Hey You, Tech Small Biz: How About Some Diversification or Reinvention?

The Macomb-OU INCubator has always been a powerful advocate of diversification for small businesses. Our Lean training programs even roll up under “Lean Diversification,” with the goal for course graduates to simplify processes using Lean tools and subsequently have the resources necessary for company diversification.

The recent inaugural Techweek Detroit conference featured Josh Linkner, four-time tech entrepreneur (including Founder and Former CEO/Chairman of ePrize, now Hello World), current CEO and managing partner of Detroit Venture Partners and a NY Time’s Bestselling Author. Linkner’s new book, “The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation” dives into the importance of not relying on prior successes as a future sustainability plan. Linkner refers to this as reinvention, Mac-OU INC calls it diversification. The same point remains of never settling and understanding that what might be working great now will need future improvements.

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Google Glass App Development Team Competition

The results are in! The Decision & Information Sciences Department of Oakland University’s School of Business Administration invited OU students to become Google Glassware app developers by identifying and developing concepts for game-changing technology in the Google Glass App Development Team Competition. Teams were challenged to identify a unique-to-Glass app idea and develop it to proof of concept using the Glass Development Kit following the competition guidelines. Phase I of the competition was judged based on the business plan, while Phase II involved the proof of concept.

Mac-OU INC team members were proud to contribute as competition judges. Congratulations to VizorTeam for their win of both phases!

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State of MI Renews Lean Green Belt Contract with Mac-OU INC for 2014

The State of Michigan has renewed its Lean Diversification Green Belt certificate program contract with the Macomb-OU INCubator for the 2014 calendar year. Endorsed by the Michigan Lean Consortium, the program is intended for business managers looking to develop excellence, nurture innovation, efficiently allocate resources and eliminate waste.

As an initiative of the State of Michigan’s Good Government Leadership Team, chaired by Lt. Governor Brian Calley, more than 50 State employees in 2013 were trained in Lean through the Macomb-OU INCubator’s Green Belt program. The goal for the employees is to bring Lean principles to their respective departments for immediate implementation.

“In Michigan, we recognize that our most valuable resource is our people. The public and private sectors are working together in unprecedented ways to reinvent our government,” Calley said. “Our vision is to establish the State of Michigan as a highly functioning organization that provides world-class service and enables prosperity for Michigan’s citizens and businesses.”

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Social Media Club Detroit EDU Podcasts

The Social Media Club Detroit (SMCD) has teamed up with Mac-OU INC once again for another year of exciting interactive monthly seminars for local small-business owners. This year, they are going back to basics with many introductory classes on topics such as YouTube, search engine optimization and LinkedIn. There’s even a “Blogging for Business 101″ seminar on May 20, in which we hope to gain new ideas to spruce up this relatively new blog!

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Buying or Selling a Business: A Checklist

Witzke Berry Carter & Wander has been a strong supporter of Mac-OU INC for quite some time now, and John Carter’s Lunch & Launches are always great informational vehicles for attendees. With John unable to present yesterday, Andy Goldberg stepped up to the plate, with positive feedback from all attendees. If you missed it, check out some additional information below, courtesy of John Carter. – Joan Carleton, Marketing & Communications Manager, Macomb-OU INCubator

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