Lyons Consulting Group to Invest $1.1 million to Expand Ecommerce Business in Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor SPARK helped Lyons Consulting Group secure incentives valued at more that $300,000 from the Michigan Economic Development Corp and the City of Ann Arbor to support its expansion in the region. As part of its expansion, Lyons, an e-commerce strategy, design, development, hosting and support firm based in Chicago, Ill., will invest $1.1 million and create 30 new jobs in the Ann Arbor area. Lyons chose to expand in Ann Arbor over other locations... [Read More...]

Conversations on Economic Opportunity with Sean Heiney

Barracuda Networks announced earlier this year that they would be expanding their operations into the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, where the old Borders store was located. Paul Krutko sat down with Barracuda’s director of new products initiatives, Sean Heiney, as part of SPARK’s podcast series. Q&A Paul:  You are the director of new product initiatives at Barracuda. You’ve been in charge of the Ann Arbor site and you’ve been here since... [Read More...]

Paul Krutko Appointed New CEO and President, Ann Arbor SPARK

Paul Krutko, Ann Arbor SPARK's new CEO, President Paul Krutko has been selected as the new president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK. Krutko will join the organization on April 18 and will oversee continued efforts to expand economic opportunities in the Ann Arbor region through collaboration with local, state, federal and university resources. Krutko brings over 31 years of economic and business development expertise to Ann Arbor SPARK. Recently,... [Read More...]

Another Blog from Austin, Texas!

After grabbing lunch with Maureen Krauss, Director of Oakland County Economic Development & Community Fairs, at Jason’s Deli we both agreed that it good but NO Zingerman’s! We were then off to our meeting with AngelouEconomics to chat with Steve Vierck, President of Economic Development. Steve is a native of the Midwest. We agree the view from his office is pretty amazing BUT I bet he misses the beautiful fall colors we are enjoying right... [Read More...]

SPARK Wins Midwest Collaboration Award

At the 2010 Midwest Collaboration Awards, as presented by the Midwest Technology leaders, Ann Arbor SPARK was honored for its collaboration with the Michigan Life Science and Innovation Center (MLSIC).  The award identifies, creates, supports, and honors impacting partnerships between Midwest companies and local individuals/groups benefitting the technology community.  The award was a result of SPARK’s work on vital entrepreneurial programs... [Read More...]

Michigan – A great place to live

Anne and I have lived in many states.  We are not native to Michigan but spent five years up north in the 80′s.  We were awed by the clear fresh water and the variety of trees and wildlife.  We agreed we wanted to come back, which we did.  One of the other things that impressed us was the diversity of entertainment options, lifestyles, industry and people.  Although we had the opportunity to move to silicon valley we opted to stay in the... [Read More...]

VC Investing in Michigan Biotech more than doubled in 2006

Venture capitalists closed on 11 deals in Michigan last year totaling $135.5 million, with several bio-technology startup In case you missed it, below is a link to the mlive.com story dated Feb. 1 about the BioEnterprise report that said 8 deals in Ann Arbor/Detroit were done last year with a total investment exceeding $98mm, ranking 3rd among 17 Midwestern markets. From there you should be able to link back to the BioEnterprise site and read several... [Read More...]