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2016

Three New Companies Join Macomb-OU INCubator's Executive-in-Residence Program
April 21
The Macomb-Oakland University INCubator (Mac-OU INC) has expanded its Executives-in-Residence (EIR) program with the addition of Hunch Free, a marketing agency; El Shaddai Consulting, a human resources agency; and Paul Barnard, a homeland security specialist.

Macomb-OU INCubator awarded $22,240 for client Medar Corporation
April 12
The Macomb-OU INCubator (Mac-OU INC) was recently awarded $22,240 in Business Accelerator Funds (BAF) to provide accelerator services to client company Medar Corporation. Mac-OU INC is the top business accelerator in garnering BAF dollars to assist client companies.

The Macomb-OU INCubator Presents Lean Green Belt Certificate Programs
February 22
As part of Oakland University's Lean Diversification Program and endorsed by the Michigan Lean Consortium, the Macomb-OU INCubator is offering two Green Belt Certificate Programs for business managers looking to develop excellence, nurture innovation, efficiently allocate resources, and eliminate waste.

Accutrak Services joins Macomb-OU INCubator's Executive-in-Residence Program
January 13
The Macomb-OU INCubator (Mac-OU INC) has kicked off 2016 with an addition to the Executives-in-Residence (EIR) program, Accutrak Consulting & Accounting Services.

2015

Project Management Certificate Course offered at the Macomb-OU INCubator
December 10
The Macomb-Oakland University INCubator (Mac-OU INC) will host their second annual Project Management Principles Certificate Course through Oakland University's Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) in January 2016.

Macomb-OU INCubator awarded $11,600 for client Map-N-Tour
November 18
The Macomb-OU INCubator (Mac-OU INC) was recently awarded $11,600 in Business Accelerator Funds (BAF) to provide accelerator services to client company Map-N-Tour.

Macomb-OU INCubator awarded $21,050 for client RAYOMAR
July 17
The Macomb-OU INCubator (Mac-OU INC) was recently awarded $21,050 in Business Accelerator Funds (BAF) to provide accelerator services to client company RAYOMAR Enterprises of Sterling Heights.

Macomb-OU INCubator awarded $15,000 for client KTISIS
February 6
The Macomb-OU INCubator was recently awarded $15,000 in Business Accelerator Funds (BAF) to provide accelerator services to client company KTISIS of Sterling Heights.

International Landing Zone opportunity now open for applications
January 20
The International Landing Zone (ILZ) at the Velocity Center in Sterling Heights, Michigan, is now open for applications, due by February 6. Spearheaded by the Michigan Defense Center, this project is in collaboration with the Macomb-OU INCubator and Macomb County.

2014

Michigan small businesses win big in Macomb-OU INCubator pitch contest
December 16
More than $23,000 in cash and in-kind prizes was awarded to the top three competitors of the Macomb-OU INCubator's Macomb Pitch: A Competition for Small Businesses.

The Macomb-OU INCubator expands educational offerings with a Project Management Principles Certificate Course
November 19
The Macomb-Oakland University INCubator (Mac-OU INC) is hosting its inaugural Project Management Principles Certificate Course through Oakland University's Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) unit.

Macomb-OU INCubator client company Coliant merges for strategic growth
October 21
Coliant Corporation, a client company of the Macomb-OU INCubator (Mac-OU INC), recently merged with Laystitch Technologies LLC and Automotive Seat Climate (ASC) Craft LLC in a strategic partnership of personal climate-control technology resources and opportunities.

The Macomb-OU INCubator takes their defense focus to a new level with an international landing zone
October 16
The Michigan Defense Center’s International Landing Zone is officially open for business at the Velocity Collaboration Center, home to the Macomb-OU INCubator (Mac-OU INC), adding yet another offering to the multitude of defense-assistance opportunities Mac-OU INC provides to startup companies.

Macomb Pitch: A Competition for Small Businesses is underway
September 24
Calling all technology entrepreneurs! The Macomb-OU INCubator (Mac-OU INC) is offering $20,000 in cash and in-kind prizes during its "Macomb Pitch: A Competition for Small Businesses."

Macomb-OU INCubator awarded $27,000 for client 401K GPS LLC
August 26
The Macomb-OU INCubator was recently awarded $27,000 in Business Accelerator Funds (BAF) to provide accelerator services to client company 401K GPS™ LLC.

Macomb-OU INCubator secures funding for sports telemetrics business
July 28
The Macomb-OU INCubator was recently awarded $14,000 in Business Accelerator Funds (BAF) to provide accelerator services to client company Telemetrio LLC.

Macomb-OU INCubator secures new funding for client growth
July 2
The Macomb-OU INCubator was recently awarded Business Accelerator Funds (BAF) to provide accelerator services to client company Stony Creek Labs LLC in the amount of $48,600.

Macomb-OU INCubator secures funding to accelerate client growth
June 6
The Macomb-OU INCubator was recently awarded Business Accelerator Funds (BAF) to provide accelerator services to client companies Nostrum Energy LLC and Omni One LLC in the amounts of $50,000 and $36,635, respectively.

Successful government contracting consulting firm to bring defense programming to Macomb County
May 22
The Macomb-OU INCubator has partnered with Logistic Specialties Inc (LSI) and the Michigan Defense Center for series of talks to instruct small businesses on the ins and outs of government contracting in Southeast Michigan. The partners' alignment of goals is aided by their common location on-site at the Velocity Center in Sterling Heights.

State of Michigan renews Lean Green Belt contract with the Macomb-OU INCubator for 2014
May 5
The State of Michigan has renewed its Lean Diversification Green Belt certificate program contract with the Macomb-OU INCubator for the 2014 calendar year.

Macomb-OU INCubator client company Coliant contracts with Harley Davidson
April 8
Coliant Corporation, a client company of the Macomb-OU INCubator, recently received a purchase order from industry-leader Harley Davidson for their newly-developed personal climate-control technology.

