Ann Arbor SPARK Recognizes Consistent Company Growth with FastTrack Awards

Ann Arbor SPARK recently presented its annual FastTrack awards to Washtenaw-based companies that have demonstrated consistent growth. Several of the 2013 FastTrack award recipients were multiple year winners. “To grow a business is an amazing accomplishment, but to grow it consistently at a rate of 20 percent or more is an achievement worthy of recognition …

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U-M announces plans for facility to test automated vehicles

Written by David Lampe Executive Director, Strategic Communications, University of Michigan Office of Research The Board of Regents on Friday approved plans to proceed with the design of a unique environment for testing connected and automated vehicles. The facility, which simulates a dynamic urban environment, is a critical element of a joint project with industry and …

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Navitas Systems Expands in Pittsfield Township, Will Invest $9.3 Million and Create 125 Jobs

Woodridge, IL – October 23, 2013 – Navitas Systems LLC (www.navitassys.com), a leading provider of energy-enabled system solutions, energy storage products, and power electronics for commercial, industrial and government agency customers, announced that it is expanding its operations and relocating to a new facility in Pittsfield Charter Township, and has committed to make a capital …

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Swift Biosciences Announces $7 Million Series B Financing

Funds Will Support Development of Next Generation Sequencing and Molecular Diagnostic Products Ann Arbor, MI – October 17, 2013 – Swift Biosciences, Inc., a Michigan-based life sciences company, today announced the recent completion of a $7 million Series B financing led by Fletcher Spaght Ventures.  Also joining in the B round of investment was Renaissance Venture Capital …

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Ann Arbor SPARK Offers Website Tools for Business Owners, Job Seekers

Ann Arbor SPARK recently launched its redesigned website, AnnArborUSA.org.  The new website features enhanced tools for businesses and job seekers. “The website is one of the most critical tools we have to engage our varied audiences, which include entrepreneurs, businesses, and talent,” explained Donna Doleman, Ann Arbor SPARK’s vice president of marketing. “It continues to …

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Raymond Boufford, Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Raymond Boufford is the vice president of business transformation at Faurecia. Faurecia is a global automotive components manufacturer with more than 30 locations worldwide. It is the world’s sixth largest automotive equipment supplier. Faurecia was recently named “Project of the Year” at Ann Arbor SPARK’s 2013 Annual Meeting. In his conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO …

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Universal Marketing Group Expands to Ann Arbor, Will Hire 150 by End of Year

Universal Marketing Group is opening a new call center in Ann Arbor, where the company expects to hire 150 by the end of the year.  The company, which is headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, was awarded $600,000 in incentives from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. to support its expansion in to Michigan. “Attracting a rapidly growing …

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Control Gaging Breaks Ground in Ann Arbor on New U.S. Headquarters

Control Gaging recently broke ground on its new Pittsfield Township facility, where the company will engineer, design and manufacture precision gauges for machine tools.  The company, which has outgrown its current location, is building a new 24,500 sq ft facility with support from Comerica Bank, architectural firm Hobbs & Black, and construction management firm J.S. …

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Trevor Lauer, Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Trevor Lauer is vice president of distribution operations for DTE Energy. Trevor also serves as treasurer on the executive committee of Ann Arbor SPARK’s Board of Directors. In his conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Trevor talks about how DTE Energy contributes to Michigan’s economic development, and why DTE Energy’s goal is to …

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Five Companies Receive Michigan Microloan Fund Program Awards

Five Michigan companies have received a combined total of $250,000 through the Michigan Microloan Fund Program, bringing the total amount loaned through the Fund to more than $3.8 million.  The companies received the funding to support commercialization of their core products. More information on the companies that received Michigan Microloan Fund Program support is available via video: …

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InfoReady Launches CompetitionSpace to Simplify Competition Management

ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 25, 2013 – InfoReady Corporation expanded its offerings in research collaboration today with the launch of CompetitionSpace, a configurable and scalable solution designed to simplify the management of funding competitions at universities. Influenced and shaped by research administrators, universities are now able to customize all competitions to meet their needs in …

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$2 Million Michigan Angel Fund Begins Investing in Early Stage Companies

The Michigan Angel Fund (MAF), a professionally managed equity fund focused on capital efficient early stage companies located in Michigan, recently closed the fund to new investors. MAF is a $2 million fund that, with more than 70 members, is the largest angel organization in Michigan. MAF has already made its first investment, in East …

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IEDC Honors Ann Arbor SPARK with Accredited Economic Development Organization Designation

Ann Arbor SPARK recently earned designation as an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO) from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The AEDO program accredits local and state economic development entities, regional public-private economic development partnerships, the economic development departments of utility companies, and nonprofit business associations. A video of the awards presentation is available online: http://youtu.be/ic0LS29U1wo “The …

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Kalyan Handique, Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Kalyan Handique is the president and CEO of DeNovo Sciences, the 2011 grand prize winner of the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Kalyan co-founded HandyLab in 2000. The company was acquired by Becton, Dickinson and Co. in 2009. In his conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor …

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Mario Sciberras, CEO Podcast: Conversations on Economic Opportunity

Mario Sciberras is the president and CEO of Saline Lectronics, a circuit board assembly house located in Saline. In his conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Mario talks about the importance of programs like Pure Michigan Business Connect, and why the region has been the ideal location to grow his company. Mario also …

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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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Lyons Consulting Group to Invest $1.1 million to Expand Ecommerce Business in Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor SPARK helped Lyons Consulting Group secure incentives valued at more that $300,000 from the Michigan Economic Development Corp and the City of Ann Arbor to support its expansion in the region. As part of its expansion, Lyons, an e-commerce strategy, design, development, hosting and support firm based in Chicago, Ill., will invest $1.1 million …

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MedHub, Inc., Announces 6 New Enterprise Academic Hospital Contracts for Q1 2013, plans more hiring throughout 2013.

Ann Arbor, Michigan – March 22, 2013 – MedHub, Inc., an Ann arbor based healthcare technology company has recently signed enterprise agreements six major academic teaching hospitals and affiliates in the first quarter of 2013. This continues MedHub’s accelerating growth and expansion over the past eight years. These new institutions include:  The University of …

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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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MyBuys Sees Strong Returns on Investment in Ann Arbor

MyBuys, Inc., founded in San Mateo, Calif. in 2001, began building out its Ann Arbor operations in 2007. From its first humble space at Ann Arbor SPARK Central’s business accelerator to its current location in the heart of downtown, the company has been on a growth trajectory, fueled by the region’s deep talent pool – …

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