Ann Arbor SPARK Wins MEDA Marketing Award

The Michigan Economic Development Association recently awarded Ann Arbor SPARK for its integrated marketing efforts. Ann Arbor SPARK was honored for its effective marketing communications strategy that includes integrating messaging and branding across its website, social media, digital media, annual report, and public relations. “Executing an efficient, effective marketing plan that spreads the word about …

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Ann Arbor SPARK Supports Mahindra GenZe, Company Expands to U.S. with New Vehicle Research and High Tech Manufacturing Facility

Ann Arbor SPARK’s efforts to attract high tech businesses to the region has resulted in Mahindra GenZe, a division of the multinational company Mahindra and Mahindra, choosing to locate in the City of Ann Arbor. Mahindra GenZe is designing and manufacturing a new technology vehicle here, at its first facility in the United States. As …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Seven Ann Arbor Companies Receive FastTrack Awards, Honored for Business Growth

Seven businesses in the region are winners of this year’s annual FastTrack awards.  The FastTrack awards recognize companies that have demonstrated consistent growth.  Several of the 2011 FastTrack award recipients were multiple year winners, demonstrating long-term business growth. Recipients of 2011 FastTrack awards were required to have revenue of at least $100,000 in 2007, with …

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Ten FastTrack Winners Announced at Deals of the Year

On Friday evening at AnnArbor.com’s Deals of the Year celebration, we presented FastTrack awards to 10 regional companies. Sponsored by Yeo & Yeo, P.C., CPAs & Business Consultants and Arboretum Ventures, FastTrack awards are presented to companies that have demonstrated consistent growth.  Several of the 10 companies that won 2010 FastTrack awards were multiple year …

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