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Four Functions Every Business Needs for Long-Term Growth

By Pavan Muzumdar | Automation Alley | 1/10/2018

No matter what kind of company you run, be it a pizza shop, accounting firm, shoe shop, or manufacturing company, there are four major functions every business must strengthen: Marketing, Sales, Operations and Finance. Organizing a company in this way is particularly important for leaders facing the disruption of Industry 4.0. If functional teams work well together, then the company as a whole will be able to much better understand needs, pricing preferences, product and service configurations, and capital requirements to deliver the highest value to its customers.

Don’t Wait Until New Year’s Eve for Your Financial Resolutions!

By Maryann Daddow | Automation Alley | 11/29/2017

As the end of the calendar year approaches, many businesses, partnerships as well as individuals, with fiscal years ending on Dec. 31, have an opportunity to plan for their year-end financials and affect their bottom line. A little time spent now can make for a much less stressful and more productive start to the new fiscal year. Here are a few steps you should consider before the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31.

Why business assessments can be a game changer for your company

By Eric Davis | Automation Alley | 9/27/2017

Believe it or not, as a high school football coach, I see the same issues regarding communication and accountability arise on the football field as I do at most businesses. Sometimes an outsider’s perspective can yield a world on constructive feedback. Instilling effective change may seem like an impossible task at first, but business assessment and third party validation can make it achievable.

10 Qualities to Look for In a Marketing Agency

By Brad Shorr | Straight North | 9/6/2017

Selecting a marketing agency is a big decision, and often a quite perplexing one, especially for tech startups. To make an informed decision and greatly improve the likelihood of successful marketing, look closely at these 10 agency attributes.

Five Questions an Elevator Pitch Must Answer

By Eric Davis | Automation Alley | 4/26/2017

Perfecting your elevator pitch comes down to knowing your customers, market and competition, says Eric Davis, Automation Alley’s technology investment analyst. In this blog post, Eric breaks down the five questions your elevator pitch must answer so that your message is clear to investors.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation shares how the First Capital Fund will develop, retain and attract tech companies with high-growth potential to Michigan.

Watch: Dom Holmes, Automation Alley’s manager of entrepreneurship and innovation discusses why the 7Cs™ program might be the right fit for your startup.

Automation Alley 7Cs™ client Vanderplaats discusses how the program has benefited their company.

3 reasons startups should target customers before capital

By Tom Kelly | Automation Alley | 9/14/2016

Automation Alley’s Executive Director Tom Kelly is an expert when it comes to helping startup companies transform their ideas into commercialized, marketable technologies and services. In this blog post, Kelly discusses why it’s so important for entrepreneurs to study their customers and prove their ideas in the marketplace before they seek funding.

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