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Huntington Woods, MI 48070

Maxine Gardner

Where did you find your first employee?
A referral while networking at a TechTown First Friday event.

What entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
The Small Business and Technology Development Center and TechTown's FastTrac program.

Name an idea, from elsewhere that you would like to see this region adopt?
Pittsburgh social entrepreneur, Bill Strickland, is founder and CEO of the Manchester Bidwell Corporation www.manchesterbidwell.org. His success story is so inspirational, that other cities are collaborating with the National Center for Arts and Technology www.ncat-mbc.org to replicate his arts and technology educational program. This model would be a great addition to the region, and has already launched in Grand Rapids.

What are some of the advantages to doing business here?
Access to opportunity, talent, infrastructure, resources and incredible support.

What advice would you give to someone who was thinking about opening a business here?
Network, research and ask questions. Avail yourself of the wonderful resources available through TechTown, the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center and Wayne State University. And, don't give up. Each challenge strengthens your entrepreneurial muscles.

What do you see in Metro Detroit that other people who live outside the area don't?
I see an opportunity to make a difference. The energy and possibility that exist in Detroit are palpable. With our abundance of talent, and resources, Metro Detroit is a great place to be.

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