The business organization for midwest manufacturers.

About the Midwest Manufacturing Business Coalition

Our Mission
We are a non-profit organization focused 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

Targeted 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.

Our Partnerships

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 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”

Coalition Programs & Services

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
  • Strategic Planning
  • Tactical Operations
  • Supply/Vendor Relationships
  • 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 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.

Webinars (coming in 2018)

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.

Micro-Seminars (coming in 2018)

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 by Request (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 and are quoted individually.

Monthly eNewsletter

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. Advertising opportunities are available for our eNewsletter.

Partner Events with Regional Organizations (coming in 2018)

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 in 2018. All partner events are listed in our events section below.

Every-Other-Month Manufacturing Business Roundtables

The Midwest Manufacturing Business Coalition holds every-other-month roundtable events, centered on critical issues in manufacturing leadership and business. Each roundtable will include a featured speaker and networking opportunities.

Coalition Events


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.

Board of Directors

Andrea Olson - Chairman

Dr. Burl Randolph, Jr. - Board Advisor

Curtis Crosier - Treasurer

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.
Dr. 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.
Curtis Crosier is the CEO of Intuitive CFO, an interim CFO firm dedicated to helping manufacturers manage their finances more effectively.

Linda Baxley - Secretary

Vic Almgren - Vice Chair

Mike Baxley - Board Advisor

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 former President of Beeline Company and Best Cob, LLC. Leader with record of strategically focused turnarounds, start-ups and new product launches.

Our Sponsors & Contributors

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Coalition Membership Fees

We offer a flat fee of $600 per person per year, or $400 per person for companies that sign up 10 employees or more. Student memberships are $200 per person per year.
Membership provides free access to all programs and services, with the exception of Specialized Training Programs.

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Coalition Contacts
Andrea Olson
(319) 321-7396

Burl Randolph
(703) 655-8960

About the Council:

We Grow Manufacturing.

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.
Coalition Directors
Andrea Olson
(319) 321-7396

Burl Randolph
(703) 655-8960