Larry Freed: Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Larry Freed is managing partner of Second Stage Partners, where early and second stage companies are assisted with efficiently increasing their revenue to achieve business maturity. In his conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Larry discusses his success as president and CEO of ForeSee, the launch of Second Stage Partners, …

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Esperion Therapeutics, Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Roger Newton is Executive Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer of Esperion Therapeutics Tim Mayleben is President and Chief Executive Officer of Esperion Therapeutics Esperion Therapeutics is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing first-in-class, oral, low-density, lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) lowering therapies for treatment of hypercholesterolemia and other cardiometabolic risk markers. In their conversation with Paul …

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Mayor Hieftje: Conversations on Economic Opportunity

In August, Paul Krutko, president and CEO of SPARK, sat down with Mayor John Hieftje to discuss economic opportunity in the Ann Arbor region. Mayor Hieftje assumed office in 2000, and has served as the city’s mayor ever since. The Mayor has led the city through a period of tremendous change, including the worst recession …

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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 …

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Lakeside Software Opens New R&D Facility in Ann Arbor

Lakeside Software, a leader in business intelligence solutions for IT professionals, today announced the acquisition and opening of a new R&D facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This facility will be primarily utilized for product design and development, and will accelerate company growth by making it easier to hire top technical talent from the Ann Arbor …

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Arbor Networks to Add 20 Jobs in Ann Arbor

Arbor Networks recently announced that it plans to add 20 jobs at its location in Ann Arbor.  As part of its expansion, the IT technology security company was awarded a tax abatement to support property improvements and new equipment at its Ann Arbor facility. “Attracting and retaining Arbor Networks in the Ann Arbor region is …

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Liebherr-Aerospace expands facility, adds 20 jobs

Liebherr-Aerospace, located in Saline, is adding 33,000 sq ft to its existing 100,000 sq ft facility.  As part of the company’s expansion, it will also add 15-20 new jobs.  This expansion will help the company accommodate increased demand for its services. “Liebherr-Aerospace is able to expand in the Ann Arbor region, in part, because of …

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Finding a Good Crop of Employees: NPR Offers Up Close Look at Michigan’s Agriculture Economy

A recent “Changing Gears” series on Michigan Radio explored Michigan’s agriculture economy.  In part five of the five part series, SPARK president and CEO Paul Krutko offers that “prospective workers want to take jobs in places where they know there are more jobs.” With his insight, Krutko explains that agriculture talent — and the needs …

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Lakeside Software to Expand with New Ann Arbor Facility

Lakeside Software will grow its software development operations in Michigan, with a new location in Ann Arbor and an expansion to its existing operations in Bloomfield Hills.  The company recently received a Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA) tax credit totaling $731,244 to help encourage the expansion. Lakeside Software plans to invest $6.1 million to expand …

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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 …

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Three Ann Arbor Entrepreneurs Finalists for Ernst & Young Award

Three Ann Arbor entrepreneurs are Central Great Lakes region’s finalists for Ernst & Young’s annual Entrepreneur of the Year award: Michelle Crumm, president, Adaptive Materials Inc. Judy Ravin, CEO, Accent Reduction Institute L.L.C. Rich Sheridan, president, Menlo Innovations L.L.C. Winners will be announced at a gala event Thursday, June 11 at the Ritz-Carlton in Dearborn.  …

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RealKidz CEO receives Pioneer Spirit Award

RealKidz is the first company to provide a complete line of clothing to plus-size girls between the ages of 5-12, which will eventually include an online social network for the parents of these children. RealKidz is a Direct Selling company that markets its clothing through a network of independent style consultants who hold Home Fashion Parties for girls ages 5-12. While the company's focus is on serving the plus-size market, it provides fashionable, age-appropriate clothing for all shapes and sizes of girls through its home parties.

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