Illinois manufacturers have weathered COVID-19 like champions. As we enter the revitalization phase of the Restore Illinois plan, manufacturers can leverage a wide range of resources designed to help you navigate and overcome challenges brought on by the pandemic.
NEW! Financial Resources for Illinois Manufacturers and Small Businesses
Business Interruption Grants Program (BIG) The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) launched the first round of Business Interruption Grants (BIG) by providing $60 million to businesses experiencing losses or business interruption as a result of COVID-19 related closures. [Apply]
Rebuild Distressed Communities Program A $25 million economic recovery program to support Illinois businesses that have sustained property damage as a result of civil unrest during protest and demonstrations on or after May 25, 2020. [Apply]
SBA Disaster Loans & Economic Injury Disaster Loans The deadline is extended to September 30, 2020 for small businesses to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000, that will not have to be repaid. [Apply]
Additional Financial Assistance Resources More information for state, partner, and federal resources for financial assistance is available for qualified businesses. [Get more financial help]
Results from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Business Conditions Survey In late May 2020, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago collaborated with the IMEC and the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center to conduct a survey on the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak so far and expectations for coming months.
75% manufacturers expect the economy to return to pre-pandemic state at the end of 2021
99% made changes to their operations to protect customers and employees from the virus
Most saw substantial decline in revenues compared to what they expected at the beginning of 2020
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Tech Tuesday with Ramco Innovations September 15 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sensors can provide a mountain of data to help you improve your manufacturing process. This 60-minute webinar will feature Ramco Innovations, a CIRAS technology partner discussing the latest in sensor technology. We explain the capabilities of each type of sensor and share examples of how they’ve been used to improve businesses.
Lean Continuous Improvement September 17 @ 11:30 pm – 12:15 pm This webinar is designed to allow organizations to reflect on these four (4) components leading the way to a successful “Lean” continuous improvement journey and to then ask themselves… “What of this are we doing and are we doing it well?”.
The Re-emergence of Venture-Backed Hardtech September 17 @ 2:30 am – 3:30 pm Large corporations and the public sector are joining traditional investors in sourcing the next big tech from within the Midwestern ecosystem. Join this panel to hear why the time is now to invest, and what we can learn from the fault lines exposed by the pandemic as we move into Industry 4.0
Where Do You Start When Your Marketing Foundation Has Cracks?
September 23 @ 11:30 am – 12:15 pm Our 30-minute webinar will walk you through the key aspects of your company’s must-have marketing foundation, including Voice of the Customer, Website Keyword Analysis + Messaging, and LinkedIn Optimization.
Join us to learn how you can identify cracks in your marketing foundation, and where to leverage your efforts for the best ROI.
Conducting a Job Hazard Analysis in a Pandemic September 23 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Normally a job hazard analysis (JHA) is focused on job tasks to identify hazards before they occur. However, during a pandemic, it may not be the task that is creating the hazard, but it could be an infected employee that is the hazard.
We will discuss how to use a JHA during a pandemic and think through the controls to help mitigate the hazards.
Identifying Good Robot Projects September 29 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm The webinar will cover best practices on identifying good robot projects both from ROI and application complexity standpoint.
Robots 101: Putting Automation to Work September 29 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Implementing automation for your manufacturing processes is a significant investment of money for equipment and time for planning and programming. Join IMEC and FANUC America for a session that will help you to avoid the pitfalls of selecting the wrong robot for the job, ensuring a smooth transition into the world of manufacturing automation.
Affordable Robots: Lease, Rent, and Reconditioned Options September 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 pm In this webinar, you will learn about other options available when it comes to acquiring robotic automation. Renting, leasing, and buying reconditioned robots are all available when you choose the automation integrator, RobotWorx. Since 1992, RobotWorx has been integrating new and reconditioned robotic systems for a wide spectrum of applications in manufacturing.
ICMYI: Download Past Webinars
Recordings of all past webinars and resources are available on demand. Visit the IMEC Coronavirus: News & Updates Page to download and listen. Webinars are available in the topic areas of:
How to Upskill Workers When You Cannot be Face-to-Face
We all know how much has changed, and the future is still unknown. What we do know is that virtual learning, once an experimental option for high tech offices, has become a new reality.
Common Themes from Employee Engagement Pulse Surveys to Guide Leaders as Employees Return to Work
As companies transition back to normalcy, it is important for leaders to gain insight from employees to make sure the workplace and company culture return to a place of stability as quickly as possible.
Leaders: It is Time to Walk the Line – Listening and Responding to your Customers and Employees
Seemingly, it is OK to explain away poor service and quality “because of COVID”. Understandably, our companies are challenged to perform. As leaders, we have likely taken our eye off the basics while dealing with the onslaught of uncertainty.
While it’s impossible to pinpoint the timing of an economic pullback or recession, it is possible to take steps to help protect your business during such an event, as well as create ongoing resilience and prepare for the upswing!
7 Manufacturing Digitization Challenges — and How to Overcome Them
AI-powered robots, 3D printing, IoT…there’s a whole world of advanced manufacturing technology and innovation just waiting for small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) who want to step up their digital game.