From Entrepreneur

To succeed, a small business has to leverage every resource it has available. READ MORE

As 2017 winds down, interest and activity related to the annual SEC conflict minerals filings is heating up. Here is a short reality check for what you should be thinking and doing. READ MORE

A Message From Beacon Fasteners

Beacon Fasteners and Components is excited to announce that they have successfully completed the transition from the ISO 9001:2008 to the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System. Beacon’s drive and support from management and their operational staff paved the way to this achievement one year before the deadline.

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From Entrepreneur

It's a good time to reflect on your business' progress and plan how you want to grow your business in the new year. READ MORE

From Harvard Business Review

Overwork and burnout are rampant problems, and companies don’t really have solutions for them. That means it’s up to all of us to figure out how to take care of ourselves while still doing great work. READ MORE

From Business 2 Community

What is it like starting and growing a business in a time of technological disruption, changing social conditions, and shifting economic priorities? Exciting, vital, dynamic, and thrilling, in one perspective. Others take a bleaker view of the prospect. READ MORE

A Message From the California Metals Coalition

Tis the season for the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) to show its impatience and propose another overreaching new rule.

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SPIROL is pleased to introduce a high performance line of Molded-in Inserts for Plastics manufactured from aluminum. The robust design of the Series 60 Blind-End and Series 61 Through-Hole Inserts consists of axial grooves to maximize torque

resistance, balanced with radial undercuts to achieve high-pull out force. These Molded-in Inserts are designed to be placed in the mold cavity prior to plastic injection, and offer exceptional performance due to unrestricted plastic flow into the retention features on the outside diameter of the Inserts.


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A Message From Sherex

We are pleased to announce that we have received QSLM approval (Qualified Suppliers List for Manufacturers) from the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency for our NAS/MS rivet nuts produced in our Akron, OH facility. Manufacturers who gain this approval must satisfy stringent quality requirements, including: having a documented quality control program, maintaining lot identity through the manufacturing process, and using Statistical Process Control (SPC) on an ongoing basis.

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A Message From EFC International

EFC International Continues To “Redefine The World Of Distribution” By Launching A New Website Focused On Providing An Unparalleled Customer Experience.

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From Inc.

Everyone wants to innovate, but they often get stuck finding a framework and toolset to innovate with. The secret? Focus on mindset first. READ MORE

From Harvard Business Review

Everyone wants innovation in their organization; it drives growth and revenues, promotes cultural change, and moves society forward. But getting a new innovation implemented can prove a challenge, especially with politics in play that encourage people to supporting the status quo over disruptive innovations. READ MORE

From Entrepreneur

The Rolls-Royce brand is synonymous with top-of-the-line engineering -- but that’s not the only secret to its success. Neil Crockett, chief digital officer at Rolls-Royce, recently revealed to U.K. newspaper The Telegraph that shared team goals are driving innovation at the company. READ MORE

A Press Release From Hodell-Natco

Hodell-Natco Industries acquired Davco Fastener Company on December 1, 2017. The move was a strategic one that gives Hodell-Natco a stronger foothold in the OEM market. Kevin Reidl, President of Hodell-Natco, worked together with Dave Potts, President and Owner of Davco Fastener Company on this mutually-beneficial transaction.

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From Jamie Notter

I love data. I’m a cyclist, and in the group of friends I ride with, I’m known as “stats,” because I am always the one to report on our average speed and the number of meters we climbed, etc. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that when it comes to culture, I do like the data. I love debriefing the culture analytics with clients and talking about the interesting patterns and contradictions in the numbers. READ MORE

From Jamie Notter

I was debriefing some internal culture data with a client, and the CEO opened the conversation with his other senior leaders by referencing a book that Marshall Goldsmith wrote a few years ago: What Got You Here Won’t Get You There. Goldsmith’s book is focused on individual leaders—helping them get past some unconscious habits that proved to be successful previously in their careers but have now become roadblocks to success. READ MORE

From Jamie Notter

Some of you know that in the last year I made the decision to personally switch to the metric system. I was originally inspired by a video from Dan Pink on this, and it was surprisingly easy for me to change little things in my life—on my own—to adopt the metric system. My weather apps now show the temperature in Celsius. My scale shows kilograms instead of pounds. I changed many of the settings in my car to kilometers, and I’m actually getting used to the fact that my cruise control on the Beltway is now set to 105. So do you remember in the 1970s when there was a (failed) movement to switch to metric? That’s because in the 1970s you needed a movement for it to happen. We didn’t have the individual power to start changing things on our own. Now we do. READ MORE

From Jamie Notter

I think we take management teams for granted, but given the power they have to impact both strategy and culture inside an organization, I think that’s a mistake. We should be intentional about them and, frankly, hold them to a higher standard. Here are some tips for moving in that direction. READ MORE

From Jamie Notter

Everyone wants to know how good their culture is. They want to know if their people rate the culture favorably, they want to know if they are considered a best place to work, they want to know if they have good engagement scores, and they want to know if they do a good job on things like innovation, transparency, collaboration, and agility. READ MORE