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For Immediate Release
Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012


Creative thinker Josh Linkner to share insights on success

     Sterling Heights, Mich. – Josh Linkner, a man on a mission to make the world more creative, will bring his message and the story of his four successful businesses to the Macomb-OU INCubator's Fireside Growth Story Series on Wednesday, Sept. 5.

     Author of the New York Times Bestselling book "Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity," Linkner is the CEO and Managing Partner of Detroit Venture Partners and the founder, chairman and former CEO of ePrize, the largest interactive promotion agency in the world.

     Together with business partners Earvin "Magic" Johnson and NBA team owner Dan Gilbert, Linkner is actively rebuilding urban areas through technology and entrepreneurship. He is also adjunct professor of applied creativity at the University of Michigan.

     Robert Cunningham of Heineken aptly describes what attendees can expect from Linkner's presentation. "It was quite literally one of the most motivating and thought-provoking two hours of my professional career," he said.

     Linkner plans to share insights on creativity that have seen him honored as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and as a President Barack Obama Champion of Change award recipient. He is also a regular columnist for Forbes and Inc. Magazine, and his work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, USA Today, and The New York Times. Expressing yet another facet of his creativity, Linkner is also a Berklee-trained professional jazz guitarist performing regularly in jazz clubs throughout the United States.

     The Fireside Growth Story Series is designed to encourage discussion and help entrepreneurs gain inside knowledge from those who have 'been there' and 'done that.' Admission to Linkner's presentation, which begins at 5 p.m. on Sept. 5, is free and open to the public. Discussion and questions are encouraged as part of the event, and wine and cheese will be served.

     The incubator is located in the Velocity building at 6633 Eighteen Mile Road in Sterling Heights. Those interested in attending are asked to register in advance by contacting Joan Carleton at (586) 884-9324 or at macinc@oakland.edu.

     The Macomb-OU INCubator provides comprehensive development and support to startup and emerging businesses with a focus on the defense, homeland security, advanced manufacturing and technology sectors. For more information, visit the incubator website at oakland.edu/macombouinc.

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