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ASA Education Foundation Sets Future Agenda
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Earlier this month, the ASA Education Foundation Board of Trustees convened its spring meeting in Chicago. Along with discussions regarding online learning, Endowment support, development projects and other foundation business, the group spent a major portion of its time focusing on both the marketing of ASA University and specific colleges that are currently under development. The Trustees realized that in addition to developing industry-specific training, there exists a major need to help members institutionalize training within their companies. In order to fulfill this need, a true commitment was made to position the ASA Education Foundation as a consulting arm for training and education for ASA members. Stay tuned for additional details on this initiative and ASA University. More

Federal Trade Commission Enforcing Identity Theft Regulations
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Small businesses that provide credit to customers should be aware that new Fair and Credit Transactions Act rules from the Federal Trade Commission went into effect Dec. 31, 2010. On that date, the FTC began enforcing its "Red Flags Rules," which require creditors to have programs in place to recognize and prevent identity theft. More

Western Nevada Supply Co-Founder Reviglio Passes Away
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Western Nevada Supply Co-Founder Jack T. Reviglio recently passed away at the age of 73. Reviglio had suffered from cancer. Reviglio and Bill Higgins opened Western Nevada Supply in 1964, and the company since has grown into a 20-acre facility with branches in northern Nevada and eastern California, according to Western Nevada Supply's website. In 1999, Reviglio and his brother Tom received the University of Nevada-Reno President's Medal for supporting many intercollegiate athletics projects and being instrumental in advancing several fundraising campaigns for the university's College of Education. More

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Dem-Led NLRB Poised to Give Unions Big Win
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The National Labor Relations Board is poised to amend organizing rules in a way that would boost unions by letting them target smaller groups of employees. By law, most organizing efforts must target all people in a workplace. Now, the NLRB may let unions cherry-pick the groups easiest to sign up, bypassing other employees for the time being. That would give unions a toehold in workplaces they've struggled to organize in the past and may encourage employers to accept full unionization as the least-bad option. More

New MAPI Research Report: US Manufacturing Looking Strong Generally, but Prospects Vary Substantially by Industry
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The MAPI/Manufacturing Alliance has substantially upgraded its projections for U.S. manufacturing growth this year in its most recent quarterly U.S. Industrial Outlook Report, released in late March. The report, authored by Daniel Meckstroth, MAPI chief economist and director of Economic Research, says that, "Consumer spending for goods will increase at a faster rate and expensing for business equipment will particularly expand high tech business investment." All told, that means U.S. manufacturing production is predicted to increase 5.5 percent in 2011, up from a forecast for a 4 percent rise in the previous quarterly report. More

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Do You Have a Stable Supplier Base? Are You Sure About That?
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Among the victims of the Great Recession were thousands of suppliers to major manufacturers, large and small. In a lot of cases, buyers of raw materials and key components had little warning that their sources were about to dry up. Expert monitoring services would downgrade the rating of suppliers after they went bankrupt. Big help. If only there existed a magic formula for determining whether a supplier is about to fail. Unfortunately, the world is too full of unpredictabilities for that ever to be the case. One thing's certain, though: A vendor's basic financial statement won't always tell you the whole truth. Not unless you're looking for a really good rear-view mirror. More

Thomas J. Duesterberg: Reasons to be Bullish About American Manufacturing
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As I approach the end of a dozen years leading the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI, I am seeing compelling reasons to support the idea that U.S. manufacturing has a bright future and will continue to be a key to the domestic economy. The stress and turmoil of the last few years clearly has failed to knock manufacturers to their knees, and instead has served to show the remarkable resilience of the sector. Not only has the American share of global manufacturing output held around 20 percent of the total, it has done so by relentless attention to innovation, productivity enhancement and expanding the value proposition. In 2010, for instance, U.S. manufacturers achieved 6.7 percent growth in productivity and cut their unit labor costs by 4.4 percent. More

Social Media, Collaboration Not for 'Serious' Manufacturers? Think Again
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Many people consider social media as a set of tools for communicating with others and/or entertaining themselves and collaboration as a characteristic of business processes and work flows that allows employees to work together to be more efficient. In reality, though, both social media and collaboration can help employees communicate and share information, and thus work more efficiently. In addition, the success of any social media and collaboration initiative heavily depends on the tools used and the way they are integrated with the activities of the company. More


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