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CLIENT COMPANY SPOTLIGHT
ACCELERATE MICHIGAN INNOVATION COMPETITION
WINNER: WAVE AIRCRAFT


A hearty congratulations to all of the Mac-OU INC client finalists at the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition (AMIC) including Microcide, First Sense Medical, Radio Dayrage and Wave Aircraft, winner of the $25,000 NextEnergy Transport and New Mobility Award.

Wave Aircraft is a new venture that has developed a patent-pending turboprop amphibian aircraft designed to compete effectively in the business airplane market segment. The group will leverage the funds to develop a smaller version of the aircraft as a Seaworthy Unmanned Air Vehicle (SUAV) to serve the U.S. government's need for more flexibility in military and border security missions.





MAC-OU INC HAPPENINGS
STERLING HEIGHTS: CITY RECOGNIZED FOR ENCOURAGING BUSINESS GROWTH
BY SEAN DELANEY, ADVISOR & SOURCE


The city of Sterling Heights was recently identified as one of eight Top Performing communities in the state of Michigan at fostering entrepreneurial growth and economic development in a study by researchers at iLabs, the University of Michigan-Dearborn's Center for Innovation Research.

Sterling Heights was also recognized as a four-star community, marking the fifth straight year the city has been recognized for developing a positive entrepreneurial climate.

"We are thrilled to be again recognized for the efforts of our city economic development team who support entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses," said Sterling Heights Mayor Richard Notte. "We know that these innovators hold the potential to be significant job creators -- with the right support. Our partners at the Macomb-OU Incubator also assist our efforts to provide that targeted support and we share this honor with our friends at Macomb-OU Inc."

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MICHIGAN DARPA MD.MFP


Scott Badenoch

FIRESIDE CHAT: SCOTT BADENOCH, BADENOCH LLC

In 2005, Scott founded Badenoch LLC to work on defense and energy. Clients include major corporations, private equity groups, high net worth individuals, institutes, the United States Government and military. He holds over 150 records of invention, patents, and trade secrets and is the winner of the Kettering Award for technical innovation in the auto industry.

Badenoch was awarded a DARPA contract to prove a radical new concept for combat vehicles that promise to save lives and limbs of soldiers by neutralizing the effects of improvised explosive devices, or roadside bombs. Badenoch was subsequently awarded the first MD.MFP match funds, administered by Mac-OU INC. With these matching funds, Badenoch will collaborate with General Dynamics Land Systems to build a prototype and conduct a series of blast tests to prove the concept in live fire testing.

Fireside Chats are interactive and designed to educate emerging entrepreneurs on the trials and tribulations of creating a successful business, with real stories of business success. Hear the entire Badenoch story on December 10 at 12 p.m. Please register for this free event with Joan Carleton at macINC@oakland.edu or (586) 884-9324.

MD.MFP UPDATE: CFO LEASING COMPLETES MICHIGAN DARPA STUDY

A Michigan Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Matching Funds Program (MD.MFP) objective was to complete an advanced-level State of Michigan DARPA study to optimize program initiatives. Completed by CFO Leasing in mid-September, this study includes 262 pages of an overview of the DARPA organizational structure, an assessment of current DARPA activity in the State of Michigan, and a historical analysis of DARPA awards to Michigan-based businesses, organizations and institutions. A presentation to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Michigan Defense Center was completed this past month by Kevin Grimes of CFO Leasing.


MAC-OU INC CLIENT NEWS
IMPACT! SOFTWARE: OFFICIAL RELEASE OF BUILDING BLOCKS SOFTWARE

Mac-OU INC client Quentin Forgues of impACT! Software is pleased to introduce the company's newest initiative, Building Blocks. Building Blocks represents a shift in the way businesses and technology interact. Instead of the business having to find its way in the jungle of options offered by the software, impACT! Software has assembled a team of developers who work directly with the business owner and customize the software specifically to the needs of the business.

"Technology is only helpful if it is used and one thing I have learned over my 7 years of developing some sort of solution for others, is that when they have a hand in building it, then it will be used," Quentin says.

Explanation videos are available via Vimeo and YouTube. Visit the Building Blocks website at myeasyapp.com.

COLIANT CORPORATION: AWARDED MILITARY CONTRACT THROUGH SAIC

After a direct contact from Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Coliant Corporation has received a contract from Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) for development of protective clothing for our war fighters. The cost-plus-fixed-fee contract has the potential to extend two additional years based on the results of the first tests, to be performed at the University of Montana.

