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    1. SPARK EforAll Holyoke to Host Mentor Mixer for Prospective Volunteers

      SPARK EforAll Holyoke to Host Mentor Mixer for Prospective Volunteers

      The entrepreneurship program SPARK EforAll Holyoke will host an informal networking event on Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Unicorn Inn, 126 Main St., Holyoke. Anyone with a passion for entrepreneurship and helping local businesses is encouraged to stop by to learn more about becoming a mentor this winter. 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 ...

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    2. Donna Levin to Speak at Bay Path’s Innovative Thinking & Entrepreneurship Lecture

      Donna Levin to Speak at Bay Path’s Innovative Thinking & Entrepreneurship Lecture

      Donna Levin, executive director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and co-founder of Care.com, will deliver the 2019 Innovative Thinking and Entrepreneurship Lecture at Bay Path University on Thursday, Oct. 17 in the Blake Student Commons on the Longmeadow campus. There will be a networking continental breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m., with the lecture to follow at 8:15 a.m. This event is free and open to the public.

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    3. A new study finds Massachusetts is the best place to start a business in the U.S. - masslive.com

      A new study finds Massachusetts is the best place to start a business in the U.S. - masslive.com

      Companies looking for an environment where their business can flourish need look no further than Massachusetts according to a new study.  Software engineering company Nulab analyzed data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and reported Massachusetts scored highly on the likelihood of businesses surviving in the first year.  The Bay State was also top for the most stable business timelines over the course of three years.

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    4. SPARK EforAll Holyoke to Celebrate Summer Accelerator Graduates on Sept. 17

      SPARK EforAll Holyoke to Celebrate Summer Accelerator Graduates on Sept. 17

      SPARK EforAll Holyoke will celebrate graduates of its 2019 Summer Accelerator Program and award $5,000 in prize money at its upcoming Showcase & Celebration on Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. on at Wistariahurst, 238 Cabot St. in Holyoke. Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) began its second Accelerator Program in the Pioneer Valley this past May, and this second cohort will graduate from the intensive, 12-week program at the Showcase and Celebration ceremony. This cohort will continue to meet with their mentors for the rest of the year and meet with EforAll quarterly to compete for more cash.

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    5. SPARK EforAll Seeks Volunteer Mentors

      SPARK EforAll Seeks Volunteer Mentors

      SPARK EforAll Holyoke is 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.

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    6. The Creative Strategy Agency Celebrates 10 Years - BusinessWest

      The Creative Strategy Agency Celebrates 10 Years - BusinessWest

      The Creative Strategy Agency Inc. (tCSA), a local digital marketing and advertising agency, celebrates its 10th anniversary today. Started by Alfonso Santaniello on Aug. 9, 2009, tCSA has grown into a fully staffed agency servicing local and national clients in social-media marketing, advertising, and search-engine marketing.  “It wasn’t always easy,” said Santaniello, pesident and CEO. “I was 24 when I started my business. I thought I knew everything. Boy, was I wrong.”

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    7. Easthampton: It’s Not the ‘New Northampton’

      Easthampton: It’s Not the ‘New Northampton’

      It was the food that brought Cynthia West to Easthampton. Well, sort of. It was the food, in the form of weekly visits to restaurants like Galaxy, Kisara, and others that gave West … well, a flavor of Easthampton and, eventually, the opinion that this was the place to bring a business she had been thinking about and dreaming about for some time. It’s called Sonnet & Sparrow, a “curated thrift store” she operates with her daughter, McKenzie West, in space that was once part of the historic, yet also somewhat notorious, Majestic Theater on Cottage Street. Notorious because 30 years ...

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    8. Bright ideas shine at Easthampton lamp business

      Bright ideas shine at Easthampton lamp business

      After three decades of designing whimsical, one-of-a-kind lamps, Janna Ugone still has a few bright ideas up her sleeve as a visit to her One Cottage Street studio and workshop reveals. For example, among the tables and shelves of lamps in her light-filled showroom, Ugone has set up a lending library section where do-it-yourself home decorators can borrow lamps and try them out in their living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms or home offices before making a purchase.

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    9. Hot Oven Cookies plans Agawam expansion; eyes Northampton, Westfield and additional Springfield shop

      Hot Oven Cookies plans Agawam expansion; eyes Northampton, Westfield and additional Springfield shop

      Sheila Coon and her Hot Oven Cookies have made enough dough to fund making more dough. Coon's cookie-fueled expansion plan that will see Hot Oven Cookies open a manufacturing and production hub in Agawam in a former pizzeria at 369 Walnut St., probably in September that will work in tandem with a bakery Coon and her husband, David Coon, opened last year at 1597 Main St., in Springfield's historic Worthington Building at the SilverBrick Lofts complex.

