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133 W Main St
Northville, MI 48167

Matt Gaidica

What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
I was president of the entrepreneurial society at Kettering University for two years and was very heavily involved with the push for innovation around campus. I have never done any formal business classes, and my education is in electrical engineering.

Who was your first customer and where did you find them?
Our first customer was another young entrepreneur I knew from school, Marc Alexander, CEO of Youth of Tomorrow. We were contracted to build his website, and charged $600 for it.

Where did you find your first employee?
There are only two owners at Prime, we went to school together and things just kept working out with us.

Have you promoted an intern to employee status, and if so how many times have you done it?
Nope, but we have had three inters so far.

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
We are self-funded and received grants/seed money from Kettering University during college. Kettering was an extremely important facilitator to us becoming a company, and having the resources to get going.

What could local leaders do to help attract and retain more entrepreneurial young people to Metro Detroit?
Having the right energy is a big key. I know a lot of people who work in Detroit, but they do something they love and they completely enjoy it.

Name an idea, policy or mindset from elsewhere that you would like to see this region adopt?
Our business is pretty virtual, and while community is huge, it's important to remember that a lot of business is not about your location, its about people and products.

What advice would you give to someone who was thinking about opening a business here?
Do great things, and people will find you and pay you. Network as much as you can, and remember everybody needs something. Maybe you can sell it to them.

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