Summer 2016

Welcome to the premiere issue of Venture Michigan Magazine. The team that brought you X-OLOGY Magazine is proud to introduce a new publication that delivers even more about Michigan businesses and lifestyle. 

With a stronger print and digital presence, Venture Michigan presents the people, companies, technologies and ideas that make our state and region a major player on the world’s business stage. We’re also focusing on the Michigan startups and venture capitalists who are changing the face of business in the state. 

Plus, Venture Michigan explores education initiatives, recruitment trends and personal profiles of those making news in the business world. 

This issue takes a close look at cybersecurity, with writer Mike Brennan covering all the bases — from automotive-related cyber risks and those involving the Internet of Things to ransomware and more. Mike’s knowledge of the region’s cyber community ensures an abundance of need-to-know information for the business world as well as for personal security.

On that same topic, our business profile features Secure-24, a leading global provider of managed cloud services, IT operations and applications hosting. The company cautions every business to be prepared for some type of data breach by having the right preventive services in place. “Something is going to happen,” warns Secure-24 Chief Security Officer Brian Herr, so preparation is key. 

On a lighter note, we’re featuring topics that showcase the many attributes that make Michigan an ideal place to live and play. In this issue, for example, our Weekend travel article presents some of the state’s unique wineries that might inspire you to explore this robust wine country. 

If wine isn’t your thing, but fishing is, our Weekend lifestyle article highlights many of the lakes and streams throughout the region where the fish are sure to be biting now and well into fall. 

Finally, Michigan writer Mike Brogan, our resident book reviewer, shares his thoughts on Keep Calm, a new suspense thriller by Michigan native Mike Binder. The book, which involves a bomb, a setup and Great Britain’s political system, foretells of the country’s decision to cut ties with the European Union.

We look forward to hearing your feedback about Venture Michigan Magazine. Let us know if we’re covering the stories you want to read. Simply email at:

– The Venture Michigan Team