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Founders

Company

EnVironmental Transportation Solutions

1303 Edmundton Dr
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236

Richard Marks

What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
Spark/IT Zone, Ann Arbor SBDTC, Yipsilanti, GLEQ, TechTown, NextEnergy, Great Lakes Angels

Who was your first customer and where did you find them?
We have done market research, shows, and sales trips to seven states. No orders have been taken, because we are not funded to produce saleable vehicles. With funding, we can be in production in nine months. But we could have sold bunches of them everywhere we have gone.

Where did you find your first employee?
My son. He helped build the first prototype in my garage.

Have you promoted an intern to employee status, and if so how many times have you done it?
I would have promoted my son, but he decided to go back to finish college after I could not offer to pay him any longer and now he has a great job and a house now.

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
We have presented to many of the VC's that go to meetings in and around Ann Arbor, Detroit and metro Detroit. Automotive or transportation is not their thing and they had no interest or ability to ask us questions. We have presented or spoke at Spark, GLEQ, NEF Automation Alley, Great Lakes Angels.

Name an idea, policy or mindset from elsewhere that you would like to see this region adopt?
The State of Michigan needs to support transportation and supplier companies who are still trying to use the strongest and greatest resource in this region and this is the ability to design and manufacture transportation products. Don't write it off completely as has been done. The State should stay out of picking the winners and losers in business. Politics and business do not mix.

What are some of the advantages to doing business here?

There is a great resource pool in engineering and manufacturing of transportation products.



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