Mission - To continuously define California's small manufacturers' present and future needs in a globally competitive environment, and leverage, coordinate and disseminate resources and services through established providers.
Vision - SMI will increase profitability and productivity for California's small manufacturing community.
History - The Small Manufacturers' Institute (SMI) is a manufacturing-driven institute that promotes California state-wide, regional, and grassroots participation in identifying small manufacturers' specific needs, coordinating existing resources and services and disseminating those programs through established providers and associations. It was originally established by the Small Manufacturers' Association (SMA) of California, the California State University Institute, and the two federal Department of Energy laboratories in California, Sandi and Lawrence Livermore. Over the last 20 years, SMA is the last of the partners to continue the mission of SMI. SMI is a California 501-c3 charitable corporation, incorporated in 1994, and is not a membership association.