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Moving Your Business Forward with Manufacturing

November 9, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This interactive workshop will prepare you to take actionable steps to get your business idea ready for production.

About this event

✔️ – You have a brilliant idea.

✔️ – You’ve designed the schematics and even tested a prototype with dozens of customers.

✔️ – You’ve launched a successful crowdfunding campaign and are overrun with future orders.

But now, you’re forced to keep pushing back your delivery dates because of failed manufacturing agreements, production delays, and other logistical complications.

If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. It’s pointless to design an innovative product if you’re unable to get it made, yet setting up a manufacturing workflow continues to be one of the greatest hurdles for startups.

This interactive workshop will help you think critically about your startup’s manufacturing process and map out the steps you need to take to produce your goods and prevent delays in delivery. Our featured facilitator, Connie Plaucka, Vice President, Consulting at Catalyst Connection, will walk us through considerations and tips that contribute to having a smooth start to manufacturing your business’s products. In addition to highlighting trends to watch for in 2022, Connie will also discuss how to prepare for success when approaching and establishing an agreement with a manufacturer.

Don’t miss this virtual event if you are an entrepreneur or small business owner who has a product that needs to be manufactured and want to learn from an experienced leader.

At the end of this free 1-hour session, you’ll walk away with:

  • An understanding of what’s needed to get an idea to a point where it’s ready for production
  • Best practices for small businesses and startups as they begin to seek out potential manufacturers
  • An overview of Catalyst Connection and ways the organization can help small businesses accelerate their path to production
  • General business/manufacturing trends to anticipate and prepare for in 2022


Connie Plaucka is Vice President, Consulting at Catalyst Connection. Connie joined Catalyst Connection in 2005 and brings over 25 years of global sales, business development, and product development experience to her role as the Managing Director of Regional Initiatives. She leads a team that secures and executes grants initiatives to support manufacturers and build the region’s vibrancy. She also works with regional academic institutions, economic development organizations, and regional manufacturers to build new capabilities and help make Southwestern Pennsylvania a model for the nation.

Her experience includes developing and executing global sales strategies, implementing stage-gate product development programs, and leading the execution of various strategic initiatives ranging from technology development and commercialization, internal process improvement, and building alliances to achieve strategic goals. Prior to joining Catalyst Connection, Ms. Palucka was employed by Callery Chemical Co., Zeton-Altamira, GE Reuter-Stokes, and Westinghouse. Her most recent positions included Director of Strategic Planning and Initiatives, Director of Sales and Business Development, and V.P. of Sales and Marketing.

Ms. Palucka holds a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Tennessee and an M.B.A. from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. She became a certified New Product Development Professional in 2012.




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