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Macomb Pitch: A Competition for Small Businesses

October 8, 5-8 p.m. (live competition)

The Macomb-OU INCubator is pleased to welcome you to attend its second-annual independent pitch competition! Eight high-tech entrepreneur finalists will be selected to compete for over $20,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. The following finalists were selected from a pool of nearly 40 applicants: DetectIR Technologies, Flipsi, FoodJunky, GolfCliks, KTISIS, SteriDev, Transition Coordination Services and VizBe.

Register to Attend: official Macomb Pitch registration form

Going Global Safely: Capturing International Business & Avoiding Pitfalls

October 22, 9-10 a.m.
(doors open for registration, networking and breakfast at 8:30 a.m.)

This presentation is free to attend. Breakfast will be provided courtesy of Butzel Long.

Since 1985, the U.S. has entered into Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with 20 countries. Even today, the U.S. is in the midst of negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and a Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (T-TIP). During the three decades since the first FTA, exports have grown eight-fold, from $289 billion to $2,343 billion. In other words, the global market for U.S.-origin goods and services is very robust. Yet, foreign markets present many challenges for U.S. exporters, such as greater transportation costs, currency issues, differences in language and culture, different regulatory regimes and dispute resolution processes - and far greater risk. In short, "going global" offers great rewards, but at great risk. The purpose of this presentation, then, is to present strategies for growing international sales, while avoiding pitfalls. A Q&A will follow the presentation.

Registration: Register here for "Going Global Safely"

We Are All Vulnerable: Legal & Business Strategies for Mitigating Cyber Risk

October 22, 12-1 p.m.
(doors open for registration, networking and lunch at 11:30 a.m.)

This presentation is free to attend. Lunch will be provided courtesy of Butzel Long.

As Tom Ridge, the first Secretary of Homeland Security, famously said: "There are two kinds of companies – those that have been hacked and know it; and those that have been hacked and don't know it" – and that was before Target, Home Depot, Neiman Marcus, JP Morgan/Chase, Anthem, Sony and OPM. If such 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. A Q&A will follow the presentation.

Registration: Register here for "We Are All Vulnerable"

Capital Raise Meetup

November 3, 9:30-11 a.m.

If you are a startup or early-stage growth-based business looking for funding, come meet and listen to capital expert, Mike Brennan. He will detail the various capital sources in Michigan 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.

Registration: official Mac-OU INC registration form