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    1. 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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    2. 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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      Mentions: Springfield
    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. Nearly 100 Massachusetts college students to be recognized for entrepreneurial spirit during Grinspoon Banquet

      Nearly 100 Massachusetts college students to be recognized for entrepreneurial spirit during Grinspoon Banquet

      Nearly 100 students from 14 Massachusetts colleges will be recognized for their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit during the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Initiative annual banquet Wednesday night.

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    9. EforAll Helps a Challenged Constituency Share the Wealth - BusinessWest

      EforAll Helps a Challenged Constituency Share the Wealth - BusinessWest

      The agency is called SPARK EforAll Holyoke. It represents a merger of SPARK Holyoke, an entity created to inspire and mentor entrepreneurs, and EforAll, the Lowell-based organization that has created an effective model that does essentially the same thing. By whatever name it goes, the agency is helping to spur business ownership among minorities, women, and other constituencies, and it is already changing the landscape in the Paper City.

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    10. Massachusetts-based Tree House Brewing Co., Hopsters named among fastest growing breweries in the country - masslive.com

      Massachusetts-based Tree House Brewing Co., Hopsters named among fastest growing breweries in the country - masslive.com

      Tree House Brewing Co. and Newton-based Hopsters have been named two of the fastest growing breweries in the country.  A new report from the Brewers Association revealed the top 50 fastest growing craft breweries in the country for 2018. Among them is Charlton-based Tree House Brewing Co., which came in at 45, and Hopsters, which is located in Newton and ranked 15th on the list.

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    11. SPARK EforAll Holyoke Seeks Applicants for Two Pitch Contests

      SPARK EforAll Holyoke Seeks Applicants for Two Pitch Contests

      SPARK EforAll Holyoke continues to support entrepreneurs and idea sharing with two pitch contests planned for this spring. Both contests are an opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs to share, receive feedback, and possibly win prize money for a business or nonprofit idea.The first event is a pitch contest for food and drink-themed ideas, hosted on Wednesday, April 10 at 6 p.m. at the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute (164 Race St., Holyoke). The deadline to apply is Thursday, March 28 at 11:59 a.m.

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    12. Springfield Regional Digital Equity Walk

      Springfield Regional Digital Equity Walk

      Is the share of women in the computing workforce expected to increase or decrease in the future? Find the answer to this question and many others at the Springfield Region Digital Equity Walk. This event is a chance to explore how well Massachusetts does when it comes to digital equity – equitable access to the technology and computer science skills needed for full participation in our society and economy – and generate ideas about what we can do better.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    13. Excelsior! Easthampton’s Comics N’ More moves to street-level storefront, fights legions of retail doom (photos) - masslive.com

      Excelsior! Easthampton’s Comics N’ More moves to street-level storefront, fights legions of retail doom (photos) - masslive.com

      Christian W.Z. Reader pulls a white file box down from a shelf and slides it on a table.  “This is all Venom and Carnage,” Reader says as the boy begins eagerly flipping through comics featuring the Marvel Comics villains.  Reader owns Easthampton’s Comics N’ More with his wife, Phoebe R.R. Zax. It’s Wednesday in their subterranean lair. Wednesdays are new release days in the comics industry. Customers stream in all afternoon, regulars who subscribe to certain titles, pre-ordering and then picking them up on release day.

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    14. Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative Receives Grant Awards for Community Film Fund

      Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative Receives Grant Awards for Community Film Fund

      The Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative (BFMC) received two grant awards for its newly established Community Film Fund, which is a matching fund to help local nonprofit organizations create videos for their branding, marketing, fundraising, and social media. The grants were received from the Berkshire Bank Foundation and the Feigenbaum Foundation, each in the amount of $2,500.

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    15. Loophole Brewing plans to make its own beers, beers for others in Holyoke

      Loophole Brewing plans to make its own beers, beers for others in Holyoke

      Home brewing hobbyists looking to leap into commercial production might sink $250,000 or more into equipment before anyone can pop the top on one of their beers. But soon, wannabe brewers will be able to contract with Loophole Brewing Services, which plans a $3 million-plus brewery and tasting room in what’s now a warehouse at 104 Whiting Farms Road in Holyoke. Loophole will share space with East Baking Co.

