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Franklin, MI 48205

Howard Brown

What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
I have participated in Automation Alley, Michigan Growth Capital Symposium, Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship, MotorCity Connect, Ann Arbor SPARK and New Enterprise Forum. CircleBuilder is also funded by Automation Alley and the Great Lakes Angels.

Who was your first customer and where did you find them?
St Hugo of the Hills Catholic Church was our first customer. They were introduced to us by one of our investors.

Where did you find your first employee?
I previously worked with our first employee in the past

Have you promoted an intern to employee status, and if so how many times have you done it?

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
We have received funding from angel investors (high-net-worth individuals in Michigan), angel investor groups (Great Lakes Angels) and by economic development organizations (Automation Alley).

What are some of the advantages to doing business here?
The cost of doing business is less in Michigan than in Silicon Valley or on the east coast. Metro Detroit also has an available talent pool of skilled workers. Also, there is a large availability of office space at very reasonable rents.

If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be?
More funding needs to flow to start-ups. The process and the speed of obtaining working capital needs to change drastically. Without risk there will be no reward of more jobs and re-energizing the Michigan economy.

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