Summer 2017 Newsletter

The 12th annual BTR Park Bike Race/ Criterium
attracted hundreds of cyclists and spectators to the park on July 8!

Upcoming events
  • August 17--Business Security Summit, 11 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Information.
  • WMU Soccer season kicks off August 20 for Women; August 25 for Men
  • September 15--WMU President's Inauguration, 11 a.m., Miller Auditorium. Celebratory picnic to follow on the adjoining Fountain Plaza. Please join us to welcome WMU's ninth President to campus and Kalamazoo.
  • November--BTR Park Chili Cook Off. Date and time will be circulated once finalized.
University project underway to improve signage 

Artist's rendering of new entrance sign for Parkview Campus

Western Michigan University is in the midst of a campus-wide wayfinding project that will include new and better signage marking roads and various area of the University; the Parkview Campus is included in this initiative.  

Signs are being installed on University property on Parkview Avenue and Drake Road announcing the entrance to the WMU Parkview Campus. This area includes Asylum Lake, the BTR Park--including phase two at Colony Farm, Gibbs House, the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Bronco Soccer Complex. 

Once the new signs are completed, the WMU monument sign at the entrance to the BTR Park will be removed, as this area is only a part of the overall Parkview Campus. This will make the BTR Park monument sign more visible from Drake and Parkview roads. Signs will only be installed on WMU property and in the University easements, not on private property.  

Vestaron named Small Business of the Year

Congratulations to Vestaron Corporation on being named the 2017 Michigan SmartZone Small Business of the Year at the Michigan Celebrates Small  Business event held on May 4 in Lansing. Vestaron was selected as the best company from nominated businesses that are located in Michigan's 20 SmartZones.

Vesteron is located in  the WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine Innovation Center in WMU's Business Technology and Research Park.

 Learn more 
about Vestaron.
EPS earns police dispatch award

The Security Industry Alarm Coalition has recognized Engineered Protection Systems, Inc. with its prestigious 2016-17 Police Dispatch Quality award. The  award is given to the company that promotes best practices working with law enforcement to reduce the number of unnecessary dispatches that alarm customers.

"Winning this award was the result of focus towards dealing with alarm issues for the benefit of our valued customers and the community as a whole," said Kevin Carlson, EPS Security President. "Reducing unnecessary dispatches is vital to the health of our industry and our ability to serve and protect the community."

Carlson said EPS will continue to strive toward excellent alarm management. Established procedures, relationships, and materials have been meticulously updated to provide the outstanding level of service customers expect from an award-winning monitoring center.

Congratulations EPS! 
  Weidenhammer named to Solution Provider 500 List

Weidenhammer, a business focused on helping its clients transform their businesses using marketing, strategy and information technology, announced June 6, 2017 that  CRN®, a brand of  The Channel Company, has named Weidenhammer to its 2017 Solution Provider 500 list

The Solution Provider 500 is CRN's annual ranking by revenue of the largest technology integrators, solution providers, and IT consultants in North America. It  is CRN's predominant channel partner award list, serving as the industry standard for recognition of the most successful solution provider companies in the channel since 1995. This year, for the first time since 2010, the complete list will be published on, making it readily available to vendors seeking out top solution provider partners.
WMed Innovation Center announces new Ideation Station

The WMed Innovation Center launched an Ideation Station on March 1, which is a shared work environment for high-tech entrepreneurs requiring space to develop their business concepts. 

The station provides low-cost, shared office space and amenities--including networking opportunities--in an entrepreneurial, innovative atmosphere. Membership is per person, not per company, which includes access to on-site business tools and resources

The Ideation Station is a co-working program that helps technology companies grow to the point they are ready to take on conventional leases at the Innovation Center, or by re-locating to existing facilities in the local community.

Visit the Innovation Center website to learn more.
New company joins WMed Innovation Center

Don Carpenter
Welcome to Don Carpenter and  Drummond Carpenter , the newest client company in the WMed Innovation Center. The company specializes in environmental and water resources technical services, engineering, and applied research in two locations--at the Innovation Center and in Orlando, Fla.

If you see Don walking around the Innovation Center, stop and say hello and congratulate him on recently being named as the Educational Professional of the Year by the Michigan Water Environment Association. The award recognizes an individual for their efforts in promoting activities and professionalism in water resource education.

Don looks forward to networking with his fellow entrepreneurs and becoming a part of the Innovation Center and BTR Park family.
Proteos forges new 
co-marketing agreement

A joint co-marketing agreement has been forged between Proteos, Inc., a long-standing tenant of the WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine Innovation Center and Protea Biosciences Group, Inc, based in Morgantown, W Va.

As a result of this agreement, both companies plan to actively co-market their respective capabilities to the biopharmaceutical, biotechnology, life science, and academic sectors. The partnership specifically allows Proteos to market and promote Protea's comprehensive protein analysis capabilities with their custom protein production services, and Protea to combine Proteos' protein production capabilities alongside its own proprietary bioanalytical services.

County appointment for
Fleis & Vandenbrink manager

Congratulations to Max George, survey department manager at Fleis & VandenBrink, who was recently appointed to the 2017 Kalamazoo County Remonumentation Peer Review Group.

The group is responsible for reviewing and approving the remonumentation of the public land survey systems section corners.

Food Truck Tuesdays

Every Tuesday during the fair weather months there will be a food truck in the BTR Park offering lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The trucks park at K alexsyn, 4502 Campus Drive. 

August vendors

August 8 Amador (Mexican)
August 15 Kalamazoo Pizza Company
August 22 Ol' Moose BBQ
August 29 Amador

Additional locations and vendors are under consideration. All park employees and their guests are welcome. Cash and credit cards accepted. 

For more information, contact Becky Gross at or Ed Steinbrecher at
Office of Community Outreach | Western Michigan University | (269) 387-2072 
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