Organizational Development  


Organizational Development, helping companies become an Employer of Choice.


Business Growth  


Business Growth through New Customers, New Markets and New Products.


Continuous Improvement  


Operational Excellence through Cost, Quality and Delivery Improvements.


Financial Services  


Continuous improvement Grants, Loans, and other Cost Saving Programs.


Consulting for Manufacturers

Making a Difference

Catalyst Connection is a private not-for-profit organization headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We provide consulting and training services to small manufacturers in southwestern Pennsylvania, accelerating revenue growth and improving productivity. Through active collaboration with our clients and the manufacturing community at large, we contribute to the growth, vibrancy, and ongoing robustness of manufacturing in our region.

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  • Upcoming Events

    Tue 26

    WEDnetPA Information Session Webinar

    May 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am EDT
    Sep 29

    Digital Bridge Industry 4.0 Virtual Conference

    September 29 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm EDT

Grants and Other Cost Saving Programs

Catalyst Connection strives to be a central information resource for grants available that can be used for continuous improvement initiatives and capital expansion.

The ARC PA MAKES Mini-Grant is designed to assist coal impacted community’s response to negative economic factors by diversifying and growing small and medium sized manufacturers through strategic efforts to build capacity, improve efficiencies and demand locally, stimulate job creation, and drive economic impact.

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City of Pittsburgh manufacturers can receive up to $2,000 in matching funds for management consulting services and technical engagement assistance.

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Businesses may receive up to $150,000 in federal grants to be used for business development.

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The new virtual Maker-to-Manufacturing Commercialization Center (M2M) connects entrepreneurial makers and small businesses to a larger ecosystem of manufacturing.

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What can be done to improve the training and quality of manufacturing employees?

Southwestern Pennsylvania’s companies are facing a critical shortage of employees because of skill deficiencies and overall number of applicants.

Our recent study has good news though, manufacturers in every county in our region are hiring – over thousands of openings! Watch the full video featuring Catalyst Connection’s, President & CEO – Petra Mitchell on KDKA’s The Sunday Business Page.

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Catalyst Connection is a part of the MEP National Network™. The MEP National Network™ is a unique public-private partnership that delivers comprehensive, proven solutions to U.S. manufacturers, fueling growth and advancing U.S. manufacturing. Learn More…

Catalyst Connection is a part of The Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (IRC) Network. Working collaboratively, company by company, the Network’s mission is to help manufacturers envision where they want to be and assist them to achieve it, in addition to giving a voice to an increasingly vital part of the Commonwealth’s economy.