Macomb-OU INCubator awarded funding to accelerate client company growth
February 7
Recent funding awards to assist client companies of the Macomb-OU INCubator totals nearly $78,000, via the Michigan Pre-Seed Microloan and the Business Accelerator Fund.

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Coverage
2016

Macomb-Oakland University INCubator Adds Three New Consultants to Executive-in-Residence Program
MI Tech News - 4/21/16

The Macomb-Oakland University INCubator has added three new companies to its Executives-In-Residence program that allows commercialization clients to get 16 hours of consulting each month for free. The new consultants are Hunch Free, El Shaddai and Barnard will be located on site at Mac-OU INC.

International Business Grows at Velocity Center
Crain's Detroit - 3/24/16
Three international businesses have landed and a fourth could come soon to the Velocity Collaboration Center in Sterling Heights, under a new pilot program to help foreign defense and security companies build a U.S. business footprint in the region.

MCC Innovation Fund Awards $225,000 to 3 Companies from Detroit, Brighton, Ann Arbor
Crain's Detroit - 3/24/16
Three companies from Livingston, Washtenaw and Wayne counties will receive a total of $225,000 in funding from Macomb Community College’s Innovation Fund, a $2.7 million fund financed by J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. to spur economic development and job growth for Detroit-area entrepreneurs.

Secure Sterling Heights Lab Aims to Boost Cybersecurity
Detroit News - 3/18/16
Businesses are getting access to a new, secure computer lab that’s part of an effort to hone software and train specialists in cyberdefense.

Michigan Cyber Range Opens in Sterling Heights
Macomb Daily - 3/18/16
Helping state businesses fend off attacks in an increasingly volatile cyber world is the goal of a new program housed in Sterling Heights.

New Velocity Hub to Boost Cybersecurity, Businesses
C&G - 3/18/16
The city of Sterling Heights found some room within its 36.8 square miles to accommodate a new cyber space.

Officials Celebrate Launch of 'Michigan Cyber Range' at Velocity
Advisor & Source, Shelby Township - 3/18/16
Helping state businesses fend off attacks in an increasingly volatile cyber world is the goal of a new program housed in Sterling Heights.

Secure Computer Lab Part of Effort to Boost Cybersecurity*
Colorado Springs Gazette - 3/18/16
Businesses are getting access to a new, secure computer lab in suburban Detroit that's part of an effort to hone software and train specialists in cyberdefense.

Secure Computer Lab Part of Effort to Boost Cybersecurity*
Miami Herald - 3/18/16
Businesses are getting access to a new, secure computer lab in suburban Detroit that's part of an effort to hone software and train specialists in cyberdefense.

Secure Computer Lab Part of Effort to Boost Cybersecurity*
WWMT - 3/18/16
Businesses are getting access to a new, secure computer lab in suburban Detroit that's part of an effort to hone software and train specialists in cyberdefense.

*This article appeared in 70 additional publications nationwide.

Sterling Heights Hub to Offer Cyber Defense Platform for Businesses
DBusiness - 2/24/16
The Michigan Cyber Range, a program offering businesses a security software testing platform and courses to train against cyber attacks, will launch next month in Sterling Heights, with plans to open three or more hubs in Michigan by the end of the year.

Macomb-OU INCubator Welcomes JetCo as a Collaborative Partner!
Michigan Business Network - 2/22/16
The opening of their Southeast Michigan offices co-locates them with another contracting industry leader, Logistic Specialities, Inc (LSI).

Michigan Cyber Range to Open Doors to Businesses Wanting to Learn to Stop Hackers
Crain's Detroit - 2/21/16
The Michigan Cyber Range, a test program to hone security software and train new specialists in cyberdefense, opens its doors to the local business community next month in Sterling Heights.

Macomb-OU INCubator's Capital Raise Meetups: Let Mac-OU INC Show You The Money!
Macomb Business Blog - 2/19/16
The Macomb-Oakland University INCubator (Mac-OU INC) recognizes that one of the largest needs of entrepreneurs is capital, so we created Capital Raise Meetup seminars to steer these small-business owners in the right direction.

Macomb-OU INCubator Presents: Lean Green Belt Certificate Programs
MI Tech News - 2/18/16
As part of Oakland University’s Lean Diversification Program and endorsed by the Michigan Lean Consortium, the Macomb-OU INCubator is offering two Green Belt Certificate Programs for business managers looking to develop excellence, nurture innovation, efficiently allocate resources, and eliminate waste.

Macomb County Business Awards Honor Innovation, Creativity and Diversification
C&G - 2/12/16
The current and next wave of businesses to lead Macomb County in an economic upswing were honored at the Macomb County Business Awards breakfast Feb. 9 at Fern Hill Golf Club in Clinton Township.

Macomb-OU INCubator Offers Money Advice to Entrepreneurs
Crain's Detroit - 2/11/16
The Macomb-OU Incubator in Sterling Heights is holding what it bills as a capital-raise meetup on March 1.

Macomb-OU INCubator Expands Offerings to its Community of Startups
MetroMode
- 2/4/16
The Macomb-OU INCubator is expanding its offerings to the startups that utilize its space and services. The most recent addition is Accutrak Consulting & Accounting Services to its Executives-in-Residence program.

City, Chamber Look for Sharp Sterling Edge Nominations
C&G - 2/3/16
A partnership between the city of Sterling Heights and the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry is poised to be a boon to some local businesses.

Macomb Business Awards Breakfast Tickets on Sale
Macomb Daily - 1/16/16
Tickets are on sale for the 4th annual Macomb County Business Award breakfast, to be held 8-10 a.m. Feb. 9 at Fern Hill Golf Club in Clinton Township.

Accutrak Joins Executive-in-Residence Program at Macomb-OU INCubator
MI Tech News - 1/13/16
Accutrak Consulting & Accounting Services has joined the Executives-in-Residence program at Macomb-OU INCubator. As a part of the program, Accutrak will be located on site at Mac-OU INC to provide complimentary consultation to Mac-OU INC client companies.

