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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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
    5. 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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    6. ‘10,000 square feet of awesome’ set to open at Springfield Innovation Center (photos, video)

      ‘10,000 square feet of awesome’ set to open at Springfield Innovation Center (photos, video)

      Delivery crews hauled new office furniture into the Springfield Innovation Center Friday as Kristin Leutz, CEO of Valley Venture Mentors, pointed out all the uses VVM will have for its space in the building, which is nearing the final stages of more than $7 million in renovations spearheaded by DevelopSpringfield. VVM’s Hub for business startups will have “hot desk” — space where entrepreneurs can grab a first-come, first-served place to work — as well as reserved desks, private offices, private phone rooms for making calls without disturbing others, meeting rooms, an auditorium, a shared kitchen and a nursing room. “A new ...

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    7. Dress for Success Receives Another $10,000 Donation for Mentoring Program

      Dress for Success Receives Another $10,000 Donation for Mentoring Program

      Dress for Success Western Massachusetts received a donation of $10,000 in continued support of its Margaret R. Fitzgerald mentoring program. This program was initially launched with a $10,000 donation from this anonymous family member in 2017, and this new donation is intended to continue and expand the success of the mentoring program. “It’s only fitting we named our mentoring program after Margaret R. Fitzgerald,” said Margaret Tantillo, executive director of Dress for Success of Western Massachusetts. “Our mission is to empower women to set goals and to work toward achieving them. We help them navigate obstacles that ...

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      Mentions: Springfield
    8. Berthuiame Center for Entrepreneurship Seeks to Expand Ecosystem

      Berthuiame Center for Entrepreneurship Seeks to Expand Ecosystem

      People may know the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship from its public events, most notably the Innovation Challenge, where UMass Amherst students compete for seed money to turn entrepreneurial ideas into viable businesses. But the center’s new director, Gregory Thomas, wants to broaden the center’s reach and help more young people understand that the goal isn’t to win a competition — it’s to develop a true entrepreneurial mindset that will serve them well no matter where their lives take them.

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    9. 'All about collaboration': Hampden's Rediker Software unveils work space for development team

      'All about collaboration': Hampden's Rediker Software unveils work space for development team

      One of the conference rooms at Rediker Software is called "The Bridge." The other - a more relaxed space that's got comfy couches and is around the corner from the shuffleboard table - is "Ten Forward," a reference to the lounge on the Starship Enterprise in "Star Trek: The Next Generation." It's an indication of how Rediker's new office space here in the center of Hampden has a lot in common with the trendy work spaces of Silicon Valley and Boston's tech hubs.

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      Mentions: Westfield
    10. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito addresses Holyoke Chamber, touts public-private partnerships

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito addresses Holyoke Chamber, touts public-private partnerships

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito hailed the public-private partnerships promoted by the Baker administration at the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce's annual Governmental Affairs Luncheon. The Wherehouse? Banquet Hall hosted the chamber's event Thursday. Polito noted the commonwealth's continued collaborations with the business community. She used Holyoke as "Exhibit A" in describing those relations, with the keys being planning, people, places and partnerships. Polito said the state extends grants, low-interest funding and tax credits to businesses that promote expansion, innovation and workforce development.

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    11. Valley Venture Mentors moves in as Springfield Innovation Center takes shape

      Valley Venture Mentors moves in as Springfield Innovation Center takes shape

      Valley Venture Mentors is moving this week from Tower Square into temporary quarters on the third floor of the new Springfield Innovation Center, 270-276 Bridge St. Valley Venture Mentors plans to be in its permanent home on the first and second floors of the Innovation Center in January, said CEO Kristin Leutz. "Well, we can't wait. Springfield has never looked better downtown," she said. "VVM will be so proud to move in here to the Springfield Innovation Center."

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    12. New Executive, Associate Directors Named at Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship

      New Executive, Associate Directors Named at Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship

      The Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst announced two new directors for the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship. Gregory Thomas, who brings diverse experience in corporate America, was named the center’s new executive director, while Stephen Brand, who has taught entrepreneurship at colleges and universities across the country, will serve as the new associate director.For the past 20 years, Thomas has held various senior-level global manufacturing, finance, and control roles with Corning Inc. During the last five years at Corning, he was a strategist in the Emerging Innovation Group, focusing on bringing new products, processes, and businesses to ...

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    13. 'There is something special happening here': Valley Venture Mentors, Spark get state funding for more business mentoring

      'There is something special happening here': Valley Venture Mentors, Spark get state funding for more business mentoring

      OpenPixel Studios has done animated videos for General Electric, for the U.S. Open tennis tournament and for The Masters golf tournament. Hot Oven Bakery is preparing to move from a food truck into a brick-and-mortar bakery on Springfield's Main Street, and founder Sheila Coon plans to sell dough to MGM Springfield. On Friday, the two organizations that helped entrepreneurs found Hot Oven Cookies, OpenPixel and dozens of other startups in the Pioneer Valley -- Valley Venture Mentors, of Springfield, and Spark, of Holyoke -- each received $80,000 grants from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative.

