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JANUARY 2013
         

COMPANY SPOTLIGHT
MI-SBTDC AT MAC-OU INC AT VELOCITY
The Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center (Mi-SBTDC) now has an office on site at the Macomb-OU INCubator, located in the Velocity Collaboration Center, which will aid in the mission of providing counseling and services to small businesses and entrepreneurs. The SBTDC staff will provide one-on-one counseling, as well as host a variety of training workshops. We encourage all small businesses to visit their offices, and take advantage of this excellent opportunity. The SBTDC provides a full range of services to growing businesses that includes not only strategic needs assessment and market analysis but also ongoing strategy development, financial analysis and access to capital.

For more information, please visit misbtdc.org.

MAC-OU INC HAPPENINGS
A WARM WELCOME TO MAC-OU INC'S NEWEST CLIENTS
Mac-OU INC is pleased to welcome the newest clients for 2013! Golden Products & Services, The Metiss Group, Ktisis, Crime Scene Cleaner and Suburban Waster Services are all being assisted in their entrepreneurial endeavors. We wish you the greatest success in 2013!

BUSINESS ADVISORY BOARDS
One of the most successful and sought after services that Mac-OU INC provides to its clients is the custom-tailored Business Advisory Board (BAB). BAB's are individually designed to meet the immediate and long term needs of client companies by providing feedback from industry experts. A BAB may range from four to 12 members, with the primary purpose of providing advice and counsel to assist in the development and eventual commercialization of their product/service. Task lists or to-do lists are developed during BAB meetings; these lists serve as guidelines for the client and BAB to measure progress as well as address specific needs.

Mac-OU INC recently held BAB meetings for two of its newest clients. Golden Products & Services, LLC's BAB consisted of Arthur Scafe, Encore Automation; Mark Rupersburg, General Dynamics; Nathan Tallman, Metro Wire & Cable; and Bob Axtman, Visual Components. Smart Lighting Solutions, LLC's BAB included David Eberhard, Warner Norcross & Judd; James Ruma, Mac-OU INC Executive-in-Residence defense expert; Karen Milner, Spearhead Advisors; Spencer Silk, Franklin CIO Services; and Gary Giallonardo, Industrial Visions.


Golden Products & Services, LLC

 Smart Lighting Solutions


 Lean Green Belt Certificate
Program Dates (8 - 4 p.m.):
February 19
February 26
March 5
March 12
March 19
May 14


LEAN GREEN BELT CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
Back by popular demand, as part of the OU Lean Diversification Program and endorsed by the Michigan Lean Consortium, Mac-OU INC is offering the Lean Green Belt Certificate, starting in February.

Participants in the Green Belt program will gain the ability to tackle targeted concerns within a company's value stream or operations, apply Lean principles to focused areas of the business and recommend ideas for culture change.

The Green Belt Certificate requires 53 hours of classroom and online coursework. During the course, you will complete a Green Belt-level project that demonstrates the concepts of Lean and makes an impact on the business model. A certified Green Belt should be able to facilitate Lean projects and apply Lean principles that complement your current role in your company.

For more information, please visit oakland.edu/diversify. To register, please visit the Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) website at oakland.edu/pace. For further information, please contact Joan Carleton at (586) 884-9324 or macINC@oakland.edu.

IDEA HUB LUNCH CLUB
One of the incubator's newest initiatives is the I-Hub, a place for like-minded entrepreneurs to share ideas, resources and connections in an open-space environment. We like to refer to it as the perfect coffee-shop alternative for startups and small businesses. This is located in the open-concept room, just next to the collaboration center.

So we ask ourselves, why are we eating our lunches at our desks? Why not bring them down to the I-Hub? In support of our business ecosystem, the last Wednesday of every month, from noon until 1 p.m., we would like all staff, clients/residents, EIRs and BABs to have lunch together in the I-Hub. The goal of this lunch is to strengthen relationships here at the incubator between all parties involved.

Should you have questions regarding this initiative, please contact Joan Carleton at (586) 884-9324 or macINC@oakland.edu.


 Scheduled I-Hub Lunch Club Dates:
January 30
February 27
March 27
April 24
May 29
June 26
July 31
August 28
September 25
October 30

 NATIONAL BUSINESS INCUBATION ASSOCIATION "BUSINESS INCUBATION NETWORK OF THE YEAR" NOMINATION
The Oakland University Incubator Network, including Mac-OU INC and OU INC, has been nominated for the National Business Incubation Association's (NBIA) Business Incubation Network of the Year award. Winners of the 2013 NBIA Incubation Awards will be announced during the Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, April 9, at NBIA's 27th International Conference on Business Incubation in Boston.

The National
Business Incubation Association (NBIA) is the world's leading organization advancing business incubation and entrepreneurship. Each year, it provides thousands of professionals with information, education, advocacy and networking resources to bring excellence to the process of assisting early-stage companies. Please visit nbia.org for further information.


Q&A WITH MAC-OU INC STAFF
JULIE GUSTAFSON
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Julie Gustafson, Mac-OU INC's Executive Director, oversees the strategic vision, direction and implementation of the incubator, along with a whole slew of other hats!

"I love the job, the challenge, our team and the collaborative entrepreneurial spirit and environment in Michigan!" says Julie.

Favorite Pastime: Spending time with family and friends, the great outdoors, skiing, snowshoeing, walking and trying to learn how to play the ukelele (not too good yet)!

