Upcoming Events

June 2, 2021 | 1:00 pm PT


Cost: $45

Presented by Ann Wicks

A round-up of the new laws and decisions that take effect July 2021.

June 3, 2021 | 10:00 am – 11:00 pm PT

Microloans: What They Are & How They Work

Cost: Free

What is a microloan? What is the difference between a microloan and a standard loan? What are the benefits and risks of microloans? Due to these often unanswered questions and general misconceptions, business leaders may overlook or even outright dismiss microloans as a viable option for financially transforming their small and medium-sized businesses to survive and thrive in any economy.

During this webinar, Scale My Profits President Juan Velasco will demystify microloans and provide insights on how to evaluate if a microloan is right for your business.

Key Takeaways:

– The benefits and constraints of microloans
– When it’s appropriate to consider microloans
– How to find a lender and prepare for the lending process

June 8, 2021 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT

Quality 502: How To Achieve Operations Excellence on Your Shop Floor

Cost: Free

How does one become a truly excellent manufacturer? One tried and true approach is to achieve Operations Excellence, the execution of all of your production operations in a superior way. Time and time again we see that competitors with superior operations create more value for their customers.

During this webinar, CMTC Quality Practice Lead Eliot Dratch will walk us through a set of typical manufacturing processes and provide several best practices to help small and medium-sized manufacturers achieve Operations Excellence.

This webinar is part of a 2021 monthly webinar series focusing on advanced quality planning topics as they pertain to manufacturers. You are encouraged to join as many of the webinars in this series as you would like.

June 8, 2021 | 12:30 pm PT


Cost: Free

Sponsored by Health Workforce Initiative Presented by Mwanaisha Sims and Ann Wicks This training will provide the following:

– Define what workplace diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism (DEIA) means.
– Discuss the value a more DEIA workplace can offer an organization.
– Provide examples of characteristics, backgrounds, experiences and perspectives can increase an organization’s success.
– Discuss the importance that a sense of belonging offers all employees and especially those with characteristics outside of the mainstream.
– Explain the stereotypes and biases that one brings into the workplace.
– How to address micro inequities with colleagues in a respectful and impactful way.

June 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 | 8:00 am - 12:00 pm PT


Cost: $360

Presented by Guy Martindale

Business Process Mapping is one of the most important tools in identifying process improvement. In this 18-hour, 5 session, online instructor-led interactive course, participants will explore various process mapping tools and discuss the pros and cons of each. Participants gain hands-on experience with each mapping tool and will understand when to apply them. This hands-on workshop provides participants with the knowledge and experience necessary to start implementing mapping in an organization.

June 16, 2021 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm PT

Workplace Safety: Regulations & Best Practices Employers Need To Know Now

Cost: Free

What are Cal/OSHA’s new COVID-19 regulations and what do they mean? When will they expire? Who is and isn’t covered? These are only a few of the questions California business owners, managers, and supervisors need the answers to in order to fulfill their responsibilities regarding workplace health and safety. With new requirements and expanded provisions, insight and resources from the experts are essential.
During this webinar, Cal/OSHA’s Carmen Cisneros and Dan Leiner and CMTC’s Eliot Dratch and Jeri Summer will provide guidance to and answer questions for California manufacturers regarding new COVID-19 compliance obligations, such as:

– Workplace investigation and reporting
– Required written COVID-19 Prevention Program
– COVID-19 testing to their employees

CMTC is hosting monthly webinars on the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Temporary Standard through June 2021. We will include updated/refreshed information every month.

Register now to benefit from in-depth guidance for California Manufacturers.

8/20, 8/27, 9/10, 9/24, 10/8, 10/22, 11/5, 11/12 | 8:00 am - 12:00 pm PT


Cost: $1,285

Presented by John Dahlgren at Butte College Skyway Center Training will be delivered by a certified Amatrol Systems Advanced Manufacturing instructor designed to provide a balance of theory and practical application applying to a broad range of industries.

– Electrical Systems Theory
– Motor Controls
– Sensors and Speed Controls
– PLC/VFD Data and Wiring Systems
– Power Distribution

12/3, 12/17, 1/7, 1/21, 2/4, 2/18, 3/4, 3/18 | 8:00 am - 12:00 pm PT


Cost: $1,285

Training will be delivered by a certified Amatrol Systems Advanced Manufacturing instructor designed to provide a balance of theory and practical application applying to a broad range of industries.

