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110 W Michigan Ave
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

John Coleman

What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
Edward Lowe Foundation, Entrepreneur Organization

Where did you find your first employee?
From Craigslist.org

Have you promoted an intern to employee status, and if so how many times have you done it?
No, we have not.

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
Our company funds itself. We have not used external capital to grow this company.

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?
Unfortunately not. Michigan and Metro Detroit tend to provide larger-scale tax incentives for business to make the move to Michigan from another state. These moves are temporary - and once the incentives are used up - large companies move to greener pastures. For the state of Michigan to be competitive, there should be a strong desire to help smaller companies - mainly second-stage companies - grow into larger companies. More than simple tax incentives, second-stage companies need support, education and guidance to help circumnavigate possible pitfalls of second stage. If we focus on the companies that were founded in Michigan, there is a high likelihood they will remain in Michigan, despite economic downturns.

If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be?
The leadership. We need strong leaders who want to focus on fixing the problems of the state, and not simply exchange promises for endorsements or incentives for votes.

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