A company that develops software for small businesses, government offices and Fortune 500 companies has moved into the Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center on Muskegon Lake, according to Grand Valley State University.
Corlnet LLC, based in Muskegon with an office in Grand Rapids, has signed a two-year lease with GVSU to occupy business incubator space at MAREC. Founder Hank Betten, 28, a Muskegon native, moved into MAREC on Nov. 1. He leads a team of six full-time employees.
Nearly two years old, Corlnet provides proprietary software products, managed services and custom software development to clients in locations including West Michigan, California, Texas and Florida.
Corlnet clients are in both the public and private sectors, education, health care, insurance, aerospace, transportation, and manufacturing, including furniture makers.
Betten said there are numerous software companies active in West Michigan, but Corlnet is one of the few owned locally and based in Muskegon.
“Our company includes software engineers, developers and architects who can build custom software for customer-specific needs, versus other types of companies that often adapt existing ‘one-size-fits-all’ products that may not serve a customer’s unique business process,” he said.
Betten said he has a personal commitment to Muskegon, which is one of the reasons he chose MAREC.
“My family has always been dedicated to the Muskegon community, which doesn’t get credit for its talented work force,” he said. “When I hired my team, all were very talented Muskegon residents looking for work. The talent is here. We’ve had a great year, and I see it continuing. I expect to double our staff to 12 employees in the coming year.”
Arn Boezaart, director of MAREC, noted that earlier this year, MAREC accepted another incubator tenant, LongerDays.com.
“As part of the Muskegon SmartZone, it’s important for us to support locally based technology startups, as well as energy-related businesses,” said Boezaart.
In addition to Corlnet and LongerDays, other MAREC business incubator tenants are Energy Partners, Logical Lighting Systems and McKenzie Bay International.
MAREC is an economic development initiative of the city of Muskegon in partnership with GVSU and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. It offers business startup and incubation opportunities for technology companies with emphasis on renewable energy, in partnership with the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center.