Focused on the Future, Ann Arbor Michigan

This article was originally published at Business In Focus, for the August 2014 issue.  The community grew up around the University of Michigan, which is one of the top three publicly funded research universities in the nation. The institution both attracts and develops talent, and encourages a culture of innovation. “Ann Arbor is a significant area of innovation in the United States,” Mr. Krutko points out. “We are bringing new innovations... [Read More...]

Entrepreneurship Resources for Your First or Tenth Start-Up

Do You Already Lead a Business or Are You Considering a Start Up? Starting your own business is a big step, but one you don’t have to take alone. Utilize the power of our community for your best chance at success. If you currently own a business or are considering the possibility, here are some resources to consider:   UPCOMING PROGRAMS Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship (ACE), January 31 ACE is the place where Great Lakes region entrepreneurs... [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...]

Where can you find World Class business development services offered at no cost to any employer?

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...]

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...]

New Board of Directors Announced at Annual Meeting

New members to the Ann Arbor SPARK board of directors are Dr. Susan W. Martin, president, Eastern Michigan University, and John Hieftje, mayor, City of Ann Arbor.  New to the Ann Arbor SPARK executive committee are Elliot Forsyth, senior vice president, human resources and operations, ProQuest, Jan Garfinkle, managing director, Arboretum Ventures, Leigh R. Greden, executive director of government and community relations, Eastern Michigan University,... [Read More...]

“Keys to Success” to be presented at EMU’s Sesi Entrepreneurship Conference

Local entrepreneurs will share their success with aspiring entrepreneurs as the Eastern Michigan University College of Business presents the Sesi Midwest Entrepreneurship Conference on February 12, 2010 at the EMU Student Center, 900 Oakwood Street in Ypsilanti. Conference activities include presentations by: o Chris Holman, publisher of the Greater Lansing Business Monthly and Small Business Advocate for the state of Michigan, who will offer tips... [Read More...]

Systems In Motion Selects Ann Arbor

Systems In Motion, a Silicon Valley-based IT services firm, has chosen to locate a new support center in the Ann Arbor region.  Systems In Motion was approved today for state tax credits by the Michigan Economic Growth Authority board, and will also receive support from Ann Arbor SPARK, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Washtenaw County Employment Training and Community Services (ETCS-Michigan Works!), Michigan Department of Information... [Read More...]

Open Source Economic Development and Statewide Cooperation

At Ann Arbor SPARK, our immediate goal is to promote economic development in the Ann Arbor region. But our larger focus is ensuring long-term growth and viability for the entire state of Michigan — something that can best be achieved through a process we call Open Source Economic Development. We don’t view any place in the state of Michigan as competition to us. We view the rest of the state as partners. If there are things that we can do... [Read More...]

SPARK East Awarded $250,000 Grant

Washtenaw County, in partnership with Eastern Michigan University and Ann Arbor SPARK, has been selected by the Michigan Strategic Fund to receive an award of $250,000 in grant funding through MEDC and the state of Michigan. The grant will support SPARK East, the third business incubator in SPARK’s Regional Incubator Network; located at 215 W. Michigan Avenue in Ypsilanti, SPARK East offers affordable office space, and critical start-up services,... [Read More...]