician School across from Paine Field Airport.

Learn More and Register Here

SBA Webinars 500 &times

Impact Washington would like to invite partners and clients to attend local webinars presented by members of the Washington Export Outreach Team (WEOT). This collaborative team of local, state, regional, and federal export assistance agencies provides businesses with the tools and resources to sell internationally. 

Wednesday Webinars with SBA Seattle is an ongoing series of free, virtual, webinars covering a variety of topics to benefit small business owners.

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