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 hiring developers and wanted to be around a robust medical... [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...]

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 Collaborates with JetCo to Help Businesses Increase Government Sales, Contracts

Ann Arbor SPARK recently began collaborating with JetCo Solutions to make government contracting assistance available, at no cost, to companies in the region.  Specifically designed to help second stage companies, JetCo, a Grand Rapids, Mich. firm that specializes in helping clients find and win government contracts for their product or service, will provide consultation, analysis, and recommendations designed to increase government business and... [Read More...]

Hyundai American Technical Center Inc. to Expand, Receives Support from Ann Arbor SPARK, MEDC

Ann Arbor SPARK, a public-private partnership whose mission is to advance innovation-based economic development in the greater Ann Arbor region, worked with Hyundai to help the company secure more than $2.5 million in new business development incentives from the State of Michigan and Superior Township.  The funding, which is subject to approval by the Michigan Strategic Fund, will be used by Hyundai to expand an environmental chamber for extreme... [Read More...]

Continuing to Grow Locally

Ann Arbor SPARK’s Business Development team promotes the region’s unique assets to advance the economy through the attraction and retention of innovative businesses selling goods and services globally. Through continuous relations with company representatives, our team identifies and coordinates programs and incentives that can assist companies in their growth plans. Below, we highlight some of the most recent investments announced around the... [Read More...]

Its a small world after all

Paul Krutko speaking at the VC breakfast. Our team is up bright and early this Tuesday morning to spread the word of cool technologies, high returns, and the growing venture capital scene in Michigan to a group of around 30 Silicon Valley VC’s and high net worth individuals. The group was very interested in hearing more about our upcoming CEO Podcast between Paul Krutko, President and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK,  and Jan Garfinkle, Founder and Managing... [Read More...]

SPARK’s Business Development Team Heads to San Jose

Greetings from San Jose! Ann Arbor SPARK’s Business Development team has arrived in California this week on a business and talent attraction trip surrounding the MichAGAIN campaign that is administered by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. We are hosting three events during our stay in the San Jose area and have meetings set up with business leaders. Our team hopes to educate businesses about all the opportunities that are available... [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...]