Intro to Coding Workshop Jan. 26 in Sterling Heights at Macomb-OU INCubator
Macomb Daily - 1/5/16
Grand Circus Detroit and the Macomb-OU Incubator have partnered to offer a free Introduction to Coding workshop from 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Intro to Coding Workshop Jan. 26 in Sterling Heights at Macomb-OU INCubator
Daily Tribune - 1/5/16
Grand Circus Detroit and the Macomb-OU Incubator have partnered to offer a free Introduction to Coding workshop from 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Jan. 26.

2015

Macomb-OU INCubator Offers PMI Management Courses
MI Tech News - 12/10/15
Map-N-Tour, a Midland-based company that develops three-dimensional, interactive maps and other virtual experience applications for web, mobile and tablet devices that can be customized by clients, was recently awarded $11,600 in business accelerator funds through the Macomb-OU INCubator.

Midland-based Map-N-Tour Receives Business Accelerator Funding
Our Midland
- 12/7/15
Map-N-Tour, a Midland-based company that develops three-dimensional, interactive maps and other virtual experience applications for web, mobile and tablet devices that can be customized by clients, was recently awarded $11,600 in business accelerator funds through the Macomb-OU INCubator.

VizBe Aims to Help Employees Achieve Their Goals Through Visualization
Model D Media - 12/1/15

Natalia Petraszczuk believes that people can will themselves to better things by consistently visualizing their goals -- so much so that last spring she launched a startup, VizBe, around the idea.

Kasich Visits Michigan as Super Pac Releases First Anti-Trump Ad
WMUK - 11/23/15

Ohio Gov. John Kasich brought his presidential campaign to southeast Michigan on Monday.

Trump Backs off Kasich Attacks in Ohio
USA Today - 11/23/15

Donald Trump largely backed away from his dayslong feud with John Kasich in a rally Monday in the Ohio governor’s backyard.

Ohio Politics Now: Kasich Campaign Says More to Come in Attacks Against Trump
The Columbus Dispatch - 11/24/15

Want to know what’s happening in Ohio government and politics from Columbus to Washington, D.C.? The Columbus Dispatch has the news for you.

Kasich Sets Himself Apart from Trump at Michigan Campaign Appearance
The Toledo Blade - 11/23/15

Gov. John Kasich said the differences he has with GOP presidential rival Donald Trump are strictly about the issues and suggested the New York billionaire’s political appeal would not last, during a campaign stop today in Michigan.

Michigan Seen as Big Prize for Primary Candidates
Detroit Free Press - 11/23/15
Even though it’s more than three months until Michigan’s presidential primary and the state is 21st in line to vote for its favorite Republican or Democratic candidate, some presidential campaigns are pinning big hopes on the Great Lakes state.

Bad Blood Boils Between Kasich, Trump
Detroit Free Press - 11/23/15

Ohio Gov. John Kasich came to Michigan on Monday while rival Republican front-runner Donald Trump traveled to Ohio for a Monday night rally. 

Macomb-OU INCubator Awards Grant to Map-N-Tour
Macomb Daily - 11/20/15

A company that provides virtual-experience applications for Web, mobile and tablet devices recently received a grant for $11,600 from the MAComb-OU INCubator. 

GOP Hopeful Kasich Plans Visit to Sterling Heights
Detroit News - 11/20/15

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is returning to Michigan Monday for a business incubator tour in Macomb County, according to his campaign, as well as a fundraiser in downtown Detroit.

Business Leaders in the News
Detroit Free Press - 11/15/15

Beth Gotthelf, the director of innovation and external relations at Butzel Long, was elected president of the Michigan Israel Business Bridge. She was on the MIBB board of directors and vice president of the executive council. She is executive-in-residence with the Macomb-OU INCubator and on the board of the Better Business Bureau.

Banza, a Detroit Startup, Wins Big $500,000 Prize
Detroit Free Press - 11/14/15
Not many entrepreneurs enjoy the early-stage affirmation that Detroit-based Banza has won. Earlier this month, Banza, a producer of chickpea gluten-free pasta, won the $500,000 grand prize in the annual Accelerate Michigan contest that supports entrepreneurial startup firms in the state.

Flipsi Wins Macomb Pitch Contest for Small Business
MI Tech News - 10/29/15
The Macomb-OU INCubator awarded more than $20,000 in cash and in-kind prizes at Macomb Pitch: A Competition for Small Businesses. First prize went to Flipsi, makers of a bottle that flips inside-out, eliminating any hard-to-reach surfaces, with a patent-pending, food-grade and BPA-free silicone and plastic design.

Flipsi Wins First Prize at Macomb-OU INC Pitch Contest
Crain's Detroit Business - 10/9/15
Flipsi, an Ann Arbor company that makes a patent-pending food-grade plastic baby bottle that can be turned inside-out for easy cleaning, won the first-place prize of $7,000 Thursday night at a pitch contest at the Macomb-OU INCubator in Sterling Heights. 

Macomb-OU INCubator Selects Pitch Competitors
Macomb Daily - 10/9/15
Eight Michigan-based companies will have the chance to pitch their businesses and receive financial assistance at the Macomb Pitch for small business competition that will take place 5-8 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Macomb-OU INCubator at Velocity Collaboration Center, 6633 18 Mile Road, Sterling Heights.

8 Finalists Named for Macomb Pitch Competition Finals Oct. 8
MI Tech News - 9/29/15
DetectIR Technologies, Flipsi, FoodJunky, GolfClicks, KTISIS, StenDev, Transition Coordination Services and VizBe are the eight finalists selected for the Macomb Pitch 2015 competition Oct. 8.

Macomb-OU INCubator Pitch Competition Deadline Nears
Oakland Press - 7/29/15
The Macomb-Oakland University INCubator pitch competition deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3. With support of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and local businesses and partners, the Macomb-OU INCubator will award $20,000 in cash and in-kind prizes to winning Michigan high-growth technology businesses with $2.5 million or less in revenue and in business for thre years or less.

