1. Articles in category: Entrepreneurship

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    1. Association for Community Living changes name, partners with Valley Venture Mentors

      Explore masslive.com (Sep 21 2016)

      Association for Community Living changes name, partners with Valley Venture Mentors

      The Association for Community Living, which serves people with intellectual disabilities, is changing its name to Pathlight and partnering with Springfield's Valley Venture Mentors. The two organizations have put out a national call for entrepreneurs with technology ideas that could increase independence for those with intellectual disabilities. Valley Venture Mentors is a Springfield business development group that provides startups with advice and expertise as they grow ideas into companies.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Valley Venture Mentors

    2. Voices of the Valley: Alfonso Santaniello, the Creative Strategy Agency, Inc., 41 Taylor St., Suite 201, Springfield

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      Voices of the Valley: Alfonso Santaniello, the Creative Strategy Agency, Inc., 41 Taylor St., Suite 201, Springfield

      Alfonso Santaniello, the Creative Strategy Agency, Inc., 41 Taylor St., Suite 201, Springfield Years in business: Seven What do you offer and to whom? We call ourselves tCSA, and we're all about digital marketing and social media. We partner with brands, businesses and nonprofits to create custom digital marketing strategies. We're here to help guide and develop our clients from various industries to reach and engage online with more of their customers and potential customers. With communications between businesses and customers being just fingertips away, tCSA gets "it."

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Easthampton

    3. Paragus Founder Gives Employees an Ownership Stake

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      Paragus Founder Gives Employees an Ownership Stake

      Delcie Bean likened an employee stock ownership plan, or ESOP, as one is commonly called, to an onion. By that, he obviously meant that it has many layers of intrigue and complexity, as he found out while researching, planning, and eventually executing one for the company, Paragus Strategic IT, that he founded 17 years ago, when he was just 16. “My initial understanding of an ESOP amounted to this 30,000-foot view,” he explained. “Over the past 2 ½ years, we kept peeling back the layers. I’ve learned more about this over the past few years than I could ever ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    4. Agency Fuels Entrepreneurship in Greater Holyoke

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 18 2016)

      Agency Fuels Entrepreneurship in Greater Holyoke

      Since its launch nearly two years ago, SPARK Holyoke has become an important addition to the region’s growing entrepreneurial ecosystem, providing a learning-and-nurturing environment for a variety of business owners. To sum up its impact, one participant said the agency gave him the discipline to be “both a creator and a finisher.”

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce   Holyoke

    5. Peter Rosskothen Steps to the Plate — Again

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 27 2016)

      Peter Rosskothen Steps to the Plate — Again

      Peter Rosskothen has compiled a quarter-century-long track record of entrepreneurial energy and daring — all of it in the broad realms of food and hospitality. He says it exists partly out of necessity in this highly competitive market, but also because he’s always looking for ways to do things differently — and better. His latest venture, which he describes as the cutting edge of food retail, is no exception.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Amherst   Northampton

    6. Citizens Bank and NECN name Tech Foundry a 2016 Champion in Action; grant it $35K

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      Citizens Bank and NECN name Tech Foundry a 2016 Champion in Action; grant it $35K

      Citizens Bank and cable channel NECN have named Springfield's Tech Foundry a 2016 Champion in Action in the category of collective impact. Tech Foundry will receive $35,000 in unrestricted funding and promotional and volunteer support, Citizens Bank said in a news release. Founded by area computer entrepreneur Delcie Bean, Tech Foundry is a computer training program that aims to prep students for in-demand careers.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    7. Elms Unveils Its Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 21 2016)

      Elms Unveils Its Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

      Isiah Odunlami is an accountant by trade, currently handling audit and tax work for Springfield-based Moriarty & Primack. He enjoys the work, and, like most in this field, finds the ability to help clients grasp issues and solve specific problems quite rewarding. But while he’s obviously an accomplished ‘numbers guy,’ ‘bean counter,’ or whatever else one chooses to call those in this field, he believes he has other talents — as a leader, role model, and motivator. He’s done a few motivational talks, including some before young people in his hometown of Providence, R.I., and recently pieced together a ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Elms College

    8. Springfield College Professor Talks Entrepreneurship in China

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 18 2016)

      Springfield College Professor Talks Entrepreneurship in China

      Springfield College Professor of Management and U.S. Fulbright grant recipient Robert Fiore recently traveled to China to collaborate with faculty and students at Hong Kong Baptist University in the academic area of entrepreneurship. Fiore assisted in the development of research and curriculum in China’s new initiative mandating the development of entrepreneurial courses to be offered at all universities.  During his visit, Fiore presented his entrepreneurial and international business publications fostering cross-cultural discussions on entrepreneurial issues; research about company formulation, feasibility analysis, and ways to enhance success rates; the U.S. perspective on capital formation; the capital-allocation process; financing ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield College   Springfield

