The Small Manufacturer’s AdvantEDGE program, a first of its kind business assistance program, was selected as a nationwide best practice among economic development programs by the Manufacturing Extension Partnership – the manufacturing assistance arm of the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST).
A collaborative effort of the Colorado Manufacturer’s Edge, the Colorado Small Business Development Center Network, World Trade Center Denver and the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade, the Small Manufacturer’s AdvantEDGE program provides small manufacturing companies with industry experts for coaching, consultation, and/or training. The type of coaching and training assistance includes business strategy, advanced marketing analysis, operational excellence, export gap assessment and compliance, quality systems and certifications, facility layouts, new product development, supply chain management and market diversification.
Representatives from Manufacturer’s Edge and the Colorado Small Business Development Center network will present the program as a national best practice to attendees of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership’s annual conference September 11 – 14 in Kansas City, MO. By sharing this innovative approach with other state economic development agencies and engaging more communities throughout the nation, Manufacturer’s Edge fosters additional innovation and continued support of the nation’s manufacturing industry.
The program was seed funded with a $300,000 Advanced Industry Infrastructure grant awarded by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. To date, the program has had over 170 applicants, 100 of which were awarded some form of assistance. Economic impact recorded to date includes over $9,194,500 in capital formation, $2,807,071 in company sales increases, and 96 new jobs created around Colorado.
About Manufacturer’s Edge
The official representative of the MEP National Network in Colorado. Manufacturer’s Edge encourages the strength and competitiveness of Colorado Manufacturers through coaching, training, and consulting, collaboration-focused industry programs, and by leveraging government, university and economic development partnerships.
About Colorado Small Business Development Center Network
The Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network is dedicated to helping existing and new businesses grow and prosper in Colorado by providing free and confidential consulting and no-or low-cost training programs. The SBDC is the premier, trusted choice of Colorado businesses for consulting, training and resources. The SBDC Network combines the resources of federal, state and local organizations with those of the educational system and the private sector to meet the specialized and complex needs of the small business community.
About World Trade Center Denver
The World Trade Center is the premier international business resource in the Rocky Mountain region. Leveraging the skills and knowledge of our membership, our public and private sector partners and our global network of World Trade Centers, they provide comprehensive international trade services and key global contacts to facilitate and expand trade and international business throughout Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region.