Source: NorthFulton.com

Business workshop for local manufacturers
Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce holds first innovation management workshop for local companies

by Carolyn Aspenson

March 25, 2013

CUMMING, Ga. — In partnership with the Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute and the Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (GaMEP), the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce held its first business workshop for local manufacturing companies.

“We have a large manufacturing community here and the chamber offers them a way to help improve and increase their business,” said Randall Toussaint, vice president of economic development at Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce. “We will be doing this again.”

The workshop, held at the Forsyth County Conference Center at Lanier Tech on March 21, included three speakers from Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute and interactive exercises for participants to learn how to create processes to grow and improve their business.

“We’re focusing on the whole process,” said Katie Takacs, GaMEP marketing manager. “Our goal is to teach local manufacturing companies how to take an idea from the development stage and work it through the testing stage and into actual implementation.”

“To be successful, companies need to consider several avenues,” said Connie Casteel. “If you’re a company that produces watches, what other avenues should you explore? Today’s teenagers aren’t wearing watches, so what can do you do for that market?”

Takacs said the workshop was meant to help educate businesses about innovative thinking and working toward consistent improvement in all facets of their organization.

For information about Georgia’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the Enterprise Innovation Institute, visit www.innovate.gatech.edu.