What I Learned From Visiting Toyota’s New R&D Facility

You may have seen the news: Earlier this month, Toyota unveiled its new supplier center at its North American R&D center in York Township. It was a moment to appreciate how much Toyota has grown in Michigan over the past 40 years – from a pretty humble beginning in Ann Arbor near the EPA’s facility, to the home of research & development efforts and its center for purchasing in North America. It’s impressive to see how... [Read More...]

Why work at SPARK Central Innovation Center?

There have been a lot of articles written detailing the benefits to starting your business in Ann Arbor, so let’s just move to where in Ann Arbor you’ll be located. Of course, we need to start with the price. Where else can you find access to downtown Ann Arbor — the food, coffee, other businesses (check out Tech Trek to see just how many there are) — for a reasonable price? SPARK Central starts at $250 per seats, including 500 mbps... [Read More...]

Barracuda to Expand in Ann Arbor

MAY 17, 2017 – Ann Arbor, Mich. – With support from Ann Arbor SPARK and the Michigan Economic Development Corp, Barracuda Networks (NYSE: CUDA) is expanding in Ann Arbor. As part of the expansion, Barracuda intends to add 115 new jobs in downtown Ann Arbor over the next four years. Barracuda’s solutions are built for today’s IT professional, and empower customers to protect their networks, applications, and data, regardless of where they... [Read More...]

Consider the following: a small town + big city culture + a diverse innovation economy. Too good to be true? Think again…

Consider the following: a small town + big city culture + a diverse innovation economy. Too good to be true? Think again…   Concentration of Driving Industries According to Ann Arbor SPARK’s recently published Economic Benchmarking Report, Washtenaw County performs higher than the national average in driving industry employment. Driving industries are businesses that sell goods and services and grow our region’s economy. They create jobs,... [Read More...]

More than 70 Downtown Ann Arbor Companies to Open Their Doors to Community… and Job Seekers!!

Ann Arbor SPARK’s A2 Tech Trek 2017 Set for June 16 More than 70 Downtown Ann Arbor Companies to Open Their Doors to Community… and Job Seekers!!  Leading technology companies will participate in the third annual A2 Tech Trek on June 16, 2017, from 3 to 7 p.m. A2 Tech Trek, a free event, features open houses at downtown Ann Arbor’s technology companies and organizations.  Ann Arbor SPARK, with support from the Michigan Economic Development... [Read More...]

Tips and Advice for Creating a Successful Cover Letter

We found this extremely comprehensive article online on how to write a successful cover letter by Alison Doyle. It’s too good not to share with our job seekers out there! Enjoy! Do you need to write a cover letter to apply for a job? In most cases, the answer is yes. Your cover letter may make the difference between obtaining a job interview or having your resume ignored, so it makes good sense to devote the necessary time and effort to writing... [Read More...]

A Few Fundraising Basics for New Startups

  Entrepreneurs face an uphill battle when attempting to raise capital to grow their business.  The reality is that the probability of raising “risk capital” – namely venture or angel capital – is very low for most startups.  Some of the common reasons companies don’t qualify include: Not in a high-enough-growth technology sector Product isn’t new or disruptive to the status quo Gross margin is less than ~50% Addressable... [Read More...]

Mayor Honors Washtenaw Community College during National Community College Month

Ann Arbor, Mich., – April 26, 2017 – As part of the celebration of National Community College Month in April, the Mayor of Ann Arbor, Mich., Christopher Taylor, issued a proclamation urging all citizens to recognize and appreciate the outstanding contributions Washtenaw Community College makes to the community. The proclamation noted that for more than 50 years, Washtenaw Community College has offered services that benefit the Washtenaw community... [Read More...]

WCC President Receives Award from Michigan Works! Southeast for Outstanding Service in Workforce Development

WCC President Receives Award from Michigan Works! Southeast for Outstanding Service in Workforce Development   ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 7, 2017 – Washtenaw Community College President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca has been selected by Michigan Works! Southeast to receive an award for Outstanding Service in Workforce Development in Washtenaw County. Bellanca and other workforce development staff, program alumni, volunteers, and programs from throughout... [Read More...]

United Way of Washtenaw County Announces Cynthia Wilbanks as Woman of the Year

November 14, 2016 (Ann Arbor, Mich.) – University of Michigan Vice President for Government Relations, Cynthia Wilbanks, has been selected by Women United (formerly the Women’s Leadership Initiative) of the United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC) as the 2017 Woman of the Year.  Ms. Wilbanks will be honored at the UWWC’s “Power of the Purse” event on March 15, 2017, at the UM North Campus Research Complex. “Cynthia is a quiet hero in our... [Read More...]

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