Angela Barbash, Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Angela Barbash is founder of Reconsider and principal of sister company Revalue. Reconsider is an impact economy research and development firm based in Ypsilanti, and Revalue is a registered investment advisory firm.  In her conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Angela discusses both companies, the Investment Readiness program that helps entrepreneurs in need of capital funding, as well as Local Investor Education... [Read More...]

FedEx creates contest for small business grants

For the first time, FedEx is running a nationwide small business grant competition that will award $50,000 to six winners.  The first place winner will receive a grand prize of $25,000 to invest in their business. Small businesses (less than 100 employees) may enter online at http://fedex.com/grant contest. Share your story and a company photo with FedEx, explaining why your business deserves the grant and how it would be invested. Once submitted,... [Read More...]

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 existing operations in Bloomfield Hills, as well as locate operations in Ann... [Read More...]

American Broach & Machine Company Invests $25M in Ann Arbor Expansion

American Broach & Machine Company will establish a new research and development center in the Ann Arbor region and today received a MEGA tax credit totaling $572,782 to help encourage the expansion. American Broach & Machine Company, a designer and builder of machine tools for the auto and defense sectors, plans to invest $25 million in a new research and development center in Ypsilanti. The company expects the project to create up to... [Read More...]

Angels in the open

Business Week just published a list of the most active and successful angels in the country.  Check out this article http://bwnt.businessweek.com/interactive_reports/future_of_tech_2010/  The disappointing part of the list is that all investors, except #25, invest in IT companies only.  IT of course covers a lot of industry subsectors like software, mobile apps, gaming, computing, internet, etc.  But I didn’t see alternative energy, materials,... [Read More...]