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    1. Click Workspace Marks Anniversary with ‘Feed the Soul’ Benefit

      Last April, Click Workspace moved its co-working community from an office suite in Hampton Court to its new multi-story home at 9 1/2 Market St. in Northampton. In that freshly renovated space, Click has greatly expanded its services to the community, offering meeting and event spaces, membership plans for local organizations, and cultural events. Now Click is celebrating the first anniversary in its long-term home by giving back to the community. On Thursday, April 13 from 6 to 8 p.m., Click will host “Feed the Soul,” a private art opening featuring original paintings by artist Pam Carter, the ...

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    2. Cafe plans perking for Springfield Innovation Center

      Cafe plans perking for Springfield Innovation Center

      Looking for that after-work drink in downtown Springfield? Soon you might be able to order your favorite cocktail by smartphone app before leaving the office. It'll be ready and waiting when you get to Ground Up, the new name of the cafe planned for the Springfield Innovation Center on Bridge Street. Paragus Strategic IT CEO Delcie Bean, one of the backers of the cafe venture, recently detailed plans for Ground Up, which he and his partners expect to open in June. They're in the process of getting a liquor license.

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    3. New start-up offers fine dining and fast food delivery in Western Massachusetts

      New start-up offers fine dining and fast food delivery in Western Massachusetts

      A new service in the Pioneer Valley offers a wide menu of food options, from sushi or a rack of lamb to donuts and coffee. Dine In Deliver offers delivery from local and franchise restaurants in Western Massachusetts.  Customers visit the delivery service website and place their order online. Dine In Deliver offers delivery currently from 21 restaurants, including: Chick-fil-a, Dunkin Donuts, Europa Restaurant in Ludlow, Master Chef in South Hadley, Rumbleseat Bar and Grille in Chicopee and Taco Bell / Pizza Hut Express in Chicopee.

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    4. Tree House Brewing Co. Expands Its Horizons

      Tree House Brewing Co. Expands Its Horizons

      It’s one of the region’s most unlikely success stories — a brewery that doesn’t distribute its beers beyond the building where they’re crafted, yet has managed to amass a passionate following of enthusiasts who wait in long lines to buy that week’s selections. From humble beginnings in a Brimfield barn, Monson-based Tree House Brewing Co. will make its second big move later this year, into a 55,000-square-foot brewery in Charlton, which will dramatically expand its capacity, raise its profile, and put smiles on the faces of a lot more thirsty people.

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    5. HitPoint Studios in Springfield is at forefront of augmented reality gaming | masslive.com

      HitPoint Studios in Springfield is at forefront of augmented reality gaming | masslive.com

      When Paul Hake comes up with an idea for work, he hopes his 6-year-old daughter likes it. If not, it's likely back to the drawing board.  Hake is the founder of HitPoint Studios in Springfield. The company has designed games for a number of clients, including Microsoft, Disney, Hasbro Toys, Nokia and Dreamworks. While they make various types of games, they primarily focus on augmented reality (AR) games for children.  When people think of AR games they likely think of Pokemon Go, which was a first of its kind for many. But HitPoint Studios actually designed a similar game ...

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    6. At Brick Coworkshop, Iron Sharpens Iron … and Much More

      At Brick Coworkshop, Iron Sharpens Iron … and Much More

      Dan Battat is a glassblower, and that can be a solitary art. But he prefers company.
      “As someone who has worked in a solo shop setting, it’s awesome to look up from the bench and see someone pouring concrete into molds, or these guys in the machine shop cutting metal, all in my view from my workspace. Seeing them, it’s hard not to think of new ideas.”  That iron-sharpening-iron philosophy is one of the driving forces behind Brick Coworkshop in Holyoke, a co-working space that currently houses eight artists of varying disciplines — from glass, metal, concrete, and wood ...

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    7. Tech Foundry Recruits a More Diverse Student Body

      Tech Foundry Recruits a More Diverse Student Body

      When it was founded in 2013, Tech Foundry, a program conceived to create a steady pipeline of workers for the IT sector, focused primarily on area high-school students. But research — and experience — revealed that these young people were choosing other destinations (especially area colleges) rather than area technology firms. So today, the classrooms feature a much more diverse group of students.

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    8. UMass Amherst creates venture fund to support innovation, job growth in Western Massachusetts

      UMass Amherst creates venture fund to support innovation, job growth in Western Massachusetts

      The University of Massachusetts Amherst hopes maroon will soon not only symbolize the campus colors but also innovation.  University officials announced this week the formation of the Maroon Venture Partners Fund, a new effort to support entrepreneurship among alumni, faculty and students. "UMass Amherst, as the Commonwealth's flagship, plays a crucial role in the state's innovation economy," Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy said. "Our research in fields such as applied life sciences, advanced manufacturing, food science, big data and climate science are internationally recognized. The ingenuity and expertise of our faculty and students, as well as our alumni, provide fertile ...

