Ann Arbor, Michigan ( May 3, 2012) – In March, local technology start-up, T&T Technology LLC, journeyed to Ann Arbor to participate in a two-day, intensive business boot camp for entrepreneurs.
T&T owners, Bill & Kay Tislar, traveled with MTEC SmartZone CEO Marilyn Clark and another local entrepreneur, to MTEC SmartZone’s sister incubator in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to attend the Ann Arbor Spark Entrepreneur Boot Camp.
Spark’s Boot Camp is a two-day intensive training program where entrepreneurs and small business owners meet with experienced mentors, watch presentations, network with other entrepreneurs, and walk away with some basic tools needed to start businesses.
T&T Technology is the brainchild of Michigan Technological University alumnus Bill Tislar and former Michigan Tech employee, Kay Tislar. T&T develops software products and offers consulting services such as programming, software design, technical and software project management. Their first product, Euhedra, is a software program that helps crystallographers in the mineral field create and manipulate life-like models of complex mineral crystals.
During Boot Camp, the husband and wife business partners listened to fascinating and motivating presentations from seasoned entrepreneurs. The presenters were candid, describing not only successes but failures. Breakout sessions provided an opportunity for them to ask questions and obtain advice specific to T&T Technology. The highlight of the event for the Tislars was the “Shark Tank” where they and other entrepreneurs had the opportunity to pitch their ideas to real angel investors.
Kay said her favorite Boot Camp experience was a presentation by Roger Newton, co-discoverer of the drug Lipitor. “Rather than talk about pitches and tasks and the bottom line, he focused on the importance of taking care of yourself to avoid burnout and poor health. He also stressed the importance of building relationships with both customers and employees. ‘Be honorable,’ he said. I think that’s advice more people in business need to hear!” says Kay.
By the end of their Boot Camp experience, the entrepreneurial couple had identified their customers, created an executive summary and developed a concise elevator pitch.
Local entrepreneurs interested in SPARK’s Boot Camp are encouraged to contact MTEC SmartZone CEO Marilyn Clark at (906) 487–7000.
For more information about Boot Camp, visit: www.AnnArborUSA.org/bootcamp or call (734) 761-9317.