CLIENT COMPANY SPOTLIGHT
In 2013, Pixo Group's co-founder and CEO, Sean Hurwitz, partnered with Sam Sesti to explore how to commoditize Pixo Group's three-dimensional (3D) technology, making that level of mobile engagement available to benefit a larger population. The result is Onu One, a fully-engineered, sales-catalog application under the new company Onu, LLC.
"The app gives sales representatives in the field the ability to show off their products in their true form while putting to work already existing 3D file assets," Sesti, Onu President, said.
Using a patent-pending technology, users can easily upload their 3D CAD files, as well as other formats, for conversion into digitally-animated 3D images.
MAC-OU INC POSITIVE IMPACT
|GRAPHIC DESIGN PROGRAM CONNECTING CLIENT COMPANIES WITH STUDENT TALENT|
Mac-OU INC's newest client benefit involves assistance towards client companies' marketing efforts in a partnership with the Oakland University Department of Art & Art History graphic design program. We saw a reoccurring need with our clients of graphics assistance, including anything from graphic identities and collateral material design to website development. We are now working to connect graphic design students for employment opportunities with companies. If you are a client company of the Macomb-OU INCubator and are interested in these services, please contact Joan Carleton at macINC@oakland.edu
for an application.
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 over 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 HOSTS LEADERSHIP MACOMB'S BUSINESS DAY|
Leadership Macomb chose the Velocity Center, home to Mac-OU INC, as the ideal location for their designated business day. Objectives for participants included gaining an understanding of the current local, regional and national economic opportunities and challenges, as well as identifying and understanding future growth industries in Macomb County and the opportunities and challenges they face.
|MAC-OU INC AND MACOMB COUNTY: 2015 DISCITECH AWARD WINNERS|
Corp! Magazine, an online and print business publication, honors Michigan companies that lead the way in digital, science and technology innovation. The 2015 DiSciTech Awards technology-category recipients included the Macomb-OU INCubator, for its technology-advancement initiatives, and the Macomb County Information Technology department, for its role in creating the county's Community and Technology Center (COMTEC).
|WARMILU EXPERIENCES GROWTH AND RECOGNITION|
Warmilu has developed an affordable, instant, non-electric heat technology that provides safe warmth on demand. The warmth packs are convenient, reusable, and microwave friendly, in the form of heat warming packs targeted to the first responder and arthritis patient communities as well as in the form of IncuBlankets, alternative incubators that spread warmth to save the lives of preterm infants at risk for hypothermia. Warmilu is a 2014 winner of Macomb Pitch and now has an office on-site at the Macomb-OU INCubator.
|MANGOTREE EXPANDS BUSINESS VENTURES TO INCLUDE CAPITAL, BENEFITS AND PRO|
Satish Dharwadkar, president of MangoTree®
Capital, LLC (MTC) and on-site client of the Macomb-OU INCubator, has expanded the MangoTree brand to include MangoTree Pro, LLC and MangoTree Benefits, LLC.
Satish has grown his wealth management business, MTC, with a 36 percent increase in assets under management from year-end 2013 to 2014.
|"MICROCIDE AIMING TO CREATE SAFER LIFE FOR THE PUBLIC" VIA MICHIGAN BUSINESS NETWORK|
Chris Holman, host of Michigan Business Beat, interviewed John Lopes, President of Microcide, in a podcast featuring John's background and Microcide's products, entitled "Microcide Aiming to Create Safer Life for the Public." Visit MichiganBusinessNetwork.com/blog to enjoy the interview!
In the beginning of the podcast, note that Chris mentions John's pitch in the Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship '15 (ACE'15) Challenge pitch competition. This is a great lesson to entrepreneurs, in that even though Microcide did not win the competition, the pitch itself resulted in some great publicity and press!
BUTZEL LONG: "EFFECTIVE COMPLIANCE PROGRAMS"
Recently, the Securities and Exchange Commission levied $16 million in penalties against Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
in consequence of bribes paid by Goodyear's subsidiary companies in Angola and Kenya between 2007 and 2011. In addition to the matter of its subsidiaries' payment of bribes (and then booking those bribes as legitimate business expenses), the SEC faulted Goodyear (the parent company) for not having a Compliance Program adequate to prevent the illegal payments by its subsidiaries.
|JIM RUMA: DEFENSE ARTICLE OF INTEREST|
The linked article identifies several problems in the Defense Logistics that are eminent opportunities for creative Michigan entrepreneurs. Solutions are needed to predict volatile customer demand, deal with aging to outdated information management systems, reduce production lead times, adapt best industry practices, consider on-site manufacturing, etc. And, YOU may have a solution to these. Understanding the Defense Logistics Market and connecting with potential customers may be a business development opportunity in the area of Service and Support rather than platform design/development, integration/validation and build. Also, check out the Defense Logistics Agency Enterprise Business Solutions Internet Bib Board System and the TACOM LCMC Procurement Network.