– Fluid/Pneumatic Systems Theory
– Fluid/Pneumatic Systems
– Fluid/Pneumatic Troubleshooting
– Fluid/Pneumatic Maintenance

Previous Events

May 5, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm PT

“Virtual Job Fair”

Graduating soon and want to check out local job opportunities? Looking to begin a new career and learn new skills? Ready to advance professionally?

Join us for a VIRTUAL JOB FAIR. Simply log on from a computer or smartphone. Jobs located in Butte, Shasta, Colusa, Glenn, Tehama, and surrounding counties. No experience necessary for some positions. Refer us to your friends and be entered into a raffle for a $150 Amazon gift card. Email lpankhurst@ncen.org for details.



For free help with your resume, interview skills, or access to a computer, please call Alliance for Workforce Development at (530) 961-5125, or visit their website at https://afwd.org.

March 17, 2021 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PT

“Quality 501: How to Become a Customer's Premium Supplier”

Becoming a customer’s premium supplier is beneficial for a manufacturer’s short and long-term success, especially through uncertain economic times such as the COVID-19 pandemic. During this advanced quality webinar, CMTC Quality Practice Lead Eliot Dratch will discuss the top demands that large customers typically have of their lower-tier suppliers before advancing their status to “Premium Supplier.”

Key Takeaways:

  • The 25 areas of priority on your roadmap to achieving premium status
  • The metrics used to develop a supplier’s performance to higher levels
  • The importance of on-time delivery

This webinar is part of a 2021 monthly webinar series focusing on advanced quality planning topics as they pertain to manufacturers. You are encouraged to join as many of the webinars in this series as you would like.

March 9, 2021 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PT

“10 Steps to Preparing Your Manufacturing Business for Sale”

Sometimes, sudden events such as illness, death, or crises like the COVID-19 pandemic often force business owners to sell in a hurry. Other times, owners know they will eventually have to sell their business because sales and profits have been steadily declining. Whether sellers are putting their manufacturing business up for sale because of unforeseen circumstances or because it’s just simply time to do so, it’s important for sellers to take a strategic approach to prepare for sale.
During this webinar, Vinil Ramchandran will explain crucial steps for preparing to sell your manufacturing business.

Key Takeaways:

  • How to prepare your business for sale while maximizing its value
  • How to avoid surprises that can be deal-killers
  • How to ensure your business will be financeable by thinking like a lender
  • Steps you can take to ensure a smooth transaction and avoid delays

While this webinar is a follow-up to our “10 Steps to Developing the Right Succession or Transition Plan for You” webinar from January 12, 2021, it is not necessary to have viewed it in order to benefit from the knowledge imparted in this one.

March 3, 2021 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

“Implementing Your Required COVID-19 Protection Plan for Meat Packing and Food Processing Facility Employers"

Upcoming training on Cal/OSHA’s new requirements regarding COVID protections in the workplace and complying with the Emergency Temporary Standard, specifically developed for the food processing / food packing industry.

Conducted virtually by program coordinators from the Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. The training is interactive and there will be a Cal/OSHA Consultation Service staff member there to answer questions. The training is free.

March 2, 2021 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PT

“A Deeper Dive into Why Succession Planning is Critical”

Statistics from the U.S. Small Business Administration show that two-thirds of small to medium-sized businesses do not survive a leadership change. Those that do, plan for it. But, how exactly do they plan for leadership change? The answer is: by creating and implementing a solid, well-thought-out succession plan.

During this webinar, Daniel Feiman will present a deeper dive into the 9 critical steps to creating an effective succession plan. 

Critical steps to be discussed:

  1. Identify critical positions & roles
  2. Build the success profile
  3. Nominate successors
  4. Assess the development needs
  5. Develop talent
  6. Create an implementation plan
  7. Document the process
  8. Measure progress (1 tool)
  9. Evaluate, Reset, & Continue

While this webinar is a follow-up to our “10 Steps to Developing the Right Succession or Transition Plan for You” webinar from January 12, 2021, it is not necessary to have viewed it in order to benefit from the knowledge imparted in this one. The content of this webinar is helpful during both prosperous and difficult times.

February 23, 2021 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PT

“Quality 502: Planning Operations Excellence on Your Shop Floor”

How can a manufacturer go about beating out the competition in both prosperous and difficult times? One approach could be to achieve Operations Excellence. Operations Excellence is the execution of all of your production operations in a superior way. It is what distinguishes truly excellent manufacturers from traditional manufacturers. Naturally, the next question is how exactly can you achieve Operations Excellence?

