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For Immediate Release
Friday, Sept. 14, 2012

Expert panel to discuss how to move businesses to profitability

     Sterling Heights, Mich. – To help regional business owners and managers get on the fast track to growth, the Macomb-OU INCubator will present its first-ever panel discussion on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

     The Commercialization Breakfast Panel will welcome insights from Technology Highway executives on how to grow a company from its pre-revenue position to profitability. Topics of discussion will include market analysis, customer development, product development, resource identification, profitable business model development, business plan development and capital funding.

     Panelists will include Francis Criqui, principal and PMO; Robert Horvath, vehicle launch lead; James Masiak, principal and product technology; Margaret Palmer, business development officer; and John Rupp Sr., principal and production processes. Mike Brennan, Macomb-OU INCubator's business commercialization and capital investment advisor, will also be a part of the panel.

     The discussion, set for 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the Macomb-OU INCubator, is free and open to the public. It will include a continental breakfast.

     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 e-mailing to

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

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