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Crestview Technologies

22427 Norfolk Ct
Novi, MI 48374

Danielle Zhu

What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
I highly recommend Ann Arbor SPARK's Entrepreneur Boot Camp. I am a proud graduate of this camp.

Who was your first customer and where did you find them?
Cambridge Associates is our first customer. I was previously employed as an IT project manager by this company.

Where did you find your first employee?
Right here in Detroit where I first I worked with the software programmer on another project.

Have you promoted an intern to employee status, and if so how many times have you done it?
We have not hired interns but may soon look into offering web development internship.

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
Our company has been privately funded to date. I know of several organizations in the Detroit area that we may seek capital from, should we need funding in the future: Automation Alley, TechTown and Ann Arbor SPARK.

Name an idea, policy or mindset from elsewhere that you would like to see this region adopt?
I see a lot of Government 2.0 initiatives in the mid-Atlantic region. It's about open and transparent government, harnessing collective intelligence, sharing and mining data to provide better services to citizens, etc. I'd like to see more of that at the local and state level in this region.

What is one thing Michigan does better or has going for it that other more successful regional economies don't?
Michigan has a highly skilled work force and talent pool with ability to adapt to new markets, whether it's advanced manufacturing, alternative energy, or information technology, the field Crestview Technologies is positioned. That's what Michigan has going for it.

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