1. Articles in category: Entrepreneurship

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    1. EforAll/EparaTodos Holyoke Looking for Volunteers

      EforAll/EparaTodos Holyoke Looking for Volunteers

      EforAll/EparaTodos Holyoke is actively seeking both English- and Spanish-speaking volunteers to participate as mentors in the winter 2022 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. The team meets as a group to help reaffirm topics and themes raised during classes, while also strategizing with the entrepreneur on how to reach their ...

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      Mentions: Holyoke
    2. Venture X Slates Grand Opening of Holyoke Location

      Venture X Slates Grand Opening of Holyoke Location

      Venture X®, a membership-based workspace community, will celebrate the opening of its newest location, in Holyoke, on Sept. 9. The 16,000 square-foot co-working space is located at 98 Lower Westfield Road. Venture X Holyoke invites the community to stop by on Sept. 9, from 4 to 7 p.m., to tour the business center and connect with other professionals. Venture X Holyoke provides flexible workspace solutions, IT security, and amenities. The space was built out during the pandemic, so special attention was given to the installation of high-tech air filtration system, touchless bathrooms, and keyless door-entry systems.

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      Mentions: Holyoke Westfield
    3. PeoplesBank Rewards Innovation, Entrepreneurship at Western New England University