Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • What is the MEP National Network? 

ITAC is the NYC center of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) nationwide network. The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is based at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The MEP National Network comprises the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP), 51 MEP Centers located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, and its over 1,400 trusted advisors and experts at more than 385 MEP service locations, providing any U.S. manufacturer with access to resources they need to succeed.*

  • What impact has the MEP National Network achieved?

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Network’s mission is to enhance the productivity and technological performance of U.S. manufacturing. In 2020, every one dollar of federal investment resulted in $19.60 in new sales growth and $33.70 in new client investment. This translates to $2.9 billion in new sales for ever $1,381 of federal investment the network creates or retains one manufacturing job.*

  • What is the NYMEP? 

The New York State Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NY MEP) Assists Small And Mid-Sized Manufacturers In Becoming More Competitive. As a network of 11 independent, not-for-profit organizations, New York MEP centers cultivate the growth of high-tech industry and help smaller manufacturers modernize. The NY MEP organizations share a common commitment to providing direct, strategic assistance to companies in the areas of entrepreneurship, technology commercialization, product development, high-tech business incubator management and technology transfer services.* As the NYC chapter of the New York State Manufacturing Extension Partnership, we work with companies throughout the five boroughs and beyond, and help them expand into new markets, create innovative products, develop their customer base, find new partners, improve their processes and develop sustainable practices.

  • How do I update my company’s Dun & Bradstreet D-U-N-S Number? 

ITAC is a non-profit consulting firm focused on helping NYC manufacturers grow their business. Our main funder (NIST-MEP) uses Dun & Bradsheet (D&B) to verify that the companies we work with are manufacturers. We can check your company information in D&B to see if your NAICS code is within manufacturing. Dun & Bradsheet provides commercial data, analytics, and insights for businesses. NAICS is the North American Industry Classification System. ITAC asks its funder (NIST-MEP) to have D&B conduct a company update. This is a fairly simple process and the easiest way to have your business profile updated in D&B. ITAC submits company information/requested changes to D&B. D&B will confirm that the company is a manufacturer. If you are working with ITAC and need to update your company’s D&B number, please reach out to get the process started.

  • What is a Dun & Bradstreet D-U-N-S Number? 

The Dun & Bradstreet D‑U‑N‑S Number is a unique nine-digit identifier for businesses. The D‑U‑N‑S Number is used as the starting point for any company’s Live Business Identity, the most comprehensive and continually updated view of any company in the Data Cloud.*

  • What does New York City manufacturer?

According to D&B Hoovers data, more than 8,000 privately held companies with 500 or less employees in New York City meet
the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) definition for manufacturing. Printing, Apparel, Fabricated Metal, Food, Jewelry, and Electronics provide more than 50% of all manufacturing jobs in New
York City. Most of those jobs are in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.*