ToolWorx of Livingston County Awarded Patent

Brighton, MI – ToolWorx Information Products, Inc. (“ToolWorx”), of Brighton, Michigan announces that it has been awarded patent #8,485,429 for its SmartVision™ labeling system designed in response to the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI). This unique labeling system allows produce growers to use standard graphics and markings to identify produce in containers and automatically print the associated PTI-compliant label, all... [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...]

Dell might be the investor you’ve been looking for

Dell Innovators Credit Fund, a financing initiative that provides entrepreneurs up to $150,000 in technology resources to maximize potential for innovation, speed to market and job creation. Through Dell Financial Services, qualified angel and venture-backed companies can access up to 10 percent of their funded amount, or up to $150,000, with accelerated, limited credit terms. Approximately $100 million may be made available to support multiple awards.... [Read More...]

Ann Arbor Green Fair Continues A2Fiber Momentum

The tenth annual Ann Arbor Green Fair took place on Friday, June 11th along Main Street.  SPARK attended the event in hopes to maintain and increase community support, interest and awareness of the A2Fiber campaign.  The A2Fiber campaign is the community organized initiative created when applying to be chosen by Google to place high speed fiber cables around the city for faster internet.  SPARK teamed up with the University of Michigan and the... [Read More...]

Michigan Municipal League article about SPARK

In the current issue of the Michigan Municipal League magazine and e-newsletter there is an article about SPARK and our ‘open source economic development’ model.  Check it out here.  This issue is mostly about entrepreneurism in the state.  It’s very encouraging.  We’re in good company with communities all around the state.  Included in the publication are articles about the new incubator in East Lansing and a new initiative... [Read More...]