SFMA is the only resource for manufacturers in South Florida saving its members time and money through Advocacy. Networking and Resources.
Why waste time and money when you can make one call to an association that truly works for you?
Advocacy – SFMA advocacy was instrumental in the elimination of sales tax on capital equipment and research and development, saving members more than $565,000 in the first 18 months after its abolishment. In addition, SFMA, in partnership with the Manufacturers Association of Florida, helped secure $1.8 million in grant training dollars from Workforce Florida for one recent year, and continues each year to seek and obtain similar funds for the development of members’ employees.
Networking – SFMA holds a number of popular networking events which include:
- Plant Tours
- Golf Tournament
- Recognition Of Excellence Awards Banquet
- Annual Meeting
Workforce Development – Finding a qualified workforce is always a challenge for manufacturers here in South Florida. SFMA helps members by providing training, grant assistance, job fairs, networking and much more.
Training and Implementation – The SFMA Manufacturers Training Institute (MTI) specializes in the development and delivery of technical and employability skills training offering onsite and open enrollment classes.
Grant Assistance – SFMA assists members in procuring grant dollars to offset training costs. In one year alone, it helped members obtain more than $500,000 in grant dollars.
FloridaMakes — SFMA members receive some FloridaMakes services for free and at specially reduced member rates. FloridaMakes’ services – created BY manufacturers, FOR manufacturers – are designed to help companies improve performance, strengthen core competencies, expand market opportunities, and connect you with state and national resources. FloridaMakes is part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership and operates in partnership with the State of Florida. Contact Jay Hess, your SFMA FloridaMakes Business Advisor at (954) 494-4895 (cell) and firstname.lastname@example.org
Job Fairs – SFMA hosts job fairs for members both recruiting and downsizing. Additionally, several times during the year, SFMA partners with local workforce agencies to bring manufacturers to countywide job fairs.