U-M receives $200M gift to support business school, athletics program

U-M's coffers will runneth over with billionaire real estate developer Stephen M. Ross's $200M gift. Excerpt: "The real-estate developer's gift, the single largest in the university's history, will be split between its business school—which is named for Mr. Ross, a 1962 graduate—and its athletics program… In 2004, Mr. Ross gave $100 million to construct a new building for the University of Michigan's... [Read More...]

Guest Blogger: Larry Eiler

Michigan has always been ground zero for cutting-edge engineering. And with the technological sophistication of today's auto industry, that fact couldn't be truer. Larry Eiler, CEO of Eiler Communications, thinks the state could do a much better job of telling the world that story. News from Concentrate  Read More →

Guest Blogger: Larry Eiler

Michigan has always been ground zero for cutting-edge engineering. And with the technological sophistication of today's auto industry, that fact couldn't be truer. Larry Eiler, CEO of Eiler Communications, thinks the state could do a much better job of telling the world that story. News from Concentrate  Read More →

How to work effectively with a recruiter to get the job you want – Part II

Today’s post is written by Clay Johnson of Technical Engineering Consultants Last month my blog focused on dispelling some of the misconceptions about working with a recruiter and on being realistic about what you are looking for in your next opportunity. This month I’d like to discuss how and why it’s important to maintain your relationship with the recruiter. Disclose Information If you keep information from your recruiter, you’re not negotiating;... [Read More...]

IT firm Red Level Networks opens Ann Arbor office, adds 3 jobs

Novi-based Red Level Networks has opened a satellite office in Ann Arbor as the IT firm is going after more work in what is arguably Michigan's foremost tech cluster. "We're going where the business is and the business seems to be growing in Ann Arbor," says David King, president of Red Level Networks. "We feel there is an opportunity for us to have a presence there." Red Level Networks has grown significantly in its... [Read More...]

HookLogic Awarded $9.5M in Funding

HookLogic, the leader in e-commerce media, announced this week that it has been awarded a $9.5 million round of financing from Bain Capital Ventures. HookLogic will use the funding to further develop its unique Software-as-a-Service (Saas) platform and expand its business across the retail, travel and automotive sectors in North America and Europe. HookLogic is headquartered in New York. Its office in Ann Arbor is focused on developing software... [Read More...]

Finding a Good Crop of Employees: NPR Offers Up Close Look at Michigan’s Agriculture Economy

A recent “Changing Gears” series on Michigan Radio explored Michigan’s agriculture economy.  In part five of the five part series, SPARK president and CEO Paul Krutko offers that “prospective workers want to take jobs in places where they know there are more jobs.” With his insight, Krutko explains that agriculture talent — and the needs of this population — are no different that the needs of high tech workers... [Read More...]

Michigan’s Getting It Right

“Simply put, Job One is jobs,” said Governor Rick Snyder tonight at his State of the State address. What a refreshing voice for the people of Michigan! Open Source Economic Development ® Michigan Dashboard Metrics-real results for real people Economic growth Health & Education Value for Government Quality of Life Public Safety Pure Michigan Talent, entrepreneurs, employers, universities, funding, incubators = JOBS.  Read More →

Micro loans becoming very popular

Six months ago there was no such thing as a loan for a pre-revenue, innovative start-up company.  Today, if you are in Washtenaw county there are three sources for loans.  There has been a lot of press about these micro loans the past few weeks.  Expect a lot more.  We have made four loans to companies around the state through the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund program totalling $137,500 in just three months.  Applicants for the Ann Arbor and... [Read More...]

21CJF Update

Updated information about the 21st Century Jobs Fund competition The SEIC met last week to approve the list of companies that met the requirements for eligibility for the 21st Century Jobs Fund competition.  26 companies were rejected from the 117 that applied leaving 91 companies to be reviewed.  Those 26 should have received word by now but we haven’t heard any rumblings yet. David Haviland with Shepherd Advisors attended the meeting and... [Read More...]