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    9. Seeking generous tech experts: Springfield's Tech Foundry job training nonprofit looks for volunteer instructors

      Seeking generous tech experts: Springfield's Tech Foundry job training nonprofit looks for volunteer instructors

      Tech Foundry, a nonprofit technology job training program based in Springfield, is seeking IT professionals willing to serve as volunteer instructors as demand for its services grows. "It's simple, our success increases our need for instructors," Tech Foundry Director of Curriculum and Programs Alex Schwartz said in a statement. "Student demand and employer demand are both increasing and we need to continue to build our infrastructure to meet that demand."

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    10. Pathlight Fellows to Develop Tech Concepts Through VVM Accelerator

      Pathlight Fellows to Develop Tech Concepts Through VVM Accelerator

      As the two entrepreneurs chosen to serve as Pathlight fellows in Valley Venture Mentors’ (VVM) four-month, intensive Accelerator program, Dwight and Landry have the opportunity to develop their new technology, which will best serve people with intellectual disabilities but will also serve the wider population. Pathlight, headquartered in Springfield, has served people with developmental and intellectual disabilities throughout Western Mass. since 1952. Meanwhile, Valley Venture Mentors offers support to business startups. The two nonprofits collaborated on the Pathlight Challenge to encourage entrepreneurs to consider people with disabilities when designing new products. The Pathlight Challenge is supported in part by a ...

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    11. Valley Venture Mentors Graduates Manufacturing Cohort

      Valley Venture Mentors Graduates Manufacturing Cohort

      This week, Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) celebrated the graduation of participants in its Massachusetts Manufacturing Accelerator. The graduation ceremony took place at VVM World Headquarters at Tower Square in front of a crowd of nearly 100 friends, supporters, and members of the political and business communities. The Manufacturing Accelerator delivered intensive and immersive training sessions to seven small precision manufacturers over four months to help them identify new revenue streams and connect them with new industries and customers.

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    12. VVM Announces 36 Startups Accepted into 2017 Accelerator

      VVM Announces 36 Startups Accepted into 2017 Accelerator

      Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) announced the 2017 Startup Accelerator cohort this week. The 36 startups, chosen from more than 200 applicants received from around the world, represent high-quality, early-stage startups across more than eight industries, including technology, beauty, healthcare, transportation, and publishing. “We are excited by the diversity of industries represented in this cohort,” VVM CEO Liz Roberts said. “We are honored that they are choosing to invest their time in our accelerator. They will get intensive training, mentorship, and resources to take their startups to the next level.” Sixty-five percent of this year’s startups are led by women ...

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    13. MA Manufacturing Accelerator Graduation Ceremony on 1/30

      MA Manufacturing Accelerator Graduation Ceremony on 1/30

      On Monday, January 30th VVM will proudly graduate our first cohort from the Massachusetts Manufacturing Accelerator. Wha who!  Join us and meet the local manufacturers that have completed our intensive training and who will show you what they have learned about finding new customers, differentiating their offerings, and growing their businesses. Some can share stories of new business they have secured while still taking the classes. Others can tell of the connections they have made into industries they didn’t realize could be a fit for them.

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    14. Top Entrepreneur 2016

      Top Entrepreneur 2016

      When he launched the V-One brand more than 11 years ago, Paul Kozub had a good product and a great story — the one about a commercial lender who quit banking to make vodka in his basement. As he prepares to take the brand national, he knows the great story isn’t nearly enough. The good product is the foundation of his efforts, but getting to the next level will be a daunting task. So he’s leaving no stone unturned, and these efforts have earned him BusinessWest’s Top Entrepreneur award for 2016.

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    15. BusinessWest to Name Top Entrepreneur in January

      Continuing a tradition that began more than 20 years ago, BusinessWest will profile the winner of its ‘Top Entrepreneur’ award in its next issue, to be released Jan. 9. The award pays homage to the region’s more-than-250-yeard-old tradition of entrepreneurship, said Associate Publisher Kate Campiti, and honors individuals, families, and companies that are carrying on that tradition.

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    16. Some Things We’d Like to See in 2017 - BusinessWest

      As we noted last issue, 2016 was, in many ways, and across the region, a year of progress. The economy didn’t grow by leaps and bounds — although the stock market certainly soared after the election — but that’s been the trend for roughly eight years now.  Overall, there was notable movement of the needle in the right directions — on economic development, entrepreneurship, revitalization of downtown Springfield, progress in efforts to reinvent the so-called Gateway Cities, and much more.  As the new year approaches, our basic hope is for essentially more of all of the above. Here, though, are some ...