Macomb-OU INCubator to Host Technology Business Pitch Competition
Crain's Detroit Business - 7/29/15
The Macomb-OU Incubator is getting ready to launch its second small-business pitch competition with $20,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. The Macomb Pitch is looking for Michigan-based high-growth, technology startup companies to submit an initial application by 5 p.m. Monday. Companies must not have more than $2.5 million in revenue and be in business three years or less.

Five Startup Businesses Receive Funding Through MCC
C&G - 7/29/15
Last May, Mahesh Lunani left his position as vice president of a large corporation to pursue the goal of starting his own company. It was a gamble, but one that is paying off. Lunani was among five business owners named as recipients of the inaugural round of awards from the Innovation Fund Macomb Community College, powered by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Macomb Innovation Fund Hands Out Inaugural Awards
Macomb Daily - 7/21/15
A Macomb Community College and JPMorgan Chase program has given $275,000 to five Detroit-area startups as part of an effort to help stimulate economic development and job growth.

Macomb Community College-J.P. Morgan Chase Fund Awards $275,000 to 5 Tech Businesses
Crain's Detroit Business - 7/21/15
Five Oakland and Macomb county startup tech businesses have received $275,000 in funding through the $2.7 million Innovation Fund, a joint effort between Macomb Community College and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

Sterling Heights Firm Earns Incubator Grant
Macomb Daily - 7/20/15
A Sterling Heights firm recently received a $21,000 grant to help it develop its trademarked carrier and mounting system. The Macomb-OU Incubator helped secure the Business Accelerator Funds grant for Rayomar Enterprises of Sterling Heights.

Sterling Heights Firm Earns Incubator Grant
Oakland Press - 7/20/15
A Sterling Heights firm recently received a $21,000 grant to help it develop its trademarked carrier and mounting system. The Macomb-OU Incubator helped secure the Business Accelerator Funds grant for Rayomar Enterprises of Sterling Heights.

Sterling Heights Settles Contacts with Two Unions
Macomb Daily - 7/17/15
Agreements between the city of Sterling Heights and two employee groups have been finalized. Earlier this month, the Sterling Heights City Council approved a collective bargaining agreement and memorandums of understanding with the Michigan Associations of Public Employees supervisory employees union.

Five Businesses Awarded for Showing Their Edge
C&G News - 6/10/15
Five local businesses recently took a breather from their busyness to receive recognition from the city of Sterling Heights and the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

International Business Grows at Velocity Center
Crain's Detroit Business - 5/24/15
Three international businesses have landed and a fourth could come soon to the Velocity Collaboration Center in Sterling Heights, under a new pilot program to help foreign defense and security companies build a U.S. business footprint in the region.

(EO)2 Fastener Creates Streamlined Car-Top Transport System
MetroMode - 5/14/15
Richard Rayos had a stroke of inspiration the fall of 2009. The metro Detroit resident worked in robotics and the automotive industries, but his true passion was for the outdoors.

Investors Share Pitching Secrets at Michigan Venture Roundtable
Michipreneur - 5/12/15
How do you perfect your pitch for investment? This week at the Southeast Michigan Venture Roundtable investors will gather to let small businesses and entrepreneurs in on the a few vital tips.

Significant Metro Detroit Defense Contract Wins Over Past 30 Years
Crain's Detroit Business - 5/10/15
The Macomb-Oakland University Incubator, aiding mainly defense- and homeland-security-themed startups, opens at the former Venture Industries building on 15 Mile Road in Sterling Heights, then moves to a site north of 14 Mile in 2009 and into the current Velocity Collaboration Center over a year later.

Investors to Share Secrets at Venture Roundtable in Waterford
Oakland Press - 5/6/15
FundingPost’s Angel Investor & Venture Capitalist Event for Entrepreneurs is 2-6 p.m. May 14 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Building 41W, Waterford Township.

Butzel Long Plans U.S. Export Control Regulation Event
DBusiness - 4/17/15
Butzel Long will be hosting a luncheon April 23, discussing the updates to the U.S Export Control Regulations, giving Michigan businesses insight and overview of the new regulations.

OU Aligns with Six Other State Schools to Drive Technology Transfer Efforts
News at OU - 4/7/15
Colleges and universities have always been wellsprings of ideas and innovation. Converting those breakthroughs into success in the wider marketplace — where the public can enjoy the benefits — requires planning, strategy and more than a little promotional know-how. 

Supporting Economic Development: New Partnership Brings International Landing Zone to Macomb County
OU Focus - Macomb County Magazine - Spring 2015
Last fall, the Mac-OU INC staff collaborated with Macomb County and the Michigan Defense Center to create a "landing zone" in its Velocity Collaboration Center home in Michigan's defense corridor.

Incubator Offers Tips at Program
Macomb Daily - 2/25/15
Small businesses and entrepreneurs can learn about available resources and funding with an introduction to the government’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs that makes more than 2.4 billion in high risk, non-diluitve capital available to innovative small companies every year.

KTISIS Doubles Staff as it Develops Natural Gas Technology
MetroMode - 2/19/15
KTISIS is a growing startup that is both diversifying Metro Detroit's economy and catering to its strongest economic asset.

Sterling Heights Firm to Develop Gas Tank Supporting Compressed, Liquefied Natural Gas
DBusiness - 2/11/15
Sterling Heights-based Ktisis — named for the Greek word meaning “creating a new process” — is looking to reduce fleet operating costs with the development of a gas tank system that supports both compressed and liquefied natural gas.

Macomb-OU INCubator Secures Funds for Sterling Heights Firm
Macomb Daily - 2/9/15
The Macomb-Oakland University Incubator recently received $15,000 in state funds to assist KTISIS, a Sterling Heights engineering company.

MCC Head Declares 'New Normal' in Macomb County Economy
C&G - 1/22/15
Dr. Jim Jacobs believes that the status quo of Macomb County’s economy has changed. For Jacobs, the president of Macomb Community College and a longtime local economist, this theme is at the heart of the county’s outlook during the year ahead.

International Landing Zone Seeks Defense Industry Applicants
DBusiness - 1/22/15
The International Landing Zone in Sterling Heights is seeking applications for its first tenants: defense and homeland security companies interested in setting up or expanding operations in the U.S.

