3.7 — This new organization promotes the services and goods made in the USA. It also has an RFP program that connects US suppliers with US buyers. Definitely check it out! (3.7 stands for the 3.7 million square miles that comprise the United States of America.)
Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) — A non-profit, non-partisan partnership formed in 2007 by some of America’s leading manufacturers and the United Steelworkers. AAM’s mission is to strengthen American manufacturing and create new private-sector jobs through smart public policies. Be sure to subscribe to their must-read newsletter.
BusinessUSA.Gov — A centralized, one-stop platform to make it easier for businesses to access services to help them grow and hire. Find resources by state for funding, bid opportunities, and trade and export assistance.
Economic Development Agencies — These agencies provide information on resources for economic growth through the expansion of local businesses and by attracting new business. Agencies listed by U.S. county at countyoffice.org.
Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) — A public-private partnership with Centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico dedicated to serving small and medium-sized manufacturers. Since 1988, MEP has worked with more than 86,000 manufacturers producing $96.4B in sales, $15.7B in cost savings, and more than 797,994 jobs.
I can’t say enough good things about the MEP and how each state MEP works with schools and other orgs to advance manufacturing. Find your state’s MEP Center using the handy map and subscribe to the Manufacturing Innovation Blog.
The Made in America Movement — Founded by Margarita Mendoza who has a passion about seeing more jobs come back to America. She wants to see individuals get involved to use their voices and buying power to create change.
SME — Serves the manufacturing industry as a nonprofit by promoting advanced manufacturing technology and developing a skilled workforce. SME puts on Eastec, Westec, etc. and also publishes a great magazine each month. Huff Industrial Marketing is a member.
Women In Manufacturing — A more than 500-member-strong national association dedicated to supporting, promoting and inspiring women who are pursuing or have chosen a career in the manufacturing industry. Huff Industrial Marketing is a member.