A New Perspective on Connections

We’ve all heard that it’s not what you know, but who you know that’s important. The multiplier effect of having a robust network of people that know your skill set can have a profound impact on your career trajectory. It’s like having additional eyes and ears scanning for new opportunities. As we enter the holiday season and begin thinking about resolutions for the coming year, I’d like to suggest a new view on the professional connections... [Read More...]

Ann Arbor SPARK Hires Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund, SPARK East Manager; Promotes Senior Business Development Manager

Ann Arbor SPARK recently added two to its team, Joseph Licavoli and Jake Elbers.  Licavoli fills a new position as manager of the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund.  Elbers is manager of the SPARK East business incubator.  Current Ann Arbor SPARK team member Valerie Christofferson was promoted to senior business development manager. “Joe and Jake fill key positions at Ann Arbor SPARK, and Valerie is a proven, talented professional whose role is... [Read More...]

SPARK Visits DC for MichAGAIN

Written by Phil Santer, Senior Business Development Manager, Livingston County I’ve just returned from Ann Arbor SPARK’s latest MichAGAIN event in Washington, DC. We had the opportunity to hear from Bill Milliken, who returned to Michigan after working in DC with NASA, and some terrific organizations about their growth in Michigan and why this area is a great place to work, live and grow. The message was particularly appealing to me– I moved... [Read More...]

Want to find new growth opportunities? The MMA & MEDC can help!

Written by Kyle DeBord, SPARK Business Development Manager The Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA) and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) roadshow recently pulled into Weber’s in Ann Arbor to provide an update to MMA members on how they can find new growth opportunities through the MEDC’s recently launched Pure Michigan Business Connect program. Ann Arbor SPARK’s President & CEO Paul Krutko welcomed the group to the... [Read More...]

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 Scott, who brings a wealth of experience in helping organizations... [Read More...]

Boston MichAGAIN Recap

This blog is written by Ann Arbor SPARK’s Phil Santer, Senior Business Development Manager, Livingston County. I’m just returning from Boston where a series of events had brought thousands of people into the city. The BIO International Convention and Enterprise 2.0 conference were in town, with upwards of 15,000 people there as a result. The Ann Arbor region was well represented at the BIO International Convention, with Velesco Pharmaceutical... [Read More...]

Building Relationships

By: Luke Bonner, VP of Business Development, Ann Arbor SPARK SPARK’s Business Development is constantly working to build relationships within the Ann Arbor region through business retention visits & networking events. The last month the SPARK Business Development team has been working on overdrive to create new opportunities for the region, and working just as diligent to seal some deals.  SPARK has spent time in Atlanta and Toronto following... [Read More...]

Ann Arbor SPARK Begins Livingston County Work, Collaboration

Ann Arbor SPARK, a public-private partnership whose mission is to advance innovation-based economic development in the greater Ann Arbor region, recently finalized the agreement to assume management of business attraction efforts for the Economic Development Council (EDC) of Livingston County.  As part of those efforts, Ann Arbor SPARK hired economic development professional Jay Bahr, who will serve as a business development manager for Livingston... [Read More...]

The SPARK Team is Growing

Valerie Christofferson was recently promoted from staff accountant to business development manager.  SPARK hired C.J. Lee as a business development manager and Emily Heintz as SPARK’s new staff accountant. C.J. Lee joins Valerie on the business development team.  Prior to joining Ann Arbor SPARK, C.J. served on the communications and policy team for the Rick Snyder for Michigan Committee where he was responsible for communications reporting... [Read More...]