Entrepreneurial Programs in Austin, Texas

Another beautiful day in Austin. After walking around downtown and seeing some beautiful views in the downtown park alongside the river it was time to meet with the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas. Amanda Chiampi and Eugene Sepulveda are doing some pretty amazing things around Austin. The community involvement and leadership projects really give back to the area. It was my second time hearing about Lemonade Day, an annual event that teaches... [Read More...]

Lots to do in Austin, Texas

Tuesday morning I was able to get a real feel for the surrounding downtown area in Austin. It was only about 9:00 AM but there were already many people out jogging and walking their dogs. The river had many jogging paths around it as well as benches and a gazebo where you could sit and enjoy the beautiful morning. There were lots of shops near the Warehouse District near their Congress Drive. Driving down Congress really resembles our capital loop... [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...]

Ann Arbor SPARK Takes Top Honors at MEDA, IEDC Awards

Ann Arbor SPARK’s marketing materials recently took top honors from the Michigan Economic Development Association.  Also, our business accelerator was awarded honorable mention from the International Economic Development Council. Valerie Christofferson accepts Ann Arbor SPARK's IEDC award. L to R: William Best, FM – Chairman of the IEDC Board of Directors; Christofferson; Timothy Solomon, CEcD – Chairman of the IEDC Awards Task Force... [Read More...]

The SPARK Team is Growing

Valerie Christofferson was recently promoted from staff accountant to business development manager.  SPARK hired C.J. Lee as a business development manager and Emily Heintz as SPARK’s new staff accountant. C.J. Lee joins Valerie on the business development team.  Prior to joining Ann Arbor SPARK, C.J. served on the communications and policy team for the Rick Snyder for Michigan Committee where he was responsible for communications reporting... [Read More...]