Focused on the Future, Ann Arbor Michigan

This article was originally published at Business In Focus, for the August 2014 issue.  The community grew up around the University of Michigan, which is one of the top three publicly funded research universities in the nation. The institution both attracts and develops talent, and encourages a culture of innovation. “Ann Arbor is a significant area of innovation in the United States,” Mr. Krutko points out. “We are bringing new innovations... [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...]

Greater Ann Arbor Region attracts $361 million in investment, 2,930 jobs

A campaign to attract businesses to the Greater Ann Arbor Region is yielding terrific results, including more than $361 million in new investment and the creation of 2,930 new jobs. Efforts to keep businesses in the Greater Ann Arbor Region, and help them grow here, have resulted in the retention of more than 1,200 jobs. “The Greater Ann Arbor Region collaboration is a great way to position our assets in the global competition for jobs and investment,”... [Read More...]

Ann Arbor SPARK Recognizes Consistent Company Growth with FastTrack Awards

The FastTrack Award Winners at the 2013 Deals of the Year Awards Ceremony. Photo Credit: Doug Coombe Ann Arbor SPARK recently presented its annual FastTrack awards to Washtenaw-based companies that have demonstrated consistent growth. Several of the 2013 FastTrack award recipients were multiple year winners. “To grow a business is an amazing accomplishment, but to grow it consistently at a rate of 20 percent or more is an achievement worthy of recognition... [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...]

Ann Arbor SPARK Awarded $1M to Create Washtenaw County Incubator Collaborative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – JANUARY 24, 2013 — ANN ARBOR, MICH — Ann Arbor SPARK was awarded $1 million from the Michigan Strategic Fund to support its business incubator activities via the creation of the new Washtenaw County Incubator Collaborative (WCIC).  The Michigan Strategic Fund award is designed to stimulate the creation and continued growth of technology-based businesses and jobs. Ann Arbor SPARK, in partnership with the MC3 Business... [Read More...]

Employer FAQ of the Month for October

The recruiting team at Social Patient asks, “Do you have any good resources to prepare us for phone interviews?” First, notice your own attitude toward the candidate. Maintain a conscious balance between selling and screening. So you are excited to have a candidate who looks good on paper and maybe was referred by someone you trust. Therefore, you are tempted to just sell, invite and pitch why this job, for your organization, in this location... [Read More...]

Where can you find World Class business development services offered at no cost to any employer?

Washtenaw County Michigan Works! Business Services provides Human Resources support to employers of all sizes to recruit and retain high quality employees.  Partnering with economic development, institutions of higher education, and training organizations, Business Services is part of the lead workforce development agency in the community Washtenaw County Michigan Works!. Our team of highly trained professionals help organizations grow, expand,... [Read More...]

Terumo CVS to Invest $4.9 Million in Ann Arbor Headquarters, Receives Ann Arbor SPARK and Scio Township Support

Terumo Cardiovascular Systems Corporation (Terumo CVS) has been awarded a 12-year property tax abatement by Scio Township for $4.9 million in investments for capital improvements at its Ann Arbor facility. Ann Arbor SPARK provided assistance to Terumo CVS in identifying and applying for the tax incentives. “Terumo CVS has been a part of the Ann Arbor region’s growing economy for several years; it’s exciting to support the next step in its evolution,”... [Read More...]

Unemployment is at 5.5% in Washtenaw County – one of the lowest regional rates in the nation! The Good News: The Economy is Recovering – The Bad News: Competition for Talent is Increasing.

In an environment where talent is key, what can a company do to access and retain the talent it needs, particularly young, educated talent? This was the topic last month at HR Day and the Michigan Career Educators and Employers Association Annual Conference (MCEEA), where university career services and HR experts converged to share their experiences and knowledge to help Michigan companies gain the talent edge in this new economy. Here are a few strategies... [Read More...]

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