    9. Valley Venture Mentors event aimed at funding startups flops, but leads to opportunity

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      Valley Venture Mentors event aimed at funding startups flops, but leads to opportunity

      Paul Silva's latest innovation did not go quite as planned. Silva, the energetic, quick-talking investor whose Valley Venture Mentors program helps local startups become polished businesses, gathered a group of small businesses and investors in VVM's Tower Square headquarters last week. Their mission was ambitious and unconventional: To help level the business playing field by having investors make same-day, small-dollar investments to local companies. It was an unusual strategy designed to help cash-strapped business founders, many of whom have day jobs and for whom the long process of soliciting six-figure seed funding can be a major financial burden.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Valley Venture Mentors

    10. Paragus IT founder Delcie Bean gives 40% of computer company to employees

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      Paragus IT founder Delcie Bean gives 40% of computer company to employees

       Paragus Strategic IT founder Delcie Bean has given 40 percent of the company's stock to its 40 employees in a deal valued at $1.6 million. Bean said in a statement: "I knew this was the right decision for myself and for Paragus because Paragus is a company that owes 100 percent of its success to the hard work of its incredible employees, or partners as I like to call them. As the only shareholder, I knew that anything I could do to further that spirit and attract new talent would be a sound investment. That's why it ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Amherst

    11. Valley Venture Mentors tries to level startup playing field with early-stage investments

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      Valley Venture Mentors tries to level startup playing field with early-stage investments

      On Wednesday afternoon, inside Valley Venture Mentors' meeting space on the street level of Tower Square, Paul Silva was conducting an experiment. A group of local startup founders were about to pitch their businesses to about 15 waiting investors. But rather than months of negotiations and hundreds of thousands of dollars, the investors were expected to commit small dollars quickly – by the end of the night, with a few days to opt out afterwards. Silva, the executive director of Valley Venture Mentors, said the approach was designed to give new startups, who had never secured major investments small amounts of ...

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Valley Venture Mentors

    12. Pilot Program Targets Region’s Manufacturing Sector

      Explore BusinessWest (Jun 14 2016)

      Pilot Program Targets Region’s Manufacturing Sector

      A $320,000 pilot program to be undertaken in conjunction with MassDevelopment (the primary funding agency putting up $200,000), the National Machine Tooling Assoc. (NMTA), the Economic Development Council of Western Mass., and other partners will seek to change many aspects of this equation. It will enable, and essentially force, participating companies to become more willing and able to take some calculated risks.

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Springfield   Valley Venture Mentors

    13. Investors to fund local startups at Valley Venture Mentors event | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 13 2016)

      Investors to fund local startups at Valley Venture Mentors event | masslive.com

      A group of local startups will pitch investors and win funding at an event hosted by Valley Venture Mentors Wednesday afternoon.  The 'Pre-Seed Demo Day' is a pilot program that will connect participants in VVM's accelerator program with investors, who will make early stage, low-dollar commitments to companies within hours of hearing their pitches, VVM Executive Director Paul Silva said.  'œWe're going to have 10 or so companies who just graduated from the accelerators,' Silva said. 'They're going to do these pitches and essentially do speed dating with investors in the room.'€


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      Mentions:   Valley Venture Mentors

    14. Harvard University to use $1.6 million investment at Holyoke computing center to study topics like brain, Chinese censorship | masslive.com

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      Harvard University to use $1.6 million investment at Holyoke computing center to study topics like brain, Chinese censorship | masslive.com

      Harvard is one of the partners in the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center on Bigelow Street where McCullough and other officials announced Wednesday an expansion to boost Harvard's computing capacity and storage.  'I don't think you realize the massive size of what you have here in Holyoke,' McCullough said.  Harvard is using the tens of thousands of computers in the acre-sized computer room at the center for various projects. The blinking lights visible on the rows of black racks show the digestions of data, he said.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    15. Father, Son Innovators Put the Pedal to the Mettle

      Explore BusinessWest (Jun 1 2016)

      Father, Son Innovators Put the Pedal to the Mettle

      It was born out of a blend of need and desire. Nevin Murrary wanted something that would get him to high school in a manner that would by healthy, environmentally friendly — and cool. He and his father, Kevin, came up with the PEBL, described as a bridge between a bike and a car. But beyond becoming an effective means for the younger Murray to commute, it is evolving into a business concept with recognized potential.

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      Mentions:   Greenfield Community College   Amherst   Greenfield

    16. Springfield's Valley Venture Mentor Accelerator awards $252K to startups | masslive.com

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      Springfield's Valley Venture Mentor Accelerator awards $252K to startups | masslive.com

      Valley Venture Mentors awarded $252,000 in funding to the 12 finalists in its startup accelerator competition during a ceremony at the MassMutual Center Thursday evening. Companies, ranging from app developers to manufacturers of silencers for firearms, received awards of between $6,000 and $50,000, with judges allocating the money following a months-long process of boot camps and pitching sessions.  The evening's biggest winner was Celia Grace, an Amherst-based fair trade wedding dress retailer and designer that took in $50,000.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield   Amherst

    17. Accelerator Helps Entrepreneurs Hone Ideas, Shape Dreams

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      Accelerator Helps Entrepreneurs Hone Ideas, Shape Dreams

      ‘Community’ and ‘network.’ Those were the two terms used time and again by members of the second cohort of Valley Venture Mentors’ accelerator program to describe the program — and they speak volumes. While those involved with the 36 ventures are competing against each other for prize money, they are also staring down the same challenges of entrepreneurship, thus making that journey a little less daunting for their colleagues.

