Clayton & McKervey again included on Inside Public Accounting’s list of 300 largest firms

Clayton & McKervey, an international certified public accounting and business advisory firm located in metro Detroit, is pleased to announce it has again landed on the list of the 300 largest public accounting firms in the nation as noted by Inside Public Accounting, a leading accounting trade publication.

“We are always pleased to be included on a list that represents firms who are in growth mode and expanding to meet the needs of their clients,” Rob Dutkiewicz, CPA, President of Clayton & McKervey, said.

With 75 staff members, Clayton & McKervey focuses on growth-driven, middle-market companies. Possessing an entrepreneurial mindset, many Clayton & McKervey clients compete in the global marketplace, whether they are based in the U.S. or abroad.

Now in its 27th year, the IPA 100 is a list of the 100 largest public accounting firms beginning with the Big 4 and including rankings and analysis of 96 national, regional and local firms, with the IPA No. 100 firm reporting net revenues of $37.2 million. IPA also lists firms from Nos. 101 to 300, with the No. 300 firm reporting revenues at $10 million. The rankings and accompanying analysis paint a comprehensive picture of the state of the profession.


About Inside Public Accounting
INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA), founded in 1987, is published by The Platt Group, which publishes both the INSIDE Public Accounting newsletter and the National Benchmarking Report, along with other key reports on the profession. Formerly known as Bowman’s Accounting Report, accounting leaders have turned to Inside Public Accounting since 1987 to advance their firms and achieve results. Learn more at http://insidepublicaccounting.com/.

About Clayton & McKervey
Clayton & McKervey is a full-service CPA firm helping middle-market entrepreneurial companies compete in the global marketplace. The firm is headquartered in metro Detroit and services clients throughout the world. To learn more, visit claytonmckervey.com.

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How Building Inclusive Community Fosters Innovation

By Amanda Lewan 
Co-founder & CEO, Bamboo Detroit

At Bamboo Detroit we started off just like anything else: an idea. The idea was simple, providing flexible workspace Downtown. We also started with a diverse team and open arms welcoming all to join us starting up in the city. Three years ago when we opened we were the first co-work space in Downtown Detroit. Now we’ve expanded into a brand new hub at 1420 Washington Blvd that inspires growth to 150 entrepreneurs of all ages, stages, and ethnicities.

What we learned most over the years is that focusing on an inclusive culture will foster innovation. An inclusive culture builds a stronger community. Bamboo Detroit

But, why is this? There are pages of data and research that shows us more diverse teams lead to innovation, and often more successful startup companies. Having a woman co-founder on your team or board can lead to an investor’s greater return on investment. If you want to build a product that reaches everyone, a diverse team helps you build a product for everyone with everyone. An inclusive culture makes sure you’re inviting and bringing top talent of all backgrounds.


Want to hear more from Bamboo Detroit? Be sure to register for the Detroit Policy Conference to talk to a Bamboo team member.


But how do you do it? What if you need technical talent? In an industry that’s suffering horribly at bringing in women and minorities in the workforce, how do you build a diverse team? Or what if you are limited on resources? Or what if you just don’t know that many people and need to open up your network? How do you build your own community or culture that drive inclusiveness?

Here are a few tips for building an inclusive culture that have worked for our Detroit co-working space, Bamboo Detroit.

Be Open to Others

Through many free or low-cost events, we’re always welcoming new people to our space and our city. We have to start with a welcoming environment first to inspire collaboration. New people coming in brings in new ideas, connections, and collaborations for our members too. Are your doors open? Are you inviting others in? Are you going to them? Sometimes this can be the first step to opening new connections. Just start with something simple, coffee and invitations.

Listen Before Creating

Take time to listen to your customer, to your coworker, to the people around you. When you’re entering any new or established community, recognize its strengths and opportunities. You do this by listening first. Listening leads to stronger collaboration and helps everyone to feel as if they are seen, heard, and included. This is how we started and this is our key pillar to community engagement and community building.

Support Each Other

One thing that makes Bamboo special is that we’re entrepreneurial led. We are entrepreneurs helping other entrepreneurs. We’re all in it together. Starting or growing a business is hard work. We recognize this and create a culture of peer-to-peer support that helps you out anytime you need it. From events, to resources, to random questions for the whole community – we’re in it together. This makes others feel comfortable to share their ups and downs. How do you foster a culture of support? We believe if you feel supported, and surrounded with other talent, you will be willing to take risks and innovate further.

