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    costcutter
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    Anyone come across local, state or federal programs that grant companies money for Lean or Six Sigma training?

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    #121213

    6sigmatools
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    Pennsylvania has a group called Mantec which is a state/federal funded group that helps with small manufacturing businesses. Your state may have the same type of assistance. Check your states web page.
    http://www.mantec.org

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    #121245

    EdG
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    Why should the government pay for a company’s Lean or Six Sigma training?
    If a company is not willing to invest their own funds to improve the way you do business or become more competitive then why would any of its employees believe that this is nothing more than the next flavor of the month?  If a company it too the point that their preverbial back is against the wall and they scrape together sufficient funds to implement Lean or Six Sigma, then might they take it more seriously?
    Right or wrong, just a thought…

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    #121784

    costcutter
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    Thanks! I’ll look into it.

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    #121785

    costcutter
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    The government pays for all sorts of things for unknown reasons. (That Matthew Lesko guy on TV has made a career out of selling books on all the bizarre little known programs.) Whether they should or shouldn’t for any of these program is a matter of personal opinion.
    Your other question assumes that the company is researching grant opportunities because it is unwilling to fully commit their own resources. This is not the case. That’s like saying if you don’t pay full sticker price without negotiating you don’t really want the car. We’re going to run the same program no matter what but if we can offsett some of the costs through a government program designated to do just that why wouldn’t we. That’s just smart business.

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    #121790

    Psyc
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    In Ayrshire Scoland there is a program that will pay up to 50% of the cost to train a lean expert for the company. (up to £8,000) This is though Scottish Enterprise. The idea is to make local businesses more gobally competitive. This then brings in more jobs and in the end more tax revenue. In teh states I would ask the local chamber of commerse. As a SS BB I am always looking for a method to improve the return on investment and looking for possible funding for training is a great idea. If you have any success please let the rest of us know.
    Mike
     

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    #138241

    Carr
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    Virginia has what is called VSMAP (Virginia Small Manufacturing Assistance Program).  This is a one-year pilot program that will allow our engineers to reach out to our customers at a reduced rate of our original fee.  The Commonwealth of VA realizes that our companies need to remain competitive and to do that, they need tomake an investment in their future.  If you qualify for assistance, and our engineers will be happy to help you complete the short application, then this leaves te client only paying 1/3 of what a project price would cost, up to $50,000.  This funding is on a first-come, first serve basis and has criterias for the funding (150 or fewer employees; less than $30 million in sales; located in a distressed qualifying area.  Email me today for more information.

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