Issue 12 | Oct 2015


TODAY - 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 Data Center, 5430 Data Court, Suite #400, Ann Arbor

Phimation Strategy Slice −  Get Going on 2016 Annual Planning 
Most Second Stage leaders have a great intuitive sense for what the company should focus on.  Unfortunately, many of the people who work for those leaders don't have that same intuition.  And that's where an annual planning process can help - getting your team on the same page, picking strong priorities, creating action plans, tracking performance.  We'll look at a slice of that process - how to make sure that you have a good "portfolio" of priorities for your company for 2016, with Q&A about how to apply the ideas to your business.
Wednesday, October 7, 8­-8:30 a.m.
Advanced Topics of Entrepreneurial Leadership ­- Assessing People
There are many tools available to assess people's tendencies, styles and personality types. Spiral Dynamics can be a powerful method to choose new employees, select the right person for a seat and to deal with conflicts in your business. We all grow differently, but there are certain patterns that seem to be universal. Gain insight into how to communicate and lead people with this powerful set of distinctions.
Tuesday, October 27, 11:30 a.m.­12:30 p.m. (maximum 10 attendees)
Conference Call

Economic Gardening Engagement
Get a great deal and a spring board for launching into a new market, and all at no cost to you. If you are a Michigan for-profit, privately held company, generate between $500K and $50M in revenue, and have fewer than 99 full-time equivalent employees, take a look:
  • A team of specialists commit no less than 36 hours of time just for your company
  • The CEO commits to no more than 8-12 hours to guide the process and they are off to make it happen
  • The turn around time is fast and virtual
Find out more and apply quickly, there are just a few spots left for this Michigan Economic Development Corporation supported program that has already benefited many Michigan second-stage companies.

Michigan 50 Companies to Watch Nominations 
The nomination period for one of the business awards presented at Michigan Celebrates Small Business is now open. New this year - if you are the first to nominate a given company you'll be invited to a by-invitation-only reception for all leadership teams from nominated companies.   Eligibility criteria for the award includes:
  • Be a privately held commercial enterprise (not a nonprofit, not publicly traded, not a subsidiary or division of another company) and have not received the award in the past
  • Be past the startup stage and facing issues of growth, not survival
  • Employ 6-99 full-time equivalent (FTE) W2 employees which includes the owner - to translate all part-time employees into FTEs divide the total hours of those employees by 2,000
  • Have between $750,000 and $50M in annual revenue OR working capital from investors or grants
  • Be headquartered in Michigan
  • Demonstrate the intent and capacity to grow based on:
    • Employee or sales growth
    • Exhibit a sustainable competitive advantage
    • Other notable successes
Monday, November 2, 5 p.m., Nominations Close 

Automation Alley's 7Cs
If you're an advanced manufacturing entrepreneur in the idea stage or later and are seeking accelerated commercialization for your product, service or technology, the Automation Alley 7Cs™ program - exclusive to Automation Alley - will put you on the path to startup success. Entrepreneurship experts will guide you through a customized seven-step process that includes intense coaching and a firm commitment from Automation Alley to invest resources and capital into your startup.

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

Practical Strategies for Indirect Rate Development
This session will explain indirect cost treatment and how to prepare an indirect cost proposal.  Topics include: one tier or two tier indirect cost calculations;  what costs are included; fringe benefit treatment; process for negotiation; different types of rates - provisional/final. 
Thursday, October 1, 1-2 p.m.

Creating a Vision of Greatness
Doesn't it just make sense that if you know where you want to end up, it will be easier to figure out how to get there? ZingTrain thinks so too, which is why they are such believers in the power of visioning and why they teach it throughout our organization. Their approach applies on any scale -from articulating the future of your organization in 20 years to figuring out a successful in-store promotion. Come get inspired. And then get going.
Monday and Tuesday, October 5 and 6, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
ZingTrain's training space, 3728 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor
Register Here

Capital Raise Meetup
If you are a startup or early-stage, growth-based business looking for funding, come meet and listen to capital expert, Mike Brennan. Mike will cover Michigan's various capital sources and talk about how to properly position your company to be qualified for private funding, including private equity, the angel network and venture capital, and/or public funding, including grants, pre-seed, micro-loans and venture match.
Tuesday, October 6, 9:30-11 a.m.
Macomb-OU INCubator at Velocity, 6633 Eighteen Mile Rd., Sterling Heights

Women Who Fund Forum
This half day forum is designed to connect women-owned business leaders with women in the venture capital and private equity industries. You won't want to miss this high-powered networking event that will create awareness of and availability to capital. Attend and meet others interested in inspiring change in the landscape for women entrepreneurs. Featured speakers include: Alicia Robb, senior fellow at the Kauffman Foundation and visiting scholar at UC Berkely; Kathryn Moos, founder, Vrou; Mary Kramer, publisher, Crain's Detroit Business; Max Straub, chief financial officer, Robert Bosch; Beth Paretta, team principal, Grace Autosport.
Thursday, October 8, 9:30 am.-2 p.m.
Campus Inn, 615 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor

Government Contracting
Did you know the federal government purchases more than $250 billion of goods and services a year?  Find out what it takes to successfully sell your goods and services to the federal government.  In addition, learn about the services and continuous support the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) has available to help your company with the contracting process.
Thursday, October 8, 9 a.m.-noon
Macomb Community College, M-Tec Bldg., 7900 Tank Ave., Warren
Register Here

QuickBooks and Compliance for SBIR/STTR Recipients
This webinar will discuss how to manage your SBIR/STTR grant or contract to can improve your odds of moving from Phase I to Phase II, and Phase II to Phase III (transition and/or commercialization).  We will review the various sources for managing funds from DoD, NIH, NSF, or DoE, as well as reporting requirements and close-out procedures. 
Thursday, October 8, 1-2 p.m.

How to Buy or Sell A Business
This half-day event offers a "Buyer's Track" and a "Seller's Track" and concludes with a single Panel Discussion where participants can ask additional questions of presenters. There will provide sufficient time for networking and will also have information tables from the sponsors and presenters.
Thursday, October 8, 8 a.m.-noon
Morris Lawrence Bldg., WCC, 4800 Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor
Creating a Creative Organization
Increased innovation and creativity are things that almost everyone in the world are after. Many people are very creative in their own work. And yet, few of us really understand what we can do to create the conditions that significantly increase the odds of creative activity taking place. During the course of the session, Zingerman's Co-Founder, Ari Weinzweig will talk about what happens so often to inhibit creativity, and what we can do to enhance it, both for ourselves and for our organizations.
Tuesday, October 13, 7:30-9 a.m.
ZingTrain's training space, 3728 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor
Register Here

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

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.
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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