Coffee & Conversation: June 2024

Velocity 6633 18 Mile Road, Sterling Heights, MI

Are you a woman navigating the complexities of networking in the business world?

Join us for this month's Coffee & Conversation an exclusive event featuring Canetha Amour-Porter, author of "The Ultimate Women's Networking Guide: Empowering Women to Connect & Thrive for Every Personality Type." Gain invaluable insights and actionable strategies to conquer networking obstacles and thrive in your professional journey.

In this interactive discussion, Canetha will share key points and practical action items from her book, designed to empower women (and everyone) to grow their networking skills. Whether you're an introvert, extrovert, or somewhere in between, discover how to leverage your unique personality traits to build meaningful connections and advance your career.

Don't miss this opportunity to unlock the power of connection and propel your professional growth. Reserve your spot now and join us for an event full of inspiration, empowerment, and actionable steps towards networking success. Plus, all attendees will receive a complimentary copy of Canetha's book to continue their journey towards networking mastery.

"As women, we possess unique strengths and perspectives that, when combined, form an unstoppable force for positive change. This guide is dedicated to harnessing those strengths and celebrating the diversity within our community. Whether you identify as a Giver, a People Lover, a Rule Follower, or a Value Seeker, this guide is your companion on the journey to realizing your full potential through the power of authentic connections through Networking."

Velocity's Community Engagement Manager, Paula MacPherson, will be hosting the event and is available for any questions you have.

About the Presenter:

Canetha Amour-Porter, Author, Podcaster, Speaker

With a passion for fostering connections and opportunities, Canetha Amour-Porter has become a leading figure in the realm of female empowerment. As the founder of Amour Women, she has dedicated her career to providing resources and support for women worldwide. Canetha's entrepreneurial spirit has propelled her to create a thriving ecosystem where women can thrive both personally and professionally. A sought-after podcaster, author, and public speaker, she uses her platforms to amplify women's voices and share stories of triumph and resilience. Canetha's leadership extends beyond her business endeavors; she serves on various boards dedicated to advancing opportunities for women in business and society. Through her work, she continues to break down barriers and shape a future where every woman has the opportunity to succeed.


8D Problem Solving

Velocity 6633 18 Mile Road, Sterling Heights, MI

This one-day interactive course will equip participants with the knowledge and skills needed to take a problem through a process involving tools such as 5-Whys, Brainstorming, Fishbone Diagrams, and others.

This training will orient participants to the problem solving basics and 8-D reporting methods. Discussions and exercises involving problem solving tools are part of this seminar.

Target Audience:
Any employee tasked with performing the typical problem-solving activities when trying to determine the root cause(s) of a customer complaint or internally required corrective actions.

Learning Outcomes:
After attending this course, learners will have received the knowledge and tools needed to objectively identify the problem, isolate the root cause, and document the entire process.

The learner will be able to:

• Discuss requirements of disciplined problem solving methods such as 8-D.
• Have the ability to practice problem solving tools such as:
- Brainstorming
- Cause & Effect (fishbone) analysis
- Scatter diagraming
- 5-Whys and the 3 legged 5-Why Process
- Flow Chart a Process, etc.
• Define the interrelationship of root cause analysis and problem solving

Cost: $495.00 Per Person


Coffee & Conversation: July 2024

Velocity 6633 18 Mile Road, Sterling Heights, MI

Are you a long-standing manufacturer seeking to revolutionize your operations without breaking the bank? Join us for this month's Coffee & Conversation featuring an exclusive workshop designed to supercharge your customer service and efficiency using simple, yet powerful, tech solutions.

In a world where innovation is key, your established manufacturing business might be feeling the strain of outdated systems. But fear not! Josef Wainz understands the challenges you face. You've built a legacy of quality and reliability, but evolving customer expectations and technological advancements demand a fresh approach.

A roadmap to success without the need for a costly tech overhaul. Imagine streamlining your processes with just three simple steps, tailored to your unique business needs. It's not about reinventing the wheel; it's about enhancing what you do best.

