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January 2014 Archives

Ann Arbor Google call center closure causes loss of 430 jobs

Some 430 employees of Teleperformance USA have lost their jobs at an Ann Arbor call center, and that call center is now closed. The layoffs, which occurred this month, resulted from the firm's loss of its contract with Google. Google whose name has become synonymous with Internet searches, confirmed that it is not renewing its contract with Teleperformance to provide customer service support. The representatives in the Ann Arbor call center handled technical support for Google products.

2 Detroit area businesses chosen for grants

We've previously discussed Michigan-based businesses, and particularly those headquartered in and around Detroit, that are succeeding thanks to determined, savvy entrepreneurs with solid business plans. Now comes good news about two more such businesses. They are among just 12 companies chosen from almost 35,000 small businesses throughout the country to receive $250,000 from Chase. According to the "Detroit Free Press," the funds, which they can use any way they choose, were given as part of Chase's Mission Main Streets Grants program that rewards promising "homegrown companies."

Compuware's latest transaction should have minimal local impact

The foremost computer technology corporation in Michigan, Compuware, has just announced that it will sell three of its business units to a private equity fund based in Los Angeles. According to a Compuware executive, the jobs held by employees of those business units are expected to remain in Detroit, where the company's world headquarters is located. That's good news after the 160 positions that were eliminated last year.

Shinola plans to grow internationally, but stay rooted in Detroit

A Detroit retailer that opened its flagship store this summer is attracting big attention and already has plans for expansion in other major cities in the U.S. and abroad. Shinola is already making a name for itself, rating a place in "Departures," American Express's magazine, as one of the 100 "people, places and things around the globe that matter now."

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