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...]

Nine Companies Receive Michigan Microloan Fund Program Awards

Nine Michigan companies have received a combined total of more than $397,000 through the Michigan Microloan Fund Program, bringing the total amount loaned through the Fund to nearly $3.6 million.  The companies received the funding to support commercialization of their core products. “The Michigan Microloan Fund Program helps businesses across the state bring innovative ideas to market by bridging a critical gap in the funding stream,” said... [Read More...]

Want to find new growth opportunities? The MMA & MEDC can help!

Written by Kyle DeBord, SPARK Business Development Manager The Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA) and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) roadshow recently pulled into Weber’s in Ann Arbor to provide an update to MMA members on how they can find new growth opportunities through the MEDC’s recently launched Pure Michigan Business Connect program. Ann Arbor SPARK’s President & CEO Paul Krutko welcomed the group to the... [Read More...]

Seven Companies Receive Michigan Microloan Fund Program Awards

Seven Michigan companies have received a combined total of more than $232,000 through the Michigan Microloan Fund Program, bringing the total amount loaned through the Fund to more than $2.8 million.  The companies received the funding to support commercialization of their core products. “This latest round of Michigan Microloan Fund Program investments support an impressive range of innovations from around the state,” said Skip Simms, senior... [Read More...]

Michigan Corporate Relations Network Announces RFP for Second Round of the Small Company Innovation Program

East Lansing, MI –The Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN) is soliciting proposals for the second round of its Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP) awards. SCIP provides cost-sharing grants to small-to medium-sized companies for research projects at MCRN universities. The six universities that make up MCRN are Wayne State University, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Michigan Technological University, University of... [Read More...]

Unemployment is at 5.5% in Washtenaw County – one of the lowest regional rates in the nation! The Good News: The Economy is Recovering – The Bad News: Competition for Talent is Increasing.

In an environment where talent is key, what can a company do to access and retain the talent it needs, particularly young, educated talent? This was the topic last month at HR Day and the Michigan Career Educators and Employers Association Annual Conference (MCEEA), where university career services and HR experts converged to share their experiences and knowledge to help Michigan companies gain the talent edge in this new economy. Here are a few strategies... [Read More...]

Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund Invests $600,000 in Three Start-Ups

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – ANN ARBOR, MICH. – JULY 9, 2012 – Three Michigan companies recently received investments from the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund, totaling $600,000.  To date, the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund, a collaborative effort of Michigan’s SmartZones to support start-ups’ product commercialization, has awarded 75 Michigan companies with seed funding totaling more than $16.5 million. The three companies recently awarded... [Read More...]

FIRST RECIPIENTS OF MICHIGAN’S SMALL COMPANY INNOVATION PROGRAM GRANTS ANNOUNCED

EAST LANSING, Mich. — DeNovo Sciences, a Michigan startup, and PicoCal, an Ann Arbor based company, have become the first recipients of the state’s Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP) Grants through the Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN). The SCIP was created to help small Michigan companies attack technological and commercialization issues by providing them access to top research university resources and talent that they otherwise... [Read More...]

Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund Invests $2 million in Nine Start-Ups

Nine Michigan companies recently received investments from the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund, totaling more than $2 million. To date, the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund, a collaborative effort of Michigan’s SmartZones, has awarded 72 Michigan companies with seed funding totaling more than $16 million. “The Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund is helping businesses across the state bring their innovative products to market,” said Skip Simms, Ann... [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...]

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