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CLIENT COMPANY SPOTLIGHT
NORTH COAST INDUSTRIAL IMAGING
Launched in 2007, North Coast Industrial Imaging (NCII) provides high-quality imaging products and services to businesses and industrial concerns in the Great Lakes Region. NCII is the newest Macomb-OU INCubator I-Hub member and winner of BOOST! Macomb, Mac-OU INC's first pitch competition.

"I was honored to be selected as the winner of the very first BOOST! Macomb pitch competition. The other participants were outstanding and stand as signal of the good things to come for our region," Barry Sutherland, NCCI president, says.

"I am looking forward to spending time at the Macomb-OU INCubator now that I am a member and beginning to collaborate with other innovators!"



North Coast Industrial Imaging


MAC-OU INC HAPPENINGS
EXCITING NEW EXPORT SERIES TO KICK OFF 2014

In collaboration with Miller Canfield, Mac-OU INC will host a four-part exporting series in January of 2014. Joe Gustavus of Miller Canfield will address the following topics on market entrance, including exports related thereto:
  • Establishment of Local Sales Agency Relationships
  • Establishment of Local Distributor Relationships
  • Establishment of a Subsidiary
  • Establishment of a Joint Venture

For more information on the upcoming series, please contact Joan Carleton at macINC@oakland.edu.



MICHIGAN DARPA MD.MFP



MD.MFP UPDATE

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. This project includes a presentation, scheduled for November 18, to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Michigan Defense Center.

In addition, on October 8, Logistic Specialties, Inc. (LSI), a national government contracting firm with a Michigan presence, presented the first of four MD.MFP training courses. The purpose of this workshop is to provide attendees a broad overview of the DARPA program and to teach them how to navigate the application process to compete for and win contracts. Future training locations include Muskegon and Houghton. Visit michigandarpa.org for more information.


MAC-OU INC CLIENT NEWS
KTISIS: SEEKING JUNIOR ENGINEER

Position: Engineer
Hours: 40 hours per week minimum
Qualification: 1 to 3 years of related experience
Service Terms: Full-time position
Opening Availability: Immediate
Report To: Technical Director
To Apply: career@ktisisco.com




EXECUTIVE-IN-RESIDENCE NEWS
JIM RUMA: "MICHIGAN DEFENSE-BASED BUSINESS PLANNING"

"Continuous Improvement Leading to Future Sales" ends our four-phased thoughts on building and sustaining your business. Prior newsletters discussed "Identifying and Engaging the Customer" (July 2013), "Making the Sale to Achieve Contract Award" (August 2013) and "Delivery on Time, Within Cost and to the Requirements" (September 2013).

Now that your product/service has successfully transitioned from producer development to consumer use, continuous improvement (CI) and upgrade of capabilities can sustain its use, leading to increased customer demand.



BUTZEL LONG: SHUTDOWN WEEK THREE - PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS

As the shutdown enters its third week, practical considerations for federal contractors become more urgent. Lines of credit are being drawn down with no clear path to the end of the financial bleeding. CFOs are doing what they can. Comptrollers are stretching out terms as much as possible. But the burden ultimately falls on the program, its managers, and other line managers.

Finance Departments are watching carefully crafted metrics sour. Black numbers are becoming red. Pressure increasingly is being put on the operational activities (read: "productive part of the business") to "do something" about the cash outflow; but, what?



ENTREPRENEURIAL EVENTS

ACCELERATE MICHIGAN INNOVATION COMPETITION
NOVEMBER 12-14


The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition is an international business competition designed to bring together later-stage entrepreneurial companies with local, national and international investors. In 2012, 60 venture capitalists from 51 firms judged the competition, providing a great network across the country, as well as constructive feedback, to help the participating companies in their persistent drive for excellence.

Congratulations to all the Mac-OU INC client companies participating as semi-finalists! Tickets to attend are available via the Accelerate MI EventBrite.


 

Q&A WITH VELOCITY COLLABORATION CENTER STAFF

BARRY HICKS
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
CITY OF STERLING HEIGHTS


Mac-OU INC is pleased to welcome Barry Hicks, the new economic development manager for the City of Sterling Heights, to Velocity! Barry is responsible for business retention/recruitment and assists the City Manager's Office with marketing to prospective industries and prospects. In addition, he is responsible for maintaining relationships with other government & non-profit industries and the business community/stakeholders to assure agencies are working cooperatively to create the best and most business friendly environment possible in the City.

For the past seven years, Barry has been part of a City Administrative team specializing in Planning & Economic Development, most recently as Planning Director/Economic Development Manager for the City of Jackson, MI, following his position as Planning Director for the City of Albion. He has also served roles such as Interim Department Head for various City Departments as well as Interim City Manager.

