Billhighway Named a National Best of SaaS Showplace Award Winner: Troy-based   Billhighway, foremost provider of cloud-based accounting solutions for nonprofit organizations, has been named a 2012 Best of SaaS Showplace (BoSS) Award winner by the business analyst group THINKstrategies. The national awards program spotlights the measurable business benefits delivered by today’s Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions. The BoSS Awards are part of THINKstrategies’ ongoing program which recognizes SaaS companies that deliver tangible business benefits for specific user organizations.  An example of the measurable results derived from Billhighway’s cloud-based accounting solutions is the 16,000-member Tri Delta fraternal organization. The nonprofit had been using manual bookkeeping for chapter financial management. Twelve months after launching Billhighway, Tri Delta experienced a 24 percent improvement in net income over the previous year. Tri Delta has also enjoyed an additional $1 million in annual net gains since adopting Billhighway’s cloud-based solution. Based on this customer success story, Billhighway has been named a BoSS Award winner. According to THINKstrategies, generating new income and managing operating expenses is particularly difficult for nonprofit and member-based organizations in tough economic times. Billhighway’s cloud-based solutions can dramatically improve the ability of these organizations to manage their finances and strengthen their financial positions while improving their members’ ability to achieve their nonprofit missions. Billhighway provides cloud-based accounting tailor-made for nonprofit, donor and member-based organizations. Billhighway’s suite of nonprofit accounting tools lets organizations dramatically improve financial management, payment processing and online banking. The system easily configures and scales to address donor, membership and financial processing needs. More than 3,500 nonprofits trust Billhighway to seamlessly manage $5 billion in transactions. Billhighway is recognized for award-winning customer service and industry-leading data security. More at

EcoMotors Announces ‘Reshaping the Future’ Design Challenge Winners: Allen Park-based EcoMotors International, in conjunction with Detroit’s College for Creative Studies and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., Wednesday announced the winners of the EcoMotors Design Challenge: Reshaping the Future. The honorees are:
Gold, Brian Malczewski, CCS (mid-size passenger car); Silver, Bruno Gallardo, Art Center (full-size pickup truck); Bronze, JJ Hwang, Art Center (new-concept vehicle for emerging markets); Honorable Mentions, Alexander McGowen, CCS (new-concept vehicle for emerging markets), Eric Um, CCS (full-size pickup truck), and James Leo Yamazaki, Art Center (mid-size passenger car). The EcoMotors Design Challenge jury was led by former Ford design chief Jack Telnack and also included former GM and Chrysler design chiefs Wayne Cherry and Tom Gale, and talk show host and car aficionado Jay Leno. Each Podium Finisher and Honorable Mention honoree received a monetary scholarship award from EcoMotors. The scale models of the three Podium Finishers’ designs are being displayed on The Art Center College of Design’s 2012 LA Auto Show stand. Established in early 2008, EcoMotors is changing the landscape of internal combustion power. Based in Allen Park, EcoMotors is commercializing the unique opoc (opposed piston, opposed cylinder) engine for use in cars, light trucks, commercial vehicles, aerospace, marine, agriculture, auxiliary power units, generators, etc. Anywhere conventional gas or diesel power is currently utilized, opoc represents a better propulsion  system. EcoMotors primary investors are Khosla Ventures, Bill Gates and Braemar Energy Ventures.