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Eaton manufacturer celebrates certification

Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 @ 9:09 AM


            Bullen Ultrasonics said it has been certified in the aerospace industry’s AS9100 standard. In this 2013 file photo, Rick Springer moves product in the shipping department at Bullen. JIM WITMER / STAFF
Bullen Ultrasonics said it has been certified in the aerospace industry’s AS9100 standard. In this 2013 file photo, Rick Springer moves product in the shipping department at Bullen. JIM WITMER / STAFF

An Eaton machining company says it has been certified to a quality management standard.

Bullen Ultrasonics said it has been certified in the aerospace industry’s AS9100 standard. The certification recognizes standards in machining ceramic matrix composite components for the aerospace industry, the company said in an announcement.

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“AS9100 is the single common quality management standard for the aviation, space and defense industries, commonly referred to as the aerospace industry,” Bullen said. “The standard is based on organizational aerospace manufacturing processes and emphasizes the need to satisfy internal, governmental and regulatory requirements. It is endorsed by all major aerospace regulators, including the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.”

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“Bullen’s achievement of the AS9100 certification puts us in elite company,” Tim Beatty, Bullen president, said in the company’s statement. “Our commitment to adhere to AS9100, the strictest of quality standards for the aerospace industry, will open many more doors for us and further propel the growth of our machining services for ceramic matrix composites.”

Bullen Ultrasonics provides machining for glass, ceramics and advanced materials to high technology industries.

Founded in the early 1970s, Bullen is a family-owned business.

Kohl’s to partner with Amazon: What you need to know

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 9:49 AM


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Kohl’s will partner with Amazon to offer free, convenient returns for Amazon customers in stores.

The retail store announced that 82 stores across Los Angeles and Chicago will offer free returns for Amazon customers starting in October. Kohl’s will “pack and ship eligible Amazon return items for free, providing an additional service and convenience to Amazon customers within select Kohl’s stores,” the company announced.

“This is a great example of how Kohl’s and Amazon are leveraging each other’s strengths – the power of Kohl’s store portfolio and omnichannel capabilities combined with the power of Amazon’s reach and loyal customer base,” said Richard Schepp, chief administrative officer.

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Customers visiting Kohl’s for Amazon Returns at Kohl’s services can use designated parking spots near the store entrance, the company said. Kohl’s has more than 1,100 stores in 49 states.

“Teaming up with Kohl’s provides an incredible opportunity to pair our world-class return experience with a great shopping experience, expanding our service options to our customers in the Los Angeles and Chicago areas,” said Shivi Shankaran, director of Worldwide Customer Returns at Amazon.

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Dayton co-op grocery store gets $220,000 donation

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 11:14 AM


            A rendering shows a possible design for Gem City Market prepared by Dayton architect Matt Sauer. CONTRIBUTED
A rendering shows a possible design for Gem City Market prepared by Dayton architect Matt Sauer. CONTRIBUTED

The effort to open a community-owned grocery store in northwest Dayton took a step forward this week with a $220,000 donation from CareSource.

The CareSource Foundation announced Monday the donation to Gem City Market, which goes toward the market organizers’ overall fundraising goal of $4.2 million.

Organizers have been fundraising for the cooperatively owned grocery store proposed along lower Salem Avenue, which would bring access to fresh and healthy food to northwest Dayton.

The goal is to complete the grocery store in 2019 in an area currently considered a food desert. A food desert is defined as an area where more than 40 percent of the population has an income less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level and lives more than a mile from a full-service grocery store.

Lela Klein, executive director of the Greater Dayton Union Co-Op Initiative, which is organizing the grocery store effort, said it is valuable to have a well known group like CareSource sign on to the project.

“Certainly the capital is really important but at this point the partnership is pretty significant for us as well. It’s the ability of having a known entity say ‘We have vetted this project and we have looked at it closely and we think it will move the needle,’” Lela Klein, executive director and Co-Founder, Greater Dayton Union Co-Op Initiative.

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CareSource, a Medicaid managed care provider, which serves just shy of 2 million low income people, is also interested in ideas that address hunger and food insecurity, said Cathy Ponitz, vice president of the CareSource Foundation.

“We certainly partner with a number of foodbanks but we’re always looking for ‘What’s the innovation to help solve big, critical social issues?’” said Ponitz.

