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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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): An Overview

I am rather naïve in respect to technology. Most often, I find it easier to leave the issues to the IT experts in my professional setting and the young people in respect to my personal life. However, I was recently intrigued by the Macomb-OU INCubator Lunch and Launch entitled “BYOD (Bring Your Own Device): How Personal Devices Put Your Organization at Risk.” I did some juggling, attended the session and found it well worth the time. Kathy Ossian of Ossian Law and Bob Brietman of IT That Works presented the information which, even for me, was easy to understand and quite interesting. I felt a good deal of the education was worthy of passing along, particularly for those like me who may be somewhat uninformed in respect to technology!

BYOD is the practice of allowing employees and contractors to use personal devices, including smartphones, tablets, laptops and home computers, to conduct an organization’s business. The lack of control over business information accessed and stored on personal devices can lead to legal issues involving privacy, security and data retrieval. Whose responsibility is it to protect and secure a BYOD tablet? What happens to company data if a personal smartphone is lost or stolen? What privacy rights does an employee have in personal data stored on a BYOD laptop? Could an organization be sanctioned if a contractor deletes data from a personal laptop that falls within the scope of a request for documents arising from litigation? What happens when an employee using a BYOD device leaves the organization? Having both effective policies and technical solutions is key to managing the risks of BYOD.

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Karma, Clothing and Life Lessons

The old saying is true: when you give, you get. Some call it karma. I call it business. I’m the founder of World Clothes Line (WCL), an apparel company with a philanthropic mission. We match every item purchased with a new item for someone in need. You buy. We give. Together, we clothe the world.

Our buy-one give-one mission is a lot like karma. When customers make a purchase, they “give” by helping people in need and “get” comfortable stylish clothes for themselves. Then, the WCL team travels to impoverished corners of the globe to distribute new clothes. In three years of business, I’ve visited 15 countries and clothed thousands in need. Again, the “give and get” applies. As a social entrepreneur, I’ve helped people around the world and simultaneously learned some incredible life lessons. Let me share a few:

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