The business organization for midwest manufacturers.
About the Midwest Manufacturing Business Council
Our Mission We are a non-profit organization centered on providing continuing support to small and mid-sized Midwest manufacturers, aligning front-of-the-house operations with back-of-the-house production. Our goal is to help manufacturers in developing efficient, effective, and competitive manufacturing business operations in a global environment.
Our Regional Focus
Centered solely on manufacturing business education and networking, the coalition brings together C-level manufacturing executives across the Midwest, including North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas,Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin,Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. Our offices are located centrally in the Quad Cities, in Davenport, Iowa.
The Midwest Manufacturing Business Council also works with other manufacturing organizations including regional state MEPs, Innovation Hubs, Universities, and Co-Labs to bring together resources for funding, innovation, R&D, production operations, and technical development, to help manufacturers advance their competitiveness.
Our Organizational Goals
Become the Midwest’s premier manufacturing business coalition for small and mid-size manufacturers
Become a catalyst for a paradigm shift in the business of manufacturing
Help small and mid-size manufacturers to think and act progressively, both regionally & globally
Create and provide actionable, educational programs to improve manufacturing strategic business operations and competitiveness
Help establish the Midwest region as the center of manufacturing best practices and knowledge
Help move those manufacturers that are simply “surviving” to “thriving”
Our program and service focus is on business and operational topics that modernize and align the “front-of-the-house” and “back-of-the-house” operations, including:
Human Resource Management
Business Development & Sales
Marketing Strategy, Branding, and Differentiation
IT and Data Management
Leadership, Management, Culture
Finance and Key Performance Indicators
Customer Service, Client and Customer Diversification
Council Programs & Services
The council is built by our members, and we develop our programs and services around the current and future needs of our members. Programs are continually expanded and refined to meet the time-sensitive demands of fast-paced manufacturers.
Our webinar program provides the ability to attend educational sessions remotely, without having to spend time away from the factory floor. Webinars occur monthly, and will highlight a new topic or process within manufacturing business operations, providing you insights to new ways to improve competitiveness. Webinars run 30 minutes in length, with an additional 5 minutes for Q&A. Our webinar program is designed to spin busy manufacturing executives up on key topics in a short amount of time.
Our Micro-Seminars go more in-depth, providing a 1-1/2 hour overview of a strategic business topic, including leadership, strategy development, competitive analysis, financial planning, and more. Each micro-seminar is conducted on-site in the Quad Cities at one of our University partner locations. Participants of micro-seminars will receive a certificate of completion and will receive copies of all course materials.
Specialized Training Programs (On-site or Off-site)
If your organization has a unique and specific challenge, the council can develop a customized training program to meet your needs. Our network of industry veterans and experts can develop a custom curriculum to address your front-of-the-house operational, sales, marketing, leadership, finance, or service challenges. Each specialized training program is developed upon request.
eNewsletter & eMagazine
Our monthly newsletter, "Front-Of-The-House", highlights curated and custom-developed articles on best practices, case studies, interviews, and educational articles on how to reduce costs, optimize processes, and be more competitive. All members of the coalition will receive a copy of the eNewsletter each month. We are underway with developing an eMagazine, which will be in PDF format and will be available for download and print. Advertising opportunities are available for both our eNewsletter and our eMagazine.
Partner Events with Regional Organizations
We periodically partner with regional MEPs, Innovation Hubs, Universities, and Co-Labs to develop custom programs and events for our membership. One of our charter partners, St.Louis Makes, will be rolling out a series of events that the coalition will be a premier partner. All partner events are listed in our events section below.
The Midwest Manufacturing Business Council works with local and regional government entities to address major manufacturing needs, including issues of zoning, tax credits, incentives, and policies. We partner with key organizations including NIST to advocate for our members needs.
MMBC Annual Conference - COMING FALL 2018!
The Midwest Manufacturing Business Conference is a 2-day regional event, designed to address the current and future business challenges of today's mid-market manufacturers.
Built directly from manufacturer input, the conference is a concentrated series of sessions and interactive panels, designed to deliver immediate, actionable solutions to today’s challenges and future needs. Attendees will benefit from receiving real-world insights from field-tested manufacturing leaders and professionals, to improve business operations, competitiveness, market reach and strategic advantage today.
OCTOBER EVENT - BLOOD DRIVE SEEKING SPONSORS!
Join our mission by helping give back to the community! We are looking for sponsors for the Mississippi Valley Blood Center Blood Drive in October. The Blood Center will provide all of the necessary materials - including a mobile unit to your location! To coordinate a blood drive for October, please contact Burl Randolph, Jr. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOVEMBER EVENT - SPEED NETWORKING LOCATION AND TIME TBD
The Midwest Manufacturing Business Council will be holding our bi-annual Speed Networking event coming up in November 2017. Registration for this event is FREE to Council members. More information to come. Please contact Andrea Olson at email@example.com or at 319-321-7396 with any questions about the event.
DECEMBER EVENT - LEADERSHIP ROUNDTABLE LOCATION AND TIME TBD
We have had some great feedback from our kickoff roundtable, and we are excited to schedule our next roundtable meeting for December. We would like your input on a topic focus, date, and location. Our goal is to center our next roundtable on taking a deep dive into an industry challenge and discuss/develop actionable solutions. Please contact Andrea Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org to remit feedback.
Our Leadership Team
Andrea Olson is a national speaker, author, blogger and CEO of Prag'madik, a customer-facing operational strategy consultancy, helping manufacturers streamline their FOH operations.
Col. Burl Randolph, Jr. (ret), is the CEO of My Wingman, LLC., a strategic leadership and management consulting firm, helping organizational leaders advance their businesses through effective planning.
Col. Burl Randolph, Jr.
Curtis Crosier is the CEO of Intuitive CFO, an interim CFO firm dedicated to helping manufacturers manage their finances more effectively.
Linda Baxley is the Director of ATEEC, the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center, dedicated to working with organizations to advance human health, safety, and sustainability.
Vic Almgren is the President of Moline Forge, and a leader in change management. He holds an MBA in finance and strategy from the Kellogg School of Management.
Mike Baxley is the President of Best Cob, LLC., a corn cob processing facility. He a turnaround specialist, and has led the growth of multiple mid-market manufacturers across the midwest.
Our Sponsors & Contributors
Join the Council
Council Membership Fees We offer a flat fee of $600 per person per year, or $400 per person for Companies of 10 employees or more. Membership provides free access to all programs and services, with the exception of Specialized Training Programs.
We provide continuing support to small and mid-sized Midwest manufacturers, aligning front-of-the-house operations with back-of-the-house production. This results in developing efficient, effective, and competitive manufacturing business operations in a global environment.