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Center for Business Excellence

The vision of the Center for Business Excellence is to make North Central Indiana a more vibrant economic region by helping businesses excel through continuous improvement and strong leadership.

We assist For Profit and Not-For-Profit businesses transform their cultures and results through training and implementing continuous improvement principles, Lean tools and organizational skill building. 

The Center for Business Excellence hosts the Michiana LEAN Network, serving Elkhart,St. Joseph, Marshall, Lagrange and Kosciusko counties.
In addition, the organization will offer more comprehensive Lean Enterprise training, including Lean Transformation Design and implementation services, Leadership and Team Building Training, organizational design support, metrics tracking and score card development.
 “We want to teach and implement the principles of continuous improvement to help organizations transform their current strengths into even greater value to their clients and customers,” explains Dilts. “We will continue that support for area manufacturers but will also reach out to Service providers and Not-For-Profit organizations who provide tremendous value to this community. We want to do this in a collaborative approach to help increase this region’s ability to compete internationally while improving lives locally.”
While manufacturers have utilized Lean principles for many years, Not-For-Profits and Service organizations are part of a growing trend of new adopters. Leaders in these organizations realize the positive impacts these principles and tools can have in providing greater value to their clients and customers. 
For more information on the Center for Business Excellence or the Michiana Lean Network, contact Merritt Dilts at (574) 293-1531 x 121 or


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