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  • 18 Jun 2024 11:03 AM | Mayra Cruz (Administrator)

    Going into the 2023 tax year, Manufacturers and Distributors were left uncertain. However, M&D business owners now have the opportunity to take advantage of the summer months to properly plan for compliance with tax initiatives such as:

    • Section 174
    • Fixed assets
    • Section 263A – UNICAP

  • 13 Jun 2024 6:34 PM | Mayra Cruz (Administrator)

    Dairy farmers are responsible for some of our favorite nutritious and delicious foods. But did you know they’re also charged with producing those foods in a cow-friendly and environmentally sustainable way? Not everyone is familiar with the U.S. dairy’s commitment to communities and the planet. Many people have questions about the sustainability of dairy farming practices, including manure management and wastewater treatment. If that’s you, keep reading to learn the farming practices used to achieve dairy sustainability across the U.S.

  • 13 Jun 2024 6:28 PM | Mayra Cruz (Administrator)

    ofi (olam food ingredients), a global leader in food and beverage ingredients, has earned America’s first Rainforest Alliance Certification for its California orchards, setting a new standard for the industry, and continuing to emphasize the importance of sustainability in agricultural practices. This significant milestone underscores the company’s commitment to environmentally sound almond production.

    As a leading almond grower, ofi can now offer food company partners sustainably certified almonds, meeting the eco-conscious demands of today’s consumers. This certification is part of ofi's 'Almond Trail' strategy, which prioritizes water-use efficiency, pollinator health and carbon reduction.

  • 13 Jun 2024 6:23 PM | Mayra Cruz (Administrator)

    We are excited to announce a significant milestone within our community: the merger of our two esteemed members, Forvis and Mazars. This union has resulted in the creation of Forvis Mazars, a new powerhouse in the professional services industry.

    On June 1st, Forvis Mazars officially launched as a new global network formed by these leading firms. Mazars, an international partnership operating in over 100 countries and territories, and FORVIS, a top-ranked firm in the United States, have united to establish this formidable entity

  • 10 Jun 2024 4:14 PM | Mayra Cruz (Administrator)

    Please give a warm welcome to one of our newest members, executive recruitment specialists, The Sterling Choice. With offices in the UK, the US, and the UAE, we are delighted to have The Sterling Choice team on board to share their breadth of recruitment expertise with our network.

    In our dynamic and evolving industry, The Sterling Choice is a recruitment powerhouse. With a team that has worked on both sides of the table, they empathize with the many challenges faced by in-house talent teams, and the nuanced skill required to help them hire and retain great talent.

  • 7 Jun 2024 1:47 PM | Mayra Cruz (Administrator)

    For the 23rd annual year, the Chicago Innovation Awards will celebrate the most innovative new products and services in the Chicago region.  Nominees can cut across all industries, from large corporations to new start-ups, for-profit and non-profit, high tech and low tech.  The key is innovation.

    Reasons to nominate:

    • Reward Employees: Celebrate your team for their hard work and commitment to innovation
    • Recognition Among Leaders: Be honored at the Chicago Innovation Awards, attended by 750 people
    • Unique Visibility: Ring the Nasdaq Bell in NYC to celebrate the winners
    • Brand Exposure: Receive coverage in local and national media
    • New Connections: Get invited to year-round Chicago Innovation events

    We encourage all of you who have developed a new product or service in the last 4 years to self-nominate for this year's awards.  Nominating is free, and can be submitted via an online form at  The deadline is July 31st.

  • 29 May 2024 11:56 AM | Mayra Cruz (Administrator)

    AI can help Manufacturing and Distribution businesses reduce costs, drive efficiency, and create value – with the right preparation.

    In this article CohnReznick laid out a roadmap to help you start on your journey to AI in the M&D sector including:

    • Where to start
    • Who to involve in the process
    • Industry-specific benefits

  • 24 May 2024 2:06 PM | Mayra Cruz (Administrator)

    If we look back at the beginnings of the Internet, one key thing stands out when we compare this to the introduction to AI-ML. During the early Internet days, we lacked the kinds of technologies to truly make the Internet a high value platform. As an example, a lot of companies created websites introducing their organizations, product lines and or services. However, there were a lot of back-office people manually taking product inquiries and product orders and entering orders into their ERPs or order entry systems.

    Yet one of the uniqueness with the introduction of AI-ML when compared to the Internet beginnings is that businesses also have access to Structured AI-ML Design platforms complimented with Generative AI (provided the platform is solid and well designed) and immediately develop more comprehensive business and corporate strategies for their organizations. 

    In addition, business leaders can quickly gain access to internal and external knowledge and align existing knowledge and its wisdom into the business and its planning process, core capabilities, competency sets, and products/services. Companies can immediately advance their productivity. Companies also increased their capabilities to uncover incongruities and achieve comprehensive innovation. 

    Yet the challenge for any organization is the concern for the current cognitive learning gap. If a business wants to build enterprise AI-ML platforms they will need to develop an understanding of all the kinds of thinking behaviors and models people use every day. They will need to learn how to incorporate these thinking behaviors into their business and system architecture as they design new solutions. The other concern in some cases is you have a lot of don't know don't know advising the don't know don't know......and this is going to be an issue.  Click on link below to read the white paper.

    Adapting to Generative AI, Advancing the Business in a Smart Connecting World 

  • 16 May 2024 4:46 PM | Mayra Cruz (Administrator)

    If you were to map the path of a single drop of water on a dairy farm, you would see a complex journey – one that’s essential to maintaining cows’ health, and the planet’s. Dairy farmers don't take an ounce of it for granted.

    Whether used to clean milking equipment, keep cows hydrated, or grow crops, farmers across the United States work with local communities and researchers to continually maximize their operations’ H2O. That’s more than 26,000 U.S. dairy farm families who innovate to operate. Whether in California or Pennsylvania, most dairies recycle their water as many as four times, including a final stop on the crops.

  • 16 May 2024 4:44 PM | Mayra Cruz (Administrator)

    Everyone knows how tasty beef jerky is, but many people fail to realize that most big-name beef jerky brands use artificial additives, preservatives, and excess sugar to keep you hooked.

    Does this mean you should avoid jerky at all costs? Not at all. Luckily, there’s a healthier alternative that’s guaranteed to satisfy your cravings, turkey jerky!

    Turkey jerky has recently gained popularity following the trend of our flourishing health-conscious population. With its seemingly perfect macronutrient ratio, it deserves a spot in everyone’s diet.

    So is turkey jerky healthy? Absolutely! And in this post, Chomps is going to dive into why it’s actually considered one of the healthiest snacks available.

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