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Focus on Small Business: Take Flight with Biddle City Drones

Friday, February 2, 2018  
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Television host David Frost  once said, “don’t aim for success if you want it, just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.” Through hard work and proper motivation, one could turn a hobby into a profession. That’s exactly what Biddle City Drones did.

“We turned a hobby into a job,” said Marc Miilu of Biddle City Drones.

The Biddle City Drones team, left to right: Aaron Word, Marc Miilu and Aaron Greer

Located in the City of Lansing, Biddle City Drones specializes in aerial photography, cinematic aerial video for film and television, building inspection and property survey, aerial land survey and real estate photography. Along with Miilu, Aaron Greer and Aaron Word serve as the creative team behind Biddle City Drones.

Their journey didn’t start immediately with the art of flying drones. Instead, their journey started at The Capital City Film Festival when they realized that their talents could go further. That’s when Biddle City Drones was born.

“We went into Biddle City Drones with the idea that we were all working for other people, let’s work towards working for ourselves,” said Greer. “And so, we can still do the creative on that end with Biddle City Drones. We also decided, instead of hiring someone to do drone work for us, let’s get into drones."

Aaron Word was the team member that really got the whole team into drones. For those who are unaware of what drones are, drones are unmanned flying aircraft.

“He did all the research, got his license, and really was the driving force behind us opening a drone company,” said Greer.

Biddle City Drones showcases the team’s creative media and shows clients and potential clients what the team can do. One of the team’s recent successes is their contract with the marketing firm, GÜD Marketing, who partnered with the Department of Natural Resources of Michigan. The team is contracted to shoot at 45 parks throughout the state within the next year and a half. Biddle City Drones has also done work for the Michigan chapter of The United Methodist Church and traveled across the state for them as well.

The team has also traveled around the state with Carter’s Kids. That organization was started and ran by Carter Oosterhouse from TLC’s Trading Spaces. It’s a nonprofit charity that builds playgrounds.

Though the team has done work all over Michigan, locally the team brings a different gift to Lansing. According to Greer, the market for film has dried up within the past couple of years. But there are still people who are trained in those jobs and would like to continue doing jobs related to that industry.

The future is flying high for Biddle City Drones. Each year, it continues to grow and the team hopes it continue that growth well into the future.

“I never wanted to wear a uniform to work and always thought as a suit as a uniform,” said Greer. “And it scared me, it was going to happen when I became an adult.”

With the creative talents of all three team members and up and coming projects, Biddle City Drones has the fear of “wearing a suit to work” seemingly out of the equation.

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