Cedar Knolls, NJ – The New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, Inc. (NJMEP), partnering with the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) / the New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) and the Federal Government, recently hosted the first two of four MarketShift conferences. The primary focus of these programs, Destination Innovation™ jumpstart and ExporTech™ Intensive, is to offer innovative solutions to establish and promote businesses within the global marketplace.
Additionally, portions of these programs provided information about assisting Department of Defense (DoD) suppliers in growing their businesses. Options were presented to show the steps they can take to diversify their product offerings and expand their customer base.
The MarketShift program is intended for Presidents and CEO’s; VP’s; Directors of International Sales; Directors of Marketing and Business Development; and others in a leadership role for product development, sales & marketing. Individual conference seats are valued at $5,000 apiece. However, the entire program’s costs are being offset by a MarketShift Scholarship, combined with, NJMEP’s Defense-Contractor Discount. To receive this scholarship, eligible attendees must be part of a New Jersey-based manufacturer and are a First-, Second-, or Third-Tier DoD contractor or supplier.
The application process takes only five minutes to complete — either online or over the telephone.
About the Destination Innovation™ jumpstart and ExporTech™ Programs
The next Destination Innovation™ jumpstart program will take place on July 22nd and 23rd at the County College of Morris, in Randolph, NJ. The seminar is a two-day intensive program aimed at assisting companies looking to diversify their product line and customer base. This event will focus on developing a process for implementing a culture of innovative activity that can be utilized company-wide.
The next ExporTech™ program will take place on September 23rd and 24th at Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands, in Lyndhurst, NJ. This two-day, education and planning process program is designed to help manufacturers diversify their customer base through global sales. This program will provide a unique combination of expert speakers, planning tools, individual coaching, and small group discussions that allow each company to respond to its own unique challenges.
Both conferences run from 8am-4pm and include a complimentary continental breakfast and buffet lunch. For more information, please contact the Product Information Desk, 973- 998-9805 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Detailed here are comments by participants who attended the most recent programs:
Reactions to the Destination Innovation™ jumpstart program:
“I strongly recommend Destination Innovation™ jumpstart to any size company, regardless of where their business is in the lifecycle. It will help you how to understand to systematize the innovation process.”
— Walter M. Geslak, L&A Products, Inc.
“This is actually my first time attending an NJMEP event. I really enjoyed this program because it made me think about things in a way I normally would not have. I also enjoyed the feedback from others, especially those individuals not from my industry. It gave me an opportunity to look at processes differently.”
- George Alexandrakis, General Aviation and Electronics Mfg. Co.
“The program gave me the tools needed to ‘switch gears’ in the way I thought about marketing the services my firm provides. I am now able to take these methods and apply them to various aspects of my business.”
- Lori Riley, Rawco Precision
Reactions to the ExporTech Intensive program:
“The program was very informative, providing information about resources that are available for export initiatives. I learned about direct websites and funding available through the STEP program.”
- Blair Woodring, Custom Alloy, Inc.
“This seminar is beneficial to all New Jersey Manufacturers — especially Small and new manufacturers. Networking with other business leaders and Industry information which was provided is very useful.”
- Babu Metgud, Metcon Aerospace & Defense
“This program is a complete plan for Exporting manufactured goods. They covered everything from finance, regulations, and promotion of your business on an International scale.”
— Mike Smith, Power Magnetics, Inc.
NJMEP is a member of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) network. MEP is a Federal-State-industry partnership that provides small and medium-sized U.S. manufacturers with access to technologies, resources, and industry experts. To learn more about NJMEP visit NJMEP.org.
(NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT’s multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. To learn more about NJII visit NJIT.edu.
NJII is an NJIT corporation that applies the intellectual and technological resources of the state’s science and technology university to challenges identified by industry partners. Through its Innovation Labs (iLabs), NJII brings NJIT expertise to key economic sectors, including healthcare delivery systems, bio-pharmaceutical production, civil infrastructure, defense and homeland security, and financial services. To learn more about NJII visit NJII.com.
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The recent ExporTech™ Intensive Program held at the Enterprise Center of Burlington Community College featured speakers and breakout sessions focusing on developing and expanding New Jersey manufacturers’ businesses into the International Marketplace.