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Arbor Plastic Technologies

44600 Merrill Road
Sterling Heights, MI 48314

Dan Caton

What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
We have participated in Project Management and Six Sigma programs through The Center for Professional Studies. We also network via Ann Arbor SPARK, the Michigan Economic Development Corp and the Macomb-OU INCubator.

Who was your first customer and where did you find them?
TriBar Manufacturing in Howell. It was introduced to Arbor Plastic Technologies through one of our account (sales) representatives

Where did you find your first employee?
Through networking for Michigan talent.

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
We have received seed capital predominately from angel investors and, of course the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund.

What are some of the advantages to doing business here?
We are close to strategic customers and there is a highly qualified local workforce pool here. We are also in close proximity to higher education institutions (Oakland University, University of Detroit-Mercy, University of Michigan, Wayne State University and Michigan State University) and supply chain support from highly qualified vendors. There is also excellent infrastructure here, such as good roads, close to major express ways, close to rail access, ample power supply.

What advice would you give to someone who was thinking about opening a business here?
Network and be a steward to the community. On the business side, focus real hard on a model that gets you to cash-flow positive. Of course that sounds elementary, but to do this you may have to sacrifice the long-term vision temporarily.

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