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ON-SITE COMPANY SPOTLIGHT
LOGISTIC SPECIALTIES INC (LSI)

LSI Business Development (LSI) is a nationwide government-contract consulting firm with a strategic Michigan location within the Macomb-OU INCubator. LSI specializes in positioning companies to win new business with the government at the federal, state, and local level. By focusing on improving client's government business-development processes, LSI creates a customized approach to support each client in increasing win rates and decreasing business-development costs. They provide strategy and market intelligence, capture management, proposal development, and support for program execution.



LOGISTIC SPECIALTIES INC (LSI)

MAC-OU INC HAPPENINGS


We are pleased to invite you to check out our updated furnishings!
The main conference room and reception area have multiple updates, including high-top tables, ideal for enjoying the courtyard view. The kitchen is now divided between a coworking/kitchen area and an open-concept conference room, complete with a smartboard.


MICHIGAN DARPA MD.MFP
"UNDERSTANDING AND NAVIGATING DARPA RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT": UPCOMING WORKSHOP NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION

The upcoming "Understanding and Navigating DARPA Research & Development: A Michigan-Sponsored Workshop" is scheduled for Wednesday, May 28, 9-5 p.m., at the M-TEC SmartZone at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI.

The purpose of the workshop is to provide attendees with a broad overview of the DARPA program and teach them how to navigate the application process to compete for, and win, contracts. Visit MichiganDARPA.org for more information and registration.

APRIL OPPORTUNITY INSIGHTS SHEET

The Opportunity Insights Sheet is an aid for all small businesses wanting to work with DARPA and MD.MFP. It highlights actively targeted solicitations; open office-wide unsolicited ideas; trend analysis and observations; and notes, news and insight.

View the opportunity insights sheet for April via michigandarpa.org.

 
PTAC'S DUAL-USE TECHNOLOGY BRIEFING

The Macomb Regional Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) will host their Dual-Use Technology Briefing on May 1 at DC3S in Sterling Heights. This half-day event will deliver information on how companies developing innovative technology can do business with the United States Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), as the military depends on commercial business to develop new goods and technologies for the protection of the war-fighter and to advance homeland security.

MD.MFP representatives will be in attendance, providing an overview of the program and to answer any questions. For more information and to register, visit the Macomb Regional PTAC website.


CLIENT NEWS

SMART LIGHTING SOLUTIONS
SMART LIGHTING SOLUTIONS INTRODUCES REVOLUTIONARY NEW LIGHTING PRODUCT

Smart Lighting Solutions has joined forces with Juganu Lighting to offer Juganu's complete line of LED lighting products in Michigan. Juganu Lighting has proven over 80 percent energy savings by replacing metal halide fixtures with their unique product. Their system efficiency makes the cost savings flow to your bottom line, as the return on investment is typically within the two-year range or lower. The LED lighting products boast 120-145 lumens per watt, plus a seven-year warranty for outdoor lighting or a 10-year warranty for indoor lighting.



SPLASH360 INC
SPLASH360 INC JOINS BIZSPARK

Splash360 Inc. was recently inducted into Microsoft Bizspark, a global community of promising startups and entrepreneurs consisting of 50,000+ members across 100+ countries. As a member, Splash360 was immediately granted licenses of Microsoft development tools and software, valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars annually, for up to three years. Additional benefits include access to technical experts from Microsoft, discounted pricing for cloud platform and infrastructure services, and seed/growth funding consideration by Microsoft Ventures and other affiliated Venture Capital and Private Equity investors.



MICROCIDE
MICROCIDE'S TRADE MISSION TO CENTRAL AMERICA

Mac-OU INC client Microcide Inc has scheduled a trade mission for the upcoming month of May. Dr. John Lopes and additional staff members will be going on the U.S. Department of Agriculture-arranged U.S. Export Association-oriented trade mission to Central America, May 2-10. During this trade mission, the Microcide team will attend a trade show and present their products to agriculture, food processing and retail businesses in San Jose, Costa Rica. They will then travel to Panama City, Panama, May 7-10, to promote their products to food-service and food-processing industries.

Best wishes from Mac-OU INC for a successful trip!



EXECUTIVE-IN-RESIDENCE NEWS
BUTZEL LONG: "FCC STILL CONSIDERING ALLOWING POTENTIALLY INTERFERING USES OF SPECTRUM PREVIOUSLY SET ASIDE FOR CONNECTED CAR TECHNOLOGIES"

Over a decade ago, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allocated spectrum in the 5.9 GHz band for the Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) Service, which would be used for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications. Since then, the automobile industry has spent hundreds of millions of dollars, and considerable time and effort, designing, developing, and testing V2V and V2I equipment and technologies, including an expansive pilot program in Ann Arbor.