During this webinar, CMTC Quality Practice Lead Eliot Dratch will discuss the implementation of several “best manufacturing practices” for several manufacturing processes, such as Receiving, Inspection, Production, Test, Final QC, Packaging, and Shipping.
This webinar is part of a 2021 monthly webinar series focusing on advanced quality planning topics as they pertain to manufacturers. You are encouraged to join as many of the webinars in this series as you would like.

February 19, 2021 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am PT

“Impact of COVID-19 on Hiring and Retention with Patrice Green”

Understand the current hiring impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic and discover the latest metrics in talent management with Human Resources and Employment Specialist Patrice Green.

February 18, 2021 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am PT

“Pivoting to New Products”

Though companies and entrepreneurs can get their start with the success of a single product, it is difficult to achieve long-term success without introducing new products and services – especially during a global crisis like what we’re seeing with the COVID-19 pandemic. So, how exactly can a company build on the success of one product to amplify the brand and grow revenue?

During this webinar, Blue Dolphin Engineering President Mark Jackson will discuss how to develop an adjacent product from a company’s existing product line to appeal to the changing demands of a COVID-impacted market. In depth discussion will include how to develop such a product by:

  • Satisfying a customer’s needs
  • Utilizing the same capital equipment
  • Capitalizing on the existing workforce’s skills

February 16, 2021 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am PT

“Strategies for Infectious Disease Prevention”

Will we repeat the cycle of “panic-then forget” with the COVID-19 pandemic? It’s hard to imagine forgetting these difficult times, as the pandemic continues to impact the California population. But, past health crises have shown that once an outbreak is under control, we turn our attention to other concerns. We must change our habits now to have a dramatic effect on collective health outcomes in the future.

During this webinar, CMTC Senior Consultant Eliot Dratch will discuss infectious diseases such as H1N1, COVID-19, Norovirus, and influenza and explain the measures that employers should take now to protect their manufacturing workforce in the future. Additionally, CMTC Human Resources, Administration and Recruitment Senior Manager Jeri Summer will discuss the role of HR in infectious disease prevention in the workplace.

Key Points:

  1. Transmission modes and mitigation strategies
  2. Common exposure points and barriers
  3. Administrative modifications and Human Resources policies

Register now to learn how employers can protect their manufacturing workforce as the COVID-19 pandemic persists.

February 5, 2021 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am PT

“Identifying the Next Generation of Manufacturing Talent with Patrice Green”

Now more than ever, it is crucial to understand industry changes in recruiting from the traditional verbal and face-to-face communication, to the more technical and current era of data-drive social and mobile connections.

Join experienced Human Resources and Employment Specialist Patrice Green as she navigates through new mediums for recruiting talent, and learn innovative techniques to retain the next generation of manufacturers.

February 2, 2021 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am PT

“CA Relief Grant Program: What It Is & How To Apply”

The California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program (the “Program”) provides micro grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to eligible small manufacturers impacted by COVID-19. The Program is being administered by the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). Lendistry, a CDFI and CDE small business lender, has been designated by the state to act as the intermediary for the Program to disburse the grant funds. And, while application for Round 1 has closed, Round 2 is right around the corner.

On February 2nd at 10 AM PT, Lendistry’s Nicole Ross will join CMTC’s Marty Jones to discuss the Program’s guidelines, give a real-time demo of the application process, and offer tips for uploading your necessary documents and linking your bank account. The presentation will be followed by a live audience Q&A.

January 27, 2021 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Mitigating Supply Chain Disruption

Manufacturing webinar made just for North State Manufacturers and Suppliers.
Supply Chain Expert, Gary Steinburg, explains the impact of COVID-19 on manufacturing as the distribution of the vaccine in CA has begun. Tune in, Wednesday, January 27th at 9:30 am to watch the latest webinar hosted in partnership between GMI and CMTC

Learn how to mitigate supply distribution during a Pandemic, be ready for industry changes due to the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in California. Registration is free.

January 11-15, 2021 | 7:30 am - 3:00 pm

Online Bootcamp

Our FREE 40 hour, VIRTUAL Manufacturing Boot Camp program is designed to provide the job readiness training and manufacturing overview YOU need to jump-start your future career- in just 1 week! No prior experience is necessary and those from other industries who are displaced due to COVID are especially encouraged to attend! 


  • Participants need to be at least 18 years of age
  • A computer or mobile device with internet access (these can be provided if needed)

Benefits and features include:

  • 40 hours of virtual class learning to become job-ready in manufacturing
  • Perfect opportunity for those with little to no manufacturing background
  • Learn the basics to feel confident applying for entry level jobs such as production associate, painter, inventory associate, and more!
  • Learn about a Production & Quality Mindset, Lean Concepts, and Job Performance Tools
  • Certificate of Completion

Registration is free!