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Nozipo Glenn, a market member-owner and resident near where the market will be built, said it will benefit her and change her neighborhood to have a grocery store.

“Now that I’m older, disabled, and don’t drive anymore I have to catch two — and sometimes three — buses to get to a store where I can buy what I call ‘real food,’ which is fresh vegetables, fruit. It will make a great difference to me,” said Glenn.

She said by being community-owned market, the market will create neighborhood pride and could help attract additional development nearby.

“We are thrilled and honored by this extraordinary vote of confidence from the CareSource Foundation,” Amaha Sellassie, the Gem City Market’s Board President, said in a statement. “We share the organization’s broad vision of community health that includes food access and economic empowerment. Their long-term support for the Dayton community speaks for itself, and we are so grateful for their partnership.”

Michelle Riley, CEO of The Foodbank, said there’s 123,900 people including 36,600 children who report food insecurity in the Dayton region. That’s 18 percent of people in the Miami Valley.

Riley said its important for their clients who are the working poor to be able to shop for fresh food and vegetables in an accessible way.

“Those clients struggle with transportation. They struggle with being able to drive long distances to a grocery store. And they are using corner markets, where the prices are inflated and the food is not good, to supplement,” she said.

5 smart questions to ask at the end of your next interview

Published: Thursday, September 07, 2017 @ 9:53 AM
Updated: Thursday, September 07, 2017 @ 9:53 AM

Here are 5 smart questions to ask at the end of your next interview What type of employee tends to succeed here, and what qualities are most important for doing well and advancing at the firm? Do you have any hesitations about my qualifications? Who previously held this position? What are the company's highest priority goals this year, and how would my role contribute? If you were to hire me, what might I expect in a typical day?

When you're preparing for that all-important job interview, you probably spend a fair amount of time wondering what questions you might be asked and how you should respond. But it's just as important to consider the end of the interview when you're asked, "Do you have any questions?" 

You should always have a few questions prepared to ask – and they shouldn't be of the "How much time off would I get?" variety.

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Instead, take the opportunity to further demonstrate your qualifications while learning more about whether the company and position would be a good fit for you.

The following are five smart questions to ask at the end of your next interview:

What type of employee tends to succeed here, and what qualities are most important for doing well and advancing at the firm?

This question shows you're invested in your potential future with the company and gives you the opportunity to expand on any of your skills or work history that fits in well with your interviewer's answer. According to Business Insider, also helps you decide whether the company and position are right for you, since this is just as important as the interviewer deciding whether you're right for the company.

Do you have any hesitations about my qualifications?

Although it may seem like a subject you want to avoid, this question lets the interviewer know that you're confident enough to discuss any vulnerabilities and that you're willing to be coached, which is an important quality for a prospective employee to have. U.S. News & World Report reports it also gives you the chance to address, without sounding defensive, any shortcomings your interviewer thinks you have.

Who previously held this position?

Forbes editors suggest this question will let you know if the person was fired, promoted or left for another reason. If he or she was promoted, you may be learning about a possible career trajectory and the potential for advancement. If not, listen for possible signs of employee discontent that may be revealed if an employee left the company entirely or made a lateral move. You also may be able to gauge whether the company has employees around your age. For example, did the person who previously held this position retire or quit to spend more time with their young kids?

What are the company's highest priority goals this year, and how would my role contribute?

The answer to this question will help you learn if your job has an important purpose that clearly fits into the company's goals, according to Inc. A job that matters and directly ties into a company's mission can make your work feel worthwhile while making it less likely that your position will be eliminated if there's a round of budget cuts.

If you were to hire me, what might I expect in a typical day?

Not only does this question show more interest in the position, but according to Business Insiderit also gives you very specific information about expectations and responsibilities. Finding out what a typical day might be like will help you decide whether it's a job that fits well with your skills and career goals or one that would leave you dreading the workday.

