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Dec. 11, 2013

MDNA News — December 2013 — Volume 29
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Increased Section 179 Expensing set to expire at the end of the year
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2014 January Board Meeting hotel cut-off date is Dec. 30
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The MDNA Board Meeting is open to all members in good standing. MDNA Board of Directors meeting is Jan. 26, 2014 at the Waldorf Astoria Naples in Naples, FL. Click here for the hotel reservation form. Not sure if you've made your reservation? Click here for a list of board members we have heard from.More

MDNA Membership Renewal for 2014
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It's time to renew your MDNA Membership for 2014. Click here for details.

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Chapter Meetings
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All members are encouraged to attend Chapter meetings and all members are invited to attend meetings outside their own Chapter. The following are upcoming Chapter events that are scheduled. Click on the chapter meeting for more details:

Detroit/Toledo Chapter Meeting - Dec. 13 - click here for details...

Ohio Valley Chapter Meeting - Jan. 15, 2014 - click here for details...
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Wants & For Sales
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Click here for Southeast Chapter Meeting — Nov. 9

Click here for Chicago Chapter Meeting — Nov. 21

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Abbott-DiPaolo Chapter Challenge
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Current Standings
(as of Dec. 1)

Division I – 1,076
(Chapters Included: Chicago, New England, Southwest)

Division II – 741
(Chapters Included: Detroit/Toledo, European, Ohio Valley)

Division III – 831
(Chapters Included: West Coast, Milwaukee/Minneapolis, New York/New Jersey)

Division IV – 1,040
(Chapters Included: Cleveland, Canada, Philadelphia, Southeast)

You can find the current scores and point generators on the MDNA back office. More

MDNA News — December 2013 — Volume 29
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Expect to receive your copy of the MDNA News in the mail soon. Click here to view the electronic version.
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Beyond insurance: How to protect both the business and personal assets
By David B. Mandell, JD, MBA, and Jason M. O'Dell, MS, CWM
In our litigious society, business owners, as well as their companies, are high-visibility lawsuit targets. Lawsuits and claims from employees, customers, competitors and even the government are part of doing business today — in virtually every field, including manufacturing. Unfortunately, many such owners and business executives think that insurance is the only viable protection tool to shield their businesses and themselves from such litigation risks. However, as we will explore in this article, insurance policies have their limitations and drawbacks.More

2014 January Board Meeting hotel cut-off date is Dec. 30
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The MDNA Board Meeting is open to all members in good standing. MDNA Board of Directors meeting is Jan. 26, 2014 at the Waldorf Astoria Naples in Naples, FL. Click here for the hotel reservation form. Not sure if you've made your reservation? Click here for a list of board members we have heard from.More

Manufacturing sector making a comeback
Dallas Morning News
Throughout this bull market, social media stocks, the big online retailers like Amazon.com and health care companies seem to have garnered most of the attention in the financial press. As impressive as their performances have been, one sector has quietly flown under the radar this year and now ranks among the leaders in the Standard & Poor's 500 index. The industrials — manufacturers of stuff — rank third among the 10 S&P sectors this year with a 32.9 percent stock price gallop.More

Effort focuses on manufacturing training for veterans
Insider Indiana Business
Through the support of Alcoa Foundation and other partners, a statewide coalition in Indiana is launching "Get Skills to Work," a program that includes training to help veterans transition to rewarding careers in manufacturing. The program brings together manufactures and educators. Indiana and Illinois are the first states to announce statewide support for the program on behalf of our nation's veterans.More

5 tips for successful performance evaluations
By D. Albert Brannen
Performance evaluation programs can be immensely beneficial to employers. They can help management improve employee performance and adjust staff expectations. However, if done improperly, performance evaluations can create more legal liability than they help to avoid. This article lists five critical tips for making sure your performance evaluation system is on the right track.More

A rising energy tide lifts US manufacturing
CNBC via Phoenix Business Journal
The U.S. energy boom has given a boost to the country's manufacturing sector. The rapid expansion of the country's shale oil production may be bringing along the nation's manufacturing sector, which is in the midst of its own renaissance, expanding at its fastest rate in 30 months in November.More

8 tips for planning your small-business' 2014 marketing strategy
Search Engine Land
While the holiday season is undoubtedly a busy period for small-business owners, it's important to set aside time to plan your marketing strategy for the year ahead. How will you continue to maintain and grow your business in 2014? What plans do you have to keep your business on track and stay ahead of the competition? As you plan for 2014, make your New Year's resolution to review the eight simple tips for building a better marketing strategy for your business — one that puts your customers first and your business second-to-none.More

How to use mind-controlled robots in manufacturing, medicine
Positive Technology Journal
VideoBrief University at Buffalo researchers are developing brain-computer interface devices to mentally control robots. UB research relies on a relatively inexpensive, non-invasive external device. It reads EEG brain activity with 14 sensors and transmits the signal wirelessly to a computer, which then sends signals to the robot to control its movements. Here, researchers show how a simple set of instructions can be combined to execute more complex robotic actions. Such robots could be used by factory workers to perform hands-free assembly of products or carry out tasks like drilling or welding.More