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    10. Springfield City Council approves White Lion brewery plans at Tower Square

      Springfield City Council approves White Lion brewery plans at Tower Square

      The City Council approved a special permit on Monday night that allows White Lion Brewery Co. to move forward with plans to open a brewery and tap room at Tower Square. The permit was approved by unanimous vote. The business will be located in the former Spaghetti Freddy’s restaurant on the Bridge Street side of Tower Square at 1500 Main St. downtown.

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    11. VentureWell Seeks Global Impact Through Entrepreneurship

      VentureWell Seeks Global Impact Through Entrepreneurship

      Katya Cherukumilli has a big idea with potentially bigger impact. Her nonprofit startup, Seattle-based Global Water Labs, is developing a scalable and affordable fluoride-removal technology that aims to reduce the incidence of irreversible diseases as a result of consuming excess naturally occurring fluoride in groundwater — a risk common to some 200 million people worldwide. She credits Hadley-based VentureWell with helping her move her big idea beyond the headspace into something tangible and, hopefully, impactful.

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    12. Creating pathways: Springfield’s Tech Foundry celebrates latest graduates, $50K grant from MassTech

      Creating pathways: Springfield’s Tech Foundry celebrates latest graduates, $50K grant from MassTech

      Before she started training at Tech Foundry, Damaris Ortiz of Springfield didn’t know how to leap from classes at Springfield Technical Community College into the career she wanted working with computers. Erwin Bates of Ludlow was laid off in December and didn’t want to go back to the factory jobs he’d had since getting out of the Marines in 1994. "I'd always been interested in IT, hobby programming, learning on my own time," Bates said.

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    13. Leadership Pioneer Valley’s LEAP Class of 2020 Enrollment Ends July 1

      Leadership Pioneer Valley’s LEAP Class of 2020 Enrollment Ends July 1

      Leadership Pioneer Valley (LPV) is accepting applications for enrollment in LEAP 2020, a regional leadership-development program, until Monday, July 1. LEAP engages the Pioneer Valley’s most promising emerging leaders through learning and exploration. Participants are trained in leadership skills by experts in a classroom setting. They also attend in-depth field experiences across the region where they meet with local leaders and explore the region’s economy and culture. The LEAP program runs September through May.

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    14. Entrepreneurs gather at Valley Venture Mentors for first-ever Springfield Innovation Fest

      Entrepreneurs gather at Valley Venture Mentors for first-ever Springfield Innovation Fest

      Frustrated with the always broken 3D printer at a makerspace in New London, Connecticut, Michael Molinari and three friends created Autodrop3d, an automated ejection system for 3D printers that removes the finished piece without a person having to touch it. Because that’s how printers get broken, Molinari said Wednesday at Autodrop3d’s booth at the Springfield Innovation Fest, hosted by Valley Venture Mentors in the new Springfield Innovation Center on Bridge Street.

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    15. Innovate413 Looks to Take Its Mission to a Higher Level

      Innovate413 Looks to Take Its Mission to a Higher Level

      Samalid Hogan says that, when the website Innovate413 was launched roughly four years ago, it was with a desire to not only promote entrepreneurship and innovation in the region, but to inspire more of both. And when she agreed to essentially take over the initiative early last year, she admitted the original goal was just to “keep it going,” as she put it, because she could clearly see the value it represented.

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    16. Massachusetts Life Sciences Center offers startup money for new tech companies

      Massachusetts Life Sciences Center offers startup money for new tech companies

      Life sciences startups in Springfield, Amherst, Pittsfield, Lowell and Worcester can now get as much as $250,000 in early investment money through a new program announced Monday by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center said its new Seed Fund will have $1 million available in its first year.

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    17. Chikmedia Celebrates Five Years of Growth in the Marketing World

      Chikmedia Celebrates Five Years of Growth in the Marketing World

      When Meghan Rothschild launched Chikmedia as a two-woman operation five years ago, she was determined to build a successful marketing firm that focused heavily, if not exclusively, on women and brought a fierce attitude and a sense of fun into the work. Five years later, as the head of a small team with an ever-growing clientele, she says those philosophies haven’t changed — nor has the need for a company that reminds women of the power they wield when they lift each other up.

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    18. Innovation Fest to Celebrate Region’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

      Innovation Fest to Celebrate Region’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

      HUBweek in Boston. Denver Startup Week. The Tom Tom Summit & Festival in Charlottesville, Va. South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. These are just a few of the many highly successful and very well-attended entrepreneurship and innovation events now taking place across the country. Some of them go on for a few days, others for a whole week, as their names make clear, said Kristen Leutz, executive director of Springfield-based Valley Venture Mentors (VVM), who has been to Startup Week and will likely attend some of those other gatherings in the months and years to come as she seeks to learn ...

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