MAREC incubator tenant increases revenue, adds jobs

Date: March 13, 2013

Story originally published on GVNow, March 11th.

LongerDays.com offices at MAREC
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A company that provides virtual assistant services has increased revenue by 112 percent since entering the business incubator program at Grand Valley State University’s Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center in 2012.

LongerDays.com, which moved into MAREC last July with 12 full-time employees, added 10 more positions throughout the year and plans to add 10 more positions in 2013. The company also plans to expand office space at MAREC to accommodate up to 32 employees. The company provides American-based outsourcing services such as Web design, copy writing and administrative support to more than 100 clients worldwide, including companies in Montreal, South Africa, Alaska, U.K. and Costa Rica.

Chad Lawie, a Muskegon native who founded the company in 2010, said the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC), which is housed at Grand Valley, and MAREC staff members have worked closely with LongerDays.com to develop finance and business plans for the company. “Their assistance and advice has been invaluable over the last year, and their involvement with LongerDays.com has been instrumental to our continued success at MAREC,” he said.

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