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The Association of Manufacturers Bay Area (AMBayArea) is pleased to announce a partnership with CMTC’s California’s Manufacturing Network to provide direct support to manufacturers negatively impacted by COVID-19

“We recognize that manufacturers in our community are in need of support and we want to ensure they have access to the services and programs they need to sustain their operations now and in the future,” said Claudia Wentworth, AMBayArea Board of Directors Chairperson.

With the pandemic dramatically redefining the landscape for California manufacturers, AMBayArea will work with CMTC and other members of the Network to help businesses survive, recover, and thrive as they navigate through the challenges brought on by the crisis.

AMBayArea is providing resources and services at no cost to businesses such as: training opportunities related to COVID-19; workforce development opportunities; and professional development and education. The goal is to meet with manufacturers throughout the region to identify and understand their specific needs, challenges, and opportunities, and provide them with assistance for recovery and growth.

In response to the growing pandemic and restrictions placed on Bay Area businesses, AMBayArea has been facilitating Virtual Executive Roundtable Discussions via video. During the virtual roundtables, manufacturing leaders have shared the innovative ways they are adapting to protect their workforce, while working to ensure the resilience and success of their business. In addition, AMBayArea maintains the webpage, COVID-19 Updates & Resources for Manufacturers at AMBayArea members can also take advantage of CMTC webinars at no cost. Past webinars have included Tips for Borrowing Money During a Disaster, Sustaining Continuous Improvement: Strategies for Success, and How to Return Manufacturing to America Using a Total Cost of Ownership Analysis. More webinars will be regularly added to AMBayArea’s Calendar of Events.

Funding from the CARES Act Stimulus Package 2020 is supporting this effort to reach manufacturing companies who are facing challenges in the current economic climate.


About AMBayArea

Association of Manufacturers Bay Area (AMBayArea) is a community of manufacturers throughout the nine counties that comprise the San Francisco Bay Area. AMBayArea is a trade group dedicated to ensuring that manufacturing thrives in the Bay Area. AMBayArea supports and promotes Bay Area manufacturing through Member Education, Workforce Development, Purchasing Power, Grassroots Advocacy and Collaboration.


About CMTC and California’s Manufacturing Network (CMN)

Established in 1992, CMTC is a private non-profit corporation that provides consulting services to small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) throughout the state of California. CMTC operates as part of a National Network through a cooperative agreement between the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) under the Department of Commerce for the State of California. In 2018, CMTC formed California’s Manufacturing Network (CMN) to expand capabilities and capacity to efficiently serve more manufacturers in California. This Network delivers services that address the regional challenges driven by a diverse manufacturing community. The Network is a collaboration of more than 25 partners focused on serving SMMs in rural and urban areas statewide. CMN has increased the number of SMMs served to more than 1,300 companies annually, which adds significant economic impact for manufacturers and the public good of the State of California.


About the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Funding

COVID-19 recovery and resilience services funding is made possible by the NIST MEP National Emergency Assistance Program through funding under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Pub.L. 116–136).