By Gene Russell, Manex President & CEO

Manex is making a scholarship available for small manufacturing businesses in Northern California.  This program is offered to selected small manufacturing companies a pro-bono grant for an overall assessment. This can form the basis of a longer plan that you would initiate on your own or it can supplement a business plan that you have in place already. Manex can provide an outside viewpoint and valuable expertise. Manex will execute a mutual-NDA for privacy of information and spend 30 to 45 minutes interviewing the owner or president, as well as any senior members of the team as specified by the company with a maximum of five interviews. Much of the work will be done in the background to provide documentation and recommendations. Questions might address three or more of the following areas:

  1. Strategic Growth
  2. Develop Winning Strategies
  3. Increasing or Retaining Sales
  4. Reducing Costs
  5. Improving Quality
  6. Streamlining Operations
  7. Developing the Workforce
  8. Capital Equipment

Manex’s mission is to assist and provide services to small and medium-sized manufacturers in Northern California. Through our 25 year relationship with NIST and CMTC, Manex is an affiliate of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). The organization constantly seeks to understand the challenges and opportunities facing manufacturers. Northern California is of particular importance to MEP. To this end, companies are carefully selected for the Small Manufacturing Scholarship Program for a Business Assessment and the NIST- MEP Survey. Manex is a non-governmental non-profit organization focused on regional economic development in manufacturers and their supply chains. Our mission is to grow manufacturing and manufacturing jobs. Your firm must have a verifiable manufacturing 3 series D&B NAICS code and manufacture in California to be eligible.

For more information, contact Manex at or 877-33-MANEX.


About the Author

Gene Russell is President and CEO of Manex and has over 30 years of senior executive strategic planning, operational management, and consulting experience in the manufacturing and technology sectors. With his extensive knowledge of manufacturing operations, he has developed and implemented key strategic initiatives for companies, allowing them to improve performance and achieve profitable growth. He can be reached at