JIM RUMA: DEFENSE ARTICLES OF INTEREST

JIm Ruma, Mac-OU INC's Executive-in-Residence with a focus on defense, keeps client companies up-to-date on defense news and offerings, in addition to helping them navigate this complicated sector. Articles of interest for April include:

InsideDefense.com: "Kendall: DoD Expects Uptick in Performance-Based Logistics Contracts"
Breaking Defense: "Marines Seek New Tech to Get Ashore vs. Missiles; Reinventing Amphib Assault"
National Defense: "Changing Missions Means New Equipment Needs for Special Operators"


Q&A WITH MAC-OU INC STAFF

TIM BROWN
TIM BROWN
MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT


Mac-OU INC is pleased to officially welcome the newest team member, Tim Brown! As Marketing & Communications Assistant, he works with the Marketing and Communications Manager on incubator-related marketing initiatives, specifically in the enhancement of the social media strategy. He is an actively-involved student at Oakland University, including his role as Marketing Director for Student Congress.

"Working at Mac-OU INC has been a very informative experience. Never before have I been involved in an organization that functions solely to help people accomplish their dreams with business and entrepreneurship. It's truly a great experience to learn and develop with," Tim says.

Best OU Memory: Branching outside of my major by getting involved with the housing department, working on the University Student Congress Executive Board and joining my fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon.


ENTREPRENEURIAL EVENTS
ENTRE-SLAM STORYTELLING WORKSHOP TESTIMONIAL

This past winter, the Macomb-OU INCubator jointly-sponsored Entre-SLAM through the Business Accelerator Network of Southeast Michigan (BANSEM), a collaborative effort also including Automation Alley, Ann Arbor SPARK and TechTown. Entre-SLAM, a storytelling competition for entrepreneurs, is a fun-filled evening of telling tales of entrepreneurship as opposed to the standard elevator pitch. Check out the Mac-OU INC blog post highlighting the event.

The excitement of the event continued on into this spring with a workshop for entrepreneurs' to develop their stories, hosted by Entre-SLAM Co-Founder, Christa Chambers-Price. A few Mac-OU INC clients were able to attend and found great benefits for startups.



TECHWEEK DETROIT

Mac-OU INC is a proud media partner of TechWeek Detroit, with 2014 as the official launch of TechWeek appearing in our great city. TechWeek's mission is to "showcase, celebrate and enable emerging innovation ecosystems in the great cities of America" . . . and what better place than Detroit?

May 19-23, TechWeek will bring together a mixture of entrepreneurs, visionaries and thought leaders for a week-long celebration of all things tech. Their approach is to bring together an entire tech community under a single seven-day big tent and then shine a global spotlight on this ecosystem. This includes the conference with expos and summits, a hiring fair, a food truck face-off, and plenty of happy hours and parties. Visit techweek.com for more information and a 15 percent discount. See you there!


PARTNER HAPPENINGS

OU students enjoying Mac-OU INC's "Leaning the Towers" TEDx Lab
MAC-OU INC AT OAKLAND UNIVERSITY'S INAUGURAL TEDXOU

At the TEDxOaklandUniversity event on March 15, Mac-OU INC participated in TEDx Labs, an interactive and eye-catching set of displays to inspire innovation and creativity. Mac-OU INC team members orchestrated a "Leaning the Towers" activity, which involved TEDxOU attendees building structures out of staples and index cards to support ceramic tiles. This activity openly demonstrates important Lean concepts such as metrics and how they drive behaviors. As Mac-OU INC's Lean Diversification series is endorsed by the Michigan Lean Consortium and is currently in a contract with the State of Michigan for employee trainings, the theme was very fitting to some of Mac-OU INC's current activity.




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




APRIL 2014



ON-SITE EVENTS

Capital Raise Meetup
Mike Brennan
May 6, 9:30 - 11 a.m.

Are All Your Ducks in a Row?: How to Set Up a Bookkeeping System and Efficiently Communicate with Your CPA
BiancoCPA, Mac-OU INC Executive-in-Residence
May 14, 8:30 - 10 a.m.

Brand Identity & Differentiation
Advicoach, Mac-OU INC Executive-in-Residence
May 16, 8:30 - 10 a.m.

Blogging for Business 101
Social Media Club Detroit
May 20, 9 - 10 a.m.

SBIR/STTR 101: Overview and Introduction
BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting
May 21, 9 - 12 p.m.





COLLABORATIVE EVENTS


TechWeek Detroit
Mac-OU INC: Media Sponsor
May 19-23





LOCAL EVENTS
OF INTEREST


Small Business Strategies Webinars
Crain's Detroit Business
May 14: Growth and Diversity
May 22: Strategies to Access Capital and Supply Chains
May 28: Growing and Hiring










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