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VC Web Services

9 S Washington
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Vince Chmielewski

What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
We were tenants of Ann Arbor SPARK's East Business Incubator and used many of the support services offered there.

Who was your first customer and where did you find them?
Our first customer was Patrick Adams Photography. We traded services when I needed some family photos and they needed some web help.

Where did you find your first employee?
Our first employee, Babs Rambold, sent us her resume after graduating from Eastern Michigan University.

Have you promoted an intern to employee status, and if so how many times have you done it?
We have not done this yet, but expect to this summer.

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
Our initial capital was provided by the founder and since then has come from profits reinvested into the business.

What advice would you give to someone who was thinking about opening a business here?
Don't try to do too much too soon. Grow organically.

What could local leaders do to help attract and retain more entrepreneurial young people to Metro Detroit?
Organizations like Ann Arbor SPARK and the Mercantile Exchange that provide inexpensive office space are excellent ways to attract young entrepreneurs.

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