|Having trouble reading this newsletter? Click here to see it in your browser.|
UPCOMING EVENTS AT MAREC
More information and links to register for these events will be posted on our Events Calendar as soon as fully available.
All events are at MAREC unless noted.
October 5, 2012
October 6, 2012
October 10, 2012
October 17, 2012
October 24, 2012
November 12, 2012
November 14, 2012
See more events on our Events Calendar
Know anyone who might be interested in our newsletter? Click here to forward this email to up to 5 friends at once.
A Message from the Director
Arn Boezaart, Director
Active collaboration and noteworthy creativity come to mind as I reflect on MAREC staff efforts over the past few months. We are working with many partners, both public and private, to advance knowledge about new technologies and to leverage the value that MAREC and its resources can contribute to new business and economic development activity in the region.
LongerDays Joins MAREC Incubator
A company that provides U.S.-based virtual assistant services is the newest tenant at MAREC.
New Programs Promote Business Growth, Development
A series of new programs at MAREC will help energy and technology entrepreneurs to develop and grow in any stage of business ownership.
The Virtual Tenant Program is designed for individuals or groups of entrepreneurs who need business services, resources and meeting spaces, but are not ready for a dedicated office space. MAREC provides virtual tenants with access to meeting spaces, business development opportunities, support services and training programs. The first virtual tenants are McKenzie Bay
and Michigan PACE, two energy start-ups that previously were on-site tenants.
The Incubator Tenant Referral Program rewards individuals whose referrals result in a tenant incubator agreement. Rewards vary by space and length of agreement resulting from referral. The reward offer goes through December 31.
Joe Graczyk, incubator manager for MAREC and management professor in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley, notes these programs seek to connect with young, high-tech companies and energy initiatives throughout the Lakeshore region. “We offer a range of services to help businesses grow no matter what stage they are at,” he said.
Wind Research Buoy Tackles Mid-Lake Challenge
On May 7, the WindSentinel research buoy that is collecting data for GVSU’s Lake Michigan Offshore Wind Assessment Project was towed 37 miles offshore to an anchor site in Lake Michigan known as the mid-lake plateau. At that location it is gathering wind data, conducting bird and bat acoustic measurements and collecting water quality information for the full research season until mid-December.
Commenting on the data collection effort to date, Arn Boezaart, MAREC Director said, “Early results are very promising with consistent and significant wind conditions recorded by the WindSentinel."
MAREC Explores Flow Battery Technology
Entrepreneurs Benefit From Business Accelerator Fund (BAF)
Five West Michigan companies assisted by MAREC together have received more than $123,000 in business development assistance with a variety of new product or early stage business development activities thanks to the Business Accelerator Fund (BAF) program, an initiative of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center.
With MAREC assistance, grant recipients applied for funds for a variety of activities that illustrate the breadth of innovation coming from emerging Michigan companies. For example:
BioSolutions, LLC | Dirt Works, LLC | Sustainable Partners, LLC (SPART) | GeLo
Education & Outreach: MOCAP, SERC And More
The Muskegon-Oceana Community Action Partnership (MOCAP) is winding up its Sustainable Energy Resources for Consumers (SERC) grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE). The final phase includes the installation of 46 additional residential units (see box below). In addition a 16 kW PV system and a large solar water heating system were recently installed on West Michigan Therapy’s transitional living facility in Muskegon. This brings the total number of installations to 120 under the grant.
Keeping in touch
Check our online Events Calendar often; offerings are added regularly. We look forward to your participation!
Please forward this email to friends and colleagues; invite them to join our email list here.
Thank you for spreading the word about what we do!