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Life sciences grant-writing workshop to be held Sept. 20-21

Biotechnology Business Consultants is presenting a two-day workshop on September 20 and 21 covering all aspects of grant writing for life science technologies. Get an overview of grants and contracts, sources of funding and eligibility. Learn to craft a fundable proposal for the Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and more.

Contact BBC at www.bioconsultants.com or 734-930-9741.

Great Lakes Entrepreneurial Quest back for 8th year

TechTown, Automation Alley and Ann Arbor SPARK will sponsor intensive entrepreneurial training this fall called Great Lakes Entrepreneurs Quest.


The GLEQ has a track record of success, with more than $22 million recently awarded to twelve GLEQ alumni from the 21st Century Jobs Fund, bringing the total investment into GLEQ companies to more than $40 million.

The GLEQ is structured into two distinct maturity "paths" serving entrepreneurs at different stages of development. Cash awards of as much as $25,000 and in-kind services are provided to the winners.

Read the entire article here.

New web portal for job hunters launches

Ann Arbor-based NetXert Inc. has launched JoobsToday.com, a web portal for local job hunters.


NetXert developed the life sciences portal "BioConnections" for MichBio, the state's biotechnology industry trade group, to help keep Pfizer Inc. employees in the area.

NetXert said that in celebration of its grand opening, any business located in Michigan can register and post jobs for free through Dec. 31.

Read the entire article here.

UM consumer satisfaction study encouraging for Detroit automakers

University of Michigan's annual American Consumer Index Study (ACIS) showed Ford and General Motors to be improving in quality, as far as buyers are concerned.


Ford's Lincoln and Mercury brands, GM's Buick and Cadillac brands and BMW all tied for second at 86.

The scores are encouraging for Detroit because they come in a year when the domestic nameplates -- led by GM -- are trying to offer less in incentives, said Claes Fornell, director of the U-M center.

Read the entire article here.

Teeter Talk travels from A2 to Midtown Detroit

Local teeter totter enthusiast "Homeless Dave" transcribes conversations he has with people while, what else, teeter tottering. This one, with Kyle Cambell from the DeMattia Group, is an interesting read about Midtown Detroit and Ann Arbor's relationship to the region.


HD: So psychologically, for you, how do you think of Detroit and its relationship to Ann Arbor? When my wife and I were trying to decide if we wanted to actually move to Ann Arbor or not, one of the plusses that we actually wrote down was its proximity to Detroit, a big city, we can take advantage of whatever it is that Detroit has to offer. And then we moved to Ann Arbor, and I dunno three or four years later, we woke up and realized, Gosh, we haven't been to Detroit once, why is that? And I think there's not an orientation towards Detroit as a part of our general mental horizon here in Ann Arbor. It's already over the horizon, as far as most of Ann Arbor is concerned.

KC: That's very true. Growing up here, we rarely went to the city. That's why it's such an adventure for me every day is seeing what's in that city! But yeah, Ann Arbor is kind of isolated from Detroit, and other cities in metro Detroit, Livonia and Warren. You know, it is southeastern Michigan, but it's isolated.

HD: I mean, if you look at it on the map, though, it's not.

KC: Oh no, not at all. It's a straight shot down I-94, it takes about 40 minutes. It's no problem getting there. But people just go in there for their baseball games and come right back.

Read the entire conversation here.

Washtenaw County ranked 6th "most digital" county in nation

The Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties have ranked Washtenaw County sixth in the nation when it comes to being "digital."


Among its online services, the county now allows job applicants to establish application accounts online to help cut down on time when applying for jobs. It also Webcasts the county board of commissioners meetings and provides archives of those videos online, on demand. The Webcasts are accompanied with prior and next meeting agendas, as well as meeting minutes on the county’s web site.

Read the entire article here.

Ann Arbor looking for public input in shaping downtown area

The People's Republic of Ann Arbor maybe the punch line to a few jokes about Metro Detroit's best college town, but the "Republic's" leaders are looking for the opinions of its everyday people to help shape the future of its downtown.

City planners will hold a public downtown design workshop from 7 to 9 p.m. July 26 in the Michigan Room of the Michigan League, 911 N. University Avenue. The workshop is part of the city's Ann Arbor Discovering Downtown initiative, which encourages local residents and business owners to work with city officials on downtown issues, such as downtown parking, historic preservation, urban design and the development processes.

City planners have identified and mapped areas of distinct character in the downtown, along with a set of design principles for each area, using information from a public workshop in May. This design framework will provide the base for the development of design guidelines.

Information from the July workshop will be used for the final workshop scheduled for September. The initiative hopes to develop design guidelines for downtown development.