Q&A WITH MAC-OU INC STAFF
|ANDREA LABUDIE, MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS INTERN|
"I began my position as the Marketing and Communications Intern in fall of 2015 and this is definitely not your typical coffee-grabbing internship! I assist the Marketing and Communications Manager, Joan Carleton. I research new social media strategies, record statistics and monitor our Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter pages. I also write blog posts for our WordPress site. Beyond social media, I assist with events, marketing materials, and visual content," Andrea LaBudie, Mac-OU INC's Marketing & Communications Intern, said.
"Mac-OU INC has allowed me to explore my knack for communication, journalism, and public relations. Working as the marketing and communications intern at a business incubator, I am inspired each and every day by a motivational entrepreneur environment. It's amazing to be surrounded with exciting people in the office and at events. I could not have found a better opportunity to learn and gain professional experience."
|MACOMB COUNTY SEEKS INPUT TO CREATE NEW NON-MOTORIZED ROUTES: MOBILIZE MACOMB IS LAUNCHED|
The Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development (MCPED) has determined that there are 155 miles of hike/bike routes in Macomb County. Now they want to know, is that enough? To find out, the department will launch an interactive website to enable residents and visitors to provide input.Read More
|TECHWEEK RETURNS TO DETROIT|
15% Off Code: PJ1UT65XDT
Mac-OU INC is getting pumped up for this year's Techweek Detroit, scheduled for April 13-19. As a media sponsor, we've been given a 15 percent discount code to distribute as we please. . .and we hope to see you there! Visit techweek.com and get ready for a fun-filled week at Ford Field with a startup competition, breakout sessions, panel discussions, a hiring fair, happy hours, a tech runway show, and more.
|BEST OF MICHBUSINESS AWARDS OPEN FOR NOMINATIONS|
Nominations Due: June 1
MichBusiness Awards: November 17
The Best of MichBusiness awards program is dedicated to one thing – recognizing those companies and individuals that make Michigan a top-notch place to do business. Award nominations are now open for the 2015 event, with categories ranging from Community Leaders to Manufacturing Inspirations to Stellar Startups.
MichBusiness, powered by the Michigan Business Professional Association, is a social media community whose mission is to celebrate and promote both success and opportunity within Michigan businesses. By using #michbusiness, you help us give a "High Five" to the outstanding things going on in Michigan. Visit MichBusiness.com for more information and the nomination form.
|STERLING EDGE BUSINESS AWARDS OPEN FOR NOMINATIONS|
Nominations Due: March 27
The City of Sterling Heights and the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry are seeking nominations for the fourth annual Michigan Week Luncheon & Sterling Edge Business Awards. The Sterling Edge awards seek to recognize Sterling Heights area companies that have demonstrated business best practices that can be adopted and emulated by other businesses. Click here to submit a nomination for Macomb-OU INCubator Business of the Year (among others)!
|OU INC HOST TO MIDMICHIGAN INNOVATION CENTER'S BEST SHOT WORKSHOP & COMPETITION|
Wednesday, April 1
Workshop: 3 - 5 p.m. (register)
Competition: 5 - 8 p.m. (apply)
During the Best Shot Workshop, attendees gain an understanding of the benefits of going to market now; determining the ideal customer, salesperson and sales channel; and the elements of a perfect sales pitch. At the Best Shot Competition, 10 participants will be chosen to pitch for a multitude of prizes, including $500 cash. For more information, contact Sandra Darland at (989) 839-2333.
Macomb-OU INCubator at Velocity Collaboration Center
6633 18 Mile Road, Sterling Heights, MI 48314
Phone: (586) 884-9320 | macINC@oakland.edu
Capital Raise Meetup
Mike Brennan, Mac-OU INC's Capital Strategist
April 7, 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Lunch & Launch: ITAR Primer Updates
Bill Eshelman and Beth Gotthelf, Butzel Long
April 23, 12 - 1 p.m.Twitter for Business 101
Social Media Club Detroit
April 28, 9 - 10 a.m.
SBIR/STTR Office Hours
BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting
May 15, 9 - 12 p.m.