“SPARK plays a critical role in the success of business, non-profit and entrepreneurial opportunities in the Ann Arbor region. From the incubator tools to talent sourcing to community partnerships, the dozens of SPARK programs available to help the small to large organizations thrive is a testament to the exceptional dedication of the SPARK staff.
As Ann Arbor is a growing tech hub, SPARK is a pioneer in connecting talent to businesses and early funders to growth engines. We at Arbor Networks are consistently amazed with the creativity and passion presented by SPARK to ensure organizations choose the Ann Arbor region, stay, grow and thrive in this wonderful community.”
-Lon Lowen, Arbor Networks
“The Ann Arbor region is vibrant with undeniable energy, fueled by a growing economy and the state’s lowest unemployment rate. SPARK’s partners, funders, and supporters recognize that everyone benefits when a business starts up or grows in the Ann Arbor region. Bank of Ann Arbor has been a private sector funder of SPARK since the founding in 2005 and is proud of the exceptional work that SPARK does each and every day to make sure our economy continues to grow and expand. We are thankful to be a partner in supporting SPARK’s impact in the region.”
-Tim Marshall, Bank of Ann Arbor
Business is strong in Ann Arbor thanks in large part to the Ann Arbor SPARK organization and partners like Disher who is a Funding Member. “The alliance with Ann Arbor SPARK has been tremendous for Disher,” stated Jeff Disher, Founder and President. “SPARK was instrumental in Disher receiving the MEDC grant and they have been a catalyst for our expansion in the Ann Arbor region of Michigan.”
The staff at SPARK has access to the economic ecosystem in the Ann Arbor region. They are well connected with leaders from economic development organizations, startups, businesses, and universities. “We have made several new connections because of our collaboration with Ann Arbor SPARK,” comments DJ Kellogg, Disher Area Lead for Southeast Michigan. “I would highly recommend them to any company new to the area as SPARK is smack dab in the middle of its economic development.”