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 …

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$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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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California’s Innovation Model… Michigan?

A great article in the San Fransisco Business Times talks about how California can get its “innovation game back,” it should follow Michigan’s example. Noted venture capitalist Tom Baruch offers insight on where we’re  getting it right and what other states can learn from Michigan. The article notes Michigan’s robust entrepreneurial eco-system as having an …

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Three Companies Receive Combined $110,000 From Michigan Microloan Fund Program

Three Michigan companies recently received a combined total of $110,000 through the Michigan Microloan Fund Program, bringing the total amount invested through the Fund to over $1.69 million. GreenSand Corporation, iQ-Telematics and MyBandStock Corporation received the funding to support commercialization of their core products. Since the Michigan Microloan Fund Program was established in July 2009, …

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SPARK Boot Camp – A Camper’s Retrospective

Sharpened focus, expanded network and accelerated execution. Everyone with a business idea loves to talk about it.  They talk and talk!  Few actually take action. At the beginning of 2008 Dylan Imre and I came up with the idea of creating a business around software for prediction markets.  One of the earliest actions we took  …

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