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Impact Dakota Blog is a blog dedicated to supporting North Dakota’s manufacturing community improve People, Purpose, Processes and Performance. Entries provide information on opportunities, new ideas, quick tips, celebrations of success, and well, frankly, anything to help you become a better manufacturer.

September 8, 2021

How to Scout for Your Next Business Growth OpportunityBusiness growth in manufacturing traditionally has come along two lines: market penetration, growing with the same product; and market diversification, bringing the same product to new markets or new products to the same market. Manufacturers looking to grow their business should not underestimate the benefits of targeted market research. Your local MEP Center can help.

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August 6, 2021

Developing a New Era for Smarter Food SafetyThe World Health Organization estimates that each year, unsafe food causes 600 million cases of foodborne diseases and 420,000 deaths worldwide? A new initiative by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration called “The New Era of Smarter Food Safety” builds on FSMA and incorporates more effective processes and modern techniques. It encourages food manufacturers to establish and internalize the culture of food safety.

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July 28, 2021

Blast from the Past: Why Manufacturers Should Get More Involved in Registered ApprenticeshipsAmerican manufacturing is better served by making a concerted investment in our current workforce, so workers feel valued, appreciated and understand they have a bright future in manufacturing. Just like modern manufacturing has come a long way from the factories of the past, so have modern apprenticeships. Check out this blog to find out four reasons your manufacturing company should take a serious look at registered apprenticeships in 2021 and beyond.

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July 14, 2021

How Smaller Manufacturers Can Take Advantage of Additive ManufacturingAdditive manufacturing is the secret weapon for small to medium-sized manufacturers who create highly customized products and are looking to improve their industrial tooling processes. MEP National Network representative Dave Pierson shares how for shops interested in producing more high-value, low-run parts.

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July 7, 2021

Workplace Development is the New Workforce DevelopmentHow can manufacturers cultivate smart, motivated workers? One answer is to redirect efforts away from workforce development to instead focus on workplace development. In addition to a focus on attraction and recruitment, American manufacturers must also focus on keeping and cultivating the workers they already have.

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June 28, 2021

Commonly Misused Terms in CybersecurityData vs. Information vs. Knowledge. Threat vs. Risk. When it comes to cybersecurity there is still much confusion about even ubiquitous terms. Check out this unofficial list of some commonly misused terms in the field of cybersecurity to understand these key terms and how they are used.

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June 3, 2021

Maintaining Your Online PrivacyOnline privacy is becoming increasingly important as we move closer to a fully internet-connected world. It's important to consider both security and privacy to keep your business's information safe. But how do you maintain online privacy? Here are some tips.

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May 26, 2021

Introducing the MEP Workforce DatabaseIf you want to understand how the #MEPNationalNetwork is approaching workforce development across the 50 States and Puerto Rico, what do you do? The Network has developed the MEP Workforce Database that contains information on what programs MEP Centers are currently offering and what programs Centers would like to offer in the future. Since this database is presently only accessible by MEP Centers, you can contact your local MEP Center to gain some of the insights it contains. #workforcedevelopment

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May 25, 2021

Data Breach Notification Laws: How to Manufacture a Confident ResponseWith the number of reported data breaches steadily increasing every year, they are in the news so frequently that it’s hard to keep them all straight. Data breaches affect all types of organizations – large and small, popular and little known. If your manufacturing company experiences a breach, what will you do? Learn about data breach notification laws, how much time you have to report and how to prepare for a potential breach.

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April 19, 2021

Whether You Build Them or Buy Them – IoT Device Security Concerns Us AllIf you’re a small or medium-sized manufacturer venturing into the IoT waters, it’s helpful to be prepared for the potential cybersecurity pitfalls, whether in the form of implications for organizational risk management when introducing IoT to the environment or considerations for product design and support when entering the marketplace as a product vendor. The NIST Cybersecurity for the Internet of Things program is working to provide the information needed to navigate these potentially turbulent waters.

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