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Danotek Motions Technologies

(734) 426-5976
8680 N. Haggerty Road
Canton, MI 48187

Don Naab

What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
We have partnered with University of Michigan for Six Sigma Black, Green and Brown Belt programs. We have also partnered with Southeast Michigan Community Alliance for the Incumbent Worker Training Program.

Who was your first customer and where did you find them?
Our first customer came from the Global Wind Turbine Manufacturers.

Where did you find your first employee?
Ann Arbor, Michigan

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

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
MEDC, Ann Arbor Spark, Next Energy, Automation Alley, Angel Investors, Khosla Ventrues, CMEA Capital, GE Financial, Stat Oil.

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?
We have seen positive actions by the state over the last two years which have benefitted larger established companies. We look forward to more positive actions by the state for startup companies such as Danotek.

Name an idea, policy or mindset from elsewhere that you would like to see this region adopt?
Implement programs that will foster the relationship between venture capital firms and the business community that allows entrepreneurial companies better access to working capital. Similar to the MEDC's micro loan program but on a larger scale.

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