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Northampton   Valley Venture Mentors

    18. Springfield's Tech Foundry nonprofit wins $123K grant | masslive.com

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      Springfield's Tech Foundry nonprofit wins $123K grant | masslive.com

      Tech Foundry, the Springfield-based workforce training nonprofit, has won a $123,808 grant from the Commonwealth Corporation's Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund.  'It will allow us to continue to expand our class size and it will allow us to increase the number of employer partners we can work to fill vacancies with,' said Tech Foundry Director of Strategic Partnership Jonathan Edwards.  The grant will likely cover an 18-month contract with Commonwealth Corp., pending the signing of the contract in July, Edwards said. The grant is part of over $2 million in funds awarded by the trust fund in late April.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    19. Valley Venture Mentors announces 12 finalists for $250,000 in accelerator funding | masslive.com

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      Valley Venture Mentors announces 12 finalists for $250,000 in accelerator funding | masslive.com

      The companies are of wide-ranging backgrounds, Valley Venture said in a press release. Six are run by women and three by people of color. Five are tech companies and seven make physical products. Nine are from the Pioneer Valley, four are from Springfield and others are considering moving to the city.  And on May 26, Valley Venture -- which runs a mentorship program for local entrepreneurs, and will be a primary tenant of the upcoming Springfield Innovation Center -- will kickstart some of those businesses. A panel of angel investors and venture capitalists will allocate $250,000 in funding to the businesses ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Valley Venture Mentors

    20. Are you interested in Entrepreneurship?

      Explore From the EDC (May 11 2016)

      Are you interested in Entrepreneurship?

      At 7 pm, Wednesday, May 25, Mount Holyoke College will host a workshop for community residents and members of the Mount Holyoke community interested in exploring what is involved in starting your own business.

       

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      Mentions:   Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce   Mount Holyoke College   Holyoke

    21. 'Special sauce already here': Top Massachusetts official touts Springfield Innovation Center potential at groundbreaking | masslive.com

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      'Special sauce already here': Top Massachusetts official touts Springfield Innovation Center potential at groundbreaking | masslive.com

      The Springfield Innovation Center now taking shape inside what had been an abandoned building at 270-280 Bridge St. downtown could end up producing the next MassMutual Financial Group or the next Smith & Wesson.  According to Jay Ash, Massachusetts secretary of Housing and Economic Development, that's just some of the potential success the center could breed. Ash spoke Friday at a ceremonial groundbreaking -- in reality they smashed plasterboard with a hammer -- for the Innovation Center facing Steiger Park.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield

    22. Photos: Seen@ 2016 Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Awards ceremony in Holyoke | masslive.com

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      Photos: Seen@ 2016 Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Awards ceremony in Holyoke | masslive.com

      The Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation's Entrepreneurship Initiative honored 78 Pioneer Valley college and university students n Wednesday for their entrepreneurial spirit by launching a business or developing an exceptional business concept. The evening showcased 56 businesses and services as part of the Grinspoon Class of 2016. 

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    23. State labor Sec. Ronald Walker praises Tech Foundry training program | masslive.com

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      State labor Sec. Ronald Walker praises Tech Foundry training program | masslive.com

      Massachusetts Sec. of Labor and Workforce Development Ronald Walker toured the workforce training nonprofit Tech Foundry on Monday and came away impressed, he said.  'I like the model. The model is collaborative. It includes the businesses and the training directly for the jobs available, and the hands on training really makes sense,' Walker said in an interview.  Tech Foundry, a nonprofit that partners with organizations and corporations including Baystate Health, Crocker Communications, the Davis Foundation and the Beveridge Family Foundation, offers job skills training for Western Mass. residents trying to enter the information technology or coding fields. The program graduated ...

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health

    24. Dockit Creates Co-working Space for Springfield Lawyers

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      Dockit Creates Co-working Space for Springfield Lawyers

      Lauran Thompson — a paralegal who had managed her family’s law office, Thompson & Thompson, for 15 years — recognized the value of co-working as well, and saw opportunity in a model popular among law professionals out west and in Boston, but sorely lacking in Western Mass. The business she started, Dockit — located just off Main Street, in the pedestrian walkway between Harrison Street and the MassMutual Center known as Market Place — provides exactly that, with plenty of amenities to boot. Members don’t have their own desks or offices, but can work or meet with clients in a number of shared ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield   Northampton

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