Webinars, virtual, and in-person training sessions to introduce solutions to the challenges facing manufacturing in 2021, and beyond.
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August Training and Events: Strategies, Best Practices,
and Insights to Help you Compete and Win

This month's event schedule is packed with powerful training sessions that address common concerns like cybersecurity, talent attraction and retention, workplace safety, and much more. Invest the time to learn now, so your team is well-equipped with strategies and tools to overcome challenges, compete, and win.

View the complete list of events below or visit the IMEC Events Page to register!

MAKE STEADY PROGRESS: CMMC Cybersecurity 15-Part Training Series for Manufacturers
Series kicks off August 4 | 8:30am - 11:30am and will meet the first Wednesday of every month until October 5, 2022.
Register for the Series!
Manufacturers looking to retain or earn new contracts through the U.S Department of Defense are required to meet Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) certification by 2025. This 15 month series will guide you through the process towards CMMC certification, verifying to the DoD that you have adequate cybersecurity controls and policies in place to meet DoD security standards. Registration discounts and grant funding may be available to cover training costs. Contact Emily Lee at elee@imec.org to learn more.


AGILITY IN TECH: Embrace Tech Beyond your IT Team for Standardized Work Webinar
August 5  | 10:00 am
A citizen developer is a persona, not a title or targeted role, with the ability to create application capabilities using low- or no-code technology. This webinar will highlight citizen developers as a cost-effective solution for agile development of technology, allowing a larger team to develop a digital path to standardized work, with ease of testing that does not burden the IT team. 

FIND AND KEEP: Improve Talent Acquisition and Employee Retention Webinar
August 11 |  8:00 am
This webinar will introduce attendees to the elements, focus points, and processes to improve workforce stability with improved talent acquisition and employee retention. If you find that your team has an ongoing struggle with the workforce, this session is for you!


TAKE SMALL STEPS: Better Every Day with Continuous Improvement Webinar
August 11  |  11:30 am
Join IMEC to learn how to adopt these familiar processes on a larger scale in your production processes. The ongoing commitment can result in greater production efficiency and improved quality. Learn how these small daily changes can have a large impact on your bottom line.


PROTECT YOUR TEAM: USDOT Hazardous Material Employee Training
August 17  |  11:30 am
If you are a generator of any quantity of hazardous waste – and some universal waste – then you are also subject to HazMat Employee training requirements. The USDOT training is required initially (within 90 days) and every three years thereafter for any person whose job directly affects the safe transportation of a hazardous material (HazMat). Join us to fulfill your training requirements for the next three years!


LEVERAGE YOUR ERP: How to Achieve, Maintain, and Sustain Compliance Webinar
August 18  |  11:30 am
An ERP system can help you overcome roadblocks to meet & sustain compliance requirements, especially in aerospace and defense manufacturing. Join this webinar from IMEC and Cre8tive Technology & Design to learn how to leverage your ERP system to foster a culture of compliance and growth within your company.


SAFE AND SOUND: Safety and Health in Southern Illinois
August 19  |  10:00 am 
Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center 1740 Innovation Dr., Carbondale
Join together with IMEC, OSHA, and your peers to learn best practices for creating a safe and healthy workplace for your team, as we celebrate Safe & Sound Week across Southern Illinois.

MAXIMIZE YOUR MACHINES: Total Predictive Maintenance for Equipment Effectiveness Virtual Training Series
August 23, 30 and September 3, 7, 10, 13, 17  |  8:30 am 
Do you seek to improve equipment reliability, product quality, cost performance and uptime on your equipment? This series will help your team members understand their role in developing a better culture of equipment care that will ultimately provide measurable results that will motivate your team to sustain continuous improvement.


KNOW THE LAW: Intro to EPA Hazardous Waste Training Webinar
August 25  |  8:00 am
This session will cover the details of US EPA training requirements & your responsibilities for any employee whose job responsibilities bring them into contact with hazardous waste, have a responsibility for management of hazardous waste, or may respond to a hazardous waste emergency.


BE THE CHANGE: Corporate Social Responsibility – Incorporating CSR into Your Brand Workshop for Illinois Manufacturers
August 26  |  8:30 am
The second of 3 sessions about Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), will explore how CSR practices help to attract and retain top talent, as well as what it means to be a 'good corporate citizen'. This series is specifically designed for small to mid-sized manufacturers who are interested in learning about the benefits and advantages of investing in CSR practices as part of an overall strategy for encouraging business growth and revitalization.  Note: Registration is limited to Illinois manufacturers.

Session 3: September 23  |  BE THE CHANGE: CSR - Leadership for a Changing World
Session 1: Watch the Recording  |  BE THE CHANGE: Doing Good to Do Better 


BUILD LEADERS WITHIN: Key Skills to Develop your Front-Line Leaders Webinar
August 31  |  11:30 am
Front-line leaders manage around 80% of the workforce, so their role can make or break your company.  When you equip your leaders – whether new or experienced – with the knowledge and skills to be successful, you can expect increased employee engagement and a decrease in turnover.  This session will highlight the key skills to build in your leaders that can set your leaders up for ongoing success, and create a culture that values leaders at all levels of the organization.

Questions about these events? Contact Emily Lee at elee@imec.org.

Missed a Webinar? Recordings of all past webinars and resources are available on demand.  Visit the IMEC Coronavirus: News & Updates Page to download and listen to all of the past sessions.


Apply to be on the cutting-edge of automation technology
to solve productivity and innovation challenges.

Learn how IMEC can help you to identify, adapt, and implement automation technologies − building core strengths that will enable your company to rebound even stronger from the pandemic.  Depending on your identified needs and priorities your company could receive:

  • Business case for robotics and flexible automation technologies
  • Technology deployment roadmap
  • Vendor selection services
  • Implementation and process services
  • Overall project management

Learn more and apply for this fully-funded program

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