Ann Arbor SPARK Awarded IEDC Excellence Award for New Media Marketing

Ann Arbor SPARK was recently honored for its New Media marketing efforts with a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Details on Ann Arbor SPARK’s new media marketing strategy are offered in a new video: “Ann Arbor SPARK markets the region to a diverse audience, including entrepreneurs to site selectors to investors.  To successfully reach these different groups, it’s important... [Read More...]

$2 Million Michigan Angel Fund Begins Investing in Early Stage Companies

The Michigan Angel Fund (MAF), a professionally managed equity fund focused on capital efficient early stage companies located in Michigan, recently closed the fund to new investors. MAF is a $2 million fund that, with more than 70 members, is the largest angel organization in Michigan. MAF has already made its first investment, in East Lansing-based BioPhotonics Solutions, a Michigan State University spin-out venture, producing technology that automates... [Read More...]

IEDC Honors Ann Arbor SPARK with Accredited Economic Development Organization Designation

Ann Arbor SPARK recently earned designation as an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO) from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The AEDO program accredits local and state economic development entities, regional public-private economic development partnerships, the economic development departments of utility companies, and nonprofit business associations. A video of the awards presentation is available online: http://youtu.be/ic0LS29U1wo “The... [Read More...]

Paul Krutko Leads March of Dimes in Washtenaw County Effort to Improve Health of Ann Arbor Babies

Press release provided to SPARK by March of Dimes Ann Arbor, MI (1/28/2013) – More than 15,000 babies will be born premature in Michigan this year, and business leader Paul Krutko is working with the March of Dimes to change this. Paul, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, knows how important the March of Dimes mission is.  As a father and grandparent, he has taken on the role of March of Dimes Chair for Washtenaw County to raise awareness and... [Read More...]

Talent Planning: Resolve to Add Resolve to Your Resolutions

Was recruiting the right talent at the right time in 2012 straight forward or hard? What do you think 2013 will be like? Either way, it is time to review your choices. Here’s a way to target your recruiting tactics. (A) Select two to four methods of staffing to provide the core members of your team. Focus on these, investing the resources required for ongoing success. (B) Experiment with one or two other channels that may hold promise. (C) Revise... [Read More...]

Question: How much time does a job search take?

As I mentioned on our Talent Blog, it takes longer to fill the job than the hiring manager wants, so the answer is clearly longer than you want. That is thinking about how long the search process takes, weeks or months depending on your profession and the economy. Remember, if you are unemployed or only working part-time hours, your job search is a job. Put in 30 hours a week. If you are not, ask yourself, “Why not?” Are you discouraged? Find... [Read More...]

Barracuda Networks Engineering Team meets in Ann Arbor

Barracuda Network’s engineering leads from around the world met last week in Ann Arbor at SPARK Central Incubator to discuss ways to integrate their product line and produce new innovations to help make the IT guy’s life easier. Check out the video below to see how their stay in Ann Arbor went. The video also includes appearances by SPARK’s own Lori Emerson and Bill Mayer!  Read More →

SPARK Visits DC for MichAGAIN

Written by Phil Santer, Senior Business Development Manager, Livingston County I’ve just returned from Ann Arbor SPARK’s latest MichAGAIN event in Washington, DC. We had the opportunity to hear from Bill Milliken, who returned to Michigan after working in DC with NASA, and some terrific organizations about their growth in Michigan and why this area is a great place to work, live and grow. The message was particularly appealing to me– I moved... [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...]

Liebherr-Aerospace expands facility, adds 20 jobs

Liebherr-Aerospace, located in Saline, is adding 33,000 sq ft to its existing 100,000 sq ft facility.  As part of the company’s expansion, it will also add 15-20 new jobs.  This expansion will help the company accommodate increased demand for its services. “Liebherr-Aerospace is able to expand in the Ann Arbor region, in part, because of its access to highly skilled, technical talent,” said Paul Krutko, Ann Arbor SPARK president... [Read More...]

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