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CLIENT COMPANY SPOTLIGHT
NOSTRUM ENERGY, LLC

Macomb-OU INCubator client company Nostrum Energy LLC has been making strides in recent months with its combustion systems and fuel injection components. In recognition of its latest accomplishments, Nostrum has been named a finalist for the 2014 Platts Global Energy Awards in the Leading Technology, Sustainable Innovation category from a pool of nearly 250 nominations.




MAC-OU INC POSITIVE IMPACT
MAC-OU INC'S LEAN GREEN BELT PROGRAM WRAPS UP AT THE STATE OF MICHIGAN FOR 2014

The Lean Diversification Green Belt certificate program 2014 calendar year contract with the State of Michigan wrapped up this month with the completion of the third cohort. Endorsed by the Michigan Lean Consortium, the program is intended for business managers looking to develop excellence, nurture innovation, efficiently allocate resources and eliminate waste.

As an initiative of the State of Michigan's Good Government Leadership Team, chaired by Lt. Governor Brian Calley, more than 100 State employees were trained in Lean through the Macomb-OU INCubator's Green Belt program over the past two years. The goal for the employees is to bring Lean principles to their respective departments for immediate implementation.






MAC-OU INC HAPPENINGS
MACOMB PITCH LIVE COMPETITION: DECEMBER 11

On December 11, eight finalist companies will be competing at Mac-OU INC for $23,000 in cash and in-kind prizes, including Laystitch Technologies, Localfu, PHASIQ, re-Contour, Saras, Sound Barrier, Triquetra Games and Warmilu. These finalists were chosen from a competitive pool of nearly 50 applicants.

To register to attend the finalists' competition, please visit the official Mac-OU INC attendee registration form. We look forward to seeing you then!


MAC-OU INC EXPANDS EDUCATIONAL OFFERINGS WITH A PROJECT MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES CERTIFICATE COURSE

The Macomb-Oakland University INCubator (Mac-OU INC) is hosting its inaugural Project Management Principles Certificate Course through Oakland University's Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) unit. This 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.

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CLIENT NEWS

THE METISS GROUP FEATURED ON WWJ950AM NEWS RADIO

On October 27, 2014, Murray Feldman from Fox2News featured The Metiss Group, Mac-OU INC on-site company, on his weekly WWJ950AM News Radio broadcast.

Rick Venet, The Metiss Group, reflected on how business growth can result in jobs out growing their employees. The Metiss Group provided suggestions for managers and leaders to leverage their talent and improve their businesses.

As workplace behavior experts, The Metiss Group has spent 20 years using behavioral science and business expertise to provide predictable and repeatable results in helping companies resolve human issues. Learn more at themetissgroup.com.


MICROCIDE NAMED "THE BEST OF HATCHED" AT THE BEST OF MICHBUSINESS AWARDS

On November 18, the Best of MichBusiness held their awards program at the International Banquet Center in Detroit as a part of their dedication to recognizing companies and individuals that make Michigan a top-notch place to do business. Mac-OU INC client company Microcide brought home a "Best of Hatched" award, characterized as a startup company that has the tools in place for rapid progression.

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BEET ANALYTICS TAKES HOME A $25K PRIZE FROM ACCELERATE MICHIGAN

The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, founded by the Business Accelerator Network of Southeast Michigan consisting of Mac-OU INC, Techtown, Ann Arbor SPARK and Automation Alley, took place the first week in November. Over $1M in cash prizes were given to deserving businesses.

We would like to extend a special congratulations to BEET Analytics, winner of the $25K Manufacturing award. We look forward to witnessing BEET utilizing this award to accelerate their business even further!


MICHIGAN DARPA MD.MFP
NOVEMBER OPPORTUNITY INSIGHTS SHEET

The Opportunity Insights Sheet is an aid for all small businesses wanting to work with DARPA and MD.MFP. It highlights actively targeted solicitations; open office-wide unsolicited ideas; trend analysis and observations; and notes, news and insight.

The November Opportunity Insights Sheet can be accessed via michigandarpa.org.

 

EXECUTIVE-IN-RESIDENCE NEWS
BUTZEL LONG: "THE FOREIGN CORRUPT PRACTICES ACT AND THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY: WHY IT SHOULD BE A HIGH PRIORITY AND HOW TO MANAGE THE RISK"

The automotive industry is no stranger to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") enforcement activity. Indeed, the most significant prosecution in the automotive industry generated a great deal of attention and massive fines. Overall, though, the government's pursuit of automotive-related companies for FCPA violations has been occasional and moderately disorganized, unlike the large-scale antitrust investigation of automotive supply chain companies over the past several years. We believe this will soon change. Companies in this industry would be well-advised to examine their internal ethics and compliance functions, implement recommended changes now, and immediately address potential issues that come to light from compliance efforts.




VELOCITY HAPPENINGS

HOME IN MACOMB BUSINESS AWARDS

There are nearly 18,000 businesses that call Macomb County home. They are important not only for the direct jobs they create but also for the many ways that they contribute to our communities.

County Executive Mark A. Hackel, along with the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development would like to honor a business in each of the following categories at an event on February 10, 2015.
  • Champion of Workforce Development – utilizing innovative practices for hiring, training and retaining employees
  • Corporate Citizen – meaningful community engagement through service and financial support
  • Diversification Leader – success in generating new revenue through new industries and/or markets
  • Efficiency Expert – success in increasing cash flow through process and/or energy efficiencies
  • Startup Business of the Year - in operation for four years or less with more than two employees
  • Model of OneMacomb - outstanding achievement in cultivating an environment where diversity and inclusion are valued
Nominations will be accepted until December 10, 2014. Submit a nomination.


PARTNER HAPPENINGS
ANNUAL COLLABORATION FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP CHALLENGE

The Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship (ACE) Challenge is an excellent opportunity for early-stage technology startups to receive help with their executive summaries and presentations for sales, investment or recruiting talent. Applicants will need to provide contact information, a few data points regarding current phase of development and a five-page executive summary. Coaches from both the New Enterprise Forum and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Tech Team will provide structured feedback on executive summary and presentations.

Ten teams will be chosen to present at ACE'15 on Thursday, January 29, at Burton Manor in Livonia. Applications for the ACE Challenge are due by Friday, December 12, at 5 p.m. Please direct questions to Miche Suboski at MSuboski@MiQuest.org.









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






NOVEMBER 2014



UPCOMING EVENTS

Mobile Monday
Mobile Technology Association of Michigan
December 6, 6 - 9 p.m.

Macomb Pitch: A Competition for Small Businesses
December 11, 5 - 8 p.m.

Social Media Seminar
Social Media Club Detroit
December 16, 9 - 10 a.m.

Project Management Certificate Course
Oakland University Professional and Continuing Education
January 16 - 31












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