1. Articles in category: Entrepreneurship

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    1. MCLA Innovation & Entrepreneurship Challenge Announces Three Winners

      MCLA Innovation & Entrepreneurship Challenge Announces Three Winners

      Although this year’s Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Innovation & Entrepreneurship Challenge, held May 4-8, was a virtual affair, the college community still came together to view and vote for the three finalists’ pitches. The finalists, all seniors, who pitched their business ideas via video, were David Flight, Kimberly Granito, and Sierra Lamonde. The students were coached through a series of deliverables — determining a solution to a problem, developing a budget and business plan as the road map for the project or business, and presenting before a panel of judges.

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    2. Pioneer Valley College Students Recognized for Entrepreneurial Spirit

      Pioneer Valley College Students Recognized for Entrepreneurial Spirit

      Eighty-six students from 14 local colleges and universities recently received awards for their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit, with 55 unique businesses and business concepts represented. News of the 2020 Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Initiative (EI) Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards came at about the same time as participating students’ semesters were disrupted by COVID-19. Soon thereafter, the annual entrepreneurship banquet, where more than 450 people were scheduled to attend to celebrate these students, was canceled. The Grinspoon EI class of 2020 received their award checks of up to $1,000 by mail, and they and continue to be mentored by their Grinspoon EI faculty ...

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    3. EforAll Holyoke Launches Accelerator Program for Spanish-speaking Entrepreneurs

      EforAll Holyoke Launches Accelerator Program for Spanish-speaking Entrepreneurs

      Continuing to expand its proven approach to help under-resourced individuals successfully start and grow their businesses, Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) Holyoke announced that it is accepting applications for its new EparaTodos program in Holyoke, which will focus on supporting Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs in the Greater Holyoke community.

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      Mentions: Holyoke
    4. Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley reaches fundraising goal, prepares for reopening

      Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley reaches fundraising goal, prepares for reopening

      The Odyssey Bookshop went to its longtime fans last month with an urgent request for donations, money needed to keep the 57-year-old shop operating during the coronavirus shutdown of the brick-and-mortar retail economy. On Friday, owner Joan Grenier said the shop reached the $60,000 goal of its gofundme appeal and that she’d spent the day paying bills. More than 700 different donors answered the call.

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    5. Paragus IT’s Delcie Bean Offering Free Videoconferencing Sessions for Businesses, Organizations

      Paragus IT CEO Delcie Bean has been a featured speaker at events across the country on topics as diverse as entrepreneurship, technology, innovation, employee ownership, and employee-driven culture. He’s now offering his services — free of charge — to businesses and organizations looking to stay connected in these uncertain times.

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    6. Hot Oven Cookies among new food options coming to Bradley International Airport

      Hot Oven Cookies among new food options coming to Bradley International Airport

      Hot Oven Cookies, the Holyoke-born startup that also recently reopened in downtown Springfield, is coming to Bradley international Airport later this month. It’s one of six new dining options, including two new small business kiosks and three refreshed shops, that Bradley plans to open in 2020, according to a news release issued Tuesday by the Connecticut Airport Authority.

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    7. Granny’s Baking Table Speaks to a Different, Much Simpler Time

      Granny’s Baking Table Speaks to a Different, Much Simpler Time

      It’s a small business, but it might just be a big part of a significant movement. Granny’s Baking Table, which opened just a few months ago, speaks to a different age in Springfield’s history, when small, locally owned businesses dominated Main Street and the roads around it. And in many ways, it operates in a way consistent with that age — there’s no wi-fi and, instead, a focus on conversation. It’s a blast from the past, but those behind it hope they represent the future.

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    8. Not a ‘nerd hovel’: Avalon Lounge & Game Café in downtown Holyoke aims to beat boredom, build community

      Not a ‘nerd hovel’: Avalon Lounge & Game Café in downtown Holyoke aims to beat boredom, build community

      A band of adventurers have set out on a quest. The prize they seek is for a sense of community that builds into a viable business. Their foes are boredom, isolation and the bland sameness of many nightspots and restaurants. To see the next chapter, you could roll a 20-sided die, draw another card ... or you could wait until March, when the crew at Avalon Lounge & Game Café hold their soft opening.

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    9. Springfield Artist John Moore Wins ADDP’s 2020 Legislative Calendar Cover Contest

      John Moore, a Springfield artist, was recently recognized at the Massachusetts State House as the winner of the Assoc. of Developmental Disabilities Providers’ (ADDP) 2020 Legislative Calendar cover contest. Moore is a member of Pyramid, a day habilitation program at Viability in Springfield.  He was among 31 artists — all of whom have intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, including autism or brain injuries — who submitted their artwork for entry into the contest. The ADDP calendar is an annual project that features compelling stories from its member provider agencies and legislators’ birthdays. It is distributed to both the House of Representatives and ...

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      Mentions: Springfield
    10. Holyoke’s Loophole Brewing starts collaboration with Irish beer maker, leading to a ‘gateway’ for European breweries looking at U.S. market

      Holyoke’s Loophole Brewing starts collaboration with Irish beer maker, leading to a ‘gateway’ for European breweries looking at U.S. market

      A craft brewery based in Holyoke is hoping to be the gateway for European brewers into the United States. Loophole Brewery took the first step in accomplishing that goal Tuesday with its announcement of a collaboration with Baronscourt Brewing Company out of Ireland. “I think it’s going to be a great start,” Jeff Goulet of Loophole Brewing said. “I foresee this really turning into a long-term thing for us and Baronscourt and for us and other breweries.”

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      Mentions: Springfield Holyoke
    11. Alchemy Group looking for the next best (ad)venture in entrepreneurship in Western Massachusetts

      Alchemy Group looking for the next best (ad)venture in entrepreneurship in Western Massachusetts

      The Alchemy Group is taking a nontraditional approach to venture capital. With an eye on spotting early stage startups in the Pioneer Valley with massive scale potential, the venture capital firm takes a partnership approach by working with founders to upgrade their business model, add differentiating technology to their enterprises, provide seed funding and assign veteran executives as coaches. They staff project-specific roles from a virtual network of senior business and technology experts.

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    12. Kristin Leutz leaving Valley Venture Mentors; Chris Bignell to serve as interim CEO

      Kristin Leutz leaving Valley Venture Mentors; Chris Bignell to serve as interim CEO

      Valley Venture Mentors, a Springfield-based nonprofit that provides education and support to new businesses through mentoring and accelerator programs, will soon have a new leader at the helm. Kristin Leutz announced Monday that she is stepping down as chief executive officer of the organization.

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    13. Women supporting women: How a mentorship program seeks to ignite a women-led economy in Western Massachusetts - masslive.com

      Women supporting women: How a mentorship program seeks to ignite a women-led economy in Western Massachusetts - masslive.com

      Women Innovators and Trailblazers’ six-month, Mentor-Match program is designed for women to connect with other women at various professional levels who can provide mentorship or sponsorship. The goal is to help women find a trusted mentor or mentee who are ready to commit to honest conversations that can change lives.

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    14. Officials celebrate completion of Springfield Innovation Center

      Officials celebrate completion of Springfield Innovation Center

      DevelopSpringfield, the public-private partnership that takes on Springfield’s most vexing real estate projects, celebrated Thursday with U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal the completion of the Springfield Innovation Center at 276 Bridge St. The rehab project, beset by delays, escalating expenses and other complications, cost $7.1 million in state and federal tax credits, grants, foundation money and private financing.

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    15. Top Entrepreneur 2019

      Top Entrepreneur 2019

      As the largest private landowner in Massachusetts, with properties in 30 towns, the Cowls family is especially synonymous with North Amherst, where it has made its headquarters — and an enduring legacy in lumber and conservation — for 279 years. These days, Cinda Jones, the ninth-generation president of W.D. Cowls Inc., and her team are doing nothing short of creating a new town center in North Amherst. Why? Because the family has always transformed the land into what was most beneficial and needed. Today, she says, that’s a sense of community.

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      Mentions: Amherst
    16. Broker Says Boston’s Challenges Can Become Springfield’s Opportunities - BusinessWest

      Broker Says Boston’s Challenges Can Become Springfield’s Opportunities - BusinessWest

      Evan Plotkin was talking about how “something has to give.”  With that one phrase, he was talking about the commercial real-estate markets in the central business districts of Boston and Springfield.  In the Hub, said Plotkin, president of NAI Plotkin, rents are sky-high and continue to climb — to more than $100 per square foot in some locations and to roughly $63 per square foot on average, with more space being built to accommodate soaring demand. Meanwhile, traffic, congestion, and problems with mass transit are strangling businesses, he said, to the point where meetings can’t start until 10 a.m ...

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    17. Boston, Springfield ranked among among the best in nation for starting a business

      Boston, Springfield ranked among among the best in nation for starting a business

      Looking to start a business? Two Massachusetts communities were named among the most startup-friendly cities in America. Inc. Magazine released its list of the 50 top cities for starting a business in 2020, naming Boston and Springfield among the best nationwide. For the list, Inc. partnered with innovation policy firm Startup Genome to analyze data, factoring in population growth, business investment and rate of entrepreneurship in their rankings. The list featured a mix of the nation’s largest and smaller communities.

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    18. EforAll Holyoke Announces Its 2020 Winter Cohort

      EforAll Holyoke Announces Its 2020 Winter Cohort

      Ten early-stage businesses and nonprofits have been selected to participate in the Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) Winter Accelerator program in Holyoke. This cohort was evaluated by more than 50 community leaders, EforAll Mentors, industry experts, and entrepreneurs through a rigorous application review and interview process. The startups selected represent both products and services from a variety of industries. This year-long program is comprised of 70% of the startups having at least one founder of color and 80% of the startups having at least one female founder. This is representative of EforAll’s mission to accelerate economic development and social impact ...

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      Mentions: Holyoke
    19. EforAll Berkshire County to Hold All Ideas Pitch Contest on Feb. 5

      EforAll Berkshire County to Hold All Ideas Pitch Contest on Feb. 5

      Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) Berkshire County is holding an All Ideas Pitch Contest on Wednesday, Feb. 5. The program will be held at the Green at 85 Main St., Suite 105, North Adams from 6 to 8 p.m.  EforAll’s first Pitch Contest at the Berkshire Museum in October created a lot of community buzz, with more than 100 attendees and 11 companies competing. The big winner that night was Kaitlyn Pierce of Binka Bear.

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    20. SPARK Cowork opens in Holyoke, offering inclusive space for entrepreneurs

      SPARK Cowork opens in Holyoke, offering inclusive space for entrepreneurs

      SPARK Cowork, a space built for and by Holyoke residents has opened in downtown. The coworking space is the culmination of a years-long effort by Executive Director Tessa Murphy-Romboletti. It began with a need for space for an accelerator program to help aspiring entrepreneurs. Then came the funding. MassDevelopment provided $64,000 in funding, with the requirement that the grant be matched. Through a culmination of partners, the funding was raised and the search for space was next.

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    21. In second season, ValleyBike Share trips increased 42%; program to expand in 2020

      In second season, ValleyBike Share trips increased 42%; program to expand in 2020

      With ValleyBike Share’s second season drawing to a close, organizers say the short-term rental program had a busy year, with the number of trips increasing over 40%. Riders rolled up 196,000 miles this year, compared to 84,00 miles in the abbreviated first year of operation in 2018, said Wayne Feiden, Northampton’s director of planning and sustainability and one of the officials behind ValleyBike Share.

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    22. Long-awaited Springfield Innovation Center restoration nears completion; Bridge Street scaffolding to come down next week

      Long-awaited Springfield Innovation Center restoration nears completion; Bridge Street scaffolding to come down next week

      Artisans working nearly four stories above Bridge Street affixed this week the last bits of replacement decorative terra-cotta tile on the soon-to-be-revealed facade of the Springfield Innovation Center. The scaffolding, in place since September 2018, will come down next week, said Chris Russell, executive director of the Springfield Business Improvement District, which is managing the Innovation Center project for owner DevelopSpringfield.

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    23. Katherine Putnam

      Katherine Putnam

      This Investor and Mentor Is Making a Difference within the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem.  Katherine Putnam was a history major in college, and she certainly knows her stuff. While she really likes European history, she knows all about this country — and this region — as well. She knows, for example, about the very rich tradition of entrepreneurship in Western Mass., and what it meant for the development of individual cities and towns.

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