Manufacturing Resources from SMC Business Councils

Helping Small Manufacturers Grow & Succeed

SMC Business Councils was founded in 1944 as Small Manufacturers Council (SMC). Even though we have diversified our membership over the past 70 years, Pennsylvania industrial companies and manufacturers have always been our foundation. SMC offers a variety of tools to help champion our regional companies. Join now.  SMC Business Councils is where you belong.

SMC Manufacturers Council

SMC Manufacturers Council is a forum for manufacturers to collaborate with peers online and in-person on topics such as attracting qualified workers, government compliance and funding, workforce development and more. It’s overseen by a committee of SMC manufacturers and is open to any SMC manufacturer member. SMC Business Councils is where you belong.

Working PArts Magazine

Working PArts magazine is an SMC Business Councils publication geared to the unique needs and interests of the manufacturing and smaller business community.  This bimonthly magazine is jam-packed with news and views on a myriad of issues from government compliance to HR issues. Join now. Working PArts is free with membership. Read latest issue.

Buy Pittsburgh First

Buy Pittsburgh First connects our manufacturers with the local industrial suppliers who can provide all the products our manufacturers need at the right price, the right quantity and local shipping/delivery.  Why is this so important?  For every $100 spent with a Pennsylvania company, $68 stays in the commonwealth through expenditures, payroll taxes and other multipliers vs. $43 from suppliers outside of PA. Contribute to the strength of our local business communities. Learn more.

IMPACT Trade Project

SMC Business Councils is proud to assist the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center open up U.S. trade for PA manufacturers in the Pacific Alliance, a Latin American trade bloc comprising Chile, Peru, Columbia, Costa Rico, and Mexico.


SMC Business Councils sponsors and supports seminars and conferences throughout the year, including Manufacturers Day and Manufacturer of the Year.

PA Small Business Education Fund

SMC Business Councils founded PA Small Business Education Fund to maximize education and economic opportunities directed at invigorating Pennsylvania’s manufacturing industry. Initiatives include the Fluid Power Challenge for middle school students and Foundation for Free Enterprise Week for high school students.

Take the Word of One of Our Members

SMC Business Councils has assisted my business by keeping our small company up to date on all human resources issues as well as OSHA, health care regulations and new MSDS federal mandates. My connections with SMC members have assisted my company directly when doing business in foreign countries with items such as document translations and customs through Duquesne Small Business Development Center. Without this kind of resource, I could’ve never achieved our goal to export products in a timely and professional manor. The resources of SMC, as well as its member community, are truly special.Brian Stein
Owner and CEO
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