The business organization for midwest manufacturers.
About the Midwest Manufacturing Business Coalition
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 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 Coalition 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 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
Build awareness of Midwest manufacturing initiatives, resources and opportunities
Provide opportunities for specialized education, training and certificate programs through participating colleges and universities
Create and provide actionable, educational programs to improve manufacturing strategic business operations and competitiveness
Connect regional resources, organizations and programs, facilitating communication with targeted manufacturers
Provide education and resources to increase participation in Defense Industry Manufacturing
Help establish the Midwest region as the center of manufacturing best practices and knowledge
Work with other regional manufacturing organizations to increase regional manufacturing growth, economic development and jobs
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
Coalition Programs & Services
The coalition 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 coalition 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 Coalition 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.
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.
JUNE WEBINAR - Friday, June 16th, TIME TBD - "Differentiation in a Commodity Market"
Your organization makes and sells widgets that are considered a "commodity" in the market. You have many competitors that can quickly and easily produce what you offer, and it's a continual struggle to tell the "we're different and better" story, without it becoming dull, non-impactful and mostly worthless. How do you differentiate when you don't have any differences to highlight?
This webinar will cover a variety of methods for addressing ways to effectively differentiate your products and services in a highly competitive and commoditized marketplace. The engaging and interactive session will include actionable takeaways on crafting new differentiators without added overhead, methods for effectively communicating to the marketplace, and increasing your organization’s overall competitiveness.
JULY WEBINAR - Friday, July 14th, TIME TBD - "Creating a Peer Group"
How much can you learn from your peers? Learn how to create your own industry executive peer group, designing a moderated group to discuss critical topics including business development, marketing, innovation, technology, talent, leadership, and innovation. This webinar outlines how you can design an interactive peer network, where you can expand your business and learn real-world solutions to tomorrow's challenges.
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.
Kevin Santry, CPA is the Managing Member of Santry 360, a financial consulting firm dedicated to helping manufacturers manage their cash flow 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 Coalition
Coalition Membership Fees We offer a flat fee, per organization/year. 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.