Build a Resilient Supply Chain Livestream, Butler University Experts to Lead Discussion

Tammy Allen, Director | Marketing & Programs, The NIIC

February 15, 2021, Fort Wayne, Ind. Effective, resilient supply chain management is vital to business venture growth and success. The disruption of the global supply chain this past year affected a wide range of businesses across many sectors of our economy. Join The NIIC on March 3, 2021, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., for a Livestream lunch and learn to discuss how to Build a Resilient Supply Chain. Supply Chain experts Matthew Caito and Dr. Janaina Siegler from the Butler Lacey School of Business will lead the discussion. Register here.

“Many businesses are seeking answers about ways to prevent some of the challenges faced during COVID-19 Pandemic from happening again. The NIIC Women’s Business Center EmPWR Program engaged experts to lead this lunchtime discussion and to develop a new NIIC Navigator® Online Learning Toolset course focused on Supply Chain Resilience,” said Sarah Lance, EmPWR Program Manager. The NIIC Navigator® content is available through The NIIC.

The Livestream discussion will include managerial perspectives for supply chain leadership, with particular attention given to preparation and resilience. Practical tools and techniques will be provided for handling supply chain risks, disruptions, and recovery in today’s dynamic environment.

While all companies operate within a supply chain of one sort or another, not all companies think about what makes their role in a supply chain unique to them. Understanding what is unique to a company will help managers consider what is important to their supply chains.

Matthew Caito is the Faculty Instructor—Operations and Supply Chain Management and Business Analytics and Data Modeling. He works closely with undergraduate and graduate students to help develop the leadership and business skills needed for success in today’s competitive operating climate.  In addition to his work at the university, Caito is passionate about helping established entrepreneurs and leaders develop their organizations.

Working closely with The NIIC and supporting its mission has proven to be a good fit for Caito and is an additional opportunity to share training and more resources with innovative companies throughout Indiana. When asked about NIIC’s EmPWR Program, Caito said, “It’s a responsibility and privilege to work together to build solid home-grown Hoosier businesses.  The innovation and resilience shown by our state’s entrepreneurs and their willingness to work hard together to achieve meaningful goals make stronger communities for our children and us.”

Dr. Janaina (Jane) Siegler, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor Operations and Supply Chain Management. “I have been an entrepreneur myself for many years before coming to academia. I have some great memories and some very challenging ones, which I chose to address through the EmPWR Program supply chain content. One, as it relates to the knowledge and ability to efficiently manage our inventories and all the costs related to them. And the second is about the importance of understanding our environment, our suppliers, and how our relationship with them can strategically help us or hinder our business development and growth,” said Siegler.

Learn more or register here. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/build-a-resilient-supply-chain-tickets-141138339573

About WBC EmPWR Program

The Women’s Business Center (WBC) EmPWR Program is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership and serves clients in 83 Indiana counties through May 2021. The EmPWR Program brings together the experts, the resources and the tools business builders need to get back on track from COVID-19. We specifically serve women-owned businesses – from individual entrepreneurs to businesses with many employees and multiple locations. We will work with anyone who needs our support. For more information, visit https://niic.net/empwr/.

About The NIIC

499 new products launched, 196 patent applications submitted or granted, and 2,351 jobs created—that is what entrepreneurs have achieved through The NIIC since its inception two decades ago. The NIIC has also connected Northeast Indiana companies to attract $100.4 million in grants and capital.

The NIIC is a non-profit, vibrant entrepreneurial community designed to advise entrepreneurs to plan, launch, and grow successful business ventures. The NIIC bolsters innovative companies to move ideas into action. The NIIC is located in a designated U.S. Small Business Administration HUB Zone. In April 2018, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb designated The Northeast Indiana Innovation Park Campus as an Opportunity Zone through the U.S. Treasury. The NIIC is the country’s only ISO9001:2015 registered business incubation and acceleration program. Additionally, the International Business Innovation Association (inbia.org) recognized the NIIC as the 2020 Entrepreneur Center of the Year – Mixed-use and awarded it one of the two prestigious industry awards – the 2020 Dinah Adkins Award. TheNIIC.org. Click here for The NIIC press kit.


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