Who was your first customer and where did you find them?
Graff Chevrolet. They were a client from my prior and second prior jobs before opening Group Associates Where did you find your first employee?
I hired from my former employer.Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
First Place Bank (formerly Franklin Bank) and Citizens Bank.It's often said that Metro Detroit and Michigan need to reinvent their economies to be competitive. Are we making those changes, and if so are we making enough of them or doing it fast enough?
I'm not sure.What advice would you give to someone who was thinking about opening a business here?
There is always room for good companies, so regardless of the economy there are opportunities.
Make sure you understand the financial investment required to start your company and to support it until it becomes self-sufficient. Even the best of ideas require capital to develop.
Don't be afraid to tell your advisors when you don't know something.
Be prepared for a lot of ups and downs.
Don't be afraid to admit mistakes. As soon as you realize you made one, fix it.