Jim Ruma, retired VP of Engineering at General Dynamics and the current Macomb-OU INCubator Executive-in-Residence for military program development, assists Coliant as an advisor.

"We sincerely appreciate all of the supportive resources offered in the Mound Road defense corridor, especially those at the Macomb-OU INCubator - these services are directly helping us to add jobs in our community," Adam Bonislawski, Coliant Sales Director, says.



METISS GROUP: SEEKING EMPLOYEE

The Metiss Group is seeking a Business Development Executive. This position requires calling on business owners and senior executives in The Metiss Group network, as well as generating new contacts, locally and throughout the continental United States (very little overnight travel required).

The Metiss Group provides the tools to remove unpredictability and optimize performance. This team of "Behavior Experts at Work" relies on behavioral science to solve common workplace dysfunction. Whether it is hiring frustrations, underperforming teams, disharmony among the leadership team or disappointing sales, behavioral science is at the root of both the cause and the cure for what ails growing companies. The Metiss Group has spent over 20 years perfecting proven processes that empower success at every level of an organization.




EXECUTIVE-IN-RESIDENCE NEWS

ADVICOACH: "5 Q'S: KATHRYN BAKER, ADVICOACH IN STERLING HEIGHTS" VIA DBUSINESS DAILY NEWS

After working for 10 years in business development, sales, and marketing, Kathryn Baker opened an AdviCoach franchise in 2009. Today, Baker provides coaching and advisory services for small to mid-size businesses in her Sterling Heights-based office, located in the Macomb-Oakland University INCubator. This month she was named "2013 Franchisee of the Year" by Franchise Source Brands International for her ability to maintain strong client-coach relationships and the role she plays in helping clients reach their goals. Baker spoke with DBusiness Daily News via email to share her tips for building a successful business.

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JIM RUMA: "TARDEC MAKES PLANS FOR 30-YEAR VEHICLE MODERNIZATION STRATEGY: PUSH FOR MORE COORDINATED SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY CONTINUES" VIA INSIDEDEFENSE.COM

The Army's Tank-Automotive Research and Development Command recently announced that it plans to adopt a 30-year vehicle and equipment modernization strategy to provide the service and industry with a roadmap of future capabilities.

"TARDEC's 30-Year Strategy establishes the long-range model that will fill potential capability gaps, explore future programs of record (PORs) and provide engineering services that will support Soldiers of today and tomorrow," according to a recent TARDEC statement. "The 30-Year Strategy enables TARDEC to achieve its vision of becoming the recognized [Defense Department] leader for ground systems and combat support systems, technology integration and system-of-systems engineering. It brings together associates and engages collaborative partners to leverage resources and streamline the process to deliver products and services."



BUTZEL LONG: IRS ANNOUNCES NEW EMPLOYEE BENEFITS LIMITS FOR 2014:

The Internal Revenue Service has recently announced cost-of-living adjustments applicable to dollar limitations for retirement plans (and other items) for 2014. Many of the retirement plan limitations will change for 2014 because the increase in the cost-of-living index met the statutory thresholds that trigger their adjustment. However, other limitations will remain unchanged because the increase in the index did not meet the statutory thresholds that trigger their adjustment.



MAC-OU INC EVENTS
JUNIOR LEADERSHIP MACOMB
NOVEMBER 9, 2013


Junior Leadership Macomb introduced student participants to different aspects of Macomb County by subject matter experts, allowing the class to learn how Macomb County functions as a whole. The goal of the program is to encourage these young leaders to take what they learned back to their peers and encourage them to become more actively involved in their community.


Junior Leadership Macomb

The session at Mac-OU INC focused on defense with a tour of the incubator, informative sessions from local business owners and Mac-OU INC's executive director, Julie Gustafson, emphasizing the importance of leadership programs as well as incubators in economic development to assist startups.

Leadership Macomb is a nonprofit organization whose nine-month adult program brings together leaders from numerous institutions, disciplines and geographic areas to strengthen their leadership skills, develop long-term business relationships, and obtain in-depth information about Macomb County. For more information about the Junior Leadership Program for 2014, call (586) 954-2788 or email info@leadershipmacomb.org.


