Valley Venture Mentors has long had a singular but multi-faceted mission — to promote entrepreneurship in the region and provide various forms of assistance to help business owners take their venture to the next stage. Through a new and broader affiliation with the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council, the agency has an opportunity to become, in the words of its director, even more of an advocate, a champion, and a “convener” within the region’s broad, and growing, entrepreneurship ecosystem.
VVM has gone through a lot of evolution and many iterations, and with the course of the pandemic, that has really provided us with a chance to do some reflection.
The founders of VVM did a masterful job of getting it here and recognizing the importance of the startup community and small-business growth and the importance of that to the Western Mass. economy.
There's also monthly meetings that are happening with resource partners such as SCORE, the Mass. Small Business Development Center, and other organizations that are supporting entrepreneurs.
- University of Massachusetts
- Valley Venture Mentors
- Rick Sullivan
- Springfield Business Improvement District
- Berkshire Bank
- Westmass Area Development Corp.
- Massachusetts Technology Collaborative
- Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts
- Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau