January 2013

New MBIA Partner

Turnstone has just become a member in the MBIA Partner Program! We welcome them to the team and look forward to working together.


NBIA's 27th International Conference on Business Incubation

April 7-10, 2013
Join the more than 500 business incubator managers and economic development professionals from around the globe who will gather to explore strategies for entrepreneur support at NBIA’s 27th International Conference on Business Incubation. The conference is the industry’s premier event for making connections and gaining tools you need to provide unparalleled client assistance. The early-bird deadline is Feb 15th. http://www.nbia.org/events/conf2013/index.php

M-Powered Startup Weekend

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.
Friday, February 1, 6:30 p.m.-Sunday, February 3, 9 p.m.
Location TBD, Ann Arbor

Southwest Michigan Innovation Center Launches New Lab to Support Startups

Launch MI Lab, a fully equipped and staffed bioscience laboratory to help startups get off the ground, was unveiled Nov. 13 at the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center in Kalamazoo.

The lab offers more than 2,300 square feet of secure wet lab space, access to sophisticated scientific equipment, and an array of analytical services. Each client has personal bench space and a work station with high-speed Internet access and VOIP telephone service, and use of conference and café facilities, with availability of mass spectrometry systems, centrifuges, autoclaves, flow cytometry, microscopes and many other tools. Lab staff provides connections to experts, maintains equipment and trains clients on use.

“Among the challenges startups face are access to affordable lab space and equipment, and access to affordable, quality analytical services,” said Greg Cavey, manager of Launch MI Lab. “Launch MI Lab and the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center are designed to help entrepreneurs tackle both issues.”

Cavey recognized SBTDC for assistance with developing Launch MI Lab’s business plan, rates and business infrastructure. For more on Launch MI Lab, go to http://www.launchmilab.com.

Required Reading List for Entrepreneurs-- 2013

Sandra Cochrane

At the end of 2011 I wrote an article in which I listed the ten books I think every entrepreneur should
read. During the past two years, lots of new books have been published, and I got around to reading
some older books. Three of my old favorites have been replaced by newer selections, and I’d like to
share them with you. So, here is the updated list of my favorite books and why I like them so much.

ACE'13 - Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship

ACE'13 begins January 31st!

Join our forward-thinking community of entrepreneurs, innovators and business leaders from around the Great Lakes region to network, learn and connect. 

Entrepreneurs - Display Table and Pitch Competition Registration
Register now for a display table and a chance to be selected for the ACE’13 Elevator Pitch Competition, a fast-paced program with six entrepreneurs presenting three-minute pitches to win awards and services.  You must be registered for an entrepreneur display table to be considered for the Pitch Competition. ACE’13 showcases ventures that are technology oriented, web based or intellectual property centric and looking for investment.
      Thursday, January 17, exhibit table registration deadline

Attend ACE’13 and hear leading experts, watch the elevator pitch and to take advantage of The Consultants' Corridor.  Consultants' Corridor will have more than 130 sessions open to entrepreneurs on a first-come, first-served basis for 20-minute, one-on-one sessions on sales, marketing, funding, intellectual property, business startup, entrepreneurship and more.  We are expecting over 1,000 in attendance.  You won't want to miss this event.
      Thursday, January 31, 2-8 p.m.
      Burton Manor Conference Center, Livonia
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