For information, contact Wendy Rampson at wrampson@a2gov.org or (734) 994-2802.

Source: City of Ann Arbor
Writer: Jon Zemke

Ann Arbor Art Fairs in town through Saturday

It's that time of year: the Ann Arbor Art Fairs are upon us. Through Saturday, experience hundreds of artists in four juried fairs.

Find out more information here.

Public input wanted on A2's new municipal center July 24

The city of Ann Arbor is hosting a public meeting to solicit public input on plans for its new municipal center.

The meeting will take place on July 24 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ann Arbor District Library's main branch in the lower level multipurpose room.

More info at www.a2gov.org.

"Dump the pump!" on June 21

Thursday, June 21 is the second annual "Dump the Pump" day that calls for the parking of cars and the riding of public transit as a way of calling attention to the environmental and economic benefits of using public transit.

A transit fact:

From 1995 through 2006, public transportation ridership increased by 30 percent, a growth rate higher than the 12 percent increase in US population and higher than the 24 percent growth in use of the nation's highways over the same period.

Find out more here.

BioArbor networking group forms for life sciences, first meeting set for July 11

Ann Arbor Spark and MichBio are sponsoring BioArbor, a networking group for the local life sciences industry.


The first BioArbor meeting -- Wednesday, July 11 -- will feature Chris Ehrlich, a partner with the California-based venture capital firm InterWest Partners. As a member of the firm's life sciences team, Ehrlich is focused on investing in and building new businesses around entrepreneurs with novel therapeutic approaches.

In this presentation, Ehrlich will share his experiences and these valuable insights:

*What investors look for in a start-up company

*Today's "hot" investment areas

*Companies who successfully raise venture capital, and

*The challenges of investing in Ann Arbor

Read the entire article here.

Soultracks launches expanded and redesigned website

Ann Arbor-based SoulTracks, the nation's most popular soul music website with over 3 million annual visits, has enhanced its website to meet its growing readership's needs.


"SoulTracks over the past four years at a rate beyond our wildest expectations," said SoulTracks publisher Chris Rizik. "And our readers have been asking for even more. More interactivity, more news and more features on both classic soul and modern soul artists. Soul Music is again one of the fastest rising musical genres in the world, and the new SoulTracks will continue to grow with it."

Read the entire article here.

Ann Arbor job hunters: 2 opportunities for you courtesy of SPARK

Ann Arbor SPARK will host two opportunities for job seekers to find high tech employment in the area over the next two days: On June 6, a networking event with the Ann Arbor Computing Society and on June 7, a career change exploration event.

Find out more here.

A2 market owner supplies store with produce from his own local farm

Bello Vino Market owner Louis Ferris grows 30% of his store's produce on his own 85-acre farm located just miles away from the grocery store.


What the store can't get from the farm it strives to buy as locally as possible, relying heavily on the Amish community around the town of Homer, said Jennifer Ferris, daughter of Louis Ferris and vice president of the store. In all, about 80 percent of the store's produce over the course of the year comes from what can fairly be called local sources, she said.

Bello Vino customer Judy Dyer said knowing much of the food she buys there is locally produced is important to her for reasons of ecology, even though she wasn't aware what farm may be producing it.

"I know that they sell local products, and I buy that,'' Dyer said.

Read the entire article here.

A2 ranks in top 5 of most liveable cities

New York Times profiles Bert Sperling, the man behind the annual "Cities Ranked & Rated: More Than 400 Metropolitan Areas Evaluated in the U.S. & Canada." Ann Arbor ranked No. 5 this year.


USA Today printed a piece about his research and data-collection methods; the editors of Money magazine liked what they saw, and a relationship was born in 1987 that continues to this day — with a few breaks — developing the magazine’s “best cities” lists.

This has blossomed into a virtual industry. There is Sperling’s Best Places (bestplaces.net), where you can plug in any city and get a wealth of information. The site gets about 20,000 hits a day, he says.

Then there are the specific projects, for which he charges an array of clients $5,000 to $20,000, depending on the scope. For seven years he performed an annual study for Ladies’ Home Journal on the best cities for women, and he still does a yearly study for Self magazine on the healthiest cities for women.

Mr. Sperling also sells access to his database to companies like Yahoo, MSN and The Wall Street Journal.

He does all this with the help of his wife and five researchers.
He has developed a set of 10 broad categories into which he feeds an array of government statistics. The 10 are economy and jobs; cost of living; climate; education; health and health care; crime; transportation; leisure; arts and culture; and quality of life, which includes physical setting, downtown core, heritage and overall appearance.

Read the entire profile here.

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