D2D Buyer Ready Business: Infinite Technologies LLC – Harold Lasenby, President and CEO

degc-detroit- growth-update_june_2016 D2D Buyer Ready Business- Infinite Technologies LLC  -  Harold Lasenby
Infinite Technologies LLC is a one-stop shop for technology needs in the Detroit community. The company’s three areas of focus include design/development of security surveillance systems, IT network/computer support and telephone system support. The 14-year-old business is led by President and CEO Harold Lasenby.

What is the history and background of Infinite Technologies?

Prior to founding Infinite Technologies I was involved in telecommunications for Ilitch Holdings Inc. and I noticed that there were not many smaller companies in the industry, and I wanted to change that. I launched Infinite Technologies to focus on supporting small- to medium-sized companies in a variety of technology facets. I wanted to provide technology counsel from conception to implementation to installation, taking our clients through that process in its entirety, and provide ongoing support going forward.

 

The company was founded with the belief that a highly skilled staff and strong leadership is the cornerstone of success. Infinite Technologies believes when technology is applied effectively, and with the customer’s business in mind, it helps the customer worry less about the solutions and more about their core business.

 

What are some of Infinite Technologies notable clients?

We work with a lot of health care organizations including DMC and Arcadia Healthcare. We also work with Charles H. Wright Museum and Covenant House of Michigan.

 

In 2007, we worked on Second Ebenezer Church $25M facility and were instrumental in designing, creating and supporting the church’s security systems, computer network/support and telephone services.

 

The services we provide to each client vary. Sometimes it’s a combination of our offerings and other times it is one isolated service. In most cases the uniqueness of what we do is that we’re an all-in-one service provider.

 

What is Infinite Technologies culture?

Although we’re smaller we’ve always been heavy into experience and many of our employees have 15 to 25 years’ industry experience. We value working with smaller companies; our expertise makes Infinite Technologies uniquely qualified

 

We work hard and go above and beyond for our clients, including 24/7 support. My staff prides itself on being diligent and customer-focused.

 

In fact, a majority of the Infinite Technologies staff are Detroiters, and many are veterans. We’ll continue to hire Detroiters and veterans and be an important resource here in the city.

 

Why did Infinite Technologies select Detroit as its headquarters?

I was born and raised here; I’m a product of Detroit public schools. I attended Michigan State University and I’ve worked in Detroit for over two decades. I wanted to build a company here in the city and support Detroit through thick and thin. As a Detroiter I’m delighted to have a business here and I also want to help other small Detroit-based companies.

 

What companies have you collaborated with in Detroit?

I’m affiliated with the Goldman Sachs 10000 Small Business, Detroit, so I have the opportunity to collaborate with many Detroit business. Infinite Technologies works with many community-based companies as well as larger commercial companies here in the city. We’re also a part of the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council which provides a lot of opportunities as well. Lastly, we’re a part of D2D, which does a phenomenal job connecting Detroit businesses with one another.

 

What are the benefits of connecting with other Detroit businesses?

As a longstanding Detroit business it’s very fulfilling to grow with other companies and help each other out. It’s been an amazing experience to be a part of Detroit’s comeback alongside my mentors like SEEL, LLC and other local companies. We’re been an integral part of the city’s success when we (Detroit businesses) work together.

 

 

 

Brian Watkins

D2D Program Manager

Manufacturing Day brings students into factories for a look around

 

Students from Detroit Randolph Career and Technical H.S. at the Henry Ford College  M-TEC Center
Students from Detroit Randolph Career and Technical H.S. at the Henry Ford College M-TEC Center

Manufacturing companies throughout the U.S. have unfilled jobs for skilled workers, and Manufacturing Day aims to tell that story to students and parents by opening up factories for a one-day visit. In Wayne County there were an approximate 820 students that visited 13 locations. DEGC’s business development staff played a significant role in partnering with local organizations and companies to organize the participation for nearly 650 of the students.

By 2025, nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will become available across the U.S., but 2 million may be left unfilled if the skilled labor shortage goes unchecked. Manufacturing Day helps build awareness of modern manufacturing, its rewarding careers and its role as an economic driver, among young people and the larger community.

Manufacturers in Metro Detroit, supported by the U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council, hosted government officials, business and community leaders, and 30 schoolchildren for a Manufacturing Day kickoff event at the Michigan Science Center. Throughout the day local manufacturers and training facilities welcomed middle and high school students at their sites to see firsthand the safe, high-tech and innovative work environments awaiting those who pursue manufacturing careers.

Among the participating organizations were the Ford Dearborn Plant, Magna Seating, Detroit Diesel, Detroit Chassis, DEGC, Detroit Manufacturing Systems, Focus: HOPE, General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant, Michigan Science Center, New Center Stamping, Shinola, Verndale Products, Plastic Omnium, Brose New Boston, Henry Ford M-Tec, Detroit Public Schools, SEMCA, Wayne RESA, and WIN – Workforce Intelligence Network.

