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COVID-19 Recovery Tools and Resources

As we are all navigating the new normal, there are tools and resources available to help you emerge even stronger post- pandemic:

NEW! Illinois Manufacturer Return to Work and Recovery Guide

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Developed to educate manufacturers on return to work protocols and procedures for safety and protection as they maintain, resume all, or restart operations. 

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Featured webinar:

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Spend 45 minutes on May 11 to learn how to rebuild a more profitable and resilient supply chain for the future of your company. Join industry renowned expert Harry Moser, founder of the Reshoring Initiative and former president of machine tool maker GF AgieCharmilles.


Financial Resources
An updated collection of state, partner, and federal financial assistance available for Illinois businesses. 

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Have a Question? Ask an Expert!

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Supply Chain Preparedness Support
Are you a supplier who can help with any of the more than 20 critical supplies identified by Governor Pritzker's Essential Equipment Task Force? 

[Let us know]

Are you a Manufacturer Looking for COVID-19 Supplies?
Let us know which supplies and services, and we will match you with a vetted resource to help fulfill your needs.

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Illinois manufacturers are proving to be resilient and innovative amidst COVID-19.

PureLine Treatment Systems
Adapted an eight-year-old product to develop the Dopke Decon System that decontaminates up to 75 N95 Masks within 90 minutes!

[Read the story]

KOVAL Distillery
Chicago's first distillery since prohibition is now an alcohol-based sanitizer production facility, donating over 2000 gal. to those in need.

[Read the story]

Know a company that we should consider featuring in our heroes series?  Please send an e-mail to Kristy Johns at 

Webinar series

Upcoming Webinars

Safety Plans for Reopening Your Workplace
May 8  |  11:30 am -12:00 pm
Take time now to develop an effective safety plan to guide the reopening of your business to protect your employees & outside visitors.

Time to Rebuild: COVID-19 Supply Chain Wake-Up Call
May 11 | 11:30 am - 12:15 pm
Learn how to rebuild a shorter, more profitable and resilient supply chain for the future of your company.

Making Fast & Decisive Shifts in Your Operating Strategy
May 12  |  11:30 am - 12:15 pm
Help your company reconnect with your markets, core products, and critical customers using tried and true models for adjusting your business strategy.

Pricing in a Crisis
May 13  |  11:30 am - 12:15 am
Discover how increases and decreases in price can complement traditional cost-cutting measures while delivering more to the bottom line.

Change Management: Breaking Through the Pandemic Fog
May 14 | 11:30 am - 12:15 pm
Equip your company with simple & flexible tools to effectively manage the changes of today, while clarifying your future process planning.

Recovery Readiness: Observations and Trends
May 15  |  11:30 am - 12:15 pm
Cushman & Wakefield will share observations from the industrial market & anticipated trends for manufacturing, to help leaders prepare for what comes next.

What is the “New Normal” Anyway? Leadership & Culture
May 19  |  11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Join IMEC for tools and tips that can help you lead your team to successfully adjust to - and grow through - the new normal.

Responding to a Violation of Your Security Policy
May 19 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Part 2 of 3-part webinar series discussing the Foundations of Security, how to respond if you do find a security violation, and how to investigate your security environment and identify incidents.

Are Your Risk Plans Updated for the Next Disruption?
May 20  |  11:30 am - 12:00 pm
This session will highlight tools to craft your risk plans to allow all aspects of your company to thrive through the next disruption.

Reputation Management in 2020: Tough Times, Good Companies
May 21 |11:30 am - 12:15 pm
Hear best practices for using authentic communication about your company - both positive and hard news - to defend and enhance your company’s good reputation.

Economic Insights from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
May 22  |  11:30 am - 12:15 pm
Hear economic insights from the experts at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and learn what this means for manufacturers in Illinois.

Reinventing the Supply Chain
May 26  |  11:30 am - 12:15 pm
This session highlights the ideal supply chain of 2030 and key questions to ask as you lead your transition from the current to a more collaborative and accurate supply chain plan. 

Preparing for the Economic Unknown
May 27  |  11:30am - 12:00 pm
As the economy hedges towards a recession, learn how your company can prepare to make your way through the economic unknown.

Investigating your Security Environment and Incidents
June 16 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Part 3 of 3-part webinar series discussing the Foundations of Security, how to respond if you do find a security violation, and how to investigate your security environment and identify incidents.


ICMYI: Download Past Webinars

Sales Recovery in Crisis Times: “Start Me Up!” Revenue Recovery Planning
By thinking like a start-up, manufacturers can emerge from this time of uncertainty with a focused strategy to re-start your revenue engine.

Prepare Your Workforce to Thrive: Effective Employee Engagement Strategy
Learn how to proactively create an employee engagement strategy that ensures employee needs are being met as your team rebounds to the "new normal."

Create a Secure Remote Work Environment Webinar
Get tips and tricks to successfully adopt a cybersecure remote work environment.

Getting Back to The New Normal Webinar
Learn how leaders can help their team adapt to successfully lead a remote work team, even in the midst of change.

Create a Ruthlessly Efficient Machine Shop: Automation & Technology Webinar
Increase the productivity of your manufacturing facility by incorporating automation into processes, including the use of cobots & real-time data tracking.

How to Lead Through Crisis
Leaders at every level of an organization can learn to use the 4 quadrants of the Time Management Matrix for current and future planning.

Cybersecurity Webinar: Working From Home – Enforcing the Basics Of Information Security
Experts identify key steps to protect your company data from cyberthreats as more staff transition to work from home.

