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With Nearly 300 Jobs to Fill, Universal Marketing Group and Navitas Offer Advice on Getting Hired

The big news in the region this fall has been the creation of jobs by leading area businesses.  Recently, two businesses – Universal Marketing Group and Navitas Advanced Solutions Group – announced expansions in the region that will create 275 jobs. Ann Arbor SPARK worked with both companies to secure incentives that led to them choose Ann Arbor for their expansions and now they're sharing with us their expert hiring advice.

Ann Arbor Start-ups Compete in "World's Largest Business Plan Competition"

Several companies that Ann Arbor SPARK provides entrepreneurial services to participated in the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition (AMIC). Blaze Medical Devices, Ornicept, Patient Provider Communications, Plan Reaction, Showtown, TM3 and TurtleCell all vied for cash prizes in what’s been dubbed “the world’s largest business plan competition.”

InterClean Equipment and Molecular Imaging to Invest and Add Jobs in the Ann Arbor Region

The Ann Arbor SPARK Business Development team worked closely with two local companies that have recently secured incentives to support business growth and expansion in the Ann Arbor region: Molecular Imaging and InterClean Equipment. Read all about what they're planning for 2014.

CEO Podcast: Don Hicks

Llamasoft CEO Don Hicks chats with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, about why he chose Ann Arbor to start LLamasoft. He also talks about its newly expanded office space, the global war for talent, and what's behind the name "LLamasoft".

CEO Podcast: Mandy Grewal

Ann Arbor SPARK President and CEO Paul Krutko chats with Pittsfield Charter Township Supervisor Mandy Grewal about the State Street Corridor Project, partnerships and the importance of celebrating community. Mandy also talks about why Pittsfield Township is the ideal location for new and growing businesses.

SPARK-Administered Programs Invest $1.75M in Michigan Start-Ups

Eleven companies will put $1.75 million to use commercializing products and helping grow the Greater Ann Arbor economy thanks to two Ann Arbor SPARK-administered programs. They join a network of nearly 200 other local companies that have grown and benefited from the programs and are creating local jobs and opportunities.

Ann Arbor SPARK Intern Program Inspires Next Generation Talent to Call the Region Home

Can a summer of real-world experience coupled with the chance to bond with your peers help keep talent in the region? Students in Ann Arbor SPARK's summer internship program say, "Yes!"

CEO Podcast: Yan Ness and Mike Klein

Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Paul Krutko chats with Online Tech Co-CEOs Yan Ness and Mike Klein about their decision to create co-CEO leadership, their thoughts on finding IT talent within the local community and why being located in Michigan is essential to their company.

Control Gaging Breaks Ground in Ann Arbor on New U.S. Headquarters

Control Gaging grows its capacity and efficiency, while providing employees with natural recreation options, at a new Pittsfield Township location.

Greater Ann Arbor Region: Taking Regional Collaboration to the Next Level

What do you get when six counties join forces to promote economic development? GAAR: An innovative collaboration dedicated to and passionate about attracting businesses to the region.

AlertWatch Remedies the Operating Room

In the stress of an operating room, efficiency is paramount. The AlertWatch team, which has an astronaut on staff, has built a groundbreaking tool that aggregates data from monitors and electronic medical records, displaying it all in one convenient dashboard.

Black & Veatch and Control Gaging to Expand Facilities, Add Jobs in the Region

With the support of Ann Arbor SPARK, infrastructure provider Black & Veatch and Control Gaging, a maker of precision gauges, will be adding a combined 75 jobs and building new facilities in the region.

SPARK's Livingston County Office Delivers Incentives for Businesses, Support for Talent Development

Within one year of Ann Arbor SPARK's opening of a branch office in Livingston County, the region is already on the radar of national and international companies looking to expand.

Lyons Consulting Group to Invest $1.1M to Expand E-commerce Business in Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor's abundance of software talent and proximity to universities was the incentive that Chicago-based Lyons Consulting Group needed to open a new office and add 30 new jobs here.

CEO Podcast: Michael Tidwell

Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Paul Krutko chats with Dr. Michael Tidwell, dean of the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University, about the school's impact on the region and the importance of alumni retention.
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