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Akervall Technologies

(734) 389-7400
1512 Woodland Dr
Saline, MI 48176

Sassa Akervall

What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
Ann Arbor Spark Entrepreneur Boot Camp.

Who was your first customer and where did you find them?
Online customers found us. Our biggest customer to date is Cliff Keen Athletic here in Ann Arbor who has exclusivity on wrestling here in the USA.

Where did you find your first employee?
I guess the CEO turned around one morning and found me next to him and thought that I'd make a good COO. We have been married 20 years.

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?
Share holders, SBIR Phase 1 from DOD, loan of Ann Arbor Spark.

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?
There is a whole lot more to be done, however I think things are moving. There are plenty of grants out there. Everybody is interested in seeing Michigan succeed, so when you bring an up interesting idea or business, there are always someone who is trying their best to see that you meet the right people or take the best route. It's important to remember that if one business succeeds, it will have an impact on several other businesses and many people, possibly even a whole community and who knows even a state. It's a team building issue really. Of course, it's always helpful when the media portrays a small company such as ours in a favorable way. Our success is our own doing - to a certain extent.

If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be?
People's mind about this region.



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