Foundations for Security and Watching the Wire
Part 1 of 3-part webinar series discussing the Foundations of Security, how to respond if you do find a security violation, and how to investigate your security environment and identify incidents.

Continuity Planning in Uncertain Times
Even in the midst of change, companies can adjust their risk plan to prepare for business continuity.

The Day After Funding/Loan Applications…Now What?
Best practices in financial management to emerge from uncertainty with a post-crisis playbook for financial resilience.

Managing EHS Issues During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Learn the components of developing a pandemic preparedness plan while managing day-to-day EHS regulatory requirements.

Changing Long-Term Goals Because of Short-Term Disruptions
Explores how challenging business situations can provide the perfect opportunity to plan and prepare for the future.

Staying Connected: Best Practices for Leaders
Tips to lead your team through the transition of adjusting to new work expectations due to the Coronavirus.

Virtual Marketing During a Crisis
Learn how your company can adopt techniques to marketing your products virtually.

Training During Disruption with TWI: The Need is Now!
Learn how Training within Industry is a tool to capture standard work and quickly train staff for new responsibilities.

Developing a COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan
Session covering guidelines from CDC & OSHA to assist employers in preparing & implementing a Preparedness & Response Plan to address COVID-19.

Insights from IMEC Experts

The New Supply Chain: Make a Difference

Part 4 of the The Supply Chain Blog Series.We have learned that manufacturing and the supply chain will rise to the call and that we are far more innovative and flexible than we believe.

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The New Supply Chain: Re-Invent

Part 3 of the The Supply Chain Blog Series. We will "reinvent” the supply chain during this crisis and for the future, pandemic will be a section within every business continuity plan.

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How to Structure your Large Data Sets

During these troubling times, big data analytics is proving to be an ally for first responders and other front line workers.

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Four Strategies to Use Now to Adjust and Improve Cash Flow During a Crisis

Maintaining adequate cash flow is a major factor when operating a healthy business in times of growth and prosperity. During tough times it takes on an amplified role.

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Using 80/20 in your Crisis Rebound Strategy

80/20 can help narrow the focus to what is most important during this challenging time and ensure a successful emergence from crisis.

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7 Ways Companies can Differentiate and Stand out from the Competition

Pull your team together and start outlining areas where you can differentiate your company from your competition. You hired them for a reason, let them be part of the journey

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Pivoting & Managing a Crisis:  Effective Business Continuity Plans

For companies in the manufacturing sector however, there are certain key elements which should be considered the “minimum” items to address.

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Strategy in a Time of Uncertainty

Albert Einstein is quoted as saying “In the midst of every crisis, lies great opportunity.”  If this is true, what is the opportunity for your organization?  Where is the guidebook?  How can we lead the organization to not only survive but thrive in the future? 

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Lessons for Our Times from Two Iconic Leaders

How are you giving employees a sense of purpose at this time? Are you visible to employees, even if they are working remotely? Leadership lessons from two iconic leaders for all times and some specific pointers for surviving times of crisis

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Success Leaves Clues

What will your business look like in 3 or 6 months? How about in 2021? How will we prepare our teams and leaders appropriately? 

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How are you Getting Better at Getting Better?

There is an enduring approach to organizational performance that has been around since the 1980s. It has proven its value and can be applied today to create and sustain that same value. 

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Gaining Trust in a Crisis

Now is the time to exhibit some of your humanity along with your leadership in order to build trust between you and the people that work for you.

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Developing Leaders During a Crisis

We may not have a clear vision of what the future holds; however, we still need to be proactive in shaping our destiny. Begin developing your leaders now so they will be prepared as we emerge on the other side in the coming months.

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Balancing Home and Work Life While Working From Home

Working from home has its benefits and challenges. Here are some tips to help you enjoy your new office as well as live peacefully with people at home.

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Listening to Your Employees:  Employee Engagement Survey During a Crisis

Within an organization, maintaining strong cohesiveness as a team is what will keep us thriving through obstacles.

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Four Key Elements of an Effective Risk Management Program

An effective Risk Management Program combines the evaluation of risk with the deployment of resiliency.

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COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Checklist

You should create a facilities plan that will help keep your employees as safe as possible - don't wait for one to test positive for Coronavirus.

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Preventative Maintenance Now for Success Later

As organizations face a slowdown in incoming orders or employee absenteeism, now is the time to address those nagging equipment issues.

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Facility Startup Checklist

Here are some guidelines that can help you ensure employee safety and proper machine and process startup as you resume operations

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Lean Through COVID-19: Adapting Lean Tools To Changing Times

The need for continuous improvement persists, and one may argue, is even more important during challenging times.

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COVID-19 and Problem-Solving Skills

The COVID-19 crisis should be treated as a wake-up call for us! How well does your team solve problems at the root cause level?

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Do More with Less – The march of Productivity

The role of automation and mechanization in driving productivity has been widely headlined. Yet, eliminating unnecessary work takes as much innovation.

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Training Within Industry: Job Instruction - Why Now?

Job instruction method allows you to get a person to quickly remember to do a job, correctly, safely, and conscientiously.  

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Gain Client Commitments to Move Opportunities Forward

Being the resident expert who is able to guide them through this tough time might be just what is needed to get to “yes” a little quicker and more often.

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Connect with Clients Quickly by Building Rapport in the Conversation

When it comes to building rapport in conversations, the key is to keep it simple and listen, listen, listen! 

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Decisions about Face Covering in Manufacturing

Some governing bodies are requiring face coverings and not providing clear definitions or specifications on what is considered a “face covering.”

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How is Your Respiratory Protection Program?

Respiratory Protection Programs are a little more complicated than other aspects of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for many employers. 

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