5. Talented Workforce
Detroit’s reputation as the motor city wasn’t only built by the great minds of the industry’s founders but also by the hands of its unmatched workforce. In fact, Michigan is ranked first in the amount of manufacturing jobs created in 2013, and it has the fourth largest “high-tech” workforce. (National Association of Manufacturers, 2013)
Happy New Year!
Entrepreneurs should constantly be setting new and improved goals for themselves, and this happens to be just the time of year to start. But we all know that New Year’s resolutions are very easy to make, but the follow through is a lot more difficult. (How is that new gym membership working out for you?)
To help out, I’ve compiled a list of the best New Year’s resolution-setting online articles. The overarching, reoccurring theme is that resolutions should be small and bite size; none of those Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals that business coaches like us to make. BHAG’s are important for the big picture, but entirely unrealistic when working to change day-to-day habits.
It was finals week at Oakland University. The bitter-sweet time that means a break is around the corner, at the expense of the most work I will do all year. I was enjoying another average evening, sitting through my three-hour night class, trying to fight off the urge to fall asleep as I had been up studying the night before. The professor told us that at the halfway mark, professors from the entrepreneurship minor would be speaking to us about the program. This happens all of the time; teachers come in, hand out some fliers and basically advertise new classes.
At the halfway mark, a familiar face walked in. It was Wayne Blizman of the Mac-OU INC staff! Wayne explained what his class next semester would entail and encouraged everyone to take it. When he was finished, he introduced his colleague as Dr. Mark Simon, the head of the entrepreneurship minor. Dr. Simon told us we were having a pop quiz in which he would give us three business scenarios and we would have to pick the most successful.
As the holidays are now upon us, I find it fitting to use this ‘day of thanks’ to express gratitude to all who have assisted the incubator during the past year. The abundance of those offering their free time to support the entrepreneurial community of Metro Detroit is astounding, and truly makes my work worthwhile.
Last week, the Business Accelerator Network of Southeast Michigan (BANSEM), consisting of Mac-OU INC, TechTown, Ann Arbor SPARK and Automation Alley, sponsored Entre-SLAM, a storytelling event for entrepreneurs. I’d like to share with you some of the many reasons this special event reenergized me:
I recently attended a portion of the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition (AMIC). For those of you who are not familiar with the program, AMIC is a business “pitch” competition founded by Ann Arbor SPARK, Automation Alley, Macomb-OU INCubator, and TechTown through the New Economy Initiative. The competition is open to entrepreneurs worldwide as well as students attracting local, national and international investors. Judging results in the awarding of cash prizes to winners in several categories with the overall winner (non-student) receiving a $500,000 award! That is some serious cash!