Ann Arbor SPARK Launches New “Selling Smart Workshop” Series

Ann Arbor SPARK will kick off a new entrepreneurial education series, the Selling Smart Workshop, on June 6, 9-11 a.m. at SPARK Central.  This first event in the series, “A Practical Process for Selling Services,” will offer information on how to create a systematic approach for qualifying leads and closing opportunities. “Sales is an aspect of business that so many entrepreneurs struggle with, yet it’s absolutely critical to a company’s... [Read More...]

Ann Arbor SPARK Launches CEO Podcast Series

Ann Arbor SPARK, a public-private partnership whose mission is to advance innovation-based economic development in the greater Ann Arbor region, is launching Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcasts: Conversations on Economic Opportunity, featuring Paul Krutko, its president and CEO, speaking with regional business leaders. “Since joining Ann Arbor SPARK, I’ve met with more than 80 business owners who are advancing our region’s economy; there’s an incredible... [Read More...]

IEDC Elects SPARK CEO Paul Krutko as its New Vice Chair

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) recently elected Paul Krutko, FM, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK as vice chair of the Board of Directors.  Krutko will complete his term as IEDC’s secretary/treasurer and will become vice chair in January 2012. “It has been both an honor and a pleasure serving as secretary/treasurer of IEDC, the world’s leading membership organization of economic development professionals,”... [Read More...]

New Economy Initiative Awards $3 Million to Business Accelerator Network for Southeast Michigan

This picture is from the press conference announcing the new Business Accelorator Network for Southeast Michigan The announcement of the new Business Accelerator Network for Southeast Michigan, a region-wide collaborative effort dedicated to attracting and retaining business in southeast Michigan, took place on Monday, June 21st.  The  New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan, an innovative philanthropic effort to accelerate the transition... [Read More...]

SPARK CEO Finney Talks Talent at Innovative Cities Conference

A great article on AnnArbor.com features SPARK CEO Mike Finney discussing his presentation to the Innovative Cities Conference.  Finney will talk about talent as a key driver of economic development at the conference, which is focused on best practices in urban development.  Ann Arbor is one of only six cities in the U.S. invited to talk about its economic development success at the conference.  Read More →