Best Manufacturing Practices
Program funded by the office of Naval Research to help enable U.S. industries to lower acquisition costs and enhance product price, quality and delivery. The use of BMP resources, such as software, publication and tools, is free.
Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership
A program of the National Institute of Standards, MEP contracts hundreds of specialists who work with manufacturers across the nation to help them save money and increase profits. Services include access to public and private resources that can contribute to overall growth and enhanced productivity. Currently, MEP centers operate in nearly 443 locations across the country.
Lean Enterprise Institute
Non-profit organization helping businesses evolve into lean enterprises through efficient management of product development and operations, and improvement of supplier and customer relations. On-site tools include a guide to getting started, with links to detailed articles on the process.
The Manufacturers Resource Center
A non-profit affiliate of Lehigh University, the Center works with small to mid-size manufacturers aiming to grow their businesses and gain a competitive edge. a key service component is MRC's use of certified professional business advisors (PBAs), who work one-on-one with clients to evaluate and develop the most effective growth strategies for their individual operations.
Manufacturing and Services Unit (ITA)
Unit of the International Trade Administration (ITA) dedicated to developing the global competitiveness of U.S. industry, expanding market access and increasing exports. The Web site provides links to useful programs and services, as well as a range of reports and statistics.
U.S. government Web site with a mission to provide comprehensive, timely information on issues addressing the competitiveness of American manufacturers and service industries. Especially useful is an onsite toolbox offering access to financial opportunities, industry databases, publications, available grants and more.
Multi-dimensional site offering manufacturing executives daily news updates relevant to the industry, as well as career-center services, a white-paper library and other information specific to particular disciplines.
National Center For Manufacturing Resources
National non-profit group advocating for the advancement of North American manufacturing by partnering with representatives from industry, government and academia. While membership is not required to access services, among them roadmapping, educational programs, survey tools and risk assessments, members do receive discounted rates.
U.S. Small Business Administration
An independent federal agency offering aid, counsel and support to small businesses. The Web site offers information about a wide range of loan and grant programs for entrepreneurs, as well as an assortment of online marketing, operational and organizational tools.