TODAY is the last day to take advantage of ONE FREE YEAR of national CONNEX access

Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center Today, Monday, November 20, is the last opportunity for you and your company to take advantage of the CONNEX™VT FREE YEAR OF FULL NATIONAL ACCESS offer! This valuable online platform connects all Vermont manufacturers, buyers, and suppliers in a single, searchable supply-chain solution.  

If you sign up by the end of business today, using promo code vmec1year, you will have access to the national database of over 20 other states who've also joined the CONNEX Marketplace, a database of 140,000+ U.S. manufacturers and suppliers.

If you need assistance in setting up your account,

contact Mark O'Hearn, VMEC's Business Growth Advisor -

Supply Chain.

Chief Financial Officer career opening

This full-time position’s primary focus will be managing the financial actions of the VMEC organization.

The CFO directs the overall financial plans and accounting practices of VMEC in conjunction with the hosting entity, Vermont State University (VTSU) and VMEC policies. This position oversees financial and accounting system controls and standards, including audits and budgets, and ensures timely financial and statistical reports for VMEC management, Federal and State stakeholders and VTSU as necessary.

The CFO manages and guides strategic initiatives, client- project impact data collection and analysis activities of the organization. Additionally, the CFO is responsible for grant management, client project impact, acts as a Systems Admin in Salesforce and Google Drive and supports the internal team in various ways.

To view the full job description and apply for this position, visit CFO – VMEC, Vermont State Colleges.  Should you have any questions regarding this exciting opportunity, please contact VMEC’s CFO Rebecca Stygles.

Hand Soldering Operator Certification - Opening for one seat!

Monday - Friday, November 27 - December 1

8:00 am - 4:30 pm each day

The Generator, Burlington

$2,275 pp

We have an opening for one attendee for this course; if interested, please register asap. Hand Soldering Operator Certification focuses on teaching the foundation of soldering knowledge and the hands-on skills and techniques of how to solder. Technologies covered include: Wires and Terminals, Through-Hole, Through-Hole Rework, Surface Mount Technologies and Surface Mount Rework. This program is a “hands-on” experience with approximately 75% of time experiencing the technology first-hand.

This certification is provided by a professional training organization and includes all student manuals and soldering materials; recertification in two years is required. There will be a minimum of seven (7) persons and a maximum of ten (10) persons allowable for this week-long course. You must attend the full training week.  Register soon!

What's Your Company's International Growth Strategy and Plan?

If you desire to grow your international sales and want to do it right the first time, join us to Plan, Educate, Connect and Execute with ExporTech 2024!  

Tuesdays, January 30 - April 9, 2024

All sessions will be virtual; times vary, ranging from 2 - 3 1/2 hours

$4,000 per company; a $3,000 STEP grant is available for qualifying companies

For many years, VMEC conducted a successful multi-month ExporTech program - and we're bringing it back! If you're not familiar with ExporTech, it's a structured process designed to accelerate export growth for small-to medium-sized (SMM) manufacturers. This 10-week program is specifically targeted at the executive leadership of forward-looking companies that want to develop and execute a strategic growth plan to expand international sales. With group workshops and individual coaching, in just 10 weeks time, you’ll create an export plan specifically for your company.

And with the help of the State of Vermont’s State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grant, qualifying companies receive 75% off the cost of the program, bringing the $4,000 fee for company teams (up to 4 people/ company) down to just $1,000. 

The program is jointly offered by the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership/ MEP National Network and the U.S. Commercial Service (USCS), both part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Along with our federal partners, this program is also supported by the State of Vermont’s Agency of Commerce and Community Development Dept. of Economic Development and the U.S. Commercial Service (USCS) Montpelier office

For complete details on the program, schedule, downloadable flyer and STEP grant guidelines, visit our Training and Events page and view ExporTech.

Questions? Contact Lisa Henderson, VMEC Director of Client Services.

Part of the nationwide MEP National Network and hosted by Vermont State University since 1995, VMEC operates as a not-for-profit with a primary mission, “to strengthen and empower Vermont manufacturers.”

A local resource and trusted adviser to manufacturing enterprises of all sizes, the VMEC team brings expertise in consulting, coaching, hands-on implementation support, training and education for leaders and workers.  VMEC is the official representative of the MEP National Network in Vermont.

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