Join us for our new series: Business Law & Order

On September 20, we’re kicking off our newest series in our Entrepreneur Education & Training Resources: Business Law and Order.  The nine-session series will give entrepreneurs insight into important legal issues surrounding company formation and growth. Topics planned for Business Law & Order include: Business structure Intellectual property Doing business overseas. Compensating founders Hiring employees versus contractors Understanding... [Read More...]

Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition Announced

The Business Accelerator Network for Southeast Michigan, a new region-wide network for building and retaining new business in southeast Michigan, today announces the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, an international business plan competition designed to highlight Michigan as a robust and vibrant venue for innovation and business opportunity. read more>>  Read More →

New Economy Initiative Awards $3 Million to Business Accelerator Network for Southeast Michigan

This picture is from the press conference announcing the new Business Accelorator Network for Southeast Michigan The announcement of the new Business Accelerator Network for Southeast Michigan, a region-wide collaborative effort dedicated to attracting and retaining business in southeast Michigan, took place on Monday, June 21st.  The  New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan, an innovative philanthropic effort to accelerate the transition... [Read More...]

Jennifer Owens Joins Ann Arbor SPARK

On December 7, Jennifer Owens will join Ann Arbor SPARK as its new vice president, business development.  In this role, Owens will support efforts to attract and retain new businesses to the Ann Arbor region. “Jennifer’s experience in economic development is an asset that directly supports Ann Arbor SPARK’s efforts to expand the region’s economy,” said Michael A. Finney, Ann Arbor SPARK’s CEO.  “As we continue to look at ways to bring... [Read More...]

Boot Camp & ACE

As a long time Boot Camp drill instructor I have had the good fortune to work with a number of early stage companies that have gone on to commercialize their technologies. An important step in that path is often soliciting and securing funding for the new business. One of the critical lessons that Boot Camp teaches is distilling the important elements of your business into a concise two minute presentation or “elevator pitch”. Armed with this... [Read More...]