"One of the reasons it was so attractive to accept this position with the City of Sterling Heights was because of how uniquely positioned the City has made itself. Through the efforts of previous Economic Developers and the current City Administration and Council, the City now can utilize various resources and partnerships. One of those partnerships in particular is with Macomb County and Oakland University in which, through the Smart Zone legislation provided by the State of Michigan, the Velocity Center was born," Barry says.




MAC-OU INC EVENTS

DEFENSE COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDER'S MEETING
OCTOBER 28: PRESENTED BY THE MICHIGAN DEFENSE CENTER (MDC)


The MDC presented a report on initiatives, task force updates and advocacy to protect and grow the Michigan Defense Sector. Reported statistics include that 47,256 Michigan residents hold Michigan defense-related jobs in this $4.7 billion annual industry. In addition, 70 percent of everything a soldier shoots, drives, flies, wears, eats or communicates with is contracted in Michigan.

The MDC, a division of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, provides resources and guidance to Michigan-based businesses to secure defense contracting opportunities to create jobs and increase Michigan's share of defense business. For more information, visit michigandefensecenter.com.



Mallory Brown, World Clothes Line Founder

MALLORY BROWN, WORLD CLOTHES LINE
OCTOBER 29: A FIRESIDE CHAT


"World Clothes Line is an apparel company with a philanthropic mission. We match every item purchased with a new item for someone in need. You buy. We give. Together, we clothe the world."

In 2010, as a 24-year-old social entrepreneur, Mallory founded World Clothes Line, an apparel company with a "Buy 1, Give 1" mission. In it's three years of business, World Clothes Line has personally clothed the homeless in Detroit, MI, a refugee camp in Peru, an impoverished island in Indonesia, schoolchildren in Israel and four orphanages in Africa.

Event attendees described Mallory's tale, mission and overall entrepreneurial spirit as "dynamite" and "absolutely phenomenal." Read her uplifting perspective on the Mac-OU INC blog, or visit the World Clothes Line website to learn more.


BOOK REVIEW

"SUBURBAN NATION: THE RISE OF SPRAWL AND THE DECLINE OF THE AMERICAN DREAM"
BY ANDRES DUANY, ELIZABETH PLATER-ZYBERK & JEFF SPECK
REVIEWED BY DAVID BONI

Imagine taking a trip back to the early 20th century. The suburban homes, which currently account for over 50 percent of America's housing, would be replaced with city blocks, downtown lofts and scattered houses along the countryside. Traffic would be virtually nonexistent and local business would be flourishing. Now, compare that to our modern mix of big box stores, identical houses and nearly abandoned cities.


Why did we decide to stray away from our original system that worked so well? By following the history of America's largest cities, the authors explain how citizens following the American Dream are being crushed by large corporations and big box stores.

Years ago, at the peak of urbanization in America, people were given the opportunity to move from their outdated homes in the city. With the help of extremely inexpensive mortgage rates, people began to make what may have seemed like smart financial decisions.




VELOCITY HAPPENINGS
SMALL BUSINESS FINANCING FORUM
Thursday, November 14, 12 - 2 p.m. (lunch will be served)
Macomb County at Velocity Collaboration Center

For many businesses, new opportunities such as higher customer demand, investment necessities such as inventory or equipment, or new product lines require outside capital to keep moving forward. Traditional bank financing may seem like the only option available. However, depending on circumstances and specific need, there may be other opportunities. To provide an overview of what is available, the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development will feature:
  • Huntington Bank (conventional bank lending)
  • U.S. Small Business Administration (guaranteed loans and other programs)
  • Hennessey Capital (asset-based financing)
  • Michigan Economic Development Corporation (assorted tools, including the Collateral Support Program)
  • Grow Michigan (their services)
  • Mac-OU INC (seed capital and angel investors)
Attendees are asked to pre-register for this free event by Nov 5 with Susan Bates at susan.bates@macombgov.org or (586) 469-5285.

 



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




OCTOBER 2013



EARLY WINTER 2013

EVENTS

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

Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition
Westin Book Cadillac, Detroit
Nov. 12 - 14

Gov't Contract Marketing 301
In Collaboration with PTAC
Nov. 13, 9 - 12 p.m.

Ask-the-Investors Roundtable
In Collaboration with GLEQ
November 18, 5 - 7 p.m.

Social Media Education
In Collaboration with Social Media Club Detroit
Nov. 19, 9 - 10 a.m.

Payroll Seminar
An EIR event by BiancoCPA
Nov. 20, 8:30 - 10 a.m.

Lunch & Launch
"Buying and Selling a Business in Michigan"
John Carter, Witzke Berry Carter & Wander
Nov. 21, 12 - 1 p.m.

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.











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