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01 Jan


Michael Zimmerman, Principal, Yeo & Yeo, CPAs & Business Consultants

January 1, 2010 | By |

cpa_titleMichael Zimmerman is a Principal at Yeo & Yeo, CPAs & Business Consultants, in Midland.  He leads the firm’s Computer Accounting Solutions team and is a member of the Construction and Tax teams.  His expertise is in tax planning and preparation, management consulting for small businesses, and consulting for personal computer support services.  He has 23 years of public accounting experience.

Mr. Zimmerman is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Michigan Association of CPAs, and the Home Builders Association of Midland, and serves as a board member for the Northeastern Michigan Estate Planning Council.  He has conducted seminars on income taxes and small business accounting software.

He serves the Midland community as president of the Literacy Council of Midland County, a member of the Leadership Midland Alumni Association, and past president of the Midland Jaycees.

Mike Zimmerman has spoken at August ‘09 Incuba8 Business Setup Conference and will be speaking in the upcoming Incuba8 Business Setup Conference on January 22-23, 2009. Register Now! 

Presentation: Accounting Setup for Startups

Most operators of a new and growing business have a flair for the environment in which the business operates. They may be a great salesperson, an outstanding mechanic, carpenter, lawyer, or inventor. Unfortunately most people don’t like to keep the books. As an owner of a business you must remember that your company’s books and financial statements represent a score sheet which tells how you are progressing, as well as an early warning system which lets you know when and why the business may be going amiss. Financial statements and the underlying records will provide the basis for many decisions made by outsiders such as banks, landlords, potential investors, and trade creditors as well as taxing authorities and other governing bodies. The necessity for good, well-organized financial records cannot be over-emphasized. One of the greatest mistakes made by owners of small businesses is not keeping good financial records and making improper or poor business decisions based on inadequate information. An accounting or bookkeeping system is like any tool used in your business; it needs to be sophisticated enough to provide the information you need to run your business and simple enough for you to run it (or supervise the bookkeeper). We will guide you through the basics and also share information on accounting software that is easy to use for a new business.

01 Jan


Reed Shick, Ph.D Physical Chemistry, Intellectual Capital Strategist

January 1, 2010 | By |

Dr. Reed Shick is the Intellectual Capital Manager for Core Research and Development at The Dow Chemical Company. He is currently responsible to direct and implement protection strategies for intellectual capital including; patent planning and obtention, trade secrets, technology licensed in or out, publication strategy, trademark obtention and obtaining freedom to operate opinions. This includes directing researchers and attorneys to obtain patents on new technology, directing research to obtain patents, and completing competitive analysis. Dr. Shick has made several connections between different technologies in Dow and was a contributor to six Invention Disclosures in 2008.

Reed Shick received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Michigan.  During that time period Dr. Shick also co-founded the Midland Charter Initiative, a not-for-profit 501.c.3, which runs the Midland Academy of Advanced and Creative Studies. Dr. Shick has served in several community positions and is currently serving on the Ingersol Township Zoning Board of Appeals.  His specialties include intellectual capital management and protection strategies, liquid formulations, surface science, licensing, patent planning, trade secrets, and educational startups. Currently he is interested in pursuing expertise consulting opportunities, new business ventures, and scientific research.

Books Dr. Shick  recommends: Visioneering by Andy Stanley and Rembrandts in the Attic: Unlocking the Hidden Value of Patents by Kevin G. ivette

Presentation: Intellectual Primer for Entrepreneurs

Description: Do you have a product concept, but you are not sure how to protect your idea or even how to do a basic patent search? Dr. Shick will be shedding light on a confusing subject to most entrepreneurs, Intellectual Capital. Dr. Shick will be speaking on what IP is and some of the basic tools entrepreneurs can use to review their IP position, IP strategy, and make recommendations specific to the companies represented.

01 Jan


Karen Kimble, JD

January 1, 2010 | By |

Technology Law Logo LetteringKaren L. Kimble received her Masters in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois followed by her Juris Doctorate from Indiana University in 1980. She also holds a variety of professional memberships, including the AIPLA, USPTO, and the Michigan State Bar. A brief overview of Karen Kimble’s impressive resume includes 38 years of a broad range of IP experience, working knowledge of over 125 countries IP laws and patent uses.  Additionally, she has specific expertise in treaties relevant to intellectual property.  Karen has written numerous agreements, e.g., JDA, licensing agreements, complex collaborative research arrangements, due diligence for mergers and patent purchases, and “red herring” documents for the SEC.  She has also done research agreements, CDA/NDA and other related patent/technology agreements globally, agricultural patents and technology licensing. In addition she has done grant work resulting from NIH, DOD, DOE and small business development through State of Michigan initiatives. Currently she is the President of Technology Law, PLLC which specializes in technology licensing, patent drafting, patent prosecutions, and trademarks.

Karen Kimble spoke at the Aug ‘09 Incuba8 Business Setup Conference and will be speaking during the upcoming  Incuba8 Business Setup Conference on Jan 22-23, 2009. Register Now!

Presentation: Navigating Trademarks! What most entrepreneurs don’t know will kill their business!

Description: Karen will be discussing the key mistakes entrepreneurs make with regard to trade marks. It is never a good idea to create a product, slap a logo or custom label on your creation, and begin selling to the public. To many small companies have infringed on large company’s trade mark’s and have been taken to court and forced to cease operations, costing the operator precious time and money. Allow Karen Kimble to show you how to do basic trade mark searches and how to safely navigate your product into the marketplace without infringing on other trademarked material.

Navigating Trademarks! What Most Entrepreneurs Don’t Know will Kill their Business!

30 Jul


Gary Bellaver, Dow Technology & Licensing

July 30, 2009 | By |

Gary Bellaver received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University in 1986, and has worked for the Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan for 23 years.  His career started in day-to-day commercial scale manufacturing in Dow Pharmaceuticals, participating and leading production processes responsible for the active ingredients for some of the largest volume prescription drugs in history.  Over the course of 20 years spent in Dow Pharmaceuticals, his key job responsibilities evolved from production engineering, capital project management, leading scale up of developmental processes to full commercial scale, financial analysis and value proposition creation of new opportunities, to negotiations with new customers interested in Dow’s pharmaceutical manufacturing offerings.  Over the course of this time, he has accumulated a broad understanding of industrial chemical engineering, project and program management, financial and business analysis, and FDA / EPA regulatory principles.

In 2006, Gary transitioned into Dow’s Technology and Licensing business, and currently holds the title of Senior Leader, Dow Technology & Licensing.  In this role, he is responsible for Dow’s methodology for valuation of the Corporation’s Intellectual Property, valuation of specific licensing inquiries and projects, and constructing, presenting, and negotiating value propositions and license contracts with external clients.

Gary Bellaver spoke at the Aug ‘09 Incuba8 Business Setup Conference . Register Now!

Presentation: Out Licensing Your Technology

Description: This presentation will focus on the critical aspects of licensing as it pertains to a business. Basic concepts such as types of licenses, important terms and conditions, resources for creating and sustaining a license business, and valuation of licensed intellectual property will be discussed.