July 2023


LECP Program: Empowering Manufacturers on the Journey of Continuous Improvement

Impact Washington’s Lean Enterprise Certificate Program (LECP) is an exceptional starting point for any manufacturer seeking to embark on a transformative continuous improvement journey. Developed by the esteemed Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), this program equips participants with essential Lean training and experience, empowering them to become true "Lean Champions" within their company.

Throughout the LECP Program, participating employees gain fluency in the universal language of lean principles. They learn to draw a current state map, analyze existing processes, identify non-value-added activities, and envision a future state map that eradicates unnecessary actions and waste.

The outcomes of this comprehensive training are outstanding. Learn more here

Explore our project work and the program's successful impacts at Wood Stone Corporation here.

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Introducing MATTR+ (MEP-Assisted Technology and Technical Resource Plus)

If your manufacturing operations involve cutting-edge technologies like 3D printing, the internet of things, and more, you understand the unique challenges that come with it. But fear not, we have a solution for you!

Introducing MATTR+  is a specialized service provided by the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). The National Network recognizes the importance of your success and wants to assist you in overcoming any technical issues you may encounter in your product development or manufacturing processes.

MATTR+, offers a direct connection to NIST experts who are well-versed in the intricacies of emerging technologies. Many inquiries have been resolved in just a single hour-long chat, saving you time and effort.

To learn more about MATTR+ or to request assistance, please submit an inquiry via this form

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Embrace Manufacturing Month and MFG Day WA 2023!

We are calling on all manufacturers and industry enthusiasts! It's time to gear up for Manufacturing Month in Washington, a crucial event with immense significance for the manufacturing sector

By 2030, the demand for skilled workers in manufacturing is expected to surge, with a staggering 4 million jobs needing to be filled across America. In Washington State, we have a goal to add 300,000 new manufacturing jobs over the next 10 years. These needs undeniably bring us to the realization that attracting and nurturing the right talent has never been more critical. Manufacturing Month happens every year in October, providing a golden opportunity to spotlight our pivotal industry and its incredible potential for the next generation of workers. It's a unique chance for manufacturers to interact with schools, communities, and aspiring individuals. Learn more about why manufacturing month in matters here

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Nick Wilkes Promotion June 2023

Impact Washington announces the Promotion of Nick Wilkes to Director of Business Development.

Deloit R Wolfe, Jr, President and Center Director for Impact Washington, expressed his excitement about Nick's promotion, stating, "Nick's commitment to our clients, self-assured personality, and dedication to his team and our mission are key factors that have and will continue to make him successful at Impact Washington. We are thrilled with his success, grateful for his support, and look forward to seeing Nick continue to thrive."

As Director of Business Development, Nick assumes responsibility for overseeing all business development activities at Impact Washington. His primary focus will be capturing the voice of manufacturers, understanding their needs, and mentoring and coaching a solid and talented Regional Account Executive team to provide innovative resources, engagement strategies, and service offerings. Read full release here

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Are Your Employees Missing Work Due to Childcare Issues?

The Washington State Department of Commerce, in partnership with the Association of Washington Business and the Department of Children, Youth, and Families, is offering no-cost, professional business consultations, resources, and a broad range of solutions and tools to support employers in becoming family-friendly.

This program strives to reduce the tension between work and family, creating work-life harmony and building a workplace culture that enables employees and businesses to thrive.

Availability of and access to childcare helps people go to work. Still, many working families, parents, and caregivers participating in educational pursuits, job training, apprenticeships, or job-seeking struggle to find care in their community and flexibility within their workplace. Research shows that family-friendly policies and practices are good for business, company culture, employee recruitment and retention, and the company's bottom line. Learn more about the program here

GSP Export Assistance Program

Greater Seattle Partners (GSP) announces the launch of the new Greater Seattle Export Accelerator (GSEA) program.

