Founders Series Podcast: Dr. Mary Sue Coleman, president emerita of the University of Michigan

As part of the Ann Arbor SPARK 10-year anniversary celebration, we’ve invited founding members to this special series to share their insights and reflect on the economic progress we’ve made in the Ann Arbor region. During this podcast, Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, interviews Dr. Mary Sue Coleman, president emerita of the University of Michigan. Dr. Coleman talks about the economic environment 10 years ago and her... [Read More...]

Larry Freed: Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Larry Freed is managing partner of Second Stage Partners, where early and second stage companies are assisted with efficiently increasing their revenue to achieve business maturity. In his conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Larry discusses his success as president and CEO of ForeSee, the launch of Second Stage Partners, and the three-phase framework it offers its clients. Listen to the podcast at this link.  Read More →

Ann Arbor SPARK Supports Expansion of Toyota Technical Center

Toyota to Invest $32.5 million, Add 250 Jobs in Region Ann Arbor SPARK provided critical support to Toyota Technical Center in York Charter Township, Mich., throughout its process of securing incentives from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation that will help the company expand in the region. Toyota has committed to investing $32.5 million in expanding its Technical Center, where it will add 250 jobs in the next five years. “We greatly... [Read More...]

Esperion Therapeutics, Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Roger Newton is Executive Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer of Esperion Therapeutics Tim Mayleben is President and Chief Executive Officer of Esperion Therapeutics Esperion Therapeutics is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing first-in-class, oral, low-density, lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) lowering therapies for treatment of hypercholesterolemia and other cardiometabolic risk markers. In their... [Read More...]

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...]

TD Ameritrade, Thomson Plastics to expand in the Ann Arbor region

Two companies have chosen the Ann Arbor region for expansion, citing the region’s deep talent pool as the prime factor in their decision to grow here. TD Ameritrade and Thomson Plastics will invest $7 million in Ann Arbor, and are tapping in to this region’s talent pool to hire nearly 100 people. TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation (NYSE: AMTD), based in Omaha, Neb., plans to open a new technology center focused on advanced technology and innovation... [Read More...]

Nigel Francis: Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Nigel Francis is the Senior Automotive Adviser to the State of Michigan, and the Senior Vice President, Automotive Industry Office, Michigan Economic Development Corporation. He is charged with developing, implementing, and executing a strategic plan to promote, retain, and grow Michigan’s automotive industry. Nigel will be a featured speaker at Ann Arbor SPARK’s 2014 Annual Meeting on May 20th. In his conversation with Paul Krutko, president... [Read More...]

XanEdu expands in Ann Arbor with $1M investment and 50 jobs

XanEdu, Inc. is expanding its operations in the Ann Arbor region, investing more than $1 million and planning to hire over 50 people. As part of the expansion, XanEdu is consolidating its Michigan and Kentucky operations into its current headquarters, located in Pittsfield Township. XanEdu currently has 30 employees in the region. The jobs the company will add here will be in management, sales, and IT. Positions are posted on SPARK Talent Portal.   Explaining... [Read More...]

Want to grow? Work locally, but think globally

By Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK Last year, Michigan set a record. Nearly $60 billion in goods were exported from Michigan — a 3 percent increase from 2012. Every billion dollars of exports supports around 5,000 U.S. jobs, giving us a significant reason to focus our attention on these export markets. Livingston County already competes in the global economy. Hundreds of people in the area work for firms based in Germany, Japan,... [Read More...]

Choosing Ann Arbor to Grow Your Career

Graduating soon? If you’re like most of your fellow students, you’re probably applying for positions in large cities from coast to coast, but have you considered the city around you? Ann Arbor is thriving and bursting at the seams with unique restaurants and bars, cultural attractions, and entrepreneurial activity. And to top it all off, the city is extremely affordable compared to places like New York City and San Francisco. Main Street, Ann... [Read More...]

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