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For Immediate Release
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Lunch & Launch event to focus on creating, managing joint ventures

     Sterling Heights, Mich. – Business leaders looking to combine resources and capabilities with other businesses, without the expense and restraint of an acquisition, are invited to attend the Macomb-OU INCubator's next Lunch and Launch event on Thursday, July 25, featuring John Carter, principal member at Witzke Berry Carter & Wander PLLC.

     In "Forming Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances," participants will discover when a joint venture or strategic alliance is a good option and how it is different from a typical partnership or other co-ownership, the legal considerations of selecting a good joint venture partner and the practical or contractual aspects of maintaining a joint venture or strategic alliance over time, including requirements and how to modify or dissolve them.

     Carter has practiced business and commercial law for 18 years and focuses on assisting Michigan entrepreneurs with business formation, commercial transactions, licensing and franchises, and business succession planning. He is leader of his firm's Business Law and Commercial Transactions group, is an active member of the Business Law and Unincorporated Enterprises section of the Michigan Bar and serves as a mentor and teacher with various Michigan entrepreneurial and small business organizations.

     This free lecture, set for noon to 1 p.m. at the Macomb-OU INCubator, will include a question and answer period. Coffee and dessert will be served, though guests are asked to bring their own lunch.

     The incubator is located in the Velocity building at 6633 Eighteen Mile Road in Sterling Heights. Those interested in attending the lecture 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 and technology sectors. For more information, visit the incubator website at

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     The Macomb-Oakland University INCubator provides entrepreneurial resources, business solutions, and access to student interns and proactive support to businesses at every stage, in an effort to help start-ups on their path to success. The INCubator's goal is to create jobs and advance the development of businesses with obtaining necessary financing for growth, business strategy, consultation, access to appropriate rental space, shared business services, and equipment and technology support services in the areas of defense, homeland security and advanced manufacturing.

     Oakland University is a doctoral, research-intensive university located in Oakland County, Michigan. The university has 139 bachelor's degree programs and 127 graduate degree and certificate programs. Dedicated to delivering a distinctive undergraduate experience that is complemented by the strength of its graduate offerings and research accomplishments, Oakland University is organized into the College of Arts and Sciences, the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and the Schools of Business Administration, Education and Human Services, Engineering and Computer Science, Health Sciences, Nursing and The Honors College. Visit Oakland University on the Web at