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3 Financial Risks In The Manufacturing Industry

The manufacturing industry is largely comprised of small businesses. In fact, according to the latest information from the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 98 percent of manufacturing companies in the U.S. are considered to be small (with fewer than 500 employees). Further still, nearly 75 percent of manufacturing companies actually have fewer than 20 employees. 

Within these smaller organizations, financial decisions always loom incredibly large. Every dollar counts, and one misstep can have disastrous consequences. That's why it's important to steer clear of these common pitfalls. 

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News Highlight

New Suppliers on for December 2019

With hundreds of new companies added to® every month by our expert team of analysts, we are constantly discovering emerging businesses across the U.S. and Canada. Let's take a look at some of super-interesting businesses that joined our network over the past month, from a manufacturer of spacecraft PCBs, to the only North American consultants that measure 3D RF waves, to a CBD manufacturer founded by one of the first hemp farmers licensed in Oregon. 

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Business Tips

Optimize Safety In Industrial Operations To Drive Productivity & Revenue

Safety in the workplace is a serious matter — especially in industrial operations. In physically demanding and/or high-risk industries like many industrial operations, the implications of such injuries can be disastrous.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows there were more than 5,200 fatal workplace injuries across all sectors in 2018, in addition to more than 3 million total recordable cases of non-fatal work-related injuries and illnesses in 2013.

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News Highlight

New and Noteworthy Categories on for December 2019

Some of the 70,000+ categories on® have been with us since our beginnings in 1898, but as industry has evolved, so have we. Each month we add dozens of new searchable products and services to help you source the exact solution for your needs, no matter in what year it was invented. Here we're highlighting twelve of our most noteworthy categories added over the past month, from solid rocket fuel ingredients to white label beverage products.   

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Marketing Strategy

How To Begin Successful Industrial Marketing

Inbound marketing drives customers to your business’ products and services through a coordinated strategy of design, content, social media, and SEO tactics. Most manufacturing and industrial companies may think that inbound marketing is something that would be more suited toward consumer goods and B2C rather than the industry space. But with the digital transformation of sales and marketing, successful B2B companies are now seeing marketing as a direct influence on revenue generation and more manufacturers are aligning their efforts with today's digital world.

In fact, most industrial manufacturers are practically already set up for an inbound marketing program — they just don’t know it yet.

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HTTP Vs HTTP - What's the difference
Website Design

HTTP Vs HTTPs: What's The Difference?

When you visit a web page, you naturally focus on what’s inside the browser window — the words, images, products and other elements on the page itself. However, when it comes to optimizing your own industrial website, you also need to pay attention to what’s happening up above in the address bar. That’s because the difference between having HTTP and HTTPS in your address can have big implications for your business.

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Attract Buyers
Business Tips

How To Meet The Needs Of B2B Industrial Buyers

No matter what your role is — sales, marketing, operations, or leadership — you have a lot to accomplish.

So do your buyers. 

By understanding what your buyers have on their plates, you can more easily accomplish one of the most important things on yours — generating more leads. Here’s what you should know to meet their needs and create more meaningful connections to win more business.

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Industrial Buyers

Industrial Buyers Are On The Thomas Network

You know exactly who your target customers are. 

You know what you can do for them and why they should choose you over your competition.

As for when you'd like them to contact you? ASAP would be nice. 

The only problem is, you don't know where they all are. 

The good news is that we do — they're part of the Thomas Network on

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