The biggest event of the year for manufacturers is right around the corner! [M]Power Manufacturing Assembly, the ultimate gathering of Northeast Ohio manufacturers, will take place on September 30th at the John S. Knight Center in Akron. This event is presented jointly by MAGNET and Crain’s Cleveland, and will address the biggest challenges facing manufacturers today. [M]Power is a valuable resource to any company seeking to increase competitiveness in today’s manufacturing world. The event will explore topics including digital marketing strategy, workforce development, ideation strategy, and best practices. There will be speakers such as Ramzi Hermiz, President and CEO of Shiloh Industries, sharing valuable expertise and insight into the manufacturing industry. In addition, breakout sessions will be offered throughout the day, engaging participants in the topics dominating today’s manufacturing landscape. Beyond speakers and sessions, [M]Power is an invaluable networking opportunity. Meet established Northeast Ohio manufacturers and just-emerging entrepreneurs; reconnect with old business colleagues and meet new ones. [M]Power is the largest manufacturing gathering of the year- take advantage of this opportunity to strengthen and widen your business network. Join us on September 30th for a phenomenal day of speakers, networking, and breakout sessions! For registration and a detailed schedule, click
It’s important to recognize your clients’ hard work and thank them for their trust, collaboration, and efforts. It’s vital that customers know that you do value their business with you and that you also value them as a company. Client appreciation nights are the perfect opportunity to develop strong and long-lasting relationships that benefit both parties. It is also an opportunity for similar industries to meet one another and network. When done well, a client appreciation event will increase referrals and keep customers loyal. Last week, Fathom Digital Marketing held a Client Appreciation Night right here at MAGNET. What better place to bring manufacturers together than MAGNET? From their team to their customers, getting to know new faces is what growing business is all about. Attendees started the evening with quick introductions, a few drinks and some tasty appetizers catered by Edwin’s of Shaker Square. This gave everyone a chance to meet new people and get acquainted. Next, we took a tour through MAGNET where we discussed the different industries present and the challenges they face (many of which we have helped solve before). After a great conversation, we headed back downstairs for more drinks and hors d'oeuvres. We then
The Incubator at MAGNET (the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network) announced today that registration is still open and tickets are still available for the first annual ProtoTech pitch competition and event, taking place Tuesday, October 21 at the Ariel International Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Those interested can register here. ProtoTech is an exciting pitch competition and networking event focusing on Northeast Ohio’s most promising startups whose technology is embedded in a physical product or process. Those who attend will see the contest’s six start-up finalists pitch their product innovations, ranging from safer real-time x-ray imaging to robotic roofing machines. Audience members will use Turning Technologies’ audience response technology to vote along with a panel of judges for the top presentations. The top teams will receive a multiplier for their funds raised during the competition and over half of every ticket purchased will benefit the multiplier prize pool. During the event’s intermission, there will be a guided discussion on the risks and rewards of product entrepreneurship between three local successful entrepreneurial founders: Blake Squires, CEO of Movable; David Levine, president of Wireless Environment, LLC; and Pete Mitchell, co-founder of Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream. There will also be prime networking opportunities for those
This summer, product-focused technology start-up companies in Northeast Ohio will have the opportunity to raise and receive funds toward bringing their ideas to reality in a new pitch competition presented by the Incubator at MAGNET (The Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network). The competition is called "ProtoTech." Beginning in late July, the Incubator at MAGNET will start accepting applications from start-up companies whose technology is based on developing a new product or process. Six applicants will then be selected to develop their product pitch and be provided with resources such as an online team page and social media tools to raise funds for their product. On September 18, the six finalists will present pitches for their products to a live audience and a panel of judges who will rate the finalists on each product’s feasibility and investability as well as the quality of their pitch. Each of the six teams will keep all the funds they raise for their product with the top three teams earning a matching multiplier of funds for the amount they raised. To support the commercialization of innovative new technology driven products into the marketplace, NASA Glenn Research Center is partnering with MAGNET and providing $15,000 to help launch this new event
On Wednesday, March 9, more than 50 manufacturers joined representatives of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber and the office of Sen. Capri Cafaro in welcoming MAGNET to its new office located on the third floor of the Regional Chamber building in downtown Warren. The event earned positive coverage in the region’s two biggest newspapers: MAGNET office opens, by Kristen Russo, Youngstown Vindicator, March 10, 2011 Youngstown, Ohio—The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber sponsored Wednesday’s reception, which was scheduled to celebrate MAGNET’s new office inside the chamber’s Warren location at 197 W. Market St. MAGNET sets up shop in Warren, by Larry Ringler, Warren Tribune-Chronicle, March 10, 2011 Warren, Ohio—Mayor Michael O’Brien is counting on business consulting agency MAGNET to live up to its name at its new downtown Warren office. "Having them in Warren will be a drawing card for manufacturing in Trumbull County because they’re just five minutes away. It’s a huge asset."