7 ways women can avoid being ‘manterrupted’ at work

Published: Thursday, September 07, 2017 @ 4:20 PM
Updated: Thursday, September 07, 2017 @ 4:20 PM

Women are interrupted 30% more than men in the workplace Being constantly interrupted by men, or "manterrupted," quiets women and makes them lose confidence To avoid spiraling into self-doubt, here are some tips to put a stop to interruptions Speak with conviction using words like 'know' instead of 'believe' Use shorter sentences so your breaths in between aren't as long, making it harder to interrupt Lean in and make eye contact Speak authoritatively and don't open remarks with any type of apology Be sur

While the ultimate example may be Kanye West's "I'm gonna let you finish" interruption of Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Music Video Awards, women get interrupted by men in much more ordinary circumstances.

How much more often are women interrupted than men in the workplace?

In fact, studies say they're interrupted constantly, especially in the workplace, where women get interrupted about 30 percent more than men. On social media, the term “manterrupted” has become popular.

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As Jessica Bennet describes the phenomena on Time.com, "We speak up in a meeting, only to hear a man's voice chime in louder. We pitch an idea, perhaps too uncertainly, only to have a dude repeat it with authority. We may possess the skill, but he has the right vocal cords." The effects of this, for women, go far beyond annoyance, the Time article suggests; being interrupted constantly quiets women, makes them lose their confidence and sometimes credit for their work. 

"Our ideas get co-opted (bro-opted), re-appropriated (bro-propriated?), or they simply fizzle out," says Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg. "We become less creative, less engaged. We revert into ourselves, wondering if it's actually our fault. Enter spiral of self-doubt."

But women don't have to take interruptions in stride. Leslie Shore, the author of Listen to Succeed, offered these tips in Forbes that anyone can use to put a stop to interruptions, though they are particularly designed for women: 

  • Override the interruption right away. If you are interrupted for "any reason other than someone asking for clarification, say to the interrupter, 'There are a few more essential points I need to make. Can you delay a moment while I do that?' or 'I know I will appreciate your feedback, but can you hold off until I'm done?'"

  • Adopt speaking strategies that already work for men. "Use shorter sentences so your breaths in between aren't as long, making it harder to interrupt, and speak with conviction using words like 'know' instead of 'believe' and 'will' instead of 'might.'"

  • Lean in and make eye contact. Shore cites Carol Kennedy and Carl Camden's study "Interruptions and Nonverbal Gender Differences," which found men tend to interrupt women more often when they lean away or don't look at the person they're talking to.

  • Go by the buddy system. It may rankle and smacks of sexism, but Bennett says a tried-and-true way of preventing interruptions is for a woman to buddy up with a friend - preferably a dude - for business talks. "Ask him to nod and look interested when you speak (when he's interested, of course). Let him back you up publicly in meetings. Seriously, try it. It's not fair, no. But dammit, it works."

  • Practice assertive body language. Other suggestions from Bennett include sitting at the table, pointing to someone, standing up or walking to the front of the room while you speak. Not only do these "high power poses" make a speaker appear more authoritative, but they actually increase your testosterone levels – and thus, your confidence. In some cases, it may actually help to literally "lean in"; in one study, researchers found that men physically lean in more often than women in professional meetings, making them less likely to be interrupted. 

  • Claim your own voice. You'll undermine your own authority if you start pitches with sentences like, "I'm not sure if this is right, but." Instead, speak authoritatively and avoid the baby voice. Most importantly, don't open your remarks with any type of apology. 

Along with practicing not being interrupted yourself, it's good form to work on ways not to be the interruptor. After all, the 2014 George Washington University study did indicate that even women interrupted female conversation partners more often than they did men. And either gender can promote a free-flowing exchange of ideas that rewards speakers of both genders. Forbes.com recommends these tactics:

  • Think twice before you break into the conversation. Consider if you are interrupting to become the speaker and gain power, and also how you'll look to everyone else in the room.
  • If you determine you're interrupting to gain clarity, make sure you break in with a clear question and then turn the floor back to the original speaker.
  • If you determine you're interrupting because you're worried you'll forget what you want to say, jot key words on your notepad to bring up your points later, without interrupting.

Finally, be sure you're not interrupting yourself with digital distractions. According to Tom Searcy, Founder of Hunt Big Sales, you can also flounder in idea creation and presentation by allowing too many text, phone and social media interruptions during "think time" at work. "There is not sense in creating the physical and mental space for thought while still allowing ongoing digital interruptions," he wrote in Inc.com. "Set yourself up to win. Shut down the digital access. Even if you are working on your laptop, shut down the feeds of streaming interruptions for that period."