Issue 13 | Oct 14, 2015 

Make Your Company a 'Company to Watch'

You're on the road to success...and we want you to be recognized for your remarkable achievements. Nominate your company, or the innovative companies you do business with, to be selected as one of the  Michigan 50 Companies to Watch . Position your company and others to be recognized, celebrated, and known to a growing network of key business contacts. Accelerate growth and energize teams. Anyone can nominate and self-nominations are strongly encouraged. Beat the deadline...nominate before November 2.

Monday, November 2, Deadline at 5 p.m.

 News - News - News
Track the progress of Michigan's 550 - the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch  award recipients and other Michigan Celebrates Small Business Awardees for the past 11 years. Read the news on their latest hires, products, markets, award, and funding. Share the excitement as these companies grow and accelerate the pace of business success in Michigan.  

Liquid Web (2005 MI-50)
The Lansing web hosting and cloud services provider Liquid Web announced Wednesday an investment from the Chicago private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners.  The amount and terms of the investment were not disclosed. 
HelloWorld (2005 MI-50)
ePrize of Detroit rebranded after 15 years of successful growth to become HelloWorld in 2014. Since their renaming internationally known brands are engaging them for their digital marketing solutions. They continue to show the reasons they were named a company to watch eleven years ago.

Airfoil Group (2006 MI-50)
Airfoil Group of Royal Oak celebrates 15 years in business this year. Airfoil has some specific thoughts about where PR practitioners and agency leaders should set their sights for the next five years. Find out more about their 15 year history and what's coming in the next five years.
Crypton Super Fabrics (2007 MI-50)
Crypton of Bloomfield Hills launched its latest product, Alias, designed and manufactured by Burch Fabrics. Influenced by geometric shapes, Alias plays with triangles. It is available in six colorways - raspberry truffle, magma, peacock, blue agave, copper mine and citrus. Find out more about their innovative journey on their site.
Algal Scientific  (2015 MI-50)
Algal Scientific of Plymouth is poised for growth. They are now qualified and being considered to be named the Endeavor Entrepreneur by Endeavor, a global nonprofit whose network helps "high-impact entrepreneurs" access capital and connect with resources through mentorship.

The following events and opportunities offer additional information, exposure or access to resources that will benefit your growing business.

SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for NIH
This seminar presents essential information for crafting a competitive proposal to meet the mission, standards and requirements of the National Institutes of Health SBIR/STTR program. 
Wednesday, October 14, noon-5 p.m.
MI Life Science & Innovation Center ,  46701 Commerce Center Dr. ,    Plymouth

BioArbor - Fundraising Strategies for Lifescience Companies
The October BioArbor event will discuss fundraising strategies to help ensure each round of equity funding is higher than the last. Panelists will discuss the best alternatives for funding during company down times and explore the planning tools used to develop a 6-9 month lead-time funding strategy. The three panelists have experience as investors and startup execs with over 100 examples of good and bad fundraising efforts.
Wednesday, October 14, 5-7 p.m.
SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor

Michigan Israel Business Bridge Ambassador Awards Dinner
MIBB will be honoring both Delphi Automotive and Dr. Eva Feldman of the University of Michigan with awards at our Ambassador Awards Dinner. Please reserve your seat today and join MIBB for a fun evening celebrating the work being done between Michigan and Israel. Your support will ensure our continued work all year long.
Wednesday, October 14, 5:30-8 p.m.
The Reserve, 245 S. Eton St., Birmingham
Essentials of SBIR/STTR Commercialization Planning
Credible commercialization plans can be a key differentiator for SBIR/STTR proposals, so it's important to know what the agencies are looking for and how to go about developing good plans.  This session will discuss the ingredients of a compelling commercialization plan, the expectations that various agencies have for your plan, where to find cost effective market research resources and how to use the information, and more. 
Wednesday, October 21, noon-5 p.m.
Legal and Business Strategies for Mitigating Cyber Risk
If large companies are vulnerable, then so is yours, no matter what size. In that light, what steps can you take to mitigate the risk of a successful cyber attack on your company's network? The purpose of this presentation will be to present legal and other practical strategies for mitigating your company's liability in the event the network is penetrated.
Thursday, October 22, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Macomb-OU INCubator at Velocity Center, 6633 Eighteen Mile Rd., Sterling Heights 

Crowdfunding Camp
Join Tom Coke, Director of Compliance Services at CrowdFundConnect, a former securities regulator, certified mediator, entrepreneur, and expert on crowdfunding; as he facilitates a "Crowd Funding Camp" workshop. Participants will find out the nuts and bolts of a campaign, find out what platforms might be best for them and get up to date news on what is happening in the crowdfunding world.
Friday, October 23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
MidMichigan Innovation Center, 2007 Austin St., Midland
Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification Webinar  
This program is for any woman-owned business that wants to work with the private sector, and is available for both startups and existing businesses. Accepted by thousands of corporations within the country and a number of federal and government agencies, the WBENC certification is an important marketing tool for expanding a company's visibility among decision makers in corporate supply chain diversity and procurement. Learn what it takes to become a WBE.
Tuesday, October 27, 11 a.m.-noon


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