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2016

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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2016

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
Macomb Daily - 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.