Manufacturing Skills Gap: Self Inflicted Or Not?

I regularly  interview our staff of lead development representatives who spend their days on the phone with the people on the front lines of manufacturing and this is what they hear over and over again: supply chain managers have to buy cheaper products overseas. They wish they could buy American, but the cost-reduction pressures on the US supply chain force companies to purchase manufactured goods overseas even though American manufacturing quality is still the best.  

So, it got me really thinking about how this relates to the skills gap we all keep reading about  all over the news.  Go to any publication, industry news, business insider and they all say the same thing, "The US has a major problem with skilled workers to fill the ever-growing number of jobs in manufacturing." They blame education, manufacturing automation, a global supply chain, and the politics of the time. They're all right, but my question is, "What came first: the skills gap or the government policies"

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6 Ways to Navigate Small Business Labor Pains

Running a small business is like giving birth - except the labor pains never go away.

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Happy Belated Small Business Week!

There's a lot to celebrate in May. One of my favorite celebrations is National Small Business Week, May 4-8. To honor small businesses on this week, the U.S. Small Business Administration offers webinars, timely articles and other resources for the small business. According to the SBA, "more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year." That's a big deal and it got me thinking.

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3 Reasons You Should Be Watching MargeTV Right Now!

Acadia CEO Margery Murphy has ventured into show business! That’s right – Margery is the featured player of Margery Murphy Television, aka Marge TV, aka Mtv. Why should you spend your precious screen time watching Marge TV, a production of Acadia Lead Management Services? Are these timely topics reason enough?

  • Episode 1: Are you crazy enough to own a small business?
  • Episode 2: A day in the life (of a small business owner)
  • Episode 3: Maintaining your balance
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