Updates from Industry & Inclusion

  • “Supporting the Ecosystem Builders Who Support Small Businesses: Why Their Resiliency is Key to Economic Recovery”. This webinar is explicitly for non-profit and social impact organizations and how they can diversify their development approaches to remain resilient in times of crisis.
  • The second in a series of posts in the Hidden Talent blog. Author Claire Michaels (Director of Workforce and Hiring at SFMade and Manufacture : San Jose, and longtime UMA member) documented stories of highly-motivated, well-prepared employees who got their start at employment in a manufacturing social enterprise. Read more below.
  • An introduction to two racial-equity facing programs across the country: (1) the non-profit, crowdfunding platform In Our Backyard (ioby) and their focus on projects and programs run by Black entrepreneurs and community leaders; and (2) a new RFEI out of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation for the operation of an equity incubator to promote and assist women and people of color-owned businesses. Read more below.
  • There is no one size fits all strategy for scaling workforce development initiatives. Strategies can range from expanding existing in-house, direct support to building affiliations with aligned organizations, to publishing and distributing IP to advocating for policy change.
  • Before scaling it is important to know what problem you are trying to solve. It is difficult to evaluate which scaling strategy to implement without a deep understanding of the problem beyond your existing center of attention. If an organization can illustrate the context of the problem in multiple locations and show that it cannot be solved through the actions of just one site, one company, or one resource then it supports the need to increase efforts.
  • Have awareness about your industry’s and your communities’ needs. It is vital to connect communities while building industries. This can be done by connecting existing educational organizations — like high schools and community colleges — with established supporters of manufacturers — like the NIST MEP/IRC network. But you have to go beyond making connections and introductions.
  • Intermediaries play a big role in creating change and new resilient systems. Developing new systems of equitable industrial development requires a community-wide effort. This effort has to be more innovative, more creative, and more collaborative in order to avoid recreating systemic barriers (e.g. racism, implicit bias, etc…). To do this, the process, and therefore the starting point, of developing programs must be approached intentionally and collaboratively, with heavy emphasis on evaluating the impact of programs, and adjusting as necessary.




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