Kenyetta Hairston Bridges
Business Development Manager

 

Tier One Supplier YFS Bringing Production and Research Facility to Detroit

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Outsourcing to Detroit is becoming more and more of a reality. Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC), working with the City of Detroit and Michigan Economic Development Corp., successfully facilitated a $1.3 million Michigan Strategic Fund Business Development Program performance-based grant to YFS Automotive Systems, a Chinese-based automotive supplier with U.S. headquarters in Gallatin, Tenn. The company expects to invest a total of $26.9 million in Detroit at a site that will be announced at a later date. 

YFS is planning to construct a 150,000 sq. ft. facility to design, test, and manufacture automotive fuel system components. It is expected to employ 50 people when it opens, and up to 160 at full capacity. The site will have room for a proposed 100,000 sq. ft. future expansion. YSF hopes to start production by July 2017.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said, “This is an important step for YFS and Detroit. Manufacturing investments can provide good opportunities for Detroiters, and Detroit has great potential for attracting more investments and creating even more jobs in the future.”

Rodrick T. Miller, CEO of DEGC said, “This significant investment by a Chinese manufacturer underscores Detroit’s global advantage as a hub of automotive research, design, and assembly.”

In addition to the support from Michigan Strategic Fund, YFS also expects to apply for a tax abatement from the Detroit City Council. It is also requesting assistance from Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC) to help it develop its workforce.

Tracie Tillinger
Business Development Manager

Family Fair Food Center Shines for its Customers

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Suhel Kizi is always looking for ways to improve the shopping experience for customers at his Family Fair Food Center in Lafayette Park, so when he heard about the Green Grocer Façade Improvement Program from DEGC’s Olga Stella at a Chaldean Chamber of Commerce meeting, he was intrigued. Several years after their meeting, the Family Fair Food Center shines inside and out.

The DEGC Green Grocer Project Façade Improvement Program enables Detroit grocery store owners or tenants to enhance the visual appearance of their stores – and improve the grocery sector overall in the city of Detroit – by offering 50/50 matching grants. The Program also provides matching grants for building and parking lot improvements.

“Today we have windows where cement walls used to be. All of the exterior signage in new, including a tall sign at the corner of our new parking lot,” Kizi said.

The 27,000-sq-ft interior selling space of the full-service grocery store was completely renovated, including new freezers, lighting, aisle markers, signage and shelving.

Kizi also operates Harbortown Market on East Jefferson, Azteca Supermercado on Central, and Holly Foods in Holly. The Harbortown Market also received a grant from the façade program.

“It’s a great program that does a good job to help people improve the grocery stores in Detroit,” Kizi said.

Mimi Pledl
Program Manager, Green Grocer Project

D2D Buyer Ready Business: All Inclusive Security & Investigation – Al Coleman, CEO

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All Inclusive Security & Investigation provides a wide variety of security solutions including armed and unarmed security guards; alarm and camera equipment; process services for legal matters; and investigative services. All Inclusive also provides classes in domestic violence anger management and misdemeanor morality. CEO Afford A. Coleman founded All Inclusive eight years ago, fulfilling his dream as a veteran and former law enforcement officer to form a company to assist people and provide safety solutions.

All Inclusive Security & Investigation was recently awarded both a Detroit small business certificate and a minority business certificate from the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. Its other certifications include the Michigan Department of Transportation business enterprise certificate and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs small business certificate.

Who are some of your clients?
Our clients include The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Midtown Detroit Inc., Motown Montessori School, several churches in the city, A&M Machining LLC, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Midtown’s Urban Partnership Bank and Roncelli Construction Inc. Our clientele is city-wide, ranging from Detroit’s east side to its west side.

How do you want your company to impact Detroit in the long term?
We want to be involved in the economic growth of the City by providing a safe environment for local businesses, their patrons and residents.

In the future, I envision All Inclusive Security & Investigation expanding by providing services to more diverse group of businesses. Eventually we want to be a household name.

Lastly, we’d like to expand our workforce as the business grows. My goal is to hire veterans because I know what great dependable, hard-working people they are.

What is the All Inclusive Security & Investigation culture all about?
Our team consists of about 20 people who take security and safety very seriously. Personally, as a retired police detective I have the “protect and serve” mindset to provide service to people who need it.

What companies have you collaborated with in Detroit as suppliers?
All Inclusive Security & Investigation collaborates with and gets uniforms and equipment from Enterprise Uniform Company on E. Grand Boulevard and Sherwood Forest Art Gallery on Livernois Ave for signage and framing. Small Business Association (SBA), Michigan Minority Contractors Association (MMCA)

As well as Detroit Economic Growth (D2D) for the opportunity to network with Developers and Contractors for upcoming projects in the City of Detroit.

When you can connect with another Detroit businesses, what benefits does that bring?
Collaboration with other companies provides a win-win environment for not only the businesses but the community as well by contributing to overall economic growth of the City of Detroit.

Brian Watkins
D2D Program Manager