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Valentine Distilling Co

161 Vester St
Ferndale, MI 48220

Rifino Valentine

What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
I haven't participated in any.

Where did you find your first employee?
I found him through networking.

Have you promoted an intern to employee status, and if so how many times have you done it?
Not yet.

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
We are funding entirely through private equity.

What are some of the advantages to doing business here?
The state of Michigan and the city of Ferndale in particular are very business friendly and helpful in opening new businesses.

If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be?
I would like people's attitudes to change about this area. Yes, we've lost population, we've lost manufacturing, housing prices are down, but we have to stop feeling sorry for ourselves. No one is going to come to our rescue. It's up to us to find a way out of this. I made a friendly wager with a friend of mine that Detroit will be on the cover of Forbes within the next five years as the place to live, buy real estate and open a business. I firmly believe that is where we are heading.

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