Brandon Kane’s Entrepreneurial Journey Starting a CNC Machine Shop

Challenges: Community, Workforce, Read

Something we’re all proud of here at MakingChips is that each of us comes from a multi-generational, family-owned manufacturing business background. And  just as those who have come before us took the time to teach and guide us in this business, at

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The Three Keys to Manufacturing Entrepreneurship, Part 3: A Successful Manufacturing Startup Will Never Be About You

Challenges: Community, Growth, Read

Our goal with this three part post has been to inspire the next generation of manufacturing leaders to think beyond themselves as they build their business. The mission and vision of MakingChips isn’t to grow Carr Machine & Tool, sell more cutting

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The Three Keys to Manufacturing Entrepreneurship, Part 2: Recognize You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

Challenges: Community, Workforce, Read

Never underestimate the power of finding a few good mentors.

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The Three Keys to Manufacturing Entrepreneurship, Part 1: Dream Big but Take Little for Granted

Challenges: Community, Process, Read

 There’s nothing the Metalworking Nation needs more than young entrepreneurial manufacturing talent. Yet, the overwhelming narrative in the media is the manufacturing industry’s desperate search for skilled workers.

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How to Fight Burnout in the Manufacturing Industry and Win

Challenges: News, Community, Workforce

Manufacturing is a cyclical industry. When things are booming, it's hard to keep up. So we work more. Then, when things are slow, it's hard to survive. So we work more. The sales may fluctuate, the market may boom or tank, but the amount of effort

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Four Steps to Maintaining Balance in Manufacturing Leadership

Challenges: Leadership, Community, Read

Hello, My name is Dietmar, and I’m a recovering workaholic. 

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The Importance of Link Building for Manufacturing Leaders

Challenges: Community, Growth, Read

If you are at least vaguely familiar with “Search Engine Optimization” (SEO) then you probably know it matters for sales and marketing. However, it’s rare for me to find another manufacturing leader that thinks about link building.

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SEO Marketing For Machine Shops

Challenges: Community, Growth

What the heck is SEO? Why do I need it? SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. It is a marketing strategy used to optimize your opportunity to appear “organically” on Google search. This allows for your website to be found when someone searches

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Is the Metalworking Nation Really Running out of Workers?

Challenges: News, Community, Workforce

In this week’s MakingChips news segment, Nick shared an article from LinkedIn Business titled, These Industries Will Face the Biggest Talent Shortages by 2030, where manufacturing was third on the list.

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Five Things Anyone in Manufacturing Can Do to Up Their Social Media Game

Challenges: Community, Growth, Workforce, Read

Your website is still your biggest lead generation asset, but don’t overlook implementing social media strategy to reach the metalworking nation.

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Dear Foxconn, We Want Our (Tax) Money Back. Thank you.

Challenges: News, Community, Workforce

In this week’s MakingChips podcast episode we discussed the Bloomberg news article, “Inside Wisconsin’s Disastrous $4.5 Billion Deal with Foxconn”, by Austin Carr (no relation to our very own Jim Carr).

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How to Embrace Change to Evolve in Manufacturing

Challenges: Community, Growth

Change is scary, but when it is embraced, it encourages development and opens new doors of opportunity.

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What are the 5 C's to Grow My Manufacturing Business on LinkedIn?

Challenges: Leadership, Community, Growth

Industrial manufacturers can grow their business using LinkedIn to find, connect, and communicate their marketing message while generating a steady stream of leads.

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How to Shorten the Sales Cycle for Your Industrial Sales Team

Challenges: Leadership, Community

Leveraging simple, but powerful techniques to shorten the sales cycle and create a repeatable process for your industrial sales team.

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How to Make Your Manufacturing Mission Statement Customer-Focused and Unique

Challenges: Leadership, Community

Building a predictable revenue engine requires creating a company mission centered on the goals of customers and a culture of helping customers achieve those goals.

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