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Program planner
  • ISM-CB Program Sept 12:
    Professional Networking Tips
    5:30 pm Applebee's Kennewick

    Please RSVP  - rsvp@ismcb.org
  • Pacific Northwest Purchasing Conference, Seattle. Oct 15. Web Site
Professional Networking Tips - Mike Taylor, C.P.M.

Plan to join us on September 12 when we discuss tips and ideas about building and getting the most out of your professional network.  We'll ask several of our members to share their personal experience networking at professional conferences and seminars.

In anticipation of the program, consider these questions:

  1. Why do I want to maintain a professional network?
  2. Why would anyone want to include me in their professional network?
  3. How will I introduce myself?

This will be an informal program. We'll share some ideas and discuss practical ways to improve our networking skills. 

No host networking and dinner from 5:30 p.m.  Program starts ~6:15 p.m. Please RSVP  - rsvp@ismcb.org

Networking Technology Question

Do you still collect paper business cards - or - have you evolved to a modern process by scanning cards & exchanging contact information electronically?  What other technologies do you use to maintain your professional network?

Our professional network is a valuable resource.  A searchable, portable and self-organizing database is a competitive advantage.

I admit - I still have a lot of business cards stacked around my office -  I wish I had them all in an electronic file. We can talk more about this at our program in September.  Mt


This is an excellent way to gain professional training by world-class trainers and network directly with the largest gathering of Supply Chain Professionals in the Pacific Northwest. This event is attended by purchasing managers and staff from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and Hawaii. More than 150 guests and 24 conference speakers will be in attendance. Conference hosted by ISM Western Washington  in Seattle, Washington October 16-18, 2017

Registration is open for the 74th Annual Northwest Purchasing Conference  Official Conference Brochure

This year will feature a new venue and many special interest topics, a full day vendor showcase, and a tour of the Kenworth Truck Plant.

Keynote speakers:

  • Monday October 16th, Kate Vitasek, Author and architect of the Vested business model, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  • Monday October 16th, Brian McCarthy, Instructor of Marketing and Managerial Communications, Portland State University
  • Tuesday October 17th, Hans Melotte, Executive Vice President, Starbucks Global Supply Chain
  • Wednesday October 18th, Fannie Boulanger, Vice President, Oath Global Procurement (formerly Yahoo Inc.)

We are offering a special  track conducted by Mark Trowbridge workshop track - “Trends in Technology Contracting"

See the Conference Agenda for a complete schedule of speakers, seminars and tours.

Solicitation; a Buyer's Sharpest Tool

Whether by invitation for bid (IFB) or request for proposals (RFP), a solicitation is our best chance to get more than just prices. A solicitation is an opportunity to get information that will help us select the best proposal and/or reject offerors who are likely to fail. Even in a very rigid IFB situation, procurement has an obligation to weed out proposals that are not responsive or proposals from offerors who are not responsible and who do not understand the specification. We can do that if we have requested sufficient information to make that determination.... Read the rest of the article  

Find more of my opinions and articles  at www.mltweb.com

CPSM Review Classes- ISM Spokane

Good Afternoon - We are trying to figure out where to start our CPSM Module Review Study Classes since we’ve gotten out of sequence. If you are interested in one of the CPSM Module Review Study Classes that our very own Steve Lunden teaches. Please reply back to this e-mail with which modules you are interested in taking. Here is the tentative schedule but, based on the responses we receive, we may move things to accommodate the module with the most interest. If you need more information regarding these classes, let me know and I can send you more info.

[Editor's note:  ISM Spokane and Steve Lunden have generously made these classes available as online modules so that members outside of the Spokane area can attend. Steve is a great educator and recipient of the Sid A Brown, C.P.M. Award of Excellence.]

  • Module 1 – Early Fall
  • Module 2 – Late Fall or Winter
  • Module 3 – Early Spring 2018

Thea Prince,  Senior Buyer City of Spokane

New Leadership Team

Meet your new leadership team for 2017-2018.  Thanks to everyone who participated in the election and a special Thank You for the people who volunteered to lead our local organization.  It's with the help of volunteers that we have been able to present local programs and education since 1980.

ISM-CB Education Exchange - building a professional network.
Share educational opportunities and the benefits of an expanded professional network with your colleagues.

