Five Companies Receive Michigan Microloan Fund Program Awards

Five Michigan companies have received a combined total of $250,000 through the Michigan Microloan Fund Program, bringing the total amount loaned through the Fund to more than $3.8 million.  The companies received the funding to support commercialization of their core products. More information on the companies that received Michigan Microloan Fund Program support is available via video: “The Michigan Microloan Fund Program is an exceptional... [Read More...]

2013 Job Fair A Success

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 1, 2013 The Livingston Regional Job Fair held on April 17 proved to be a successful event for area business seeking to find employees that were right for them.  “With the improving economy, more employers are hiring for a variety of positions from entry level to management in manufacturing, retail, food service, health care, information technology and finance, as well as self-employment,” said William Sleight, Director... [Read More...]

U-M Economists to Deliver Three-Year Regional Jobs Forecast for Economic Growth Alliance at Lapeer Country Club

WATERFORD, Mich.  – Feb. 12, 2013 – University of Michigan economists Dr. George Fulton and Donald Grimes will be giving a three-year snapshot of the regional employment forecast at a luncheon on Feb. 21 at the Lapeer Country Club. The event, sponsored by the seven-county Economic Growth Alliance, begins at noon on Feb. 21 at the country club located at 3786 Hunt Road in Lapeer. The cost is $15 and is open to the public. Those interested in attending... [Read More...]

Conversations on Economic Opportunity with Tim Marshall

Tim Marshall is the president and CEO of Bank of Ann Arbor, and he is also the current chair of SPARK’s board of directors. Tim sat down with Paul Krutko to discuss the economy of the region, Bank of Ann Arbor, and the direction he wants to lead SPARK in.  They even touch on those clever Bank of Ann Arbor billboards that dot Ann Arbor. Q&A Paul:  One of the things that we were intrigued about is that you’ve been really innovative in... [Read More...]

Conversations on Economic Opportunity with Bob Guenzel

Bob Guenzel, retired Washtenaw County Administrator, is currently a member of Ann Arbor SPARK’s board of directors. Paul Krutko recently sat down with Bob Guenzel to discuss the past, present, and future of the Ann Arbor region’s economy. Bob Guenzel, Former Washtenaw County Administrator Q&A Paul: I’ve heard you talk often about the importance of building relationships and using those relationships to make life better for citizens.  Can... [Read More...]

Question: How much time does a job search take?

As I mentioned on our Talent Blog, it takes longer to fill the job than the hiring manager wants, so the answer is clearly longer than you want. That is thinking about how long the search process takes, weeks or months depending on your profession and the economy. Remember, if you are unemployed or only working part-time hours, your job search is a job. Put in 30 hours a week. If you are not, ask yourself, “Why not?” Are you discouraged? Find... [Read More...]

Twelve Companies Receive Michigan Microloan Fund Program Award

Twelve Michigan companies have received a combined total of more than $444,000 through the Michigan Microloan Fund Program, bringing the total amount loaned through the Fund to more than $2.4 million.  The companies received the funding to support commercialization of their core products. “The companies that received Michigan Microloan Fund Program awards represent the wide range of innovations taking root across the state,” said Skip Simms,... [Read More...]

Ann Arbor SPARK Begins Livingston County Work, Collaboration

Ann Arbor SPARK, a public-private partnership whose mission is to advance innovation-based economic development in the greater Ann Arbor region, recently finalized the agreement to assume management of business attraction efforts for the Economic Development Council (EDC) of Livingston County.  As part of those efforts, Ann Arbor SPARK hired economic development professional Jay Bahr, who will serve as a business development manager for Livingston... [Read More...]

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 owners who are advancing our region’s economy; there’s an incredible... [Read More...]

Ann Arbor SPARK awarded $500,000 from the MEDC for SPARK East Incubator

Ann Arbor SPARK was recently awarded $500,000 from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) 21st Century Jobs Fund. The funding will support the Ann Arbor SPARK East business incubator. “MEDC support for Ann Arbor SPARK’s East incubator extends and enhances opportunities for start-ups throughout the region,” said Paul Krutko, president and CEO, Ann Arbor SPARK. “Business incubators play an important role... [Read More...]

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