Lakeside Software to Expand with New Ann Arbor Facility

Lakeside Software will grow its software development operations in Michigan, with a new location in Ann Arbor and an expansion to its existing operations in Bloomfield Hills.  The company recently received a Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA) tax credit totaling $731,244 to help encourage the expansion. Lakeside Software plans to invest $6.1 million to expand …

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Lycera and Merck Reach Deal to Collaborate

AnnArbor.com is reporting that Lycera, a University of Michigan spin off company, has reached a research agreement with Merck .  In an announcement, the companies said they’d work together to “discover, develop and commercialize small molecules that target T-helper 17 (Th17) cells, key mediators of inflammation. The collaboration will focus on developing drug candidates that …

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Swift Biosciences Presents Two New Cancer Detection Assays at International Conference

Congratulations to Ann Arbor-based Swift Biosciences!  At the 18th International Molecular Medicine Tri-Conference, the company presented quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) assays that can detect mutations in two cancer genes. In a company announcement, David Olsen, CEO, said, “We expect to begin commercializing the myT Primer qPCR assays later this year. At this time we …

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American Broach & Machine Company Invests $25M in Ann Arbor Expansion

American Broach & Machine Company will establish a new research and development center in the Ann Arbor region and today received a MEGA tax credit totaling $572,782 to help encourage the expansion. American Broach & Machine Company, a designer and builder of machine tools for the auto and defense sectors, plans to invest $25 million …

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Ann Arbor SPARK’s New Talent Portal Helps Connect Skilled Professionals to Employers

Ann Arbor SPARK’s new talent portal includes a range of new features to help businesses attract employees and manage job postings.  Unlike other general job boards, the Ann Arbor SPARK talent portal is designed to help skilled professionals connect with employers. Through the new Ann Arbor SPARK talent portal, employers can independently manage job postings, …

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Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund Invests $2.5 Million in 2010

Several Michigan companies recently received investments from the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund, pushing the total investments made through the Fund to over $11.6 million.  To date, 52 Michigan companies have received seed funding from the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund, a collaborative effort of Michigan’s SmartZones. “Companies that received support from the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund …

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Three Companies Receive Combined $145,000 From Michigan Microloan Fund Program

Three Michigan companies recently received a combined total of $145,000 through the Michigan Microloan Fund Program, bringing the total amount invested through the Fund to over $1.8 million.  FamilyMint, Fusion Coolant Systems and Shepherd Intelligent Systems received the funding to support commercialization of their core products. FamilyMint, based in Ann Arbor, is an online budgeting …

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Dear Chicago: I Now Know Why People Call You “The Windy City”

After grabbing a quick lunch at RJ Grunts, we were ready to go prepare for our MichAGAIN Alumni event in Chicago. We spread the good news that is coming out of Michigan at Maggiano’s restaurant downtown. We welcomed over 50 excited alumni from various Michigan Universities. There was definitely a strong University of Michigan presence, …

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Congratulations to e-CYREN for Winning the Tweet Award!

At the Michigan Emerging conference on Wednesday, CYJ Enterprises won the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition Tweet Award.  The company’s Twitter submission focused on their business product, e-CYREN, a free online database of emergency information for schools and daycare programs. Their posting, “In case of emergency first responders can quickly alert loved ones and have access …

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WriteSteps Awarded Best of Ann Arbor SPARK’S Boot Camp

Ann Arbor SPARK celebrated the conclusion of its 18th Boot Camp program with participant investor pitches and a reception last night at the SPARK Central business incubator.  At the Ann Arbor SPARK Boot Camp Celebration, WriteSteps was selected as the “Best of Boot Camp” winner, based on the quality of its investor pitch and business …

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Get Face Time with a big Michigan VC

Many entrepreneurs want to get in front of a VC.  Well here’s your chance.  The folks at Beringea, Michigan’s largest Venture Capital firm, will hold ‘Office Hours’ in 2011 in several communities around the state.  Similar to the office hours format used by university professors, these sessions will provide the Michigan entrepreneurial community open access …

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Ten FastTrack Winners Announced at Deals of the Year

On Friday evening at AnnArbor.com’s Deals of the Year celebration, we presented FastTrack awards to 10 regional companies. Sponsored by Yeo & Yeo, P.C., CPAs & Business Consultants and Arboretum Ventures, FastTrack awards are presented to companies that have demonstrated consistent growth.  Several of the 10 companies that won 2010 FastTrack awards were multiple year …

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