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Washtenaw County Michigan Works! Business Services provides Human Resources support to employers of all sizes to recruit and retain high quality employees.  Partnering with economic development, institutions of higher education, and training organizations, Business Services is part of the lead workforce development agency in the community Washtenaw County Michigan Works!. Our team of highly trained professionals help organizations grow, expand,... [Read More...]

WriteSteps Awarded Best of Ann Arbor SPARK’S Boot Camp

Ann Arbor SPARK celebrated the conclusion of its 18th Boot Camp program with participant investor pitches and a reception last night at the SPARK Central business incubator.  At the Ann Arbor SPARK Boot Camp Celebration, WriteSteps was selected as the “Best of Boot Camp” winner, based on the quality of its investor pitch and business plan and will receive $5,000 in business consulting services. L to R: Lee Gorman, WriteSteps; Jan Gensheimer,... [Read More...]

InPore Technologies Wins SmartZone Award

InPore Technologies was presented the first SmartZone Award at the GLEQ Awards Banquet recently. InPore Technologies was selected for the strength of its business plan, the industry, technical and entrepreneurial experience of its management team, and its ability to raise funds. The Smart Zone Award is sponsored by the Michigan SmartZones, funded through the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund and administered by Ann Arbor SPARK. It was created to benefit... [Read More...]

NextCAT Announced as “Best of Boot Camp” Winner

On May 26th, it was time to celebrate the end of the 17th Entrepreneur Boot Camp.  All participants gave their investor pitches and enjoyed a nice reception.  NextCAT received the “Best of Boot Camp” award.  The award was based on the quality of the investor pitch and on the business plan.  NextCAT is based in Detroit and creates heterogeneous catalysts to allow producers of biodiesel to use less expensive raw materials and simplify the production... [Read More...]

SPARK Central incubator tenant Hygieia, Inc. receives 510(k) clearance from FDA

Hygieia, Inc., a tenant at the SPARK Central business incubator, recently received official 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its BaseSens I Blood Glucose Monitoring System.  Hygieia, Inc. is a start‐up that is developing a proprietary hybrid medical device that combines state‐of‐the‐art blood glucose monitoring capability with a physician‐initiated self‐adjusting insulin dose calculator. Of the news,... [Read More...]

Nanosystems featured in the Detroit Free Press

“In just four years, John Nanos has gone from teaching organic chemistry at the University of Michigan to building a multimillion-dollar company that’s helping the environment.  Katherine Yung profiles Ann Arbor SPARK client Nanosystems in October 4th, 2009 feature.” http://www.freep.com/article/20091004/BUSINESS06/910040435/1002/Business/Greener-chemical-products-allow-start-up-to-blossom “But Nanos, who got his bachelor’s... [Read More...]

Micro loans becoming very popular

Six months ago there was no such thing as a loan for a pre-revenue, innovative start-up company.  Today, if you are in Washtenaw county there are three sources for loans.  There has been a lot of press about these micro loans the past few weeks.  Expect a lot more.  We have made four loans to companies around the state through the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund program totalling $137,500 in just three months.  Applicants for the Ann Arbor and... [Read More...]

RealKidz CEO receives Pioneer Spirit Award

Anyone who knows Merrill Guerra is not surprised that she is the recipient of the 2009 Pioneering Spirit Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners Greater Detroit Chapter.  She will be recognized and given the award at NAWBOs annual meeting in Troy on June 11. This award is presented to a woman business owner who is doing something innovative in her business or who has started an innovative business.  Merrill’s mission... [Read More...]

21CJF Update

New information about application content Have you read the FAQ regarding the 21st Century Jobs Fund competition recently?  Here’s the link: http://ref.themedc.org/cm/attach/18efd0c7-95d3-4a2f-89e4-cae672d8ecd2/20080428_FAQs.pdf Here are some highlights that shed more light on  the RFP. You already know there will be 2 types of loans, a straight loan and a convertible note.  Which will apply to you?  The MEDC says this will be negotiated... [Read More...]