SPARK’s Jennifer Owens Blogs from California

SPARK’s very own Jennifer Owens headed out to west to California this week on a business and talent attraction trip.  She has organized two events during the time she will be visiting the Palo Alto area and has set up meetings with business leaders.  The hope is to educate businesses about all the opportunities that are available for them in the Ann Arbor area. While out in California, Jennifer will be blogging through the Great Lakes Innovation... [Read More...]

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.  Fingers crossed for these Ann Arbor business leaders!  Read More →

Boot Camp & ACE

As a long time Boot Camp drill instructor I have had the good fortune to work with a number of early stage companies that have gone on to commercialize their technologies. An important step in that path is often soliciting and securing funding for the new business. One of the critical lessons that Boot Camp teaches is distilling the important elements of your business into a concise two minute presentation or “elevator pitch”. Armed with this... [Read More...]