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    14. Entrepreneurship conference will focus on women business owners in Western Massachusetts

      Entrepreneurship conference will focus on women business owners in Western Massachusetts

      More than half the 400 or so members of the Western Massachusetts SCORE chapter are women, and nationally the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs are women, particularly women of color. But when it comes to getting venture capital and corporate funding, women-owned businesses are less than 5 percent of the funding stream. "There is this perception that women are not starting businesses," Simeoli said. "We are fighting against that." The event is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 8 at the LaQuinta Inn & Suites, 100 Congress St., Springfield. Registration is available online at scorebeyondthelimits.com.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    15. Springfield Innovation Center work resumes; US Rep. Richard Neal, secretary of state William Galvin announce $250K grant

      Springfield Innovation Center work resumes; US Rep. Richard Neal, secretary of state William Galvin announce $250K grant

      The long-delayed Springfield Innovation Center at 270-276 Bridge St. got a $250,000 boost Wednesday. Construction has already resumed on the the $7 million renovation project, with completion expected by the end of December. Workers started back on the renovation project earlier this week, said Nicholas A. Fyntrilakis, chairman of DevelopSpringfield, which owns the building. He said the primary tenant, Valley Venture Mentors, should be ready to move in by the end of 2018. It might take longer for the Ground Up Cafe restaurant planned for the first floor to be ready.

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    16. White Lion announces downtown Springfield location featuring brewery, test kitchen

      White Lion announces downtown Springfield location featuring brewery, test kitchen

      A new space for small-batch beer and comfort food will soon open in downtown Springfield.  White Lion Brewing Company announced Saturday their new location in downtown Springfield. The brewery has signed a lease for 4,400 square feet on the ground floor of the MassLive building on Main Street, space previously occupied by Santander Bank. "It's going to be a very unique experience in downtown Springfield," founder Raymond L. Berry Jr. told MassLive.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    17. Snapchef Cooks Up a Lifeline for the Food-service Industry

      Snapchef Cooks Up a Lifeline for the Food-service Industry

      The culinary world is a notoriously challenging place to forge a career, and turnover at the entry level is often high, a problem that constantly challenges restaurants, hotels, colleges, and a host of other food-service companies. Enter Snapchef, which has built a regional reputation for training those workers and matching them with workforce needs to help them get a foot in the door — and then, hopefully, kick it in.

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    18. Bloomberg Philanthropies names Holyoke national finalist for $1 million art grant

      Bloomberg Philanthropies names Holyoke national finalist for $1 million art grant

      Bloomberg Philanthropies on Wednesday named the El Corazon de Holyoke (The Heart of Holyoke) and the city, along with 14 communities nationwide, as finalists for a Public Arts Challenge Grant. Holyoke competed with more than 200 applicants for the coveted grants of up to $1 million. Bloomberg Philanthropies will name three winners in the fall. The applications hail from communities with 30,000 or more residents.

       

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    19. Kristin Leutz to Take Helm at Valley Venture Mentors

      Valley Venture Mentors CEO Liz Roberts announced that she will be leaving her position as of July 13, at which time current chief operating officer Kristin Leutz will take the helm of the organization that has been dedicated to nurturing entrepreneurship in Western Mass.Roberts plans to depart after a period of growth for Valley Venture Mentors (VVM). During her tenure, she launched the Startup Accelerator program, in which entrepreneurs receive five months of training, mentoring, office space, and access to equity-free funding. Entrepreneurs who graduated from all VVM programs generated $51 million in revenue and fundraising during the past ...

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    20. VVM Finalists Eager to Write the Next Chapters in Their Stories

      VVM Finalists Eager to Write the Next Chapters in Their Stories

      The products and services vary widely — from smoothies to yoga classes; from pet adoption to solar-powered battery rechargers; from water-purification technology to entrepreneurial apprenticeships. But the companies in Valley Venture Mentors’ Accelerator class of 2018 have many things in common, specifically the myriad daunting challenges involved with getting a venture off the ground or to a higher altitude. For this issue and its focus on entrepreneurship, BusinessWest looks at the three highest finishers among the 12 Accelerator finalists. We talked to those entrepreneurs about everything from what they’re going to do with the large checks they’ve received through ...

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    21. Craft breweries popping up across Greater Springfield

      Craft breweries popping up across Greater Springfield

      When you think of Wilbraham, Massachusetts -- birthplace of Friendly's Ice Cream and where Timothy Merrick was immortalized in song after dying from a rattlesnake bite up on "Springfield Mountain" -- beer may not be the first thing that pops into your mind. But craft breweries are suddenly popping up all over Greater Springfield, including two here in Wilbraham, Springfield's eastern neighbor, and one apiece in neighboring Ludlow and Hampden. Talks are also in the works to bring independent brewers to West Springfield, according to Mayor Will Reichelt, who has been trying to make West Side more appealing to millennials ...

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    22. $5,000 at stake as Holyoke entrepreneurs to compete in 'SPARK Tank' fundraiser

      $5,000 at stake as Holyoke entrepreneurs to compete in 'SPARK Tank' fundraiser

      A fundraiser will be held to benefit the SPARK business-calalyst program from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St. The $55 admission covers food, cash bar and silent auction, said a press release Monday from SPARK Program Manager Tessa Murphy-Romboletti. The "SPARK Tank" event will be based on the popular television series "Shark Tank," in which tycoons listen to pitches and decide whether to invest in businesses and products, the press release said.

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      Mentions: Holyoke
    23. Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream and Common Capital, Inc.

      Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream and Common Capital, Inc. are excited to bring a Speed Coaching event to Holyoke! The event will kick off with a networking reception at 6:00. During the reception you will have the opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs and sign up for the consulting stations that are most relevant to your business such as: 
      Marketing and E-Commerce 
      Packaging 
      Sales and Distribution 
      Business Financing 
      Legal Advice for Your Business

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