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Core3 Solutions

1405 Combermere Dr
Troy, MI 48083

Paul Chambers

What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
I graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in telecommunications. Outside of college I have been involved in a variety of groups and business development programs. More recently I participate in The Walsh Institute and have also become a member of Vistage, both of which I find great value in.

Who was your first customer and where did you find them?
My first customer was the magazine, Inside Automotives International. My step-father worked for the publishing company and helped me get in the door with the owner there. I built them a new website and handled updates for $5 per hour, which was less than minimum wage at the time. I was just happy to have a customer.

Where did you find your first employee?
Our first true employee just walked in the door one day. Prior to that we had worked with various contractors, but employee No. 1 was Curtis Hays, who is still with us today and is a very important part of our team. Curtis lived down the street from our first office and found our company through a Google search. We had a job opening posted on our site and within an hour of finding it, Curtis was running down the street with a suit on and resume in hand. We gave him a few funny looks at first because suits are definitely not part of our culture, but we discovered he was actually a pretty cool guy and found a way to make him part of our team.

Have you promoted an intern to employee status, and if so how many times have you done it?
We are still working on building and growing our intern program. We have had one or two in the past grow in to positions at the company but it is not our main focus right now.

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
Our company has grown through internal investment and through some small bank loans and lines of credit we have used to help us grow with certain projects. We are working on various internal start-up's right now that if all goes well, would be good candidates for outside investment, but we won't pursue that until the time is right.

What are some of the advantages to doing business here?
There are some great advantages to doing business in this region. The biggest is how much excitement and growth potential there is here. For a region that had been hit so hard during the economic downturn, the community is still so positive about the prospect for recovery and everyone is extremely supportive of each other. There is a different type of business mentality in Metro Detroit and the Midwest. While the regional population is very large, it often has a small town feeling and a great sense of community.

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?
Yes, I definitely see change happening. I have often said that I hope Detroit doesn't fall in to the same trap it did before, which was relying so heavily on automotive to drive this town. Since the last downturn, I have spoken with many suppliers who have done a great job of diversifying themselves for now and for the future. Even though automotive is making a great recovery and will continue to do so, suppliers seem to remain focused on maintaining a diversified client base and also focus on the returning business at the same time. On the other side of this continuing emergence of the technology sector in this region. Never before have we seen so much excitement and growth of Internet start-up's and venture capital dollars in Metro Detroit.

Name an idea, policy or mindset from elsewhere that you would like to see this region adopt?
I think mass transit is extremely important. M1 Rail is a good start and I would really hate to see the project die. There is not a single person I have spoken to that doesn't agree with this. I live in Royal Oak right now and the idea of jumping on a train at 11 Mile and Woodward and taking it Downtown to a ball game or night out on the town sounds easy and exciting. I am sure we will get there someday, and hopefully it is in my lifetime.

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