1. Articles in category: Entrepreneurship

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    1. EforAll Holyoke

      EforAll Holyoke

      “If your dreams don’t scare you … they are not big enough.” That’s the quote, attributed to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian president, economist, and Nobel Peace Prize winner, that is stenciled onto one of the walls at EforAll Holyoke’s headquarters on High Street, in the heart of the city’s downtown. Tessa Murphy-Romboletti, executive director of this nonprofit since its inception, chose it for many reasons, but mostly because it resonates with her and also because it accurately sums up entrepreneurship in general, as well as the work that goes on in that facility.

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    2. The Year of the Entrepreneur

      The Year of the Entrepreneur

      Starting in 1996, ˆ has, at the start of each year, presented something we call the Top Entrepreneur award. We do this to pay homage to a long — as in three centuries long — tradition of entrepreneurship in Western Mass., and to recognize companies, institutions, and individuals who are carrying on that tradition today. Over the years, the winners have included traditional entrepreneurs — those leading tech companies, multi-faceted corporations, and some family-owned businesses that have been part of the landscape for decades, if not a century or more — and also some non-traditional entrepreneurs — a college president and a hospital CEO, for example.

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    3. Princeton Review Recognizes UMass Amherst for Graduate Entrepreneurship Studies

      Princeton Review Recognizes UMass Amherst for Graduate Entrepreneurship Studies

      For the first time, UMass Amherst has earned recognition in Princeton Review’s annual selection of Best Graduate Entrepreneurship Programs. In the publication’s 2021 list, the university ranks 40th among 50 colleges and universities. Based on survey data from more than 300 schools, the rankings encompass a broad range of entrepreneurial activities inside and outside the classroom. The catalyst for student entrepreneurship at UMass Amherst is the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship. The center serves the entire campus through a wealth of activities and resources.

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    4. EforAll and EparaTodos Holyoke Looking for Volunteer Mentors

      EforAll and EparaTodos Holyoke Looking for Volunteer Mentors

      EforAll and EparaTodos Holyoke are actively seeking volunteers to participate as mentors in this winter’s business-accelerator program. Accelerator mentors come from a variety of backgrounds and use their business and leadership experience to guide new entrepreneurs through the process of turning their idea into a growing business. Mentors work in teams of three and are matched with an entrepreneur based on schedule availability and the desire to work together. The team meets as a group to help reaffirm topics and themes raised during classes, while also strategizing with the entrepreneur on how to reach their specific goals during the ...

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      Mentions: Holyoke
    5. SkinCatering Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Expansion to New Location

      SkinCatering Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Expansion to New Location

      SkinCatering, LLC, an all-natural skin-care brand, announced its 10th anniversary on Nov. 10. After catering to the health and well-being of busy clients for the past decade, the company is expanding to a new location in Tower Square and offering a VIP contest. SkinCatering, a local, women-owned business, produces its own line of clean beauty skin care, in addition to offering a variety of high-end spa services. It uses high-quality ingredients to provide effective, cruelty-free treatments and products without the use of harmful chemicals. Everything is formulated and manufactured by the SkinCatering team to monitor every ingredient, catering to those ...

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      Mentions: Springfield
    6. Supporting Entrepreneurs Is Critical

      Supporting Entrepreneurs Is Critical

      Over the years, we’ve written a number of times about the importance of promoting entrepreneurship and mentoring those trying to start and grow their own businesses. This component of economic development, one that is often overlooked amid efforts to attract large businesses, open new industrial parks, and grow new business sectors like biotech, is vital because small businesses have always been the key to the growth and vitality of individual communities and regions like Western Mass.

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    7. Venture X co-workspace planned near Holyoke Mall

      Venture X co-workspace planned near Holyoke Mall

      Venture X announced plans this week to open a co-working space in 16,000 feet of the office and retail building at 98 Lower Westfield Road in early 2021.In co-working space, people rent offices or desk space. Venture X offers event space and meeting room rentals for the day or by the hour for members and non-members in addition to office co-working

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      Mentions: Holyoke Westfield
    8. Entrepreneurs, college presidents, politicians discuss a better business collaboration between eastern and Western Massachusetts

      Entrepreneurs, college presidents, politicians discuss a better business collaboration between eastern and Western Massachusetts

      Business leaders, college presidents, politicians and state economic development leaders joined in an online seminar to discuss better ways the entire state can come together to share resources and produce products. More than 350 people signed on to listen to or participate in the first EastWest Exchange on Wednesday. The event covered ways to localize supply chains and better share business and innovation from the eastern part of the state with that being done in Western Massachusetts.

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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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
    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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
    18. 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
    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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
    24. 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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