In business, success and growth are dependent on having the right people working in the right positions. While most companies understand the importance of this basic concept, too many fail to make their hiring process a priority. Some never develop best practices for hiring at all. Others take shortcuts with the process, or prematurely toss promising candidates due to arbitrary judgments that have nothing to do with the position requirements. Either way, the result is the same: recruiting and hiring yield mixed results, exceptional candidates are overlooked and teams feel frustrated.

Today’s fiercely competitive market necessitates successful hiring. Careful planning is an essential first step in the process. Equally important is having a repeatable process that can be monitored, measured and optimized over time. 

The battery show 2015 – co-locating with the electric & hybrid vehicle technology expo – targets the global battery industry with advanced battery technology and innovative offerings

In its sixth consecutive year, The Battery Show is claiming its title as the largest free-to-attend exhibition of advanced batteries in the United States. Located this year outside of Detroit in Novi, Mich., and taking place September 15-17, The Battery Show 2015 will be a major showcase of the latest advanced battery technology.

The Battery Show is attended by technical leaders, scientists, engineers, project leaders, buyers and senior executives concerned with advanced energy storage and will host the very latest advanced battery solutions for electric and hybrid vehicles, utility and renewable energy support, portable electronics, medical technology, military and telecommunications.

On April 16, 2015, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released its much anticipated Final Priority Product Work Plan under the Safer Consumer Products Regulations. The work plan, initially proposed by DTSC on Sept. 12, 2014, describes product categories it will use to evaluate and identify product-chemical combinations to be added to the priority products.  The purpose of the work plan is to provide a “level of predictability to potential manufacturers, importers, retailers, and other stakeholders regarding the types of products that can be considered for evaluation over the next three years.”

Almost 350 comments were submitted on the draft work plan, although a majority of those comments addressed only one category (fishing and angling). While DTSC has retained all seven priority product categories, it has made modest modifications to each category.

The space business is changing. While U.S. military and government face shrinking budgets, collaborating with the burgeoning commercial space sector can help provide the expertise and technology required to continue delivering missions safely and cost effectively. Meanwhile, small satellites plus affordable launchers promise nothing less than the democratization of space.

These were the types of issues addressed during Space Tech Expo 2015 in May, which was held in Long Beach, Calif. The event saw more than 200 exhibitors, which was a 33 percent increase from the previous event, and more than 20 percent of the exhibitors came from outside the United States. Space Tech Expo had a 45 percent increase in attendance from the 2014 show, and more than 3,100 professionals from the space and aerospace industry attended the three-day event, which included an expansive exhibit hall, presentations, product launches, speakers, panel discussions and workshops. 

Successful manufacturers have a plan for just about any contingency. They’re thinking ahead about adopting new technology, cutting energy costs and handling health care issues. Increasingly though, one of their biggest challenges is dealing with the complex landscape of increasing regulations, politics and government. The decisions made by people in state capitals and in Washington, D.C., affect every aspect of how they do business.

Spending millions on lobbyists is one tactic to deal with this complexity – though not always a successful one, as demonstrated by the recent Comcast-Time Warner debacle. The alternative is for company leaders to engage in some tough evaluation and creative thinking about how to get through the political noise. They need new strategies to promote their priorities and get the politicians and policy decision-makers on their side. 

What is considered a proper living wage has been a widely discussed and highly controversial subject in the United States for a considerable amount of time. Many people believe that there are many underpaid workers who do not receive fair compensation in return for their hard work. 

While minimum wage has not yet been raised in the United States due to possible economic implications, Kings III Emergency Communications Owner and Chairman George Broady took his employees’ proper pay scale into his own hands in May, in a move to benefit every single Kings III and SoloProtect employee.

Broady’s decision was to increase the company’s minimum wage to $17 an hour. Additionally, anyone making more than $17 an hour currently would receive proportional adjustments up to a threshold. Everyone in the company – up to but not including the vice president level – would receive a minimum of a $2,000 increase to their proper living wage.

This spring, President Obama put forth his environmental proposals, just as Waupaca Foundry Inc. (WFI), a Hitachi Metals company, was being recognized for its proactive compliance with environmental regulations. WFI has been admitted to Wisconsin’s prestigious Green Tier program, which recognizes businesses that voluntarily meet environmental regulatory standards and show proven environmental sustainability.

The foundry also earned the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Engineering Excellence Award in the state of Wisconsin, as well as a National ACEC Engineering Excellence Recognition Award for its project which promotes the re-use of foundry byproducts to enhance the sustainability of WFI’s landfill. 

Did you know that more than 33 percent of businesses are dissatisfied with their ERP solution due to the high cost of maintenance and lack of flexibility and usability (according to TEC, 2015 – SMB and Enterprise ERP snapshot)? Are you one of them? If so, you probably have made a considerable investment in your current system, both in time and in money.

And while the thought of identifying another ERP solution might make you restless, it shouldn’t stop you from finding the best solution for your business. After all, this decision has the potential to have the biggest impact on your business for the foreseeable future—choosing the right solution may mean the difference between exceeding expectations and gaining customers or failing to meet demand and losing customers. However, there are ways to make this decision easier. Here are a few things business owners need to take into consideration when shopping for a new business management system: 

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