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    17. Accelerator Helps Job Shops Find New Ways to Thrive

      Accelerator Helps Job Shops Find New Ways to Thrive

      alley Venture Mentors has made a name for itself providing invaluable mentoring and technical assistance to mostly young, startup ventures. But this fall, it has taken its ‘tough-love’ approach to helping business owners become more competitive and efficient to some businesses that are anything but young. Indeed, several of the participants in VVM’s Manufacturing Accelerator are decades old. But they are learning new ways to communicate with and better serve customers — and gain new ones.

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    18. MassMutual Foundation, Valley Venture Mentors partnership cited as entrepreneurship model by White House

      MassMutual Foundation, Valley Venture Mentors partnership cited as entrepreneurship model by White House

      The partnership between the MassMutual Foundation and Valley Venture Mentors was called a model for startup efforts in the White House document.   The rates of entrepreneurship among people of color and women of all races has increased significantly in the past 20 years. The number of women-owned businesses in the past decade have increased five times the national average, including the number of firms owned by African American women and Latinas doubling. The increased rate of entrepreneurship across the country - especially among women and non-white men - can be credited in large part to startup accelerator programs providing mentorship and early ...

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    19. Conference Gives Young Entrepreneurs Resources, Inspiration

      Conference Gives Young Entrepreneurs Resources, Inspiration

      As the founder of FEAT Socks, Parker Burr sells hundreds of thousands of socks worldwide, and expects to top $2 million in sales next year. But one of his fondest memories is selling his cozy footwear, one pair at a time, from behind a table at an Amherst bus stop.  “The key is to go out and sell something,” he told an audience of young entrepreneurs this month at the 12th annual Grinspoon, Garvey & Young Entrepreneurship Conference. “Everyone wants to know how to get from zero to a hundred million dollars. But don’t be afraid of humble beginnings, because ...

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    20. TechSpring Succeeds in Connecting Technology with Healthcare

      TechSpring Succeeds in Connecting Technology with Healthcare

      When TechSpring opened two years ago in downtown Springfield, its leaders knew they were flying blind, at least at first. That’s how uncharted this territory was. But the concept — connecting technology companies, large and small, with the region’s largest health system to solve pressing problems — proved a compelling one, and today, TechSpring has numerous success stories to tell. It’s a conversation, they say, that needs to continue.  Eric Harry says genomics is one of those “sexy” areas of healthcare, and scientists are certainly engaged in exciting work to learn how genes influence disease.

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    21. Suit Up Springfield to host 'Bowties & Beer' event at Nadim's on Thursday, Nov. 17 | masslive.com

      Suit Up Springfield to host 'Bowties & Beer' event at Nadim's on Thursday, Nov. 17 | masslive.com

      White Lion Brewing Company and the Young Professionals Society of Greater Springfield are teaming up to host and celebrate Suit Up Springfield's second anniversary with a 'Bowties and Beers' fundraiser.  The networking event will be held at Nadim's Mediterranean Restaurant & Grill on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Suit Up Springfield, founded by Justin Roberts, promotes self-sustainability to men seeking employment by offering interview attire and professional mentorship.

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    22. Irish delegation visits Springfield on economic development mission

      Irish delegation visits Springfield on economic development mission

      The gathering at the TechSpring conference room at 1350 Main St. was part of an initiative to forge partnerships between companies and organizations in Western Massachusetts and an investment hub known as Ireland Northwest. "The main purpose is to introduce the traveling businesses with us from Ireland Northwest to organizations or companies that they will build relationships and begin to trade with here in the wider Springfield area," said Seamus Neely, chief executive of the Donegal County Council.

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    23. Before You Launch, Run Through This Checklist

      Before You Launch, Run Through This Checklist

      More than 627,000 new businesses open each year, according to the Small Business Administration, and entrepreneurship is a hot topic, especially here in the Pioneer Valley.  Local colleges have created centers and degrees around entrepreneurship, and organizations have been created to help startup companies prosper through coaching and education.  Whether you call yourself an entrepreneur or not, starting a business can be a significant challenge. Having an idea that inspires you is a good place to start. Once you have that, your passion for the business or its purpose is the most important factor to keep you pushing through ...

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    24. Entrepreneurship Conference Slated for Nov. 4

      Entrepreneurship Conference Slated for Nov. 4

      The 12th annual Grinspoon, Garvey & Young Entrepreneurship Conference will be held this Friday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield More than 500 students and faculty representing 14 area colleges are expected to attend the event, which includes hands-on workshops, entrepreneur exhibits, a keynote speaker, and networking. Organized by the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation and the 14 area colleges, the Entrepreneurship Conference is held annually to inspire, motivate, and support college students to turn their ideas into businesses. Students will begin the day participating in the world’s largest collegiate Idea ...

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