Speaking of invitations, we invite you to see us at our new location 1420 Washington Blvd anytime and check out our upcoming events for business and creativity.

Bamboo Detroit is a promotional partner for the 2017 Detroit Policy Conference. Register for the Conference today.

Entrepreneur-YOU Venture Funding Awarded to Women-Owned Michigan Businesses

Nine local female entrepreneurs presented their business plans and business pitches to a panel of judges recently, vying for a portion of more than $50,000 in cash and services to winners of the third much-anticipated Entrepreneur-YOU Business Plan and Pitch Competition.

The competition was held at Walsh College, which is one of the collaborators behind Entrepreneur-YOU, along with the Michigan Women’s Foundation and Inforum Michigan, with support from Fifth Third Bank.

Competitors were grouped in two categories – Lifestyle and Growth. Participants were evaluated on 15 criteria. Following are the winners and the value of their awards:

Lifestyle
1st prize, Tatiana Grant, Flash Delivery, $13,900
2nd prize, Shannon Byrne, Slow Jams, $9,400
3rd prize, Yvette Rock, Live Coal Gallery LLC, $5,900

Growth
1st prize, Julie Hyde-Edwards, re-Contour Nipple Guard and Mastectomy Dressing, $13,900
2nd prize, Julie Andreae, Secure Beginnings’ Breathable Crib Mattresses, $9,400
3rd prize, Adrienne Minerick, Blood Typing Microdevice, $5,900

“We are ecstatic about the award,” says Tatiana Grant, Co-Owner of Flash Delivery with Ericka Billingslea, first-place winners in the Lifestyle category. Their prize money will be used for software updates, to expand the business and for branding and marketing. Flash Delivery is a restaurant and grocery delivery service based in Detroit. Grant resides in Farmington Hills.

The competition “was a great experience,” Grant says. “We are more confident in our company now. The prize is like a pat on the back for our work.”

Julie Hyde-Edwards, first-place winner in the Growth category, was inspired to create a medical device to help patients going through breast reconstruction after she experienced it herself. She shared a prototype of the dressing to her surgeon, who confirmed its medical solidity; Hyde-Edwards received a U.S. Patent in April and recently received confirmation of the product’s FDA classification.

“The goal is to help women heal more beautifully from breast cancer and launch a successful business in the process,” says the Royal Oak resident. “This award is an honor. It is validation of my business concept and a motivator to move ahead. I made some valuable connections as well.”

The prize is a “catalyst” for Hyde-Edwards to push forward with her business. She believes her business carries a message that oftentimes, solutions come from people in the trenches – in her case, patients. The award is validation to trust your gut and jump in to make your passion into a product that helps people, she notes.

The fourth annual Entrepreneur-YOU education conference is scheduled for Friday, March 20, 2015 at the Walsh College Troy Campus. Visit www.thewalshinstitute.com/eyou for more information.

Entrepreneur-YOU is a program of women helping women launch and grow businesses through the collaborative efforts of its sponsors, Michigan Women’s Foundation, Inforum Michigan and Walsh College, with support from Fifth Third Bank. In-kind sponsors include Accounting: Baker Tilly, Deloitte, and Rehmann; PR and Marketing: Brogan & Partners, Eisbrenner Public Relations, Tanner Friedman and Your People, and Legal: Jaffe, Stobl Sharp, Tifani Sadek and Butzel Long.

Walsh College
Founded in 1922, Walsh College is a private, not for profit institution offering upper-division undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees and certificate programs.

One of Southeast Michigan’s largest business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online. Walsh’s business services division offers the Walsh Institute, which provides solutions for businesses through training, continuing education, and consulting.

Walsh is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org; phone: 312-263-0456). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.

Michigan Women’s Foundation
Michigan Women’s Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that is committed to creating positive change for Michigan’s women and girls. As a statewide foundation, MWF seeks to transform Michigan to achieve equality and empowerment for its women and girls. We do this by raising funds to support and collaborate with individuals and organizations to address and eliminate barriers to economic and social equality for Michigan women and girls. In over 25 years, we have awarded more than $3.2 million to more than 500 programs and organizations working to advance equality, remove barriers and improve lives. We value community, results, accountability and above all – equity. Learn more at www.miwf.org.

