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Grand Angels
Committed to improving the economy of Western Michigan, the Grand Angels supports fledgling and growing companies by using its intellectual, financial, and network resources to facilitate their development. Grand Angels is a group of private investors and experienced entrepreneurs whose investments in diverse enterprises help in creating jobs and business opportunities in the region. Aside from financing companies, its team of skilled professionals guides its entrepreneurs in corporate decisions, market evaluation, and profit-generating strategies. This way, the group's investments will not only help Grand Angels in funding more innovative ideas but also contribute in the state's booming economy.

Grand Angels believes in creating "investments with a difference" by providing management counseling and coaching sessions to local start-ups particularly on profit-generating measures and exit strategy. Investments need not to be given back within a period of time as members of the group are reasonably patient in developing the potential of each business in its own growth frame.

Potential investments are early-stage companies and growing ventures in Western Michigan particularly on Ottawa, Muskegon, and Kent counties. Entrepreneurs should have an experience in the service or product market that their companies are focusing on. In addition, Grand Angels requires a strong management team and efficient business and marketing plans to serve as the backbone of the business. Typical seed investment ranges from $250,000 up to $2 million depending on the qualifications met by the start-up company. Interested entrepreneurs are requested to submit their executive summaries online using the form available on the group's website.

Grand Angels is comprised of 30 accredited investors who actively participate in the selection process, due diligence, and deal closings. In terms of investment, members allocate their funds individually, giving them more freedom in choosing the businesses they want to focus on and lessening the risk of losing capital. Despite the selective investment, management decisions and operational matters are resolved as a group. Grand Angels' expanding network of angel groups, VC firms, and organizations within Western Michigan is also shared by its members as they gain access to these groups' facilities and resources.

The operations are made possible through the annual membership dues, sponsorships from public and private firms, and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) grant. In addition, Grand Angels is a member of the Angel Capital Association, the foremost alliance of angel groups in North America.

So far, the group had already invested in six companies from different industries: from pharmaceuticals and RFIDs to technology-based enterprises. Its portfolio companies include ProNAi, RF IDentics, Mock Draft Central, Green Daisy, Accuri Cytometers, and Salamander Technologies.

Grand Angels Website

The Grand Angels website is an excellent reference for entrepreneurs and investors in Michigan who are looking for an angel group to support their goals. The articles on the site are all-encompassing -- from the group's background, mission, scope of investment, entrepreneurial qualifications, focus industries, screening process, membership benefits and requirements, and sponsors -- everything is substantially covered. Potential investees are given a clear rundown of investment criteria before their business plans get considered. Conversely, investors who plan to be part of the group are also provided with an overview of the duties and perks as a Grand Angels member.

The site includes useful links to different resources such as angel organizations, firms, support groups, and companies in the region. In addition, latest business news and upcoming events are also listed for browsers who are interested to read related articles. To learn more about its investment priorities, the site provides a list of Grand Angels' portfolio companies and links to each of their websites. Office address, phone and fax numbers, and email address are available on the Contact Us page for feedback and inquiries.

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