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First Tech Direct

26622 Woodward Ave
Suite 105
Royal Oak, MI 48067

John Silvani

What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
I was a founding member of the Detroit Chapter of EO (formerly YEO)

Who was your first customer and where did you find them?
Carried over many customers from a former business.

Where did you find your first employee?
He was a contractor turned into an employee.

Have you promoted an intern to employee status, and if so how many times have you done it?
No, interns are new to us.

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
We are completely self-funded. We have no debt.

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 are changing but not fast enough. We are stuck in too many old processes and procedures in this community.

If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be?
Attitude. We have a tendency to look for and expect the worst which prevents us from moving ahead.

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