News & Events


Manufacturing Workshop - How to Develop Your Future Leaders

June 13, 2017

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Enterprise MN will be hosting free workshops for manufacturers at various locations throughout Minnesota in the coming weeks. Each workshop will provide insights about the critical components of talent management and the steps necessary to develop a successful leadership development program.

Upon completion of the workshop participants will be able to:

  • Define talent and talent management
  • Identify the talent management life cycle
  • Describe key components to talent management
  • Explain the impact leaders have on an organization
  • Depict steps to developing a leadership development program
  • Create an action plan to implement within their own organization

This event is exclusive to manufacturers and is free of charge. Registration required.

To register please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 612-455-4239

Cannon Falls
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
The Gathering Room
31257 64th Ave Path
Cannon Falls, MN 55009

Thursday, July 13, 2017
Banquets of Minnesota - Opulence Ballroom
1009 109th Ave. NE
Blaine, MN 55434

Thursday, July 27, 2017
Hilton Garden Inn
20 Civic Center Plaza
Mankato, MN 56001


Bridging the Skills Gap with Apprenticeships

May 26, 2017

Manufacturing Apprenticeships

This month Enterprise Minnesota released its State of Manufacturing Survey, and 68% of manufacturers said it was difficult to find workers with the right skills for available jobs. One way to bridge that skills gap? Investing in apprenticeship programs and a stronger workforce.

Since 2014, the Minnesota Advanced Manufacturing Partnership has been working to establish employer-driven apprenticeships and dual-training programs at our twelve community colleges throughout Minnesota. We have also developed +Connect, a new industry-driven training program that provides the required instruction for apprenticeships and utilizes telepresence technology so that employees can train right at the workplace.

Read what U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar has to say about apprenticeships in a new article from the Winona Daily News: Investing in a 21st Century Workforce.

FastTRAC Pathways to Manufacturing Careers at SCC

May 25, 2017

Get off the couch and on the FastTRAC to a new career in manufacturing!

What's FastTRAC? It’s a FREE, short-term refresher course that prepares you for manufacturing classes at South Central College.

Next FastTRAC Course
July 5 - August 14
9 am - 12 pm
South Central College North Mankato Campus

Information and Registration: (507) 345-5222

Learn more about FastTRAC and be on your way to a better, more meaningful career in no time!

South Central College Apprenticeship Graduates

May 11, 2017

South Central College manufacturing graduates

Hats off to these four Advanced Manufacturing Dual-Training and Apprenticeship students who are graduating from South Central College today! These students leveraged their classroom learning to advance their career pathways at partner employers under the MnAMP Grant. Congratulations!


2017 State of Manufacturing survey results

May 11, 2017

For the ninth year in a row, Enterprise Minnesota is releasing the results of an in-depth, statistically significant survey of the perceptions and opinions of 400 Minnesota manufacturing executives. The survey is accompanied by a series of focus groups, comprised of executives, managers, students, and thought leaders revealing their thoughts on the economy and other major issues impacting Minnesota's manufacturing industry.

2017 State of Manufacturing regional event in Owatonna

2017 State of Manufacturing regional event in Owatonna

The MnAMP team and several consortium partners had the opportunity to attend The State of Manufacturing regional event in Owatonna on May 10, 2017. There, we learned that Minnesota’s small- and medium-sized manufacturers are incredibly optimistic about the prospects of their companies over the coming year according to the survey. These findings, coupled with shrinking concerns about the global economy, suggest 2017 will be a year of growth for the state’s manufacturing industry.

2017 State of Manufacturing regional event in Owatonna

A panel of local leaders and business owners also addressed some of their challenges, key issues, and ideas in relation to the survey results. Through this discussion, it was clear that state colleges in Minnesota are much more connected to manufacturing companies than in other states. The panel also provided insights on changing the image of manufacturing, how to get students talking about manufacturing, and employee retention.

The full 2017 survey results can be found on the Enterprise Minnesota website.

To find a State of Manufacturing event near you, view the schedule here - The State of Manufacturing® Events.

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