Cybersecurity Steps for Manufacturers

By Michael Shabaka, Ph.D., Manex Consulting and Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Below are five basic cyber security steps as developed by Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) for manufacturers that can go a long ways in thwarting or reducing cyber attacks from hackers. 1. Identify Identify and control who has access to your business information. Conduct background checks.[…]


Managing Accounting Close

5 Features of an Effective and Efficient Accounting Close By Kevin Shives, Sensiba San Filippo LLP The Accounting Close process is a time-critical activity with an often unforgiving deadline.  It requires the synchronization of people, processes and systems to produce the results necessary to satisfy the needs of management and other stakeholders. No matter the size[…]

Horizontal color image of businesswoman - unrecognizable person - working with digital tablet in large futuristic factory. Woman standing on top of a balcony, holding touchpad and checking inventory of a manufacturing company on touchscreen tablet. Focus on businesswoman's hands holding black tablet, futuristic machines in background.

Leveraging Technology & Data to Achieve Success

East Bay Manufacturing Group (EBMG) hosted “Leveraging Technology & Data to Achieve Success” on Thursday, June 1 at Sensiba San Filippo LLP in Pleasanton. Guest speakers with extensive experience on the topic led the conversation. David Ginsberg is the vice president of supply chain management for Sonic Manufacturing Technologies and has a Master of Business[…]

Cash Flow pie chart on a blackboard. As a business, it is important as part of your business plan to record income minus expenses to calculate the profit on which tax must be paid.

Private Company Council

By Karen Burns, Sensiba San Filippo LLP What has the PCC done for your business lately? It’s tough being a midmarket business. Accounting and reporting requirements can be a significant burden for companies without the vast human and financial resources of larger enterprises. Luckily, one organization is hard at work trying to make things more manageable for[…]

Hand over keyboard of the laptop in server room

Social Engineering & Fraud

By Mark Davidson, Heffernan Insurance Brokers As a retail electronic supplier, you receive notification that a new customer has made a $30,000 payment to you in exchange for a 3D printer. You happily expedite the computer to your new client, only for the bank to notify you that the transaction did not take place at[…]


Hundreds Attend 2nd Annual East Bay Summit

EBMG Special Contribution More than 230 people attended the 2nd Annual East Bay Manufacturing & Logistics Summit: Make it & Move it! on Friday, September 16, 2016 at the Zero Net Energy Center in San Leandro. Attendees included Congressman Eric Swalwell, Assemblymember Kansen Chu, Assemblymember Jim Frazier, Mayor Bill Harrison, Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, as well as an illustrious list of manufacturing[…]


Engaged Workplace Culture Can Reduce Accident Rates by 70%

By Janice Berthold, Heffernan Insurance Brokers A recent meta-analysis by Gallup, Inc. calculated the business-work-unit-level relationship between employee engagement and nine performance outcomes, including customer loyalty/engagement, profitability, productivity, turnover, safety incidents, shrinkage, absenteeism, patient safety incidents, and quality (defects). Median differences between top-quartile and bottom-quartile units were: 10% in customer ratings, 21% in profitability, 20% in sales[…]