10 Finalists Chosen for Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship Challenge
Crain's Detroit - 1/15/15
Ten finalists have been chosen for the Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship Challenge, now in its 15th year. Finalists include John Lopes, Microcide Inc. of Sterling Heights, a maker of nontoxic antimicrobial products.

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2014

Small Businesses Compete in Macomb-OU INCubator Pitch Competition
CBS Local Detroit
- 12/22/14
A company that created a reduced-cost process to make carbon-fiber composites won the first Mac-OU INCubator independent pitch competition.

Macomb-OU INCubator Awards $23K at Pitch Contest
Southeast Michigan Startup - 12/19/14
The Macomb-OU INCubator just handed out $23,000 in seed capital and services at its first elevator pitch competition earlier this month.

Macomb-OU INCubator Awards $23K at Pitch Contest
MetroMode - 12/18/14
The Macomb-OU INCubator just handed out $23,000 in seed capital and services at its first elevator pitch competition earlier this month.

Coliant Merges with Macomb Pitch Winner Laystitch
MetroMode - 12/18/14
The winner of the Macomb Pitch: A Competition for Small Businesses at the Macomb-OU INCubator is off to a fast start in the aftermath.

Laystitch Technologies Wins First Place in Macomb-OU INCubator Competition
Daily Tribune - 12/17/14
A Highland, Mich.-based company was named first-place winner in the Macomb-OU INCubator’s Macomb Pitch: A Competition for Small Businesses contest that included $23,000 in cash and in-kind prizes.

Laystitch Technologies Wins First Place in Macomb-OU INCubator Competition
Macomb Daily - 12/16/14
A Highland, Mich.-based company was named first-place winner in the Macomb-OU INCubator’s Macomb Pitch: A Competition for Small Businesses contest that included $23,000 in cash and in-kind prizes.

Highland Company Wins Macomb-OU INCubator's First Business Plan Competition
Crain's Detroit - 12/12/14
LayStitch LLC, a company that claims it has developed a process to reduce the cost of making carbon-fiber composites, was the winner Thursday night of the first business-plan competition at the Macomb-OU Incubator in Sterling Heights.

Hackel Touts Wide Arc of Achievement
Detroit News - 12/4/14
Diversity, jobs and quality of life are a few reasons an increasing number of people are now calling Macomb their home, County Executive Mark Hackel said Wednesday evening.

Hackel Speech to Focus on 4 Years as County Exec
Detroit News - 12/3/14
Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel will give a 2014 State of the County address Wednesday. This year's address will focus on the first four years of the executive form of government — with Hackel at the helm, lay the foundation for Macomb's future and debut two "Make Macomb Your Home" videos.

Macomb-OU INCubator Hosts Business Pitch Competition for Small Businesses Dec. 11
Macomb Daily - 12/2/14
Eight Michigan-based companies will have the chance to pitch their businesses and receive financial assistance at the Macomb PITCH for small business competition that will take place 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11 at the Macomb-OU INCubator at Velocity Collaboration Center, 6633 18 Mile Road, Sterling Heights.

Sterling Heights Recognized for Developing 'Positive Entrepreneurial Climate'
Macomb Daily - 12/1/14
Sterling Heights has been recognized for its work to foster entrepreneurial growth and economic development in the annual eCities study, conducted by researchers at iLabs, the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research.

U-M Student, Alums Combine to Win More Than $650K at Business Innovation Competition
MLive - 11/12/14
Several University of Michigan student and alumni entrepreneurs won prize money totaling $655,000 at the 5th annual Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition in downtown Detroit.

Breast Cancer Survivor Launches Bio-Tech Startup, re-Contour
MetroMode - 11/6/14
Julie Hyde-Edwards is a breast cancer survivor and an entrepreneur, and those two things are joined at the hip for her.

Warren-Based Coliant Corp. Merges with Highland Companies
Macomb Daily - 10/21/14
Coliant Corporation of Warren recently merged with two Highland companies.

Businesses Get Advice from Social Media Connect - Detroit Seminar
Crain's Detroit - 10/15/14
Business professionals from various industries and companies across metro Detroit came together recently for one purpose: social media education.

Cain: Officials Seek to Grow Michigan Defense Industry
Detroit Free Press - 10/5/14
Michigan may be the state that put the world on wheels, but it is also the place that kept the world safe for democracy during World War II through bombers and other military products built here.

Ka-Ching! Develops New Easy-to-Use Instruction Technology
MetroMode - 10/2/14
Inspiration hit Bill Crose when he was trying to come up with a better way to train hotel workers.

Logicoul Solutions Makes Semifinals of Accelerate Michigan
MetroMode - 10/2/14
If it's the little things that add up in life, then LogiCoul Solutions is well on its way to collecting more than its fair share this year.

Sterling Heights Officials: 'Defense Industry Matters'
Advisor & Source - 10/1/14
More than 125 state legislators, county and city officials, community leaders and industry professionals gathered Sept. 26 at the Velocity Collaboration Center in Sterling Heights for a panel discussion moderated by CBS Channel 62 personality Carol Cain about how the defense industry impacts Michigan's economy.

Sterling Heights Officials: 'Defense Industry Matters'
Macomb Daily - 10/1/14
More than 125 state legislators, county and city officials, community leaders and industry professionals gathered Sept. 26 at the Velocity Collaboration Center in Sterling Heights for a panel discussion moderated by CBS Channel 62 personality Carol Cain about how the defense industry impacts Michigan's economy.

'Michigan Matters' Focus: Growing the Defense Industry
CBS Detroit - 10/1/14
What will it take to grow Michigan’s defense industry? Major General Gwen Bingham, commander of TACOM LCMC at the Detroit Arsenal, Scott Badenoch, Sr., founder and CEO of Badenoch, LLC, Sonya Sepahban, senior vice president of Engineering, Development and Technology at General Dynamics Land Systems, and Sean Carlson, vice president of MEDC, appear on a special edition of “Michigan Matters” this Sunday (11:30 a.m. on CBS 62) to talk about it.

