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    1. 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 ...

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      Mentions: Springfield
    2. 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 ...

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    3. 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.

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    4. 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

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    5. 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.

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      Mentions: Chicopee
    6. 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.

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    7. 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.

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    8. 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 ...

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