BOOK REVIEW

"PLOWING THROUGH: THE STORY OF DRAKE MANUFACTURING SERVICES"
BY DICK WILLIAMS
REVIEWED BY JOAN CARLETON

"Making innovative combinations of existing materials and forces; the source of all truly important changes in the economy; creative destruction at work."- Joseph Schumpeter, John Drake's favorite definition of entrepreneurship

At my sister's recent wedding, it was a great pleasure to see extended family members from all corners of the country. This included John and Cathi Drake of Drake Manufacturing Services (DMS). In a conversation about my work with entrepreneurs, I discovered more about their work successes. Shortly thereafter, I received a copy of this book in the mail, inscribed with "Hope you enjoy our story!" Isn't family the greatest?

DMS started out as nothing more than John, his garage and door-to-door sales. Today, DMS has become a multi-million dollar company with over 40 employees, manufacturing precision CNC machine tools. The DMS story begins with tales of John's parents, followed by John's childhood, meeting Cathi and the beginnings of DMS to today, all relating to the success of the business.

Williams makes it clear that John is rather modest, focusing on the company transitions as opposed to his personal company successes. Cathi is depicted as John's constant, always at his side. There is no doubt in his mind that this business is a success of both of theirs.

Note that this review not only tells the story of a great entrepreneurial success, but also the power of networking. I would hardly call a conversation between family and friends networking, though my point remains. You never know the story of the person standing next to you. You may have more in common than you think.




VELOCITY HAPPENINGS
MACOMB BUSINESS AWARDS
FEBRUARY 11, 2014, 8-10 A.M.
OPEN FOR NOMINATIONS: PLEASE VISIT MACOMBBUSINESS.COM

There are nearly 18,000 businesses that call Macomb County home. They are important not only for the direct jobs they create but also for the many ways that they contribute to our communities in general. County Executive Mark A. Hackel, along with the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development (MCPED) would like to honor a business in each of the following categories:
  • Champion of Workforce Development – significant job growth utilizing innovative ways to hire, train and keep employees focused on continuous improvement practices.
  • Diversification Leader – success in balancing a customer base to serve multiple industries
  • Energy Efficiency Expert – best use of green technologies to reduce energy consumption and reduce operating expenses
  • Corporate Citizen – meaningful involvement in community projects through service and support
  • Startup Business of the Year - in operation for four years or less with more than one employee
  • Economic Development Partner of the Year – department collaborator that provides outstanding service in conjunction with department clients (selected by the department)

Judges include Julie Gustafson, executive director of the Macomb-OU INCubator, Jim Jacobs, president of Macomb Community College, Gene Lovell, president of First State Bank, Cindy Goodaker, executive editor of Crain's Detroit Business and Stephen N. Cassin, executive director of MCPED. 

2013 finalists are featured on the MCPED YouTube channel.

SMALL BUSINESS MATCHMAKING SUMMIT
LINK DETROIT: BUILDING ROBUST SMALL BUSINESS SUPPLY CHAINS

DECEMBER 10, 2013, 12-6 P.M.
WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY ARTS AUDITORIUM
PLEASE REGISTER BY TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is bringing the American Supplier Initiative (ASI), to the city of Detroit. This federal government-wide initiative is designed to increase government and commercial supply chain opportunities for small firms. This event will connect small businesses to commercial buyers from the private sector and federal, state and local governments.



Macomb-OU INCubator at Velocity Collaboration Center
6633 18 Mile Road, Sterling Heights, MI 48314
Phone: (586) 884-9320 | macINC@oakland.edu




NOVEMBER 2013



EARLY WINTER 2013

EVENTS

Fireside Chat
Scott Badenoch, Badenoch LLC
Dec. 10, 12 - 1 p.m.

1% Vision, 99% Alignment
An EIR event by Advicoach
Dec. 13, 8 - 9:30 a.m.

Lunch & Launch: Export Series
"Establishment of Local Sales Agency Relationships"
Joe Gustavus, Miller Canfield
Jan. 9, 12 -1 p.m.

Lunch & Launch: Export Series
"Establishment of Local Distributor Relationships"
Joe Gustavus, Miller Canfield
Jan. 16, 12 - 1 p.m.

Lunch & Launch Export Series
"Establishment of a Subsidiary"
Joe Gustavus, Miller Canfield
Jan. 23, 12 - 1 p.m.

Lunch & Launch Export Series
"Establishment of a Joint Venture"
Joe Gustavus, Miller Canfield
Jan. 30, 12 -1 p.m.











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