Last Book Read: For pleasure: "Antonement" by Ian McEwan. For business: "Good to Great" by Jim Collins

Favorite Food: Italian and in-season vegetables from farmer's markets.

Best Oakland Memory: Working at the Macomb-OU INCubator, plus love driving through OU's beautiful campus.
 


ENTREPRENEURIAL EVENTS

ANNUAL COLLABORATION FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP (ACE)
#ACE2013 has arrived! This Thursday, January 31, 2 - 9 p.m., head to Burton Manor in Livonia for one of the biggest entrepreneurial events of the year!

ACE is an event that celebrates and promotes 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.

Plan on breakout sessions; appointments with the 'Cunsultant's Corridor;' plenty of networking opportunities; a keynote by Terry Cross, angel investor and founder of Windward Associates; the ACE'13 elevator pitch competition; entrepreneur exhibitors; and plenty of good food! Please visit ace-event.org for more details and registration. Keep an eye out for the Mac-OU INC exhibit table!


 



EVENT REVIEWS
LUNCH & LAUNCH SERIES: "ARE ALL YOUR DUCKS IN A ROW?: HOW TO SET UP A BOOKKEEPING SYSTEM AND EFFICIENTLY COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR CPA"
JANUARY 17: LORI BIANCO, BIANCOCPA


 AUDIENCE REVIEWS:

"An excellent wealth of information. A fun, good speaker. I would love to hear Lori speak again."

She was extremely knowledgeable, used great personal examples and didn't speak too much CPA jargon."

"Very knowledgeable, open and friendly."

LUNCH & LAUNCH: "THE MOBILE EXPLOSION: HOW CAN YOUR BUSINESS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES TO INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY AND PROFITABILITY?
JANUARY 24: LINDA DAICHENDT, MOBILE TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION OF MICHIGAN

 AUDIENCE REVIEWS:

"She was well-informed. The visual documents on the screen were well done."

"Extremely informative and knowledgeable. It was a great use of my time."

"Very informative. She was easy to understand with the examples used."

FIRESIDE GROWTH SERIES
JANUARY 29: JAKE SIGAL, LIVIO

 AUDIENCE REVIEWS:

"He was engaging and insightful. It was well-rehearsed and inspiring."

"Outstanding, inspiring, brilliant, comfortable and relevant."

"The intimate setting and ability to ask questions were both useful and beneficial."




BOOK REVIEW
"I MOVED YOUR CHEESE: FOR THOSE WHO REFUSE TO LIVE AS MICE IN SOMEONE ELSE'S MAZE"
BY DEEPAK MALHOTRA
REVIEWED BY KATHLEEN BUCHANAN

"I Moved Your Cheese" (IMYC) is a clever rebuttal to the best-selling book "Who Moved My Cheese," (WMMC) which was previously reviewed by Joan Carleton in the September, 2012 newsletter. Both books emphasize quality over quantity, as every page is undeniably packed with life lessons. They both offer solutions and considerations for dealing with change. WMMC encourages one to adapt to change, while IMYC encourages one to steer the change before it steers them

"I Moved Your Cheese" tells the tale of three mice who refuse to accept the solutions for change offered in "The Good Book" (WMMC). Max, Ze
d and Big understand that change is inevitable, but refuse to consent to what has been bestowed upon them. The three mice redirect the change to create their own destiny. The other mice have learned to accept that someone keeps moving their cheese, while Max, Zed and Big move their own cheese.





VELOCITY HAPPENINGS

HOME IN MACOMB BUSINESS AWARDS
Tuesday, February 12, 8 - 10 a.m.
Best Western Sterling Inn Banquet and Conference Center
Featuring emcee Huel Perkins of WJBK Fox 2 Detroit, Mike Finney of the MEDC and a special keynote address, the event will culminate in the presentation of the first-ever Macomb Business Awards.
Tickets are $20. Please visit MacombBusiness.com for more information.

HOT TOPICS SERIES
Thursday, February 28, 12 - 1 p.m.
Velocity Collaboration Center
The third in a series, this Hot Topics panel will be focused on retaining employees. Speakers include Dr. Lee Meadows from Walsh College, Virginia Gronley of Dupont Performance Coatings and Valiena Allison of Experi-Metal Inc.
This is a free event, thanks to the generous support of Dupont. Please pre-register by emailing Teresa Jarzab.






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




WINTER 2013

EVENTS

Burton Manor, Livonia
January 31, 2 - 9 p.m.

Mike Brennan
February 5, 9:30 - 11 a.m.

Lean Green Belt Certificate Program:
Please Register Here
February 19 - May 14, 8 - 4 p.m.

I-Hub Lunch Club:
Clients/Staff/BAB/EIR Networking Lunch
February 27, 12 - 1 p.m.

Crowdfunding Workshop and Ask-the-Investors Roundtable:
Presented by GLEQ
February 27, 5 - 8 p.m.

Capital Raise Meetup:
Mike Brennan
March 5, 9:30 - 11 a.m.

I-Hub Networking Potluck Lunch:
Open to All
March 13, 12 - 1 p.m.

Commercialization Panel:
Technology Highway
March 14, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Lunch & Launch:
"Seven Cool Business Technologies"
Karl Siegert, MVP Collaborative
March 21, 12 - 1 p.m.

I-Hub Lunch Club:
Clients/Staff/BAB/EIR Networking Lunch
March 27, 12 - 1 p.m.
 



   
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