NYC to Ann Arbor – Janelle Reichman’s complete career change

For Janelle Reichman, the lure of returning back to the mitten proved irresistible. A professional musician in NYC for a decade moved back to Ann Arbor where she’s now a successful web designer. “There always seemed to be something missing from my life, and it took me a long time to realize that it was a sense of community I was missing,” Janelle explained of her decision to come back home – a sentiment shared by many who leave and realize... [Read More...]

10 Unconventional (But Very Effective) Tips For Job Seekers

We found this extremely comprehensive article online by Jacquelyn Smith . It’s too good not to share with our job seekers out there. Enjoy! In the market for a new job? You’ve probably been urged to “pursue your passions,” “leverage your network,” “tailor and tidy up your resume,” “do your homework,” and “dress for success”—among other things. “These are foundational aspects to job... [Read More...]

Camel Energy Chooses Ann Arbor Region for R&D Headquarters, to Invest $4.6 Million and Create 41 Jobs

  With support from Ann Arbor SPARK, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC), and Pittsfield Township, Camel Energy, a subsidiary of Camel Group Battery Academy Co., LTD, is establishing its research and development headquarters in the Ann Arbor region. The company will invest $4.6 million and create 41 jobs at its new location in Pittsfield Township. Camel Energy manufactures batteries for cars, electric vehicles, agriculture, and other... [Read More...]

Take your Teen/Tween to Tech Trek on June 16

Take your Teen/Tween to Tech Trek on June 16   Why my tween and teen are going to Tech Trek instead of the pool on the last day of school As a mom, I feel very lucky that my teenage daughters still talk to me. As a working mom, I feel even luckier that my kids are interested in my work and interested in their community. For the third year in a row, my kids are skipping the pool and heading to downtown Ann Arbor to attend A2 Tech Trek. For my... [Read More...]

Updated and Enhanced Mobile App Now Available for Ann Arbor SPARK’s A2 Tech Trek

Updated and Enhanced Mobile App Now Available for Ann Arbor SPARK’s A2 Tech Trek   JUNE 13, 2017 — ANN ARBOR, MICH. — Ann Arbor SPARK and Arbormoon Software Inc. today released the A2 Tech Trek app, “Ann Arbor Tech” to accompany the A2 Tech Trek event on June 16. Available for both iOS and Android, the app adds another layer of “tech” to the Tech Trek with state-of-the-art features highlighted by automated check-in via beacon... [Read More...]

A closer look at some of A2 Tech Trek’s participating companies!

No doubt you know Ann Arbor is home to companies doing amazingly innovative things. A2 Tech Trek is the chance to get a closer look at exactly what happens at more than 70 companies in our downtown tech corridor. Here’s a closer look at a few of the companies you’ll get to see on the trek!   AdAdapted Are you one of the millions of people who uses their phone to make their grocery or shopping lists? AdAdapted’s technology lets you add products... [Read More...]

7 Reasons Why You’ll Want to Download the A2 Tech Trek App

7 Reasons Why You’ll Want to Download the A2 Tech Trek App   MAP OUT YOUR TREK Use the app’s virtual map to locate the companies you want to visit to maximize your A2 Tech Trek experience. LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR VIBRANT TECH COMMUNITY Ann Arbor’s vibrant tech community is home to 221 tech companies that employ nearly 3,000 people. Our tech community supports many companies you may have heard of such as NASCAR, Facebook, LucasFilms, NASA,... [Read More...]

4 things you should know about tech talent compensation in Ann Arbor

We’ve all seen the news articles touting “crazy” tech salaries on the east and west coasts. We know anecdotally that Ann Arbor and the midwest generally is sheltered from those markets – but by how much? Ann Arbor SPARK recently conducted a survey (in partnership with the Workforce Intelligence Network) for tech companies in Ann Arbor asking specific questions about compensation and benefits for tech talent. The survey garnered 83 responses... [Read More...]

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...]

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