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Nuspire

3155 Dallavo Ct
Walled Lake, MI 48390

Saylor X. Frase

What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
I am an alumnus of Central Michigan University and Harvard Business School.

Who was your first customer and where did you find them?
A4 Health Systems. They were referred to us through Unisys. We had a unique technology that was really not available elsewhere.

Where did you find your first employee?
We found them through local universities and colleagues.

Have you promoted an intern to employee status, and if so how many times have you done it?
Yes, many interns move from there trainee positions to full time. In our engineering dept, an intern three years ago is now an employee who has move up two more positions since then and still works as a valuable member of our level 3 technical engineering staff. Also in 2005, our sales organization added an intern that came highly recommended from Michigan State University. In just six years, he has just recently been moved to director of business development and nominated for the Crain's 20 in their 20's business leaders in Detroit.

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
Nuspire Networks from the start has been an organically finance company, grown on the reinvestment of company profits. Nuspire Networks has no outside ownership or equity partners.

What are some of the advantages to doing business here?
Michigan and the metro area of Detroit is one of the largest centers of technology resources, expertise and infrastructure outside of Silicon Valley. It's amazing how over looked this region is. I think the publicity of the shrinking output of the automotive industry clouds the reality that even in a decline the amount of resources, infrastructure and expertise graduating from Michigan universities affords tremendous advantages to local technology companies.

If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be?
Economically and politically, it would be advantageous for us to utilize more forward thinking. Instead of dwelling on the dogmas of the economic past, a new focus on how to reposition resources and reinvents in the long term future of Michigan is critical. The potential is here, if an environment conducive to the types of companies that can spawn the innovation and develop products and services to compete globally, there is no reason not to see Detroit as a leader in the new world economy.


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