Are you ready to embrace change and unlock the full potential of your manufacturing business? Join us for this transformative workshop where you'll learn to:

• Identify areas ripe for improvement through tech solutions.
• Select the best tools to meet your specific goals.
• Seamlessly integrate these solutions for maximum impact.
• Measure results and adapt for ongoing success.

Velocity's Community Engagement Manager, Paula MacPherson, will be hosting the event and is available for any questions you have.

About the Presenter:

Josef Wainz, President of Turtle Works

We find anywhere from $20,000 to $150,000 worth of company time wasted on tasks where their staff could be more productive. The big question: Are your people working smarter, not harder?

Hi, I’m Josef, the Productivity Energizer at Turtle Works. Serving both small and medium sized businesses, I help my clients utilize Microsoft to elevate their productivity, unleash new levels of growth, and save money in the process.

I understand that adopting technology can be overwhelming - even when you know that doing so is right for your business in the long run. That’s why my team of Microsoft software experts provides our clients with time and attention to ensure a seamless transition to fixing painful and expensive problems.

Let’s talk about how we can leverage your existing Microsoft investment to save your business time and money.


Core Tools: APQP,PPAP, and FMEA

Velocity 6633 18 Mile Road, Sterling Heights, MI

Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center offers this combination class to train manufacturers in the planning, launch and validation of new products or processes.

The course blends the three core tools of APQP, PPAP and FMEA and guides participants through important steps of the launch process.

Utilized correctly, the deployment of these core tools leads to continuous improvement, defect prevention and the reduction of variation and waste. 2 days of training.

This combo-course covers:

• Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) is a structured method of defining and establishing the steps necessary to ensure that a product satisfies the customer.
• Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) an important part of the product development process. It allows producers to evaluate the components and sub-systems which they receive from suppliers and establishes confidence in the supplier's management systems.
• Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) highlights and prevents future failures from occurring. FMEA focuses on reducing risk of failure occurrences by making design and process changes, which has proven to save organizations significant amounts of money by prevention of failures/product recalls.

Date(s) and Time(s):

8/28/2024 (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
8/29/2024 (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Cost: $995.00 Per Person


Session 3: Sale to Private Equity

Velocity 6633 18 Mile Road, Sterling Heights, MI

Considering Sale to Private Equity? Is selling to a private equity firm on your radar as the next step for your business growth or succession plan? Join us for the third session of our event series on Succession Planning, presented in collaboration with UHY Advisors.

Led by Ben Hartman, this session will delve into the nuances of selling to private equity, providing you with invaluable insights and guidance to navigate this path with confidence.

Here's what you can expect to learn:

• How to position your business for a successful sale to private equity.
• Timing considerations to optimize your sale.
• Understanding the net proceeds after taxes to ensure a profitable transaction.
• Exploring the opportunities and potential pitfalls associated with selling to a private equity group.

Don't miss this opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of the sale to private equity process and make informed decisions about the future of your business. Elevate your succession planning strategy and solidify your business legacy with expert guidance from UHY.

About the Presenter:

Ben Hartman
Principal, UHY Corporate Finance

Ben is a member of the firm’s Corporate Finance practice. Ben has investment banking experience with dozens of domestic and international transactions across a broad range of industries and underwriting cash flow basedloans, including sponsor-backed leverage buyouts, recapitalizations, and acquisitions within a national banking group.

Professional Experience:

• Experience includes investment banking experience with dozens of domestic and international transactions across a broad range of industries and underwriting cash flow basedloans, including sponsor-backed leverage buyouts, recapitalizations, and acquisitions within a national banking group
• Sell side and capital advisory services serving strategic and private equity clients engaged in divestitures, restructuring, carve-outs, private capital raising, and venture capital
• Extensive knowledge with delivering quantifiable benefits to buy side clients including adjustments to reported EBITDA and net assets, purchase and sale agreement modifications, and working capital adjustment mechanisms
• Solid track record of successfully selling companies to both strategic and private equity buyers including pre-sale positioning, market research, writing offering memoranda, executing robust marketing processes, managing company presentations, creating dynamic financial models, and negotiating deal terms