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CLIENT COMPANY SPOTLIGHT
COLIANT CORPORATION TO DIVERSIFY THROUGH RECENTLY AWARDED MILITARY CONTRACT

Coliant Corporation, client company of the Macomb-OU INCubator, was awarded a contract with Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) for development of protective clothing for our war fighters.

Coliant's high-tech heated garments were originally designed for commercial applications. This diversification to military occurred after a direct contact from Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), resulting in the contract. Jim Ruma, retired VP of Engineering at General Dynamics Land Systems 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.





MAC-OU INC HAPPENINGS
RECENT FUNDING AWARDS TO ASSIST CLIENT COMPANIES

The Macomb-OU INCubator, in cooperation with the Michigan Small Business Development Center (Mi-SBDC), was recently awarded two Business Accelerator Fund (BAF) contracts to provide much needed accelerator services to Splash360, Inc. and Mobile Data Holdings (MDH) for $14,850 and $38,115, respectively.

In addition, Mac-OU INC assisted Coupon Wallet in applying for a Michigan Pre-Seed Microloan, which was awarded in the amount of $25,000. This funding will assist Coupon Wallet in proving its technology platform, acquiring initial customers, protecting its intellectual property and setting the stage for rapid growth while also attracting additional capital.


INITIAL ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING

To enhance Mac-OU INC's mission of supporting economic development in Southeast Michigan by accelerating high-tech businesses, cultivating academic innovation and encouraging research & development, Mac-OU INC has established an advisory council.

This council consists of Southeast Michigan executives who support parts, or all, of the Mac-OU INC mission through their personal business initiatives, which can assist Mac-OU INC in their growth.



EXECUTIVE-IN-RESIDENCE NEWS

ADVICOACH: "BUILD THE CULTURE ADVANTAGE IN YOUR SMALL BUSINESS"
VIA FOCUS ON SMALL BUSINESS, THE MEMBER MAGAZINE OF THE SMALL BUSINESS ASSOCIATION OF MICHIGAN

While it is widely accepted that long-term organizational success is supported by building a great culture, what is not so clear is the process to build it. Further, many ask if culture work is just as relevant in smaller organizations, say those with less than 100 employees? Does it matter? Simply put, absolutely! Actually, we would argue that it is even more important.

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JIM RUMA: NATIONAL DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATION MICHIGAN CHAPTER EVENTS

The Michigan Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) was founded in 1918 as the Army Ordnance Association. Its charter is to provide a legal and ethical forum for the interchange of ideas between the government and industry to resolve industrial problems of joint concern.

Currently the Michigan Chapter has more than 3,000 members representing government, military, and industry. The majority of large businesses that support the Michigan defense community are Corporate Members of NDIA. The Michigan Chapter is involved in a myriad of different activities that support all branches of the armed forces, local, state, and federal government, as well as the corporate entities that support our warfighters, first responders, and patriotic Americans.

For information on upcoming events, please visit ndia-mich.org
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BUTZEL LONG: "POTENTIAL UPDATE TO THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1934 PRESENTS OPPORTUNITIES FOR INDUSTRY AND TRADE GROUPS"

Pending "Modernization" of the Communications Act

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce has initiated a project to develop legislation to modernize the Communications Act of 1934, which was last updated comprehensively in 1996. There is a website for easy access to the relevant materials: energycommerce.house.gov/commactupdate. It is not merely the passage of time that warrants revisiting the law. The telecommunications world is vastly different from 1996: then Internet access was achieved through dial-up modems (at 56 kbps) and AOL ruled the roost, the concern was that the "Baby Bells" would be dominant, and wireless penetration was under 20% in the United States.



MAC-OU INC EVENTS
SOCIAL MEDIA CLUB DETROIT: BACK AT MAC-OU INC FOR 2014

As we move into 2014, Social Media Club Detroit / Mac-OU INC educational classes are heading back to the basics. SMCD EDU classes are designed to help businesses understand each social network's capabilities and best practices, allowing them to get the most out of each platform.

"We look forward to our continued partnership with Mac-OU INC in 2014 and the opportunity to bring social media awareness to the small business community," Billy Strawter, SMCD education chair, says.



STATE OF MICHIGAN GREEN BELT PROGRAMS IN 2013 A SUCCESS

The Macomb-OU INCubator's Lean Diversification Green Belt certificate program was chosen, through a competitive bid process, as the official State of Michigan Lean training program. Endorsed by the Michigan Lean Consortium, the program is intended for business managers looking to develop excellence, nurture innovation, efficiently allocate resources and eliminate waste.