January 12, 2021 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am

10 Steps to Developing the Right Succession or Transition Plan for You

Effective succession planning is essential for every business, especially in times of crisis. No matter the size of your organization, it is imperative to have talented and trained employees ready to fill key roles.

During this webinar, we will provide important information and answer questions that will help you prepare for an eventual transition or succession, whether it is to a family member, management, or a third-party buyer. Additionally, all attendees will be eligible to receive a complimentary assessment session, along with a custom report with recommended actions for your business.

Key Takeaways:

  • How to choose between succession, transition, or a sale
  • ESOP & other financing options – pros & cons
  • 9 key drivers to maximize the value of your business
  • 5 factors to consider while selling your business

January 6, 2021 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Boosting Productivity and Employee Morale During Challenging Times

The surging pandemic, economic recession, and wildfires have taken a sizable toll on California businesses. These heightened stresses have a significant impact on employees’ mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing and on how effective they are at work. How can manufacturers keep their employees motivated, foster teamwork in the face of social distancing and a partially remote workforce, and improve productivity, while mitigating legal risk?

During this webinar, CMTC Human Resources, Administration and Recruitment Senior Manager Jeri Summer will discuss the importance of maintaining an engaged workforce and provide practical guidance on how to improve productivity and employee morale during challenging times.

This webinar will cover:

  • Employee Mental and Emotional Health
  • Types of Support Companies are Offering
  • Key Actions to Improve Employee Morale
  • Key Actions to Increase Productivity in Your Workforce
  • Helpful Resources
  • Q&A

December 2, 2020 | 10:00AM - 11:30AM

Strategies for Infectious Disease Prevention in Manufacturing

During this webinar, CMTC’s Eliot Dratch, Sr. Consultant will provide important strategies for infectious disease prevention in manufacturing facilities. Infectious Diseases such as H1N1, COVID-19, Norovirus and influenza will be discussed.

  • Identification of transmission modes
  • Common exposure points
  • Implementing physical barriers and Administrative modifications
  • Human Resources policies

November 18th, 2020 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM

Economic Impact of COVID on California Manufacturers and Mitigation Strategies

Strategies include: re-marketing and re-branding, alternate supply chain approach, on-shoring, new product / adjacent product development, strategies to “pivot” to both new markets and new products.


November 18th, 2020 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM

Top Strategies for Mitigating COVID-19’s Toll on the Economy

During this webinar, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) Staff Economists will provide an expert outlook on COVID-19’s impact on California manufacturing; and, CMTC will offer mitigation strategies for how to offset the harm done by this pandemic.  Key topics covered:

  • Challenges such as pandemic related unemployment, bankruptcy, and strenuous supply chain demands
  • Re-marketing and rebranding – Alternate supply chains & on-shoring
  • New product/adjacent product development – How to pivot to new markets and products

November 4th, 2020 | 10:30AM - 11:30AM

HR Webinar on Leveraging the Power of Moments and Celebration to Improve Retention

Join GMI and Human Resources consultants, Michael and Kathryn Redman, to learn how your company can leverage the power of moments and celebrations to improve retention. You will come away from this webinar with actionable takeaways to implement, all with the goal of keeping star employees engaged at work. Time will be left at the end of the webinar to answer specific questions.

November 5th, 2020 | 10:30AM - 11:30AM

Tax Credits and Workforce Training Funding for CA Manufacturers

CMTC and the CA Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) will provide practical guidance on resources, tax credits, and workforce training funding to save California Manufacturers money.

November 6th, 2020 | 10:00AM - 12:00PM

Job Seekers Guide to Virtual Hiring Fairs

Join us a few days before the virtual hiring fair on Nov. 10th to hone your interview skills. We’ll review resumes, give pointers on how to dress, and discuss ways to impress recruiters in this digital age.

November 10th, 2020 | 10:00AM - 12:00PM

Virtual Manufacturing Job Fair

We will have a wide variety of manufacturers who have job openings for entry level all the way up to engineering positions. This is a great opportunity to reach job seekers who you might not normally connect with. They will be able to stop by job booths, talk with employers and apply for open positions. Employers will have access to anyone’s information who attended.

GMI is available to help anyone who needs assistance setting up their company profile or creating an optional zoom room. Setting up a profile takes less than 5 minutes if you have the following information ready: