1. Articles from BrianSteeleML

    1-13 of 13
    1. MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack responds to delayed Western Mass. project funding (video)

      MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack responds to delayed Western Mass. project funding (video)

      During an Aug. 5 meeting with The Republican editorial board, state Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack responded to a question about the perceived inequality in major project funding and the appearance that eastern Massachusetts is given preference over the western part of the state. Although western Massachusetts is receiving attention from the state Legislature, including focus on the Union Station renovation and Northampton's Norwottuck Rail Trail, these projects and many more have been in the pipeline for years.

      Read Full Article
    2. In Springfield, Steve Wozniak talks Apple's early days, the future of humans and machines

      In Springfield, Steve Wozniak talks Apple's early days, the future of humans and machines

      Steve Wozniak captivated the crowd Friday night at the MassMutual Center, telling stories from the early days of Apple, promoting technological advances like self-driving cars and describing the philosophy that has driven him to such success. The Apple co-founder participated in a question-and-answer session moderated by NECN's Latoyia Edwards. The talk was put on by the Springfield Public Forum with help of sponsors including MassMutual, Wilbraham & Monson Academy and Paragus Strategic IT. MassLive was the media sponsor.

      Read Full Article
    3. Valley Venture Mentors Accelerator Awards boosts startups; Olive Natural Beauty takes 1st place

      Valley Venture Mentors Accelerator Awards boosts startups; Olive Natural Beauty takes 1st place

      The skin care startup Olive Natural Beauty took first place at the inaugural Valley Venture Mentors Accelerator Awards, winning a $35,000 grant.  Twelve companies split a pot of $282,500, up from the $250,000 that was announced before the event on Thursday night at the MassMutual Center.  'Today is the culmination of four months of intensive training,' said VVM Executive Director Paul Silva, congratulating every business team who has gone through the mentoring and acceleration programs.

      Read Full Article
    4. Valley Venture Mentors announces 12 finalists who will compete for grant money | masslive

      Valley Venture Mentors announces 12 finalists who will compete for grant money | masslive

      Twelve companies will compete for their share of $250,000 in prizes from Valley Venture Mentors at the organization's first Accelerator Awards ceremony on Thursday.
      The finalists are: Artifact Cider Project, BeTH, EDENIS, Food on a Truck, Lobster IT Limited, LocalTable, MachineMetrics, Olive Natural Beauty, PetSimpl, White Lion Brewing Company, Wonder Crew, and Worksafe Technology.

      Read Full Article
    5. Students' innovative ideas wow judges at Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Initiative in Holyoke | masslive

      Students' innovative ideas wow judges at Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Initiative in Holyoke | masslive

      Whiteley took first place in the live 'elevator pitch' portion of the event. Her product is 'a fashionable self-protecting wallet that opens based on a thumb print, and can be tracked through a phone app,' according to HCC, which was represented by more than 50 students and faculty members.  She also won an award from the Springfield-based Valley Venture Mentors, a cash prize and the chance for an internship with The Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation.

      Read Full Article
    6. Innovative startups show off to business leaders at Springfield's Valley Venture Mentors

      Innovative startups show off to business leaders at Springfield's Valley Venture Mentors

      A mop that greatly reduces the likelihood of work-related injuries and a GPS tracker for the family pet that also collects data on exercise. These are just two of the ideas that were turned into promising startups with the guidance of Valley Venture Mentors, a non-profit mentoring and acceleration program headquartered at Tower Square. VVM hosted a small pitch session on Friday at the end of a daylong tour of innovative businesses hosted by the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts.

      Read Full Article
    7. Springfield's Waterdog Technologies expanding with funding boost from River Valley Investors | masslive

      Springfield's Waterdog Technologies expanding with funding boost from River Valley Investors | masslive

      A prominent and influential group of investors has provided a local technology distribution firm with $500,000 in funding, designed to catalyze the company's growth and keep it in the city.  River Valley Investors is a group of angel investors who help prop up new local businesses with solid growth potential. The Springfield Venture Fund created by MassMutual for the same purpose, plus individual businesspeople, contributed to this investment.  Waterdog Technologies, founded in 2013 and located at 1391 Main St., provides information technology products to businesses that will resell them to the end-user. Some of their products include Avast ...

      Read Full Article
    8. How UMass Amherst students' FogKicker invention could change your car's windshield | masslive

      How UMass Amherst students' FogKicker invention could change your car's windshield | masslive

      As part of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council 2015 Innovation Tour on Friday, a UMass Amherst student presented a product called FogKicker, a coating technology with potential applications for millions of people.
      After winning the UMass Amherst Innovation Challenge and its $25,000 top prize last month, the FogKicker team is looking to keep moving toward capturing a piece of the market.  YinYong Li, a PhD candidate at the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, described FogKicker's potential and how it works.

      Read Full Article
    9. Wilbraham's FloDesign Sonics makes major medical breakthroughs using sound waves | masslive

      Wilbraham's FloDesign Sonics makes major medical breakthroughs using sound waves | masslive

      FloDesign Sonics, which touts itself as the 'filterless filter company,' launched in 2012 and has obtained lucrative contracts to invent acoustic technology with important real-life applications, many of which are medical. The company has developed a new way to use sound waves to isolate and remove particles from a fluid, which can clean the surrounding material or allow for the study of anomalous masses, among other possibilities.

      Read Full Article
    10. West Springfield seeks state help with Front Street Mill redevelopment process

      West Springfield seeks state help with Front Street Mill redevelopment process

      The town has asked for the Front Street Mill to be designated a "priority development site" by the state, allowing for high-visibility marketing and greater likelihood of receiving grants. 150 Front St., 101 Front St., the fish ladder and the power canal would be targeted in the plan to make the mostly vacant property flourish. Consultants with UMass Amherst have suggested mixed-use business and residential properties, beautification and more opportunities for recreation.

      Read Full Article
    11. Historic airplane Gee Bee Z, 'The City of Springfield,' proposed for new LEGO set

      Historic airplane Gee Bee Z, 'The City of Springfield,' proposed for new LEGO set

      In honor of its history and its unique design, Comeau is asking LEGO to create a kit that would allow children and adults alike to make their own models of the Gee Bee Z, also called "The City of Springfield." Gee Bee stands for Granville Brothers, the manufacturers of the plane that won every race it entered. The company was based at the former Springfield Airport during the Great Depression, and went bankrupt a few years after pilot Lowell Bayles was killed on Dec. 5, 1931, in a fiery crash of the only Gee Bee Z in existence. Comeau's ...

      Read Full Article
      Mentions: Springfield
    12. Game developer HitPoint Studios moving to Springfield after local investors

      Game developer HitPoint Studios moving to Springfield after local investors

      HitPoint Studios will move its offices from Amherst to Springfield after a group of local investors committed $1.25 million to the company in an effort to keep it in Western Massachusetts. The mobile and video game developer received competing offers from the Silicon Valley and Boston areas, contingent upon moving there. In a statement, River Valley Investors Chairman John Goodhue said HitPoint is "exciting" and now it "will grow right here."

      Read Full Article
    1-13 of 13
  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. Topics in the News

    1. (12 articles) Springfield
    2. (7 articles) Valley Venture Mentors
    3. (5 articles) Amherst
    4. (4 articles) University of Massachusetts
    5. (4 articles) MassMutual
    6. (2 articles) Western New England University
    7. (2 articles) West Springfield
    8. (2 articles) Northampton
    9. (2 articles) Holyoke
    10. (2 articles) MassMutual Center
  3. Popular Articles

  4. Picture Gallery

    Game developer HitPoint Studios moving to Springfield after local investors Historic airplane Gee Bee Z, 'The City of Springfield,' proposed for new LEGO set West Springfield seeks state help with Front Street Mill redevelopment process West Springfield announces 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award winners Wilbraham's FloDesign Sonics makes major medical breakthroughs using sound waves | masslive How UMass Amherst students' FogKicker invention could change your car's windshield | masslive Springfield's Waterdog Technologies expanding with funding boost from River Valley Investors | masslive Innovative startups show off to business leaders at Springfield's Valley Venture Mentors Students' innovative ideas wow judges at Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Initiative in Holyoke | masslive MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack responds to delayed Western Mass. project funding (video) Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Melissa Breor as Executive Director Massachusetts Gaming Commission Awards $10.6 Million in Community Grants