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Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

Sergio Mazza

What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?

Who was your first customer and where did you find them?
Associated Spring and Ford Motor Company. ASBG found us as a result of some early public relations and Ford had a pre-existing relationship with one of our founders.

Where did you find your first employee?
He was a student of one of our founders

Have you promoted an intern to employee status, and if so how many times have you done it?
Four students of one of the founders have been employees, the first two in fact, and those two remain on payroll.

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
One of our founders acted as an angel investor, we have received investments from Ann Arbor SPARK and from our Taiwanese distributor.

What are some of the advantages to doing business here?
The automotive industry is a very significant percentage of our market opportunity

Name an idea, policy or mindset from elsewhere that you would like to see this region adopt?
We need a larger local venture capital community funded by all the dollars that wealthy Michiganders invest in VCs based on the coasts. The wealth is here in Michigan, but the money management is on the coasts. That needs to change.

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