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3031 West Grand Blvd., Suite 600
Detroit, Michigan 48202

David Segura

What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
Early in our history, VisionIT became an active member of the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council which is affiliated with the National Minority Supplier Development Council. MMSDC has provided unique procurement opportunities to Corporate Members and certified Minority Business Enterprises for more than 30 years, providing ongoing growth opportunities, financial support, and training and education.

We also became active many years ago in the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The MHCC is the premier gateway to Hispanic business and advocacy in the state and across Latin America. Their unique status as home to global industry and the diversity of the nearly 11,000 Hispanic-owned businesses in the state allow them to offer a unique mix of programs and targeted business services, all aimed at advancing the business growth of companies like VisionIT.

Where did you find your first employee?
As we were in the middle of the Internet boom (late 90's) at that time, we utilized early online job postings. It is interesting that, today, such tools are much more sophisticated and effective in reaching potential candidates for opportunities. Today our web site www.visionit.com gets tremendous activity from candidates looking for IT opportunities to openings throughout our operations (HR, Accounting, so forth), across the globe.

Have you promoted an intern to employee status, and if so how many times have you done it?
Yes, we have employed many interns who later became VisionIT full-time team members. In cooperation with Wayne State University's School of Business Administration and Detroit Public Schools, VisionIT is a founding sponsor of the BizTech Summer Camp. BizTech Camp engages Detroit high school students to participate in a 10-week educational program focusing on technical, business and social skill development, with a particular emphasis on technology. In addition, each student participates in a paid internship at local Detroit companies and organizations, including VisionIT. Since its inception over 261 students have completed the annual program with a100% high school graduation rate and more than 75% subsequently enrolling in post secondary and major universities.

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
Through an angel investor as well as working closely with our bank, Charter One Bank here in Michigan. Hennessey Capital has also been a great partner for us in our early years as they are for other entrepreneurs who need funding through high growth times where traditional financing may be challenging.

What are some of the advantages to doing business here?
Since I spend a lot of time in many major cities I feel among Detroit's advantages is its strong infrastructure (business organizations, government entities, corporate customers) built upon the success of the automotive industry.  Most cities would love to have Detroit's foundation of innovation and technology.. 15 years ago, VisionIT foresaw a need for Detroit to evolve to realize opportunities portended by the information technology boom. Our investment in and commitment to growing a technology firm in this market has been incredibly rewarding.

If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be?
As President Obama said so well in the 2012 State of the Union address, this nation is great because we have worked as a team. I believe that message applies well to Detroit and this region – when we work together, we can truly transform Michigan and make it one of the top states in the nation. I do like what the Business Leaders for Michigan is accomplishing in getting one plan established that has all key stakeholders involved in accomplishing, tracking, and promoting success in our region.

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