Northwest Michigan Space Company Represents SBDCs in Washington D.C.

February 12, 2020 - 4 minutes read

Washington D.C. – February 12, 2020 – ATLAS Space Operations was selected to represent the work of America’s Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) at the Fifth Annual Client Showcase Reception on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. on February 11, 2020. Nominated by the Michigan Small Business Development Center (Michigan SBDC), ATLAS Space Operations is one of ten businesses selected from across the nation to be a guest at the annual, invite-only reception.

ATLAS Space Operations and Congressman Jack Bergman

ATLAS Space Operations with Congressman Jack Bergman at the February 11 client showcase in Washington D.C. From left to right: Mike Carey, Norman Lee, Congressman Jack Bergman, Sean McDaniel and Mike Rendine (photo provided by Michigan SBDC).

Based in Traverse City, ATLAS Space Operations empowers global access to space through Freedom™, a simple solution for processing and analyzing data from space, utilizing a global antenna network powered by a revolutionary cloud-based software. The company recently announced a $5 million investment round led by Farmington Hills-based Beringea LLC.

As satellite usage grows, the latest investment round will allow ATLAS to grow its Freedom™ software platform, virtualizing and automating access to hundreds of ground nodes on a global scale. ATLAS attributes its growth in part to its work with the Michigan SBDC Technology Team.

“The Michigan SBDC helped us evolve from a young startup with leaders who were wearing many hats to operating more like a mature company. We now have a strategic plan, we collaborate as a team, and execute in an environment where we celebrate our wins and learn from our mistakes,” said ATLAS Chief Strategy Officer, Mike Carey. “Our culture allows us to be client-centric, nimble, and innovative.”

ATLAS’s forward-thinking communications solutions are transforming the space industry by making ground communication more simple, affordable and scalable than ever before. Throughout the last year, the company has supported numerous client space missions including those of BlackSky Global and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

“ATLAS is proof that innovation from small businesses is strong in Michigan,” said J.D. Collins, Michigan SBDC State Director. “The agility and ingenuity that Atlas embraces allows them to create and deploy products faster than their competitors.”

ATLAS Space Operations has also been able to collaborate with the U.S. military to develop communication products. The space operations company has also expanded its land footprint to 13 ground station sites.

“It is an honor to be chosen as a key exemplar of the Michigan SBDC,” Carey states. “We’ve done hard work at ATLAS and are growing at an amazing rate, so we’re excited to receive this recognition.”

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About the Michigan SBDC: The Michigan Small Business Development Center (Michigan SBDC) provides consulting, business education, market research and technology commercialization to new and existing businesses throughout Michigan’s 83 counties. Michigan SBDC services are available through the support of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). Entrepreneurs and small business owners may access the services of their nearest Michigan SBDC by visiting