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    16. ‘Seed to shelf’: Hadley’s V-One controls each step of vodka production with purchase of Polish distillery

      ‘Seed to shelf’: Hadley’s V-One controls each step of vodka production with purchase of Polish distillery

      When the first bottles roll off the line at V-One Vodka’s very own distillery in Poland this April, it will be the realization of a long-held goal for founder Paul Kozub, who first made the spirit in his Hadley basement 13 years ago. It’ll also be the end of a year-long process of buying and renovating the 130-year-old distillery and 20-acre farm in the Kamień region of northwestern Poland on the country’s Baltic coast.

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      Mentions: Chicopee
    17. Entrepreneurship is alive, thriving across Western Mass.: Outlook 2019 Viewpoint Kristin Leutz

      Entrepreneurship is alive, thriving across Western Mass.: Outlook 2019 Viewpoint Kristin Leutz

      My colleagues at Valley Venture Mentors (VVM), a volunteer-driven mentorship and acceleration program, have helped over 200 "infant" companies start their journey in Western Massachusetts. To date, these companies have grown and raised over $28 million in revenue, $23 million in investments, and created over 600 jobs last year.

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    18. Two Co-work Spaces Find Fertile Ground in Greenfield

      Two Co-work Spaces Find Fertile Ground in Greenfield

      Co-working spaces — hives of business where members share office space — have taken root in many Western Mass. communities over the past several years, for a number of reasons, from the efficiency of sharing resources to opportunities to network and be inspired by other professionals. In the past year and a half, two have cropped up a block apart in downtown Greenfield, with different types of clientele but the same goal: to help enterprises develop and grow, and have fun doing it.

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    19. Valley Venture Mentors, DevelopSpringfield show off Innovation Center, Hub ahead of grand opening (photos, video)

      Valley Venture Mentors, DevelopSpringfield show off Innovation Center, Hub ahead of grand opening (photos, video)

      On Wednesday, Kennealy — who took over the state’s top economic development job from Jay Ash in December — toured the new Valley Venture Mentors Hub in DevelopSpringfield’s Springfield Innovation Center, 270-276 Bridge St. downtown. “I believe, and the administration belies, that great companies can and should be grown everywhere,” Kennealy said.

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    20. 9 Sales and Marketing Tips for Startups

      Marketing done right can be an incredible boon for your business’s net income. Done wrong, however, it can feel like throwing money into a raging bonfire. Because small business owners have to be whatever their small business needs — all the time — it can be difficult to master all the nuances that go into sales or marketing. If you’re not a natural salesperson, it can be even more difficult. Fear not, the following nine marketing tips for startups can help you make more sales, market better and waste less money.

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    21. Paragus IT Announces Three Additions to Board of Directors - BusinessWest

      Paragus IT CEO Delcie Bean announced the addition of three new board members. On Jan. 1, Nicole Nakashian, Michelle Abdow, and Scott Webster joined Randy Krotowski, Scott Foster, and John Drake on the board of the fast-growing IT firm.
      Nakashian currently serves as executive vice president at InvestCloud Inc. She helped launch Agio, an IT managed-service provider, and was responsible for building a client-centric progressive culture in addition to growing and managing the operations. .

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    22. SkinCatering, LLC Awarded National Women’s Business Enterprise Certficate - BusinessWest

      SkinCatering, LLC Awarded National Women’s Business Enterprise Certficate - BusinessWest

      SkinCatering, LLC, an all-natural skincare brand with two spa locations in Springfield and Holyoke, announced it has been awarded the national WBENC Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) certificate.  WBENC’s certification validates that the business is 51% owned, controlled, operated, and managed by a woman or women.

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      Mentions: Springfield Holyoke
    23. VVM Takes Agency — and Its Mission — to a New Place

      VVM Takes Agency — and Its Mission — to a New Place

      As Valley Venture Mentors completes its move into Springfield’s Innovation Center on Bridge Street, it is also moving into a new era in its history, one that is very entrepreneurial in nature — in keeping with its broad mission — and strives to continually expand and strengthen the region’s ecosystem for supporting and inspiring entrepreneurs.

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