1. Featured Articles

    1-18 of 18
    1. Community Empowerment Grant helps the formerly incarcerated | WWLP

      Community Empowerment Grant helps the formerly incarcerated | WWLP

      Springfield Community WORKS and the Western Mass Economic Development council were awarded a community empowerment grant back in February of this year. Joining us today is Shawntsi Baret, workforce development consultant for Springfield WORKS and Anne Kandilis, director of Springfield Works, to share with us where they found that this aid is most needed and what their next steps will be.

      Read Full Article
      Mentions: Springfield
    2. Gov. Charlie Baker sees new technologies, products on a visit to Valley Venture Mentors in Springfield

      Gov. Charlie Baker sees new technologies, products on a visit to Valley Venture Mentors in Springfield

      SolaBlock holds the promise of a solar field turned vertical as part of a building façade. The 8-inch square and 8-inch-by-16-inch blocks called solar masonry units are designed in Easthampton. The block portion is made by Chicopee Mason Supplies in Chicopee. The company has other suppliers from Western Massachusetts and Pittsfield and the final assembly facility will open in Pittsfield by the end of the year.

      Read Full Article
    3. Baker, Sarno join Springfield roundtable discussion on local entrepreneurship

      Baker, Sarno join Springfield roundtable discussion on local entrepreneurship

      Governor Baker continued his visit to western Massachusetts Tuesday, joining Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and other city leaders for a roundtable discussion at Valley Ventures. The discussion centered on the vital role entrepreneurs play in building up the western Massachusetts economy. The Western Mass Economic Development Council, Valley Venture Mentors and Western Mass Founders Network were among attendees. The discussion was aimed at bringing awareness to successful economic developments in Greater Springfield, like the EDC’s anchor collaborative. This initiative, as Chief Development Officer Tim Sheehan explains, connects larger anchor institutions, such as universities and other big-employers, with small-business owners.

      Read Full Article
    4. Survey of Springfield residents impacted by the justice system emphasizes need for housing, jobs

      Survey of Springfield residents impacted by the justice system emphasizes need for housing, jobs

      A new survey of Springfield residents who have been incarcerated, or have relatives who have served time, revealed that many people struggle to access support services.  The survey is part of a Western Mass Economic Development Council grant looking to asses the needs of families affected by the justice system.  Anne Kandilis is the director of Springfield Works, a community-wide initiative of the council. She said housing and employment are where people need the most support, but don't know how to get it.

      Read Full Article
    5. Baker visiting western Massachusetts for second day

      Baker visiting western Massachusetts for second day

      Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito will be making stops in western Massachusetts. Baker and Polito will first join other state officials for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Greylock Glen Outdoor Recreation and Nature Center in Adams at 10:00 a.m. Then traveling to Williamsburg for an announcement of the latest round of Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) grant awards.  Finally, at 2:00, they will visit Valley Venture Mentors in Springfield to meet with members of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council, highlighting the organization’s work to support local entrepreneurs.

      Read Full Article
      Mentions: Springfield
    6. Western Mass Economic Development Council & Springfield WORKS Community Empowerment & Reinvestment Grant Event

      Western Mass Economic Development Council & Springfield WORKS  Community Empowerment & Reinvestment Grant Event

      As part of the$400,000 Community Empowerment and Reinvestment Grant, Springfield WORKS, a community-wide initiative with the Western Mass Economic Development Councilrecently administered surveys to Springfield residents who are justice-system involved. The intention was to gather a needs assessment to serve as a resource for the community, as well as to support the ongoing efforts of the seven subgrantee organizations, which will help facilitate the systemic socioeconomic changes needed in the city of Springfield that open up pathways to opportunity. The results of the assessment have been analyzed and below are some of those key takeaways.

      Read Full Article
    7. Western Mass. EDC, Springfield WORKS Announce Phase Two of Community Empowerment and Reinvestment Grant

      Western Mass. EDC, Springfield WORKS Announce Phase Two of Community Empowerment and Reinvestment Grant

      Springfield WORKS, a community-wide initiative with the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council (EDC) announced in May they had received a $400,000 Community Empowerment and Reinvestment Grant that will help facilitate systemic socioeconomic changes in the city of Springfield. The goal is to mitigate the negative impacts of incarceration. Part of the process of implementing the program was administering surveys, collecting that data, and determining how the seven subgrantees will become better situated to aid in the necessary changes. The results from those surveys are in. “As we continue to examine the data collected, we want you to know that ...

      Read Full Article
    8. Western Mass Economic Development Council & Springfield WORKS Announce Community Empowerment and Reinvestment Grant: Phase Two

      Western Mass Economic Development Council & Springfield WORKS Announce Community Empowerment and Reinvestment Grant: Phase Two

      Springfield WORKS, a community-wide initiative with the Western Mass Economic Development Council, announced in May that they received a $400,000 Community Empowerment and Reinvestment Grant that will help facilitate systemic socioeconomic changes in the city of Springfield. The goal is simply stated but will take hard work to achieve in order to mitigate the negative impacts of incarceration

      Read Full Article
    9. SENATOR LESSER SECURES $1 MILLION IN FUNDING TO JUMPSTART THE CLIFF EFFECT PILOT PROGRAM

      SENATOR LESSER SECURES $1 MILLION IN FUNDING TO JUMPSTART THE CLIFF EFFECT PILOT PROGRAM

      New program would allow workers to pursue career advancement without fear of having public benefits such as childcare stripped away

      During the debate over the newly passed economic development and tax relief package, the Massachusetts State Senate approved Senator Eric P. Lesser’s amendment to allocate $1,000,000 toward establishing the Cliff Effect Pilot Program. “The passage of the Cliff Effect amendment is a tremendous victory for workers and families throughout the Commonwealth,” said Senator Eric P. Lesser. “During a time of great financial and economic uncertainty, we must encourage and reward workforce participation while making sure that we ...

