We have all heard the old adage about the square peg in a round hole. Your Grand Rapids small business is not a big business. You don’t face the same issues and problems that those businesses face. Why would you try to institute the same solutions that big businesses use to make your business more productive and successful? Small businesses can often find solutions that big businesses struggle to institute.
Sintel, Inc. is a metal fabrication manufacturer in Spring Lake Township, Michigan and was in danger of losing 70 percent of its business. Sintel worked to improve the quality of the work it was doing by integrating people, processes and equipment to produce a superior product. Sintel has gone from the threat of shutting down to an award winning supplier. Sintel is actually now being used as a training center for huge equipment manufacturer Caterpillar Inc.
Sintel’s story is one that shows that small business is not always about the quantity you produce but often is the quality. Small businesses are often chosen because of the quality of the work they can do. Sintel was able to over the course of 5 quarters go from the brink of disaster to renowned for its quality. That quality is what customers of Sintel want.
Many small manufacturers have fallen in love with consultants and trendy terms like lean manufacturing. While there might be certain cases where those services are beneficial to your Michigan small business, sometimes simple things like focusing on quality is more important.
Michigan small businesses face a different set of problems than a big business and need a different form of support. Accountants, small business attorneys, and small business coaches or consultants can service your small business with the solutions that fit and not the try to fit big business solutions to your small business. Finding those professionals that fit what you are trying to do is crucial to getting the most out their services.
Source: “15-month turnaround: Spring Lake's Sintel goes from near closure to award-winning welding center” by Dave Alexander of MLive.com