Have the Next Big Tech Idea? Mac-OU INC is Giving Away $20K in Cash and Prizes
Daily Detroit - 9/25/14
The Macomb-Oakland University INCubator, based in Sterling Heights, is offering up a variety of cash and prize incentives for entrepreneurs in the high-growth technology space.

Macomb-OU INCubator opens $20,000 Pitch Contest to Young Tech Companies
Crain's Detroit - 9/24/14
The Macomb-OU Incubator, the Sterling Heights-based business incubator run by Oakland University, is offering $20,000 in cash and in-kind services in a business-pitch competition open to young, fast-growing tech companies.

401K GPS Brings Retirement Planning Services Online
MetroMode - 9/11/14
401K GPS, an online retirement planning service, received its first outside investment this summer when it landed five figures' worth of seed capital from the state of Michigan.

Munetrix Hits Triple-Digit Growth as Software Distribution Spreads
MetroMode - 9/11/14
Munetrix is starting to hit some significant numbers when it comes to revenue. The Auburn Hills-based firm, a client of the Macomb-OU INCubator, is running at 170-percent annual compound growth.

Coupon Wallet Racks Up Customers as it Emerges From Beta Stage
MetroMode - 8/14/14
Lots of software startups make it into Beta, one of the early stages where they get to test out their new idea in the real world. Few make it out.

Lathrup Village Startup Telemetrio Bridges Tech and Sports
Southeast Michigan Startup - 8/1/14
Marco Cucco is a serial entrepreneur and a big sports fan. His latest startup, Telemetrio, is quickly becoming the place where his passions intertwine.

Soccer Player Tracking System Expands Pilot Program to Next Level
DBusiness - 7/29/14
Lathrup Village-based Telemetrio is taking the development of its sports telemetrics and broadcasting system to the next level with an expanded pilot program at Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac.

Shelby Lanes Offers Bowling Under LED Lights
MetroMode - 7/24/14
The owner of a bowling center in Shelby Township has put a new age twist on an old-school sport with LED lighting.

Macomb-OU INCubator Steers Next-Level Dollars to Two Startups
MetroMode - 6/12/14
An advanced technology developer working to improve fuel efficiency and emissions and a biotech start-up that's designed a natural supplement to treat diabetes and pre-diabetes are receiving grants to help bring their products to market.

Tech Accelerator Group Reportedly Adds 7,000 Jobs to Ann Arbor, Detroit regions since 1999
MLive - 6/5/14
The Business Accelerator Network for Southeast Michigan recently announced that its four key technology business accelerators have helped create 7,225 technology jobs and 225 tech companies since the first accelerator was created in 1999.

Sterling Heights Firm Sets Sights on Mission to Mars
DBusiness - 6/2/14
Sterling Heights-based Microcide, which recently participated in a trade mission to Panama and Costa Rica, may soon be on another, more extensive mission — sending its highly effective disinfecting wipes into outer space.

Innovation Economy Gets 7,225 Tech Jobs Thanks to Local Accelerators
CBS Detroit - 5/29/14
Ann Arbor SPARK, Automation Alley, Macomb-OU INCubator and TechTown Detroit announced their collective economic impact on Southeast Michigan’s innovation economy.

Business Accelerator Network Helps Trigger 225 Tech Firms
DBusiness - 5/29/14
The efforts of the Business Accelerator Network for Southeast Michigan have led to the creation of 225 technology firms and 7,225 jobs, and overall have secured more than $300 million in follow-on investment, says a report released Wednesday.

MI Roundup: BANSEM's Impact, Versicor, Hatch Detroit, Co-Lab Detroit
Xconomy - 5/29/14
Today, Ann Arbor SPARK, Automation Alley, Macomb-OU Incubator, and TechTown Detroit announced their collective impact on Michigan’s innovation economy: 7,725 technology jobs and 225 technology companies created. Those companies have gone on to garner $300 million in follow-on investment.

Seminars Planned to Help Small Businesses Secure Defense Contracts
DBusiness - 5/28/14
Logistic Specialties Inc. is teaming up with the Macomb-OU INCubator and the Michigan Defense Center, all of which operate from the Velocity Collaboration Center in Sterling Heights, to offer a series of presentations about government contracting for small businesses in southeastern Michigan.

Smart Lighting Solutions Brings on New LED Product Lines
MetroMode - 5/15/14
Ralph Petty was working in property management in 2009 when the economy was falling apart. He and a friend who worked at Ford looked at the job landscape and decided to make their own by starting Smart Lighting Solutions.

Splash360 Increases Staffing to 14 Since Last Year's Launch
MetroMode - 5/8/14
The co-founders behind Splash360 all worked in business marketing and began to see the same thing in recent years: digital marketing was all over the place. That inspired them to launch Splash360.

Automation Alley Names Kelly Kozlowski Senior Director
Crain's Detroit - 4/23/14
Automation Alley has named Kelly Kozlowski its new senior director following the retirement this week of Thomas Anderson.

Warren-Based Company to Sell Heated Apparel Through Harley Davidson
DBusiness - 4/3/14
Warren-based Coliant Corp. will begin selling its climate-controlled heated apparel, designed for motorcycle riders and other outdoor enthusiasts, through Harley Davidson dealers as early as January, company officials announced Wednesday.

On the Road to Entrepreneurial Success: Macomb-Oakland University INCubator Helps Growing Businesses Get on Solid Footing
Oakland University Macomb County Focus - Spring 2014
Since 2009, the Macomb-Oakland University INCubator has given entrepreneurs extensive resources, expert counsel and ongoing support - all with the goal of advancing area business development and creating jobs.

Macomb-OU INCubator Startups Score Seed Funding
MetroMode - 2/13/14
A handful of startups leveraging the Macomb-OU INCubator have scored a nice round of seed funding. Three startups received a total of $78,000 from the Michigan Pre-Seed Microloan and the Business Accelerator funds. The winners include Splash350 ($15,000), Mobile Data Holdings ($38,000) and Coupon Wallet ($25,000).