Inforum Michigan
Founded in 1962, Inforum is the only professional organization in Michigan – and one of a few in the country – that combines strategic connections, proven professional development programs, a respected forum for new ideas, and original research to accelerate careers for women and boost talent initiatives for companies. Inforum Center for Leadership (ICL) is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit education and research arm of Inforum. ICL programs serve a broad range of women in different stages and types of careers – from nonprofit professionals, to emerging and rising corporate leaders, tech entrepreneurs, Veterans and corporate board leaders. Inforum Center for Leadership also conducts and publishes original research on women’s leadership influence, including the Michigan Women’s Leadership Index. Inforum has offices in Detroit and Grand Rapids with operations in Saginaw, Lansing and Kalamazoo. Visit inforummichigan.org

MEDIA INQUIRY:
Lynne Golodner, Your People, 248-376-0406, lynne@yourppl.com

Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione Offers New Edition of Primer on the ABCs of IP Law

ANN ARBOR – June 5, 2013 – Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., announces the publication of the third edition of its intellectual property law primer, The Basic Principles of Intellectual Property Law. The primer was originally published in 2006 and has since been updated to reflect recent court decisions and changes in intellectual property as a result of the America Invents Act of 2011 (“Patent Reform”).

The principal author of The Basic Principles of Intellectual Property Law is Steven L. Oberholtzer, managing partner of the Ann Arbor office of Brinks and a member of the firm’s board of directors.

Oberholtzer focuses his practice on patent and trademark counseling, corporate intellectual property policy development and administration, technology licensing, joint development and joint venture relationship agreements. He has extensive experience and expertise in the intellectual property legal issues of the automotive industry and a lifelong interest in the industry and its products. Oberholtzer has acted as primary outside counsel for a number of Tier 1 and lower Tier suppliers and these engagements included worldwide responsibility for all intellectual property issues. He has significant experience in technology areas including medical devices, lasers, fiber optics, optical devices and heavy industrial equipment. In addition, he has acted as trial counsel in a number of patent infringement litigation cases.

“Intellectual property issues have always been important in the business world, but perhaps never more so than they are today,” said Oberholtzer. “Virtually everyone in the commercial world interacts with intellectual property issues, but is seldom aware of such matters. In fact, individuals encounter at least 1,500 trademarks daily and up to 30,000 in the supermarket.”

While IP law can be complex, The Basic Principles of Intellectual Property Law primer provides general information within the four categories of intellectual property law: patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets. Also covered in the primer are contract law and intellectual property protection and defense because, while intellectual property is considered intangible, it is still property in the truest sense and thus gives rise to legal rights, duties and consequences.

“Information in the primer will provide readers the ability to identify intellectual property assets and undertake protective measures,” explains Oberholtzer. “A lack of understanding in the arena of intellectual property has proven costly to numerous individuals and companies.”

In addition to Oberholtzer, contributing authors of the primer include the following attorneys from Brinks’ Michigan offices: William R. Boudreaux, Kelly K. Burris, Robert K. Fergan, Eric J. Sosenko and Michael N. Spink. Authors from other offices include Jennifer L. Fox, William H. Frankel, Mary M. Squyres and Katherine L. Tabor.

The Basic Principles of Intellectual Property Law is available at no charge by visiting the Brinks website.

Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione
Brinks has more than 160 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents who specialize in intellectual property, making it one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them identify, protect, manage and enforce their intellectual property. Brinks lawyers provide expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. The Brinks team includes lawyers with advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. Brinks has offices in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, N.C., Salt Lake City and Indianapolis. More information is available at www.usebrinks.com.

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Brinks New IP Tool Kit Now Available for Start-Ups, Entrepreneurs and Established Companies

ANN ARBOR –February 25, 2013 – Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., announces the availability of its new “IP Tool Kit,” a resource binder of information for dealing with routine intellectual property legal matters including IP agreements, IP policies and procedures for companies, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and IP for information technology and social media. The IP Tool Kit project was overseen by Steven L. Oberholtzer, Managing Partner of Brinks’ Ann Arbor office and a member of the firm’s Board of Directors. He is also the author of the firm’s IP primer, an introduction to the basics of intellectual property law, now in its third printing.

“Intellectual property issues arise regularly in business. Unfortunately, if intellectual property matters are not addressed properly, a permanent loss of property rights can result,” explained Oberholtzer. “Steps can be taken early to avoid pitfalls and provide maximum protection for these assets. While IP legal counsel can assist at an early stage, we understand that it is not always practical to engage them at every stage. The Brinks IP Tool Kit is a resource for reference and information purposes to help young companies and even established ones identify and address important IP issues early.”

The Brinks IP Tool Kit is geared to entrepreneurs and start-ups. In addition, small companies and large companies that have an infrastructure for handling intellectual property matters will find this new resource helpful. To learn more about obtaining a Brinks IP Tool Kit, please contact Alison Rifkin toll free at 866-222-0112.

Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione has been servicing the needs of entrepreneurs and companies with their intellectual property legal needs since 1917. It is the largest firm in the Midwest dedicated exclusively to patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, related agreements and litigation.

Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione
Brinks has more than 160 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents who specialize in intellectual property, making it one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them identify, protect, manage and enforce their intellectual property. Brinks lawyers provide expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. The Brinks team includes lawyers with bachelors and advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. Brinks has offices in Ann Arbor, Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Research Triangle Park, Salt Lake City, and Washington, D.C. More information is available at www.usebrinks.com.
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New Year, New Way To Buy CardStar Application makes buying local easier than ever

Royal Oak, MI – Need one more reason to celebrate 2013? Make this year’s resolution the most attainable one yet by downloading the BuyMichLocal mobile phone application on CardStar. Save money and time while supporting local businesses to foster a successful and celebratory new year.

“This loyalty app is a tremendous value to our clients and it allows us to add a mobile layer to our marketing packages,” said Michael Sacha, Founder of BuyMichLocal.com, a new search engine specifically for Michigan-based businesses.

BuyMichLocal.com recently joined CardStar, a free mobile phone application that electronically holds all loyalty card programs. Instead of carrying around multiple physical cards, CardStar allows consumers to put all of their cards into one virtual place. According to the Nielson Social Media Report of 2012, mobile application use grew by 85% since 2011. BuyMichLocal.com has now joined that growing force, making it even easier to buy with Michigan in mind.

Made a New Year’s resolution to save more money? Done. One component of the BuyMichLocal mobile app includes the Daily Deals, electronic coupons for Michigan-based businesses. Consumers can now buy and use their Daily Deals through BuyMichLocal.com right from their mobile devices.

“Many mom and pop shops will never have a mobile app of their own,” says Sacha, “the BuyMichLocal Loyalty App through Cardstar makes it easier for small business owners to feature their products on a competitive platform.”

Looking for one resolution to keep this year? Make it your mission for 2013 to support the local Michigan economy and promote growth in small businesses. BuyMichLocal.com makes this New Year’s resolution possible by allowing you to search, find and utilize the businesses around you right from your mobile devices.

Detroit Regional Chamber Partnering with ICIC to Help Urban Businesses Seeking Access to Growth Capital

DETROIT, September 11, 2012 – Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber along with partner the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) announced the open call for applications for the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) program, which educates investment-ready urban companies about sources of growth capital and matches them with potential investors. The eighth annual ICCC capital training workshop will be held in Detroit on Wednesday, October 24th and will include educational sessions about different forms of capital, including angel investments, venture capital, bank, lines of credit and factoring.

Entrepreneurs will receive mentoring from both debt and equity providers on how to effectively communicate with capital providers. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Bank of America, FORTUNE, Ally, Fifth Third Bank, Quicken and John Hancock are also supporters and partners for this year’s ICCC training seminar. ICCC is free for companies that qualify for the program.

The deadline for applications is October 5, 2012. Eligible companies must be: headquartered in or have 51% or more of a physical operations presence in an economically distressed urban area; and be a for-profit corporation, partnership or proprietorship with revenues of more than $2 million in 2011 or have 40% of their employees located in an economically distressed urban area. More than 1,500 companies were nominated for last year’s ICCC program, with 171 accepted from various industries including technology, business services and manufacturing. This year, ICCC hopes to select 180 investment-ready companies for participation.

Since the launch of the ICCC program in 2005, approximately 370 inner city companies and 150 equity providers have been selected to participate. Participating companies have raised more than $406 million in capital – 90% of which was raised within two years of participation. In addition, ICCC companies have created or helped to create 2,790 jobs and on average hire 38% of their workforce from within the inner city. Companies may apply for the program online.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber
With over 20,000 members and affiliates, that employ over three quarters of a million workers, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the largest chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission is carried out through business attraction efforts, advocacy, strategic partnerships and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit detroitchamber.com.

About the ICIC
The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City is a nonprofit research and strategy organization and the leading authority on U.S. inner city economies and the businesses that thrive there. Founded in 1994 by Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter, ICIC expands inner city economies by providing businesses, governments and investors with the most comprehensive and actionable information in the field about urban market opportunities. ICIC’s unique knowledge and expertise about inner city success factors and thriving companies is developed from specialized urban networks and path-breaking research. www.icic.org

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