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Sean Hurwitz

What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
Internship programs with most of the local universities and schools. The Michigan film incentive for three firsts: video game, interactive website and mobile app.

Who was your first customer and where did you find them?
Adam Hamdy at Dare Comics – "The Hunter" motion comic. I found him through networking. We found a company who wanted to animate their graphic novel IP.

Where did you find your first employee?
The College of Creative Studies' Center for Creative Studies. We found him through networking. Networking is key.

Have you promoted an intern to employee status, and if so how many times have you done it?
Yes, nine times.

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
We have received seed capital from local private and angel investors that we found through relationships formed over the past several years.

What is one thing Michigan does better or has going for it that other more successful regional economies don't?
Michigan has a lot of diversity and talent that is hard working, down to earth and understands you eat what you kill. Entitlement is not a good thing and Michigan seems to understand that we earn our keep more than we deserve it.

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?
It's never fast enough but we have made great strides, especially in the creative industry. Michigan's talented businesses and workforce have come a long way over the last several years. The economy really took an unfortunate nosedive. It's going to take time and patience to rebuild, and every little bit helps. The Michigan film incentive was a great idea and continues to help support the reinvention of the state.

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