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Macomb-OU INCubator
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CLIENT COMPANY SPOTLIGHT
MACOMB-OU INCUBATOR AWARDED $15,000 FOR CLIENT KTISIS

The Macomb-OU INCubator was recently awarded $15,000 in Business Accelerator Funds (BAF) to provide accelerator services to client company KTISIS of Sterling Heights.

The Macomb-OU INCubator is the top business accelerator in garnering State of Michigan BAF dollars to assist client companies.

KTISIS is an advanced engineering, innovative technologies R&D, manufacturing, and commercialization company with a unique value proposition for the natural gas industry to resolve the debate by fleets to use either compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG) if moving away from diesel fuel.

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MAC-OU INC POSITIVE IMPACT
TALENT ACQUISITION: PARTNERSHIP WITH OAKLAND UNIVERSITY CAREER SERVICES

The Macomb-OU INCubator's strong partnership with Oakland University Career Services has translated to opportunities for incubator client companies to gain OU talent in the form of interns and recent graduates. We're pleased to assist OU grads in obtaining their career positions, and we would like to give a big thank you to the Career Services team for their assistance with this endeavor!

Mac-OU INC client company KTISIS participated at the Mac-OU INC table at the winter career fair. Check out their video highlighting the experience!



MAC-OU INC HAPPENINGS

CAPITAL RAISE MEETUPS STILL IN HIGH DEMAND AT MAC-OU INC

Startups and early-stage, growth-based businesses looking for funding need look no further than the Macomb-OU INCubator's Capital Raise Meetups with Capital Strategist Mike Brennan. This seminar has seen 300 attendees and is continuously growing, thus drawing the attention of Fifth Third Bank, the newest sponsor of the Capital Raise Meetups.

"Small business continues to be the backbone of the United States economy and Fifth Third Bank is proud to sponsor an event that stimulates entrepreneurship," said Jack Riley, senior vice president and director of marketing for Fifth Third Bank (Eastern Michigan).



MAC-OU INC HOST TO JUNIOR LEADERSHIP MACOMB

On Feb. 14, the Macomb-OU INCubator was host to the nearly 40 high-school students with Junior Leadership Macomb. This program is an eight-day leadership experience for high school juniors, during which participating students gain new information on the assets/issues of Macomb County (Health Care, Environment, Arts, etc.) through engaging activities, field trips and group discussions. They also learn about their own leadership style and are provided access to a network of professionals.

Students are selected for participation based on personal goals, personal assessment, personal/life achievements (including work experiences, community service, faith-based affiliations, etc.), academic, and personal references. For more information, visit leadershipmacomb.org.


CLIENT NEWS


Photo courtesy of Macomb County Planning & Economic Development
COLIANT CORPORATION NAMED DIVERSIFICATION LEADER AT MACOMB BUSINESS AWARDS

Mac-OU INC client company, Coliant Corporation, recently was the proud recipient of the Diversification Leader award at the Macomb Business Awards. Primarily serving the automotive and power sport industries, Coliant has recently deepened their relationship with the Department of Defense and are now in negotiations with companies in several secondary-market industries including sporting goods and aerospace. Learn more at coliant.com.

The Macomb County Business Awards celebrate the businesses and organizations working to achieve their goals in Macomb County. The awards are given in six categories, each considered a critical element for achieving business success, including Champion of Workforce Development, Corporate Citizen, Diversification Leader, Efficiency Expert, Model of OneMacomb and Startup Business of the Year.


EXECUTIVE-IN-RESIDENCE NEWS
BUTZEL LONG: "SONY, TARGET, HOME DEPOT. . . COULD YOUR VEHICLE BE A HACKER'S NEXT TARGET?"

In this world of connectivity, automobiles become one large mobile device, transmitting and receiving data whether running or not. Whether you are a component manufacturer or a digital provider streaming content into the vehicle, there are new concerns surrounding tracking and hacking that may put American drivers at risk.




Q&A WITH STAFF AT VELOCITY CENTER

NICOLE WELLS STALLWORTH, ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT, OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT & COMMUNITY RELATIONS, OAKLAND UNIVERSITY

"I began my position as Assistant Vice President for Government & Community Relations late fall of 2015. The Office of Government & Community Relations at Oakland University exists to advocate for and promote the important role of OU to the future of our region, state, nation and world. Enhancing awareness among state, county, local and federal government officials as well as various communities and organizations are crucial to this mission. Serving in this capacity allows me to lead grassroots advocacy and community relations initiatives on behalf of the students, faculty, and staff of Oakland University," said Nicole Wells Stallworth.



JOAN CARLETON, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS, WOMEN IN DEFENSE

Joan Carleton, Marketing & Communications Manager for Mac-OU INC, was recently voted in as the new Director of Communications for Women in Defense - Michigan Chapter (WID-MI).

WID - MI, A National Security Organization, is a non-profit professional networking and development organization for women and men across Michigan who contribute to national defense and security. For more information, visit wid-mi.org.


PARTNER HAPPENINGS
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,


TECHNOLOGY CHALLENGES FROM NEXTENERGY

Global Automotive Innovation Challenge
University and national lab researchers, startups, and established companies are invited to apply for this challenge, with awards totaling $200K cash and in-kind prizes. The goal of the challenge is to shortcut the arduous filtering process in large organizations to bring new innovations to the industry.

Lighting Innovation Challenge
University and national lab researchers, startups and established companies developing innovative lighting technologies qualify for this challenge with up to $80K in prizes. The NextChallenge: Lighting will spur the development of innovative energy technology solutions and identify ground-breaking opportunities to drive product differentiation.





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






FEBRUARY 2015



UPCOMING EVENTS

SBIR/STTR 101
BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting
March 4, 9 - 12 p.m.

Capital Raise Meetup
Mike Brennan, Mac-OU INC's Capital Strategist
March 10, 9:30 - 11 a.m.

Facebook for Business 101
Social Media Club Detroit
March 17, 9 - 10 a.m.




LOCAL EVENTS
OF INTEREST


Federal Subcontracting Overview
Macomb Regional Procurement Technical Asisstance Center (PTAC)
February 26, 9 - 12 p.m.

Foley's Guide to Bid Protest: Federal Bid Protest Procedures, Pointers & Pitfalls
Macomb Regional PTAC
March 5, 9 - 12 p.m.

Government Contracting 101
Macomb Regional PTAC
March 12, 9 - 12 p.m.

Revitalizing NCMA
National Contract Management Association Great Lakes State Chapter
March 12, 3 - 6 p.m.

Coffee & Contracting: Protect Yourself and Still Win Business
Macomb Regional PTAC
March 24, 8 - 12 p.m.

Know Your Numbers: 5 Keys to Using Financial Statements to Maximize Cash Flow and Increase Access to Capital
MI Small Business Development Center & Fifth Third Bank
March 25, 9 - 12 p.m.

State Contracting 101

Macomb Regional PTAC
March 26, 9 - 12 p.m.


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