Issue 11 | Sept 2015
September 18


Growth Capital Panel
for Growth Stage Businesses 

Growing a company requires a concentrated effort on multiple fronts; one of the most complex efforts is how to fund your growth. Finding the perfect partner is essential. Attend and you'll have an opportunity to get your specific questions answered by a diverse and expert panel:    Raj Kothari, managing partner, Cascade Partners;   Remos Lenio, managing partner, DWH; and   Todd Clark, regional president, Old National Bank. This one of a kind panel will examine your questions from three very different perspectives and help you to find the solutions that are right for you. Online Tech will take all that are interested on a tour of the data center.
Wednesday, September 30, 6-8 p.m.
    Online Tech's Ann Arbor Data Center, 5430 Data Court, Suite #400, Ann Arbor
     RSVP here

 News - News - News

* * *  Be the first to nominate your favorite company for the 2016 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch * * *
 
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.  

Smart Vision Lights (2014 MI-50)
Introducing new product development and launch from Smart Vision Lights. Inspired by European style, Smart Vision Lights, a leading designer and manufacturer of high-brightness LED lights for industrial applications, is pleased to introduce its new LE Series of sealed lights.

Innovative Learning Group (2015 MI-50)
Innovative Learning Group, Inc. (ILG) was recognized by Corp! magazine with a Diversity-Focused Company award for being a successful woman-owned company. CEO and Owner Lisa Toenniges accepted the award at the 2015 Michigan Salute to Diversity Award reception held Sept.10 at the MGM Grand Casino in Detroit.
 
Gillespie Group (2015 MI-50)
Among Gillespie Group's portfolio are vibrant urban living spaces, dynamic mixed-use buildings and The Outfield in Lansing, the country's first upscale residential apartments at a professional minor league ball field. The Outfield demonstrates the vision of Pat Gillespie, by adding life and excitement to one of Michigan's metropolitan cores.
SunFrog Shirts  (2015 MI-50)
Yielding 1000% financial growth between 2014-2015, SunFrog seeks continued growth by extending a hand to EU powerhouse Teezily. "Last year's growth was far beyond anyone's expectations, and bringing Teezily stateside will spring-load SunFrog to easily dwarf last year's figures," Kent commented.
SunFrog Shirts Teams Up With Teezily

Blackford Capital (2015 MI-50)
Blackford Capital's Staging Concepts Acquires Architectural Railings & Grilles. Staging Concepts, a world-class designer and manufacturer of staging equipment and railing systems, based in Minneapolis, Minn., today announced it has acquired Fort Mill, S.C.-based Architectural Railings & Grilles (ARG), an industry leader in welded aluminum, glass, and stainless steel railing systems.

Jacobs Media (2015 MI-50)
The Third Annual DASH Conference founded by Jacobs Media will gather in November at DASH 3.0 with the  broadcast  community to celebrate the outstanding work being done by radio broadcasters, showcasing how stations creatively and collaboratively market, brand, and sell  into the automotive industry  with the 'Be Fabulous' awards. 


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

What You Need to Know About Government Grant Audits
Technology firms who have received a grant or a contract are often unprepared to deal with a government audit. This webinar covers types of audit; company financial policies and procedures; contracts and agreements; equipment logs; required reporting; audit alerts, and more. 
Thursday, September 24, 1-2 p.m.
WEBINAR

Product Innovation Summit
The consumer is closer to the creator than ever before. Their demands, coupled with the ever increasing speed of expectation and technology is putting a strain on new product development and product lifecycle management processes. The Product Innovation Summit gives you the opportunity to learn from and share insights with product innovation executives who understand the changing environment for NPD & PLM.
Thursday-Friday, September 24, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., September 25, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Sheraton Boston Hotel, 39 Dalton St., Boston
Entrepalooza 2015 - Entrepreneurship Through a Kaleidoscope
Attend U-M's Entrepalooza 2015 and see Katty Kay, BBC World News America and Co-author of Womenomics, have front row seats to TED Talks by Aaron Dworkin (Dean of U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance and Founder of the Sphinx Organization) and participate in the Unconference to connect and add to the conversation about entrepreneurship.
Friday, September 25, 9 a.m.-2p.m.
Michigan League, 911 N. University, Ann Arbor
entrepalooza.umich.edu 

The Dolphin Tank
The Dolphin Tank, a kinder, gentler version of the hit TV show! Everyone in or interested in the entrepreneurial ecosystem of West Michigan is welcome to join as women hoping to start or grow businesses pitch their ideas and plans to a panel of area experts. Venture capitalists, angel and social investors, business leaders, and successful entrepreneurs will enjoy hearing from those hoping to be THE NBT (Next Big Thing).
Friday, September 25, 1-3 p.m.
GVSU L. William Sedman Center, Room 1008, Grand Rapids
http://miwf.org/events1/women-entrepreneurship-initiative
 
Bottom Line Training
What could your business achieve if you knew how to make your training work? 
ZingTrain calls it Bottom Line Training ® because it's not just training for its own sake or because it's the right thing to do - it's training that is designed to positively change behavior. This is training that enables your organization to succeed and helps your trainees feel successful.
Monday and Tuesday, September 28, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., September 29, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
ZingTrain, 3728 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor
How to Buy or Sell a Business
The Michigan Small Business Development Center has assembled an experienced team of experts to discuss the many aspects of purchasing or selling a business. Buyers and sellers will separate into individual sessions targeting both tracks [sellers and buyers], followed by a session with buyers and sellers participating with a panel of experienced professionals. 
Tuesday, September 29, 8:30 a.m.-noon
GVSU, William Seidman Center, Grand Rapids

ZingTrain Speaker Series - Mindset Shifting At Work
ZingTrain brings Alicia Bassuk to this session's attendees to help them get curious  about even the toughest challenges.  Alicia has been guiding leaders for over two decades with a focus on maximizing individual effectiveness and optimizing team cohesion.
Wednesday, September 30, 8-9:30 a.m.
ZingTrain, 3728 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor
https://www.zingtrain.com/content/SS-bassuk 

Learn About NSF's SBIR/STTR Program
This informal session will provide a broad view of the National Science Foundation's SBIR and STTR programs. 
Wednesday, September 30, 1-2 p.m.
WEBINAR

Growth Capital Panel for Growth Stage Businesses
Growing a company requires a concentrated effort on multiple fronts; one of the most complex efforts is how to fund your growth. Depending upon your needs, finding the perfect partner is essential. Attend and you'll have an opportunity to get your specific questions answered by a diverse and expert panel:   Raj Kothari, managing partner, Cascade Partners;   Remos Lenio, managing partner, DWH and  Todd Clark, regional president, Old National Bank. This one of a kind panel will examine your questions from three very different perspectives and help you to find the solutions that are right for you. Online Tech will take all that are interested on a tour of the data center.
Wednesday, September 30, 6-8 p.m.
    Online Tech's Ann Arbor Data Center, 5430 Data Court, Suite #400, Ann Arbor
     RSVP here



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