Welcome to the IMA Executive News & Views Blog. The blog format reflects our efforts to provide IMA members with timely, relevant and thought provoking information in a form that is accessible for easy reference. IMA’s Executive News & Views Blog will be updated on a regular basis. Weekly news update emails will be sent out to notify subscribers of new information posted on the blog. IMA members are welcome to submit material for the blog, or request specific information. Simply email Editor Stefany Henson at shenson@ima-net.org with your information or request. Editorial submissions are subject to review. 

Wednesday
Jan152014

Illinois Business Immigration Coalition (IBIC) Immigration Reform Forum

You’re invited to attend this forum on common sense immigration reform:

Tuesday, Feb 4th, 2014, 2:30-4:00 PM CST at DePaul University, 243 S. Wabash Ave. (Wabash & Jackson), 9th Floor Room 924, Chicago

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Wednesday
Jan152014

Manufacturing Growth Continues but Economy Still a Challenge, According to ASQ Outlook Survey

Smart manufacturing provides benefits but interest wanes

Sixty-five percent of manufacturers experienced revenue growth in 2013 but nearly half still consider the economy the biggest challenge, according to results of the ASQ 2014 Manufacturing Outlook Survey.

And while 64 percent of respondents worldwide expect increased revenue in 2014, that percentage is down from years past, albeit slightly. In last year’s Manufacturing Outlook Survey, 65 percent anticipated growth in 2013, and 66 percent of respondents to the 2012 outlook survey anticipated growth in 2013.

In both 2012 and 2013, 70 percent of manufacturers said they experienced revenue growth compared to just 65 percent in this year’s Manufacturing Outlook Survey.

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Wednesday
Jan152014

Now online . . . the 2014 Webinar Series from IMEC

This convenient, never-leave-your-office online learning format is great for the busy manufacturing leader! Each month we’ll present you with a new manufacturing-focused topic to give you a taste of our improvement opportunities and how we can help your organization on the road to optimization.

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Wednesday
Jan082014

Have you completed the 2014 IMA Member Survey?

As we head into 2014, the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association continues to strive to be the best manufacturing trade association in the United States. The IMA is the only statewide organization in Illinois dedicated excessively to advocating, promoting and strengthening the manufacturing climate.

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Wednesday
Jan082014

Webinar from Constellation: 2014 Electricity & Natural Gas Price Trends and Outlook for Energy Buyers

Exclusive to Constellation customers, this informative webinar series connects you with expert market analysts as they highlight the key factors currently influencing the energy markets, so you can better manage your energy costs — Wednesday, January 29th 2014, 2pm CST

Discussion topics will include:

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Tuesday
Dec172013

New Survey Shows Manufacturers Hit Hard by Affordable Care Act

More than three-fourths of manufacturers identified rising health care and insurance costs as their most important challenge, according to the latest NAM/IndustryWeek Survey of Manufacturers for Q4. Manufacturers have ranked this issue as their highest primary challenge all year.

“Costs and uncertainty are up, and manufacturers’ optimism is down thanks to the health care reform law,” said NAM Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse. “The health care law has weighed heavily on manufacturers all year long‹and their concerns are not going away. It is standing in the way of manufacturing growth by seriously limiting investment and job creation.”

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Tuesday
Dec172013

SBA Loans Help Individuals & Businesses on the Road to Recovery

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials, along with partners from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are encouraging homeowners, renters and businesses to apply for low-interest disaster loans to help fund their losses. If Illinois residents apply for assistance with FEMA and are referred to the SBA, it’s important for them to submit a loan application to assure that the federal disaster recovery process continues and they keep their options open:

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Thursday
Dec122013

Six Ideas to Turn Your Customer Holiday Gifts Into a Marketing Tool

by Rieva Lesonsky, Guest Blogger, SBA.gov

Hopefully you’ve already created your annual customer and client holiday gift list. Whether they’ve been naughty or nice, all clients should get recognized in this holiday ritual. But how can you make your holiday gifts do double duty — not only as a “thank you” for the past year’s business, but also as a marketing tool to encourage more business in the new year? Here are some ideas.

Remind them of you. The simplest way to make your holiday gift a marketing tool is to choose a promotional product with your company’s name and/or logo on it.

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Thursday
Dec122013

Automated Export System (AES) Compliance Seminar and Workshops, Atlanta, Georgia, February 5-6, 2014

At this day-long seminar experts from the U.S. Census Bureau and Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) explain export regulatory topics such as mandatory filing requirements; how to avoid common penalties and seizure of cargo; and BIS export control requirements.

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Wednesday
Nov202013

Upcoming Events from Export.gov . . .

India Automotive Market webinar 

What city is the “Detroit of India”? Join this India Automotive Market webinar briefing on December 4th and find out! Learn the trends, ramifications of a booming middle class, what automotive OE and aftermarket distributors want from US suppliers. Register at http://1.usa.gov/1aNJUgR.

Trade Winds 2014 – The Americas Webinar Series - Colombia 

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