American Society for Quality :  www.asq614.org/

Procurement Technical Assistance Center.
Washington PTAC - February Government Contracting Opportunities, News, & Events
Ashley Coronado  PTAC Government Contracting Assistance Specialist
Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, Kennewick

The Institute For Internal Auditors, Mid-Columbia Chapter

National Contract Management Association (NCMA)
 NCMA web site: http://ncmacolumbiabasin.com/index.html

Institute For Management Accountants
 IMA web site: http://ima.labworks.org/

WSU  Tri-Cities Professional Education https://tricities.wsu.edu/cepd/leadership-academy/

Emerging Tri-Cities http://www.emergingtricities.com/

ISM-CB professional network exchange is our way of encouraging communication and discussion among our members. Sharing information, expertise and experience are just some of the many benefits of membership. Networking with other members is a great way to build a professional support team.

ISM-CB Education Opportunity Calendar 2017-2018
BOD Planning calendar - send program suggestions to President@ismcb.org

June 13, 2017

ISM-CB Annual Business and BOD & Planning Meeting

July 25, 2017

ISM-CB BOD & Planning Meeting
Contact Cory Miller
5:30 p.m., Round Table, Richland

Aug. 22, 2017 ISM-CB BOD & Planning Meeting
Contact Cory Miller
5:30 p.m., Round Table, Richland

September 12, 2017

ISM-CB Program: Professional Networking
Mike Taylor , Naila Prieto, Procurement Supply Specialist
5:30 Applebee’s, Kennewick

September 19, 2017

ISM-CB BOD & Planning Meeting, all members welcome
Location: tbd  Cory Miller,

October 10, 2017

SM-CB Program; Fraud Identification and what to look for in an accounting system
Speaker, Bill Craven CHPRC Cost/Price Analyst
ISM-CB Champion: Cory Miller
5:30 p.m. Applebee’s, Kennewick

October 15-18, 2017

Pacific Northwest Purchasing Conference -
hosted by  ISM Western Washington

Seattle, WA

October 24

ISM-CB BOD & Planning Meeting, all members welcome
Location: tbd  Cory Miller,

November 14

ISM-CB Program; Suspect/Counterfeit items, identification and issues
Speaker, Rick Warriner,
ISM-CB Champion: Kyle Root
5:30 p.m. Applebee’s, Kennewick

November 21

ISM-CB BOD & Planning Meeting, all members welcome
Location: tbd  Cory Miller,

December 12

ISM-CB Program; Attracting and Retaining Suppliers
Coordinator: Dustin Wittman

5:30 p.m. Applebee’s, Kennewick

December 19

ISM-CB BOD & Planning Meeting, all members welcome
Location: tbd  Cory Miller,

January 19, 2018

ISM-CB Program; Networking Social
Barnard Griffin Winery
ISM-CB Champion Naila Prieto

January 16, 2018 ISM-CB BOD & Planning Meeting, all members welcome
Location: tbd  Cory Miller,
February 13, 2018 Regional Economic Impact
Speaker Asja Suljic, Washington State Employment Security Department Regional Economist
5:30 p.m. CG Public House, 9221 W Clearwater, Kennewick
ISM-CB Champion: Scott Williams
February 20, 2018 ISM-CB BOD & Planning Meeting,  all members welcome
Location: tbd  Cory Miller,
March 13, 2018 ISM-CB Program; tbd
Location tbd
ISM-CB Champion:: tbd
March 20, 2018 ISM-CB BOD & Planning Meeting,  all members welcome
Location: tbd  Cory Miller,
April (tbd) ISM-CB Program; tbd
Location tbd
ISM-CB Champion:: tbd
April 17, 2018 ISM-CB BOD & Planning Meeting,  all members welcome
Location: tbd  Cory Miller,
May 9, 2018
& repeat
May 10
Plan Tour; Preferred Freezer Services
ISM-CB Champion: Brian Hersch
Tour participation limited to 15 each day 
May (tbd) ISM-CB Program; tbd
Location tbd
ISM-CB Champion:: tbd
May 15, 2018 ISM-CB BOD & Planning Meeting,  all members welcome
Location: tbd  Cory Miller,
June (tbd) ISM-CB Program; tbd
Location tbd
Coordinator: tbd
June (tbd ISM-CB Business & BOD Planning Meeting
All members invited & welcome

Location: tbd  Cory Miller,
Who Are we?

Contact ISM-CB:  ISM-CB President / ISM-CB Membership Director/ISM-CB Information  / Web Site

ISM-Columbia Basin is the regional affiliate of the Institute for Supply Management a not-for-profit educational organization of over 40,000 Purchasing Agents, Buyers and Supply Chain Professionals. www.ism.ws  Local membership represents companies from Moses Lake to Walla Walla including food processing, government contractors, educational institutions, utilities and manufacturing. New members and business professionals are always welcome at ISM-CB events. Visit the ISM-CB web site at: www.ismcb.org

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