      Read Full Article
      Mentions: Springfield
    10. Western Mass Founders Network holds first demo day

      Western Mass Founders Network holds first demo day

      The Western Mass Founders Network celebrated fifteen western Massachusetts business startups Tuesday. The Western Mass Founders Network held its first demo day Tuesday evening with participating startups representing the organization’s peer mentoring program. “The entrepreneurs who have been participating in this program have been meeting in pairs at around table on a monthly basis and we have connected them with mentors of experts that have really been able to help them launch their businesses. These are already established businesses that are trying to take their business to the next level in Western Mass,” said Ross Gibaldi, Executive Director of ...

      Read Full Article
      Mentions: Springfield
    11. Western Mass Founders Network Announces First Demo Day

      Western Mass Founders Network Announces First Demo Day

      The Western Mass Founders Network announced its first demo day will be held June 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Valley Venture Mentors’ facility in Springfield. The participating startups represent the inaugural cohort of the organization’s peer mentoring program. The Western Mass Founders Network Demo Day is the culmination of an eight-month program for startups with high-growth potential based in Western Mass. Over the course of the program, cohort companies have participated in peer roundtables to discuss common challenges and enjoyed one-to-one mentorship from seasoned entrepreneurs and executives with experience growing innovative companies to scale. The demo ...

      Read Full Article
    12. Congressman Richard Neal speaks at Western Mass Economic Development Council lunch

      Congressman Richard Neal speaks at Western Mass Economic Development Council lunch

      A special lunch was held at the Sheraton in Springfield for the Western Mass Economic Development Council. Among those speaking: Congressman Richard Neal. Congressman Richard Neal explained this as an opportunity to show his work on Capitol Hill with local industry leaders. The Council provides information and resources to local businesses through networking, expansion, and relocation. At the forefront of the annual meeting: questions about addressing inflation and local business needs.

      Read Full Article
    13. Baystate Health Awards $1 Million in Better Together Grants

      Baystate Health Awards $1 Million in Better Together Grants

      Baystate Health has awarded $1 million in Better Together Grants to five community initiatives with partner organizations as part of its Community Benefits Program.    “Baystate Health is proud to invest our Determination of Need (DoN) Community Health Initiative (CHI) funding in the communities served by our four hospitals. It is an honor to partner with these very deserving local non-profit organizations over the next three years,” said Annamarie Golden, director, Community Relations for Baystate Health

      Read Full Article
    14. The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts Moves Closer to a New Home

      The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts Moves Closer to a New Home

      While it manages an impressive flow of food from numerous sources to the people who need it most, in recent years, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has been doing that job in a space that’s not sufficient for the work. That will change with the opening, in 2023, of a new headquarters in Chicopee that will more than double the organization’s space and allow it to serve more people with more food and more nutrition and educations — in effect, expanding the menu of what’s possible at a time when the need is great.

      Read Full Article
      Mentions: Chicopee
    15. Now Part of the Edc, Vvm Continues to Evolve and Grow

      Now Part of the Edc, Vvm Continues to Evolve and Grow

      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.

      Read Full Article
    16. Program launches to help small businesses in Springfield

      Program launches to help small businesses in Springfield

      A business development program aimed at small business owners started Tuesday in Springfield. More than 20 percent of small businesses fail in their first year and nearly half within the first five but through this program entrepreneurs receive help. “Rise Up Springfield” is a partnership between the City of Springfield’s Office of Planning and Economic Development, Valley Venture Mentors, and Interise.

      Read Full Article
    17. State of COVID-19 with Baystate Heath, Inc. and Mercy Medical Center

      State of COVID-19 with Baystate Heath, Inc. and Mercy Medical Center

      On Thursday morning, September 9, 2021, over 60 executives and others gathered via zoom to hear from medical experts – Dr. Mark Keroack, president and CEO of Baystate Health, Inc. and Dr. Robert Roose, Chief Medical Officer from Mercy Medical Center on the state of COVID-19 in Western Mass. They issued a collective call to action on taking pertinent measures to combat the rising trend of COVID-19 cases. Legal expert Mary Jo Kennedy, Esq. with Bulkley, Richardson, and Gelinas, LLP, also joined the conversation and shared legal steps that executives should consider when issuing a vaccine mandate or other health protocols ...

      Read Full Article
    1-18 of 18
  1. Categories

    1. Industry Clusters:

      Aerospace/Defense, Business Development, Creative Economy, Education, Energy, Entrepreneurship, Financial Services, Green Region, Health Care, Information Technology, Life Sciences, Logistics, Manufacturing, Medical Devices, Paper Manufacturing, Plastics, Retail, Tourism, Transportation, Workforce
  2. Popular Articles