Macomb-OU INCubator Gets Funding to Accelerate Clients' Growth
CBS Detroit - 2/8/14
The Macomb-OU INCubator says its clients have received nearly $78,000 in recent awards from the Michigan Pre-Seed Microloan fund and the Business Accelerator Fund.

New Economy Initiative to Target Innovation, Entrepreneurs with 2nd Round of Funding
Crain's Detroit - 2/2/14
After seven years and nearly $100 million in investment, the New Economy Initiative has figured out the types of projects that will give it the most bang for its buck.

Lunch and Launch Export Series Assists Small Businesses with the International Market
Source Newspapers - 1/14/14
Small-business owners looking to enter the international market are invited to attend the Macomb-OU INCubator's Lunch and Launch Export Series featuring Joe Gustavus, senior principal at Miller Canfield.

2013

Accomplished Inventor and Innovator to Share Story of Success
Source Newspapers - 12/3/13
Scott Badenoch, founder and CEO of Badenoch LLC and recent recipient of a Michigan Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Matching Funds Program award, will bring his message and the story of founding Badenoch LLC to the Macomb-OU INCubator's Fireside Chat Series on Dec. 10.

City Recognized for Encouraging Business Growth
Source Newspapers - 11/19/13
The city of Sterling Heights was recently identified as one of eight Top Performing communities in the state of Michigan at fostering entrepreneurial growth and economic development in a study by researchers at iLabs, the University of Michigan-Dearborn's Center for Innovation Research.

NextEnergy Supports Three Prize Winners at Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition
Virtual-Strategy Magazine - 11/15/13

Over 50 Michigan entrepreneurs pitched their businesses during the semi-final round of the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, which took place in Detroit earlier this week. NextEnergy provides ongoing support to 11 of the companies that made it to the semi-finals, and three of those companies took home cash prizes totaling $175,000.

Macomb County Recognizes Local Manufacturers
C&G - 10/9/13
In celebration of Manufacturing Day, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel visited a handful of successful manufacturing businesses across the county on Oct. 4.

Macomb-OU INCubator Offers Office Space for Lease
CBS Detroit - 8/20/13
The Macomb-OU INCubator, a high-tech business incubator run by Oakland University, has several offices for rent at its location at 6633 18 Mile Road in Sterling Heights.

Badenoch to Use $50k Grant to Design Military Vehicle Enhancements
CBS Detroit - 8/19/13
The new Michigan Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Matching Funds Program, hosted by the Macomb-OU INCubator, recently kicked off its award process by granting $50,000 in matching funds to Badenoch LLC, a Southfield-based small business conducting research and development in the defense and energy industries.

Green Start-Up Terra-Telesis Aims to Capture Feral Energy
MetroMode - 8/15/13
Ever feel the breeze when a bus passes, or watch something get knocked over when a jet engine takes off? That phenomenon is called wake vortex or jet blast, but Al Khavari sees it as the basis of a new alternative energy start-up.

Biz Consultant Starts Vidorum Consultancy in Sterling Heights
MetroMode - 8/15/13
Quentin Forgues loved his work as a business consultant in the corporate world. The serial entrepreneur loves the aspects of building businesses and helping them improve so much that he wanted to do it on a bigger scale, so he started his own consulting firm, Vidorum.

Southfield Firm Receives $1.4M for Military Vehicle Blast Testing
Crain's Detroit - 8/6/13
Southfield military vehicle and energy systems engineering firm Badenoch LLC has received $1.4 million in federal funds for a more cost-effective form of vehicle blast testing, and a new matching grant via the Michigan Strategic Fund.

Butzel Long Opens Office in Macomb-OU INCubator in Sterling Heights
Oakland Press - 6/27/13
Butzel Long is onsite in Macomb County with the opening of an office in the Macomb-OU INCubator at the Velocity Collaborative Center in Sterling Heights to meet the escalating demands of emerging businesses in key growth sectors. Butzel Long is part of the new Executives-in-Residence program offered through the Macomb-OU INCubator.

Butzel Long Opens Office in Macomb-OU INCubator
DBusiness - 6/26/13
Butzel Long is onsite in Macomb County with the opening of an office in the Macomb-OU INCubator at the Velocity Collaborative Center in Sterling Heights to meet the escalating demands of emerging businesses in key growth sectors.

Coupon Wallet Helps Biz Coupons Transition to Digital
MetroMode - 6/20/13
A new start-up at the Macomb-OU INCubator aims to help businesses make the leap from paper to digital when it comes to the savings they offier. Coupon Wallet is developing a software platform that help small businesses create digital coupons, helping them reach a larger audience.

The Legal Aspects of Social Media
Macomb Daily - 5/25/13
Much like the birth of the Internet created a vast, unregulated frontier, social media — with new platforms seemingly popping up every day — push further and further into uncharted waters. And that creates potentially dangerous circumstances for business.

Incubator Client Wins Grant to Advance Automation Tech
CBS Detroit - 5/1/13
With application assistance from the Macomb-Oakland University INCubator, Sterling Heights-based client company OmnicO AGV Inc. has been awarded $30,500 from the Business Accelerator Fund of the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center.

LogiCoul Solutions Hires 3 After Move to Macomb-OU INCubator
MetroMode - 3/28/13
LogiCoul Solutions spent its first couple of years trying to gain traction for its battery enhancement technology in Massachusetts. The 4-year-old start-up began to pick up speed last year when it switched its focus market from mobile devices to automotive and made the move to the Macomb-OU INCubator.

Sterling Heights Semianr will Offer Inventors Look at Patenting Process
Oakland Press - 3/24/13
A seminar encouraging potential inventors to patent their ideas is planned in celebration of the new patent office in Detroit.

Macomb-OU INCubator Scores More Than $1.2M in Grants
MetroMode - 3/21/13
Macomb-OU INCubator has landed a couple of large grants this year, totaling to a bit more than $1.2 million in new funding.

