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Maker-to-Manufacturing (M2M) Workshop Series-Part I Commercialization Strategy

April 12, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am EDT

Are you a startup or established small manufacturer making or commercializing new or existing products?

On April 12th, Catalyst Connection, the leading economic development organization advancing the performance of manufacturing companies in southwestern Pennsylvania, invites you to a Commercialization Strategy workshop for small manufacturers. This first workshop in our three part series, Catalyst Connection has partnered with Lenape Tech Adult Education and it will be hosted at Nextier Adult Learning Center at Lenape Tech Adult Education located at 2215 Chaplin Avenue, Ford City, PA 16226.

Learn how you can qualify for participation in Catalyst Connection’s new Maker-to-Manufacturing Commercialization Center (M2M) that connects entrepreneurial makers and small businesses to a larger ecosystem of manufacturing.  M2M services and resources include:

  • Mini-Grant Funding for Technical Assistance:  M2M mini-grants of $3,000 are available to provide intensive services that may include assistance with prototype development, market research, business case development, sales and distribution partners, and operational excellence advice.
  • Makers-to-Manufacturers Peer Network: This group can benefit from peer provided guidance, education and training programs that include workshops and webcasts on topics including innovation and commercialization, and access to emerging Maker Spaces in the region.
  • Supply Chain Buyers Network: Startup companies can engage with supply chains in various industry clusters to make connections and gain entry into new markets.

Our featured speaker will be Catalyst Connection growth support and commercialization expert Connie Palucka, who will provide a roadmap for growth, touching on topics such as strategic marketing, sales performance support; e-strategy; market diversification; and innovation acceleration.

Also guest speaker Melissa Monarko, President and Owner, of Metal Solutions Inc. of Vandergrift PA a premier CNC machine and fabrication shop that produces precision components to exacting customer specifications, will discuss her participation in Catalyst Connection’s Maker-to-Manufacturing program as well as her utilization of other Catalyst Connection resources.

SAVE THE DATES! The Maker-to-Manufacturing (M2M) Workshop Series will continue with the following dates and topics:

April 24 – Part II – Financing Options for Small Manufacturers hosted at NCDMM, Blairsville, PA.  M2M Peer Network meeting will immediately follow.  Click here for details.

May 16 – Part III – Operational Best Practices for Small Manufacturers hosted at The Corner in New Kensington, PA

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.  Learn more at www.catalystconnection.org.


April 12, 2019
8:30 am - 10:30 am
No Cost


Nextier Adult Learning Center @ Lenape Tech
2215 Chaplin Avenue
Ford City, PA 16226 United States
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