Michael Tidwell, Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Michael Tidwell is the Dean of the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University. Originally from California, Dr. Tidwell received his undergraduate degree from Ball State University and holds two graduate degrees from Washington State University. In his conversation with Paul Krutko, Dr. Tidwell talks about why the EMU College of Business is described as innovative, applied, …

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LanguageMate: A Business Development Success Story

Ann Arbor SPARK’s business development teams works with all sorts of high tech and innovative companies in the Ann Arbor region. One of those companies is Canopy Innovations, a subsidiary of LanguageMate. This healthcare focuses start-up works on improving communications between english speaking healthcare professionals and people with limited english skills. They were interested 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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A2 Companies Give Their Business Pitches at the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition

Fourteen Ann Arbor region companies participated in the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit. Three of these companies were finalists and received cash prizes. For the full list of winners, please visit http://www.acceleratemichigan.org. You can view their business pitches in the video below:

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Valicor Expands in Dexter, Invests $5 million, Adds 16 High Tech Jobs

Ann Arbor SPARK supported Valicor’s recent expansion by helping the company secure more than $3.5 million in incentives from Scio Township.  As part of its expansion, Valicor, located in Dexter, Mich., will invest $5 million in the expansion add 16 new jobs, mostly in research and chemical engineering. Valicor was founded in 1997 as an …

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Ann Arbor SPARK Recognizes 11 FastTrack Companies for Consistent Growth

Ann Arbor SPARK recently presented its annual FastTrack awards to Washtenaw-based companies that have demonstrated consistent growth. Several of the 2012 FastTrack award recipients were multiple year winners. FastTrack awards are presented to companies with consistent records of growth. Recipients of 2012 FastTrack awards were required to have revenue of at least $100,000 in 2008, …

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Bill Milliken, Conversations on Economic Opportunity

Bill Milliken founded Milliken Realty, an award-winning real estate business, in 1996.  He is an active business community participant and supporter, and has long been recognized for his leadership. Paul Krutko recently got the chance to speak with Bill about Michigan’s turnaround from the recession and its current real estate market. Q&A Paul: Bill, you …

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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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Ann Arbor SPARK Hires Talent Director, Appoints Business Development Manager

Ann Arbor SPARK recently hired Scott Trossen as its new director, talent enhancement, and promoted Kyle DeBord to manager, business development.  Trossen will manage the strategy and execution of the organization’s talent enhancement efforts.  DeBord joins Ann Arbor SPARK’s business development team, which is charged with assisting businesses locate and expand in the region. “Adding …

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Scio Township Launches New Website and Promotional Video

Wednesday morning Scio Township hosted a breakfast event to celebrate the launch of its new website.  Before a group of 50 local officials and business people, Spaulding Clark, Township Supervisor explained that the Township is reaching out to its constituents with easy to access information about living and doing business in Scio. The website was …

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Washtenaw Community College Awarded Grant to Develop IT Workforce

September 19, 2012 Ann Arbor – MI Washtenaw Community College has been awarded a $2.9 million grant from the US Department of Labor through its Trade Adjustment Assistance for Community Colleges Career Training program (TAA CCCT).  The grant will fund an initiative to develop new information technology employees in Michigan (IGNITE Michigan). Partnering with Ann …

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MEDC, Ann Arbor SPARK Support Hyundai Expansion

LANSING – The Michigan Economic Development Corporation today announced that the Michigan Strategic Fund has approved a $2.5 million Michigan Business Development Program incentive for Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI) to expand its operations in Michigan by building a world class Hot/Cold Weather Dynamometer Test facility at its Superior Township location south of Ann …

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