The program is designed to provide advanced export training, export advising services, and access to international trade opportunities for STEM/R&D-focused small businesses in Snohomish, King and Pierce County.

In partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration and U.S. Commercial Service Seattle, selected companies gain free access to a dedicated expert export advisor, and a public/private export ecosystem that includes local, state, and federal international trade and export service providers.

Participants will receive instruction through six export modules that include assessing finance capabilities, selecting target foreign markets, and addressing supply chain needs. The application deadline is August 15, 2023. To apply, click here 

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Are Your Ready to Export Wednesday Webinars 

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. 

Conferences, Expos and networking - Some places where you'll find the Impact Washington Team 

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Join Our WiM in Washington Chapter for an overnight adventure in Yakima Valley.

Their tour includes four destinations: the sister-owned Kwik Lok Corporation, the educational Yakima Valley Vintners Teaching Winery, the esteemed Borton & Sons Inc., and the awe-inspiring Mighty Tieton.

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity! Hurry and secure your spot before they're gone!

August 11th and12th | Learn More and Register Here

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The 9th annual Seattle Made Week is just around the corner!

Join the Impact Washington team for a weeklong celebration of awesome products made in Seattle and the talented people behind them. This year’s line-up includes:

  • Taste of Seattle Made offers samples from 25 food and beverage manufacturers
  • A Design Jam bringing together manufacturers, designs, students, and community members for an afternoon of brainstorming innovative ideas to utilize cardboard and plastic packaging (materials often thought of as waste) for use in product packaging. 
  • Demos and public tours of Seattle Made manufacturing facilities, pop ups, meet-the-maker events, markets, and more!

Learn more and register for events here

PNAA Golf Tournament

Are you looking for a little summer fun while building some business connections? What better place to do it, than over 18 holes of golf?

Join Impact Washington at PNAA's 3rd Annual Golf Tournament.

August 25th | Auburn Golf Course | Shotgun start is at 1:30pm 
Learn more and register here

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Impact Washington is honored to sponsor of PNDC's Supply Chain Opportunites  Conference.

Through a combination of presentations and roundtable discussions, this Supply Chain Opportunities Conference is designed to help companies develop new knowledge, new contacts, and most importantly, new business. 

  • Meet Northwest Primes and Tier 1 Suppliers
  • Establish New Relationships with Northwest Manufacturers
  • Increase Local Sourcing and Develop Strategic Partnerships
  • Discover Resources to Increase Efficiency and Grow Your Business 

September 20th | Lynnwood Convention Center | 8:30 am-2:30 am 
Learn more and register here 

WIM Washington October Event

WiM Washington Design & Manufacturing Engineering at Starfish Space.

Save the Date: October 18th | More Details to Come

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If you're an active WiM Member and missed any of the workshops or want to revisit a nugget you heard, you now have access to previous workshop recordings and tour highlights.

Recordings available at the WiM Washington Virtual Learning Library

  • Information Technology @Amazon HQ
  • Sales & Marketing @The BoxMaker
  • Operations @Fluke
  • Leadership & Innovation @Sekisui Aerospace
  • Supply Chain Management @Port of Everett

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Leveraging Technology for the Advancement of Aerospace Manufacturing

In Partnership with PNAA Impact Washington is excited to present the Manufacture Forward Conference & Expo, where we will revolutionize the way we approach manufacturing. This event is dedicated to strengthening processes, empowering the workforce, and optimizing the supply chain through the power of technology.

Mark your calendars for this opportunity to network, learn, and collaborate with industry pioneers. Together, let's pave the way towards a future of manufacturing excellence and embrace the transformative power of technology.

The conference is October 11th and the expo is the 11th & 12th.

ShoWare Center, Kent, Washington

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CAMPS Annual Manufacturing Conference

Don't miss this chance to learn about the latest trends, technologies, and ideas in manufacturing, and connect with industry leaders to shape the future of the field.

Save the date: October 25th | More Details to Come

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