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NOTE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
JULIE GUSTAFSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MAC-OU INC

With the start of 2015, I wanted to take the time to reach out to the village of people that have been paramount in helping the Macomb-OU INCubator serve its client base of exciting technology companies and entrepreneurs in the past year.

From our Business Advisory Service program volunteers to the Executives In Residence to Oakland University faculty, student interns and administration, to the Michigan Defense Center to the SBDC to our fellow Smartzones to the MEDC to the BBC to PTAC to our partners--the City of Sterling Heights, Macomb County, and Oakland University and so many more, THANK YOU!!!

We could not have helped our clients down the pathway of business growth without your help!



Julie Gustafson
(with some Google Glasses!)



MAC-OU INC POSITIVE IMPACT
MAC-OU INC'S INAUGURAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT COURSE FILLS TO CAPACITY

The Macomb-OU INCubator is hosting its inaugural Project Management Principles Certificate Course through Oakland University's Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) during this month of January. The at-capacity course is an expansion of Mac-OU INC's current PACE offerings, which include the Lean Green Belt and Lean Black Belt certificate programs.

Mac-OU INC's current business development programs bring in nearly 5,000 attendees per year. Strengthening the connection with PACE through Project Management, and other subsequent continuing education programs, will allow Mac-OU INC to expand its assistance to the business community.




MAC-OU INC HAPPENINGS

Macomb Pitch finalists (L to R): John Dishinger, PHASIQ; Adam Lewis, Sound Barrier; Roger Graham, Localfu; Shanti Suresh, Saras; Julie Hyde-Edwards, re-Contour; Mark Lundquist, Laystitch Technologies; Grace Hsia, Warmilu; Patrick Shaw, Triquetra Games
MICHIGAN SMALL BUSINESSES WIN BIG IN MACOMB-OU INCUBATOR PITCH CONTEST

More than $23,000 in cash and in-kind prizes was awarded to the top three competitors of the Macomb-OU INCubator's Macomb Pitch: A Competition for Small Businesses. The first-place winner out of eight finalists, Laystitch Technologies LLC, is the developer of a process of making carbon-fiber composites at a reduced cost.

Laystitch walked away with $8,500 in cash, as well as a yearlong service package from Mac-OU INC and seven-and-a-half hours of consultation with Butzel Long.

Re-Contour LLC, a developer of breast reconstruction dressings, won the second-place prize of $1,500. Warmilu LLC, a developer of advanced technology, thermal warming, nonelectric compresses targeted to the geriatric community, collected the third-place prize of $500.

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CLIENT NEWS

MICROCIDE FEATURED ON EMERALDPLANET'S INTERNATIONAL NEWS BROADCAST

EmeraldPlanet: "Pacing Technology, Innovation and Sustainability Towards a 2050 Planet of Nine Billion Citizens" (January 4, 2015)

John Lopes, president of Microcide, was featured on The EmeraldPlanet International Foundation's TV program, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization promoting protection of the environment and alternative energy sources. With headquarters and television production studios in Washington, D.C., John was interviewed remotely for his expertise by Dr. Samuel Hancock, President of EmeraldPlanet, for this internationally-broadcasted segment.



EXECUTIVE-IN-RESIDENCE NEWS
BUTZEL LONG: "EXPORT ADMINISTRATION"

The current situation in the region of Syria and Iraq involving the Islamic State (ISIS) seems to worsen daily. The danger for America is very real, and extends beyond potential military hostilities or even terrorism. American businesses that export or are willing to export may be at heightened legal risk. Export Control regulations and related enforcement places a significant responsibility and associated risks on American individuals and companies. The penalties for export violations, both civil and criminal, can be (and often are) draconian; and "I didn't know" has no weight as a defense or mitigating factor where penalties for exports or technology transfer violations are involved.



