Variant Partners is celebrating 43 years of business in the staffing industry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MAY 9TH, 2013 – ANN ARBOR, MI – Variant Partners, a franchise of the MRI Network™, is celebrating 43 years of business in the staffing industry this Thursday, May 9th, 2013.  This type of longevity in the business is rarely seen.  Chairman of the Board, Sam Sarafa, started the franchise in …

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Conversations on Economic Opportunity with Sean Heiney

Barracuda Networks announced earlier this year that they would be expanding their operations into the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, where the old Borders store was located. Paul Krutko sat down with Barracuda’s director of new products initiatives, Sean Heiney, as part of SPARK’s podcast series. Q&A Paul:  You are the director of new product …

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Conversations on Economic Opportunity with Bob Guenzel

Bob Guenzel, retired Washtenaw County Administrator, is currently a member of Ann Arbor SPARK’s board of directors. Paul Krutko recently sat down with Bob Guenzel to discuss the past, present, and future of the Ann Arbor region’s economy. Q&A Paul: I’ve heard you talk often about the importance of building relationships and using those relationships …

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Dr. Rose Bellanca Talks Jobs, Training, and Other Resources Available From WCC

Area employers have a high demand for talent; there are more than 200 jobs currently listed on SPARK’s Talent Portal. Do you have the training & expertise it takes to land one of these jobs? Washtenaw Community College can help you learn the skills necessary for many of the region’s most in-demand careers. In her …

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Mayor Hieftje: Conversations on Economic Opportunity

In August, Paul Krutko, president and CEO of SPARK, sat down with Mayor John Hieftje to discuss economic opportunity in the Ann Arbor region. Mayor Hieftje assumed office in 2000, and has served as the city’s mayor ever since. The Mayor has led the city through a period of tremendous change, including the worst recession …

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Conversations on Economic Opportunity with Mark Sutter of Terumo

Mark Sutter is the president and CEO of Terumo Cardiovascular Systems Corporation, a global leader of products for the cardiac and vascular surgery marketplace. Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, recently sat down with Mark to record a CEO Podcast: Conversations on Economic Opportunity. Q&A Paul: How has Ann Arbor helped the …

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Livingston employers anticipate increasing or holding steady on workforce numbers in coming year

Nearly half of the employers completing the 2012 Livingston County Compensation & Benefits Survey anticipate increasing their workforce in the next year, and attracting and recruiting employees is their top goal. The biennial survey is a project of the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation in cooperation with EctoHR Inc. and Livingston County Michigan Works! …

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Conversations on Economic Opportunity with Mike Miller

What does it take to work at the Google AdWords headquarters? Why did Google decide downtown Ann Arbor was the perfect place to do business? Paul Krutko recently sat down with Mike Miller, head of the Ann Arbor Google AdWords office, to discuss these questions and more as part of SPARK’s podcast series. Q&A Paul:  …

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Arbor Networks to Add 20 Jobs in Ann Arbor

Arbor Networks recently announced that it plans to add 20 jobs at its location in Ann Arbor.  As part of its expansion, the IT technology security company was awarded a tax abatement to support property improvements and new equipment at its Ann Arbor facility. “Attracting and retaining Arbor Networks in the Ann Arbor region is …

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Congrats to Lycera: Biotech Company Moves to U-M’s NCRC

Congratulations to Lycera on graduating from our Michigan Life Science & Innovation Center biotech incubator to U-M’s North Campus Research Complex (NCRC)!  The move will accommodate the growing company’s need for more space; in the fall, Lycera will move into 14,000 square feet at NCRC. Lycera, a biopharmaceutical company and University of Michigan spinoff, pioneers …

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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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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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Join us for our new series: Business Law & Order

On September 20, we’re kicking off our newest series in our Entrepreneur Education & Training Resources: Business Law and Order.  The nine-session series will give entrepreneurs insight into important legal issues surrounding company formation and growth. Topics planned for Business Law & Order include: Business structure Intellectual property Doing business overseas. Compensating founders Hiring employees …

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Join us for a business pitch competition on June 4

Five innovation-based entrepreneurs will pitch their businesses for a chance to win incubator space & business acceleration services on June 4 at SPARK East.  The business pitch competition, hosted in conjunction with EIC, the Eastside Innovation Campus, will run from 3:30-6:30 p.m. The competition winner, as judged by a panel of noted funding and business …

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Four More Michigan Companies Receive Support from Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund

Four more Michigan companies recently received investments from the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund. To date, 38 Michigan companies have received seed funding from the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund, a collaborative effort of Michigan’s SmartZones. Combined, Mandy & Pandy, Algal Scientific, Axenic Dental, and RealBio Technology received $924,000 from the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund.

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