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Company

Latitude Learning

100 E Michigan Ave
Suite 200
Saline, MI 48176

Jeff Walter

What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
I personally have earned an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Who was your first customer and where did you find them?
The original learning technology company - Novations Learning Technologies - was founded prior to my involvement.

Where did you find your first employee?
Many of the staff were employed by the company prior to my purchase of Novations Learning Technologies in 2005.

Have you promoted an intern to employee status, and if so how many times have you done it?
I have not.

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
Comerica Bank

What advice would you give to someone who was thinking about opening a business here?
I think the current tax situation in Michigan creates a challenging environment for businesses.

In fact, most states have a more favorable tax structure than Michigan's current situation.
Michigan is fortunate to have plentiful natural resources and a well-trained workforce, but I would counsel any entrepreneur to compare the tax laws that impact businesses before investing in a specific location.

Name an idea, policy or mindset from elsewhere that you would like to see this region adopt?
1. Repeal the Gross Receipts portion of the Michigan Business Tax
2. Make Michigan a Right-to-Work State
3. Repeal all restrictive wage laws for state contracts



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