JIM RUMA: DEFENSE ARTICLE OF INTEREST

Here is an excellent article from National Defense magazine. I highlighted some key thoughts. It is a must read for all current and future Michigan defense contractors so that they can understand the potential future of the U.S. Defense Business Base. This article, along with additional comparative research, will then provide a context for our Defense Contractors to select the current road to travel or, as Robert Frost wrote, select the road "...less traveled... that has made all the difference."

National Defense: January 1, 2015
DEFENSE E-BRIEF: Defense 2015 Preview: Downturn Ends but Industry Troubles Not Over

By Sandra I. Erwin

Pentagon contractors are entering the new year with a mix of caution and optimism. Military spending is about to hit bottom and is projected to inch up over the next several years. With Ashton Carter as defense secretary, the Pentagon gains a leader who has been an ardent critic of budget cuts and will again be on the front lines of that fight.



VELOCITY HAPPENINGS


International Landing Zone -
ribbon cutting ceremony

INTERNATIONAL LANDING ZONE OPPORTUNITY NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS

The International Landing Zone (ILZ) at the Velocity Center in Sterling Heights, Michigan, is now open for applications, due by February 6. Spearheaded by the Michigan Defense Center, this project is in collaboration with the Macomb-OU INCubator and Macomb County.

Strategically located in Michigan's defense corridor, the ILZ provides space for international companies with proven success in the defense and homeland security industries.



PARTNER HAPPENINGS
ANNUAL COLLABORATION FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP (ACE'15)

Thursday, January 29, 2 - 8 p.m.
Burton Manor, Livonia

The Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship is the place where Great Lakes region entrepreneurs gather to network, learn and connect. This year at ACE'15 join an exciting, forward-thinking community of innovators, entrepreneurs and business leaders – people like you — who have the vision and drive to build new ventures for a new future. Join hundreds of attendees as they take advantage of learning and networking opportunities with fellow entrepreneurs, funding sources and entrepreneurial resources at this year's ACE'15. Visit ACE-event.org for more information and to register.


NATIONAL DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATION'S 2015 STEM SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The NDIA Michigan Chapter is offering academic scholarships of $1,000 per recipient to competitive high school and college students pursuing education at a Michigan college or university in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Applications are accepted online through March 1, 2015. For more details or to submit an application, visit ndia-mich.org,


HOT TOPICS: "APPRENTICESHIP HOW TO"

Presented by Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development
Wednesday, February 11, 11:30 - 1 p.m.
Velocity Center, 6633 18 Mile Rd, Sterling Heights

Is your company looking for a solution for hiring people with the qualifications needed for highly-skilled positions? Have you considered implementing an apprenticeship program? An apprenticeship program combines on-the-job training with theoretical and practical classroom and lab instruction. Attend this session to hear from company leaders that have successfully built a workforce through this type of structured program and learn how Macomb Community College can get you started.

This is a free event. Please contact Jennifer Belch at 586-469-5285 or jennifer.belch@macombgov.org to confirm your attendance.


KNOW YOUR NUMBERS: 5 KEYS TO USING FINANCIAL STATEMENTS TO MAXIMIZE CASH FLOW AND INCREASE ACCESS TO CAPITAL

Presented by the Michigan Small Business Development Center / Sponsored by Fifth Third Bank
Wednesday, March 25
Fee: $25 - includes workbook (free to attend for Fifth Third business customers and Veterans)

This seminar is ideal for experienced business owners and key staff who want to have a better understanding of how to use their financial statements in business decisions.

For more information, call (616) 331-7370 or email to sbdc@gvsu.edu. Registration is available at sbdcmichigan.org/training.







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






JANUARY 2015



UPCOMING EVENTS

Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship (ACE) '15
Burton Manor, Livonia
January 29, 2 - 8 p.m.

Capital Raise Meetup
Mike Brennan, Mac-OU INC's Capital Strategist
February 3, 9:30 - 11 a.m.

Social Media Monitoring for Business
Social Media Club Detroit
February 17, 9 - 10 a.m.












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