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  • 5 Personal Loan Traps That Can Affect Your Business
    5 Personal Loan Traps That Can Affect Your Business
    Personal loans can be a powerful tool for financing a business . Business owners can use this loan option to cover everything from startup costs to expansion expenses. Thus, it's essential to understand how personal loans work and the potential traps that can come along with them. How Beneficial Personal Loans Are for Businesses  Before discussing ... more
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  • Welcome New Members: Nov. 2022
    Welcome New Members: Nov. 2022
    During November, we were happy to welcome 93 professional members, eight emerging professionals and 100 students as new SME members. Please join us in welcoming them to SME and start networking today!  PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS Ihsaan Ajamu, Manufacturing Engineer, Ford Motor Sterling Plant TC05A  Bryan Albrecht, EdD, President & CEO, Gateway ... more
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  • Welcome New Members: Oct. 2022
    Welcome New Members: Oct. 2022
    During the month of October, we were happy to welcome the following new members to SME. Please reach out to them by searching our member directory and adding them as a connection . You can also write a welcome message on their wall! EMERGING PROFESSIONALS: Peyton Jones, Manufacturing Engineer, Valmont Ind Inc. Catherine Varney, Continuous ... more
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  • SME Member Spotlight: Zachary Bibik, CAM-F
    SME Member Spotlight: Zachary Bibik, CAM-F
    What is the primary reason you joined SME? I joined SME as a high school senior when I was looking for scholarships to help me earn an engineering degree. My mother is an SME member and connected me with the SME Education Foundation scholarship opportunities. I was awarded the 2015 SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship. I would not have been able to ... more
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  • Augmented Lean:  A Human-Centric Framework For Managing Frontline Operations
    Augmented Lean: A Human-Centric Framework For Managing Frontline Operations
    Whether on the shop floor assembling products or in the field troubleshooting equipment, industrial frontline workers stand at the core of manufacturing—and represent a sizable chunk of the productivity in any economy. They’re routinely tasked with delivering more, from faster product cycles to smoother global supply chains to meeting customer ... more
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  • Welcome New Members: Sept. 2022
    Welcome New Members: Sept. 2022
    This month, we're happy to welcome the following new members to SME. Please r each out to them and add them as a connection or write a welcome message on their wall! Emerging & Professional Members Alexander Veneman, VP Quality/Reg. Compliance                   Nishant Gogna, Team Member                                     Mohammed Jubary, Process ... more
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  • SME Member Spotlight: Ted Brolund, FSME
    SME Member Spotlight: Ted Brolund, FSME
    Longtime SME member, Ted Brolund, FSME, recently sat down with us to share his thoughts on how his SME membership has impacted his career and the overall value he's derived from his 70-year membership. Ted, who's an active SME Chicagoland Chapter 5 member, was elected to the SME College of Fellows in 1988. Below are Ted's responses to the questions we ... more
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  • SME Announces Its 2022 Election Results
    SME Announces Its 2022 Election Results
    SME is happy to announce its 2022 election results for the international directors on the SME Board of Directors and representatives on the SME Member Council ; each will serve two-year terms. 2023-24 SME international directors: Edye Buchanan Bryan Dods Dean Phillips Al Wavering 2023-24 SME Member Council representatives: Matthew Clegg ... more
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  • How SMEs Can Optimize Their Online Visibility In 2023
    How SMEs Can Optimize Their Online Visibility In 2023
    A business website is essential in today's market, but it's no longer enough to make your company noticeable online. Even if a company has a fantastic website, it won't be as profitable as it could be if customers can't find it when they search the web.  If your rival small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are aggressively courting customers through online ... more
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  • Congratulations To Our New Life Members
    Congratulations To Our New Life Members
    SME Life Members receive this high-level recognition for their years of service and age totaling 100. This designation includes lifetime full membership rights and privileges. more
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