WTEC Partners With TMAC To Support Manufacturing-Industry Entrepreneurs

April 16, 2024

Contact: Brian Enevoldsen, 806-651-8500, brian@wtenterprisecenter.com
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AMARILLO, Texas — The WT Enterprise Center is partnering with the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center to provide a series of workshops to help local manufacturers streamline production within their business.

This partnership between the WTEC, a department of the WT Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business, and TMAC will to assist entrepreneurs in finding the support in areas such as developing processes, improving products, technologies, people and thus business revenues.

“WTEC’s partnership with TMAC fits within our mission and we look forward to the strong technical assistance they will provide members of The Incubator program and the Texas Panhandle’s manufacturing community,” said Brian Enevoldsen, managing director of the WT Enterprise Center. “Our area has a strong history of manufacturing and is one of the many reasons for our economic strength.”

For manufacturing entrepreneurs looking to apply for membership into The Incubator program, TMAC will assist in the creation of facility layout designs for entrepreneurs within the manufacturing industry and assist in organizing current and future space needs for incoming companies.  TMAC will also present improvement sessions on manufacturing relevant topics that any manufacturing entrepreneur may attend every month. Those topics include workshops and courses in areas to help manufacturers understand the benefits of simulations, communication, workplace culture, business growth, data analysis, problem solving strategies, strategic planning, product improvement and development, prototyping, safety, and other subjects as available.

“While WTEC coaches focus on the entrepreneur, TMAC will focus on making a company better,” said Zaida Cordova, community manager of the WT Enterprise Center. “In turn, this will help our local manufacturers strive to be on the same level as a company that makes products on a mass scale.”

These sessions will be coordinated to run once a month and will include one-on-one coaching sessions for the manufacturing members of The Incubator program at the WTEC, 2300 N. Western St. in Amarillo.

The first session for this partnership will begin from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 23 is an assembly and production workshop titled “Manufacturing Principles with Legos.” This event is designed to duplicate an efficient production workspace with an emphasis on speeding up production workflow, managing inventory, and handling materials. The workshop will be led by Dustin Delano, senior business field advisor-manufacturing specialist with TMAC. This event offers seating limited to 24 participants and is free to attend.

“It is part of the WTEC’s vision statement to build an ecosystem that champion’s entrepreneurs,” Enevoldsen said. “We are so grateful to have many great partners, such as TMAC, that want to help the locally owned businesses make better products and be successful.”


Partnering with and retaining community businesses to improve the quality of life in the Panhandle and beyond is a key component of the University’s long-range plan, WT 125: From the Panhandle to the World.

That plan is fueled by the historic One West comprehensive fundraising campaign, which reached its initial $125 million goal 18 months after publicly launching in September 2021. The campaign’s new goal is to reach $175 million by 2025; currently, it has raised nearly $160 million.



About WT Enterprise Center

WTEC is a department of WT’s Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business and works side-by-side with America’s SBDC at WTAMU in supporting economic development throughout the Texas Panhandle. WTEC offers Texas Panhandle entrepreneurs with physical space, intentional community, strategic partnerships, tailored trainings, critical resources and certified coaching to ensure entrepreneurs are well supported in the pursuit of starting or scaling their companies. By cultivating a dynamic ecosystem where entrepreneurs are championed, equipped, and empowered to drive sustainable economic development and innovation, the WTEC can strive to provide opportunity and prosperity for all. WTEC also aims to provide opportunities for College of Business students to intern in local businesses showing them the hard work and dedication entrepreneurs must have to be successful. To learn more about the WT Enterprise Center, visit wtenterprisecenter.com or contact info@wtenterprisecenter.com or 806-651-8500.


About Texas Manufacturing Assistant Center

TMAC delivers hands-on business management, technology and operations solutions to a wide range of businesses, including manufacturing, distribution, logistics, construction, health care and government. They have a wide array of services that accelerate profitable growth by developing and improving profits, products, processes, technologies and people. Focus areas include Strategic Management, Technology and Operations. For more information, visit tmac.org, or call 806-834-1972.



About the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business

The Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business at West Texas A&M University offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degrees, including a bachelor of business administration and an MBA. The College also offers graduate specialized programs in accounting, finance, computer information systems and business analytics. The College, which boasts the largest number of enrolled students among all six of WT’s colleges, is routinely named as one of the best business schools in the nation. Its online MBA program recently was ranked No. 20 by the prestigious Princeton Review. Several of its offerings were awarded Best Program status for an 11th consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report in its most recent rankings of online programs.


About West Texas A&M University

WT is located in Canyon, Texas, on a 342-acre residential campus. Established in 1910, the University has been part of The Texas A&M University System since 1990. WT, a Hispanic Serving Institution since 2016, boasts an enrollment of about 10,000 and offers 59 undergraduate degree programs and more than 40 graduate degrees, including two doctoral degrees. The University is also home to the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, the largest history museum in the state and the home of one of the Southwest’s finest art collections. The Buffaloes are a member of the NCAA Division II Lone Star Conference and offer 14 men’s and women’s athletics programs.




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