"Things went well with the Lean Green Belt training, we now have an additional 50 continuous improvement champions in State government that are starting to make a difference in re-inventing Michigan. Debra and Leon did a great job, as did all of the coaches that volunteered a lot of their time to mentor the students," Jim Willems of the State of Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget and SOM Green Belt liaison to Mac-OU INC, says.



STATE OF MICHIGAN GREEN BELT
CLASS #3 CELEBRATION DINNER


ENTREPRENEURIAL EVENTS

ANNUAL COLLABORATION FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP (ACE) '14

Join Mac-OU INC at ACE'14 as we celebrate and promote entrepreneurship in the Great Lakes region. ACE brings together entrepreneurs, service providers, investors, students, government agents and other members of the business community to network, learn and connect.

Stop by the Mac-OU INC exhibit table today, January 30, 2-8 p.m. at Burton Manor. We hope to see you there!


VELOCITY HAPPENINGS


KOSCH CATERING: A THANK YOU

Mac-OU INC anchor tenant, Kosch Catering, surprised Velocity with a beautiful buffet lunch in early January. We appreciate their continuous support of our programming and initiatives and wish them a happy 2014!

From the Kosch Catering Website:
Kosch Catering is a locally-recognized catering, event planning and foodservice management company. Created in 1981 by brothers, Gordie and Gary Kosch, Kosch Catering has established a reputation as one of the top catering companies in Michigan by offering clients the highest level of customer satisfaction. Kosch Catering handles all types of events including weddings, corporate events, graduation parties, and so much more.
MACOMB BUSINESS AWARDS
FEBRUARY 11, 8-10 A.M.
Andiamo Italia, Warren

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. 

Visit MacombGov.org for ticket information.

PARTNER HAPPENINGS
SME TECH INTERCHANGE
FEBRUARY 19, 8-3 P.M.
COLLEGE FOR CREATIVE STUDIES, DETROIT

Mac-OU INC is a supporting partner of the SME Tech Interchange, which brings together technology and innovation leaders along with a broad community of stakeholders from industry, academia and the U.S. government. Attendees will engage in strategy development, partnership building and implementation of ways to foster technology collaboration and innovation.

Discover mature technologies ready for commercialization, meet with major researchers, connect with new supply chain partners, learn about NASA technologies, and uncover opportunities to partner with NASA and other companies on technology development.

For more information, visit sme.org/smetech.

DA VINCI AWARDS
APRIL 10, 6-10 P.M.
FORD CONFERENCE AND EVENT CENTER, DEARBORN

Since its inception in 2001, the da Vinci Awards has become a prestigious international forum of recognition of the most innovative assistive & adaptive technologies that embrace and celebrate the Universal Design principles. These innovations play an important role in helping people overcome physical limitations. The Michigan Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society established the da Vinci Awards event to raise funds to help create a world free of MS while increasing awareness of the benefits of adaptive and assistive technologies for those with MS and other disabilities.

Nominations are open until Jan 31. For more information, to register to attend, or to submit a nomination, visit davinciawards.com.

ENTREPRENEURIAL VILLAGE
SEPTEMBER 7-11
COBO HALL, DETROIT

This year's ITS World Congress will highlight the best and brightest innovators and game changers in the transportation industry through a two-part program featuring our inaugural Entrepreneurial Village with the ITS America Investor Matching Event; Transportation for Tomorrow: Inventors & Investors.

For more information on the Entrepreneurial Village, including qualifications, securing exhibit space and exhibitor benefits, visit itsworldcongress.org/entrepreneurial-village.



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




JANUARY 2014



UPCOMING EVENTS

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

Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship
Burton Manor, Livonia
Jan. 30, 2 - 8 p.m.

"Are You Building a Sellable Business?"
An EIR event by Advicoach
Jan. 31, 8 - 9:30 a.m.

Capital Raise Meetup
Mike Brennan
Feb. 4, 9:30 - 11 a.m.

"Income, Deductions and Taxes. . .Oh My!"
An EIR event by BiancoCPA
Feb. 12, 8:30 - 10 a.m.

Society of Manufacturing Engineers Technology Interchange: Featuring NASA Technologies
College for Creative Studies
Feb. 19, 8 - 3 p.m.

"How to Develop a Selling System That Works"
Lunch & Launch
Erik Meier, Sandler Training
Feb. 20, 12 - 1 p.m.

"Facebook for Business 101"
Social Media Club Detroit
Mike McClure, Yaffe Group
Feb. 25, 9 - 10 a.m.

"Foreign Military Sales and ITAR Requirements"
Coffee & Contracting
March 4, 7:30 - 12 p.m.

Capital Raise Meetup
Mike Brennan
March 11, 9:30 - 11 a.m.

"Buying and Selling a Business in Michigan"
Lunch & Launch
John Carter, Witzke Berry Carter & Wander
March 20, 12 - 1 p.m.










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