What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any have you taken advantage of?
We have good engineering educations and we are surrounded by loyal and experienced help.
Who was your first customer and where did you find them?
Our first customer was Michigan Consolidated Gas Co. (MichCon
). It wanted to hire me full-time, however, I was able to negotiate to work for them as a consultant. They supported me for a long time.
Where did you find your first employee?
I remember his name was Keith Brown and he was recommended to us by a friend.
Have you promoted an intern to employee status?
We have promoted a number of interns to employee status. We must have?done this at least 4-5 interns.
Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company?
Initially, I had used my life savings and monies obtained through refinancing of the house. Later on we established a line of credit with Comerica Bank
. Currently we have no debts.
What are some of the advantages of doing business here?
The advantages of doing business in Michigan include easy to find qualified personnel, an educated and creative population and people who are willing to adventure into new field.
If I could change one thing about this region what would it be?
I would like to see change in the tax system in Michigan to attract more businesses. Business taxes, property taxes and unemployment insurance taxes are too high.