State Grant to Help Macomb-OU INCubator Advance Area Economy
CBS Detroit - 3/14/13
The Michigan Economic Development Corp. has awarded a $500,000 grant to the Macomb-Oakland University INCubator for a second year in a row.

Range Gen Hires 10, Scales Up in Sterling Heights
MetroMode
- 3/14/13
When Nathan Oakes launched his energy and mechanical services firm Range Gen two years ago, he looked at only one space to base it out of, the Macomb-OU INCubator.

Macomb-OU INCubator to Dole Out Defense Dollars
MetroMode - 3/14/13
When Nathan Oakes launched his energy and mechanical services firm Range Gen two years ago, he looked at only one space to base it out of, the Macomb-OU INCubator.

Macomb-OU INCubator to Dole Out Defense Dollars
C&G Sterling Heights Sentry - 3/12/13
Macomb County businesses that serve the defense industry and other high-tech companies could get a boost from research and development grants totaling more than $1.26 million that the Macomb-Oakland University INCubator will administer.

Macomb-OU INCubator Gets DARPA Grant
Source Newspapers - 3/5/13
The technology sector in Macomb County and the rest of the tri-county area received a shot in the arm recently when the Macomb-OU Incubator was awarded a $776,000 in grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA.

Macomb-OU INCubator Gets DARPA Grant
Macomb Daily - 2/27/13
The technology sector in Macomb County and the rest of the tri-county area received a shot in the arm recently when the Macomb-OU Incubator was awarded a $776,000 in grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA.

Incubator Client Companies Win Grants to Advance Business Goals
CBS Detroit - 2/24/13
With application assistance from the Macomb-Oakland University INCubator, client companies Dynamic Intelligent Solutions and LogiCoul Solutions LLC, have been awarded $34,000 and $9,872, respectively, from the Business Accelerator Fund of the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center.

Macomb-OU INCubator Nets Money from Government Defense Agency
Oakland Press - 2/19/13
A federal defense agency is seeking engagement with the business and defense community in Michigan. The Macomb-OU INCubator in Sterling Heights has been chosen to administer the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Federal Matching Program with the goal of bringing in more research dollars and jobs while expanding DARPA's engagement in Michigan.

Velocity Center Hitting its Stride in Defense, Manufacturing
CBS Detroit - 2/12/13
A former child care center in the heart of Macomb County’s defense and automotive belt is getting busier and busier as a business incubator.

Macomb-OU Biz INCubator Gets New Defense Role
CBS Detroit - 2/7/13
The Macomb-OU INCubator has been selected by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. to administer the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Federal Matching Program for the State of Michigan.

Executives-in-Residence to Lend Insight to Aspiring Entrepreneurs
CBS Detroit - 1/9/13
The Macomb-OU INCubator is starting 2013 with a bang as the new Executives-in-Residence program kicks off. After a highly competitive application process, new EIRs have made their way to Mac-OU INC to provide additional resources and support to what is already an extensive acceleration program.

2012

Rebounding Economy Named Macomb's Top Story for 2012
Macomb Daily - 12/30/12
Compared to the odor of economic death that hovered over Macomb County in 2009, the year 2012 brought a fresh breeze of optimism to the county. Thanks largely to the monumental recovery of the domestic auto industry, the county experienced thousands of new jobs and well over $1 billion in corporate investments the past year.

MEDC Competition's Earmarks Target Tech Incubators
Crain's Detroit - 11/25/12
Business incubators and others from Southeast Michigan are among those vying for $8.5 million in grants through a state competition that closes today.

Coliant Expands by 6 People, Opens New Office in Sterling Heights
MetroMode - 11/1/12
Coliant has opened a new office in the Macomb-OU INCubator with offices at the Velocity Collaboration Center in Sterling Heights, a move that has led the Warren-based company to expand its staff. 

Sterling Heights Named One of Michigan's Best in Encouraging Business Growth
Advisor & Source - 10/31/12
The city of Sterling Heights has been identified as one of eight Top Performing communities in the state of Michigan at fostering entrepreneurial growth and economic development in a study by researchers at iLabs, University of Michigan-Dearborn's Center for Innovation Research.

BEET Wins Microloan to Advance Failure Prevention Technology
CBS Detroit - 10/17/12
With the aid of the Macomb-OU INCubator, BEET, LLC has received a $250,000 Michigan Pre-Seed Microloan from the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

Macomb-OU INCubator Offering Rents as Low as $185 a Month
CBS Detroit - 10/15/12
The Macomb-OU INCubator is offering startup rental spaces for as low as $185 a month in its Velocity Center at 6633 18 Mile Road.

Macomb-OU INCubator Lands $700K Grant From Michigan Strategic Fund
MetroMode - 10/11/12
The Macomb-OU INCubator has landed a $766,000 grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund to assist the state's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, commonly known as DARPA.

Macomb-OU INCubator Hosts Bestselling Author
Oakland Post - 9/30/12
On Sept. 5, local entrepreneur and New York Times best-selling author Josh Linkner shared his story at the Macomb-OU INCubator. Linkner is a Michigan native who invests in tech-based Michigan start-ups and also performs as a professional jazz musician.

$5.25 Million Awarded to Fuel Tech Efforts in Southeast Michigan
Crain's Detroit - 9/28/12
The state has awarded $5.25 million to organizations in Southeast Michigan and around Michigan to provide services that help entrepreneurs to launch and build technology companies.

Detroit, One Invention at a Time
MetroMode - 9/13/12
When Elijah J. McCoy was inventing lubricating systems for the steam engines of locomotives and ships in Ypsilanti and Detroit, Mich. in the 19th century – he ultimately held 57 patents – he probably didn't realize his work would spawn masses of people looking to invent the next "real McCoy".

Defense Corridor Touts 'Arsenal of Innovation' Theme
MetroMode - 9/13/12
When Elijah J. McCoy was inventing lubricating systems for the steam engines of locomotives and ships in Ypsilanti and Detroit, Mich. in the 19th century – he ultimately held 57 patents – he probably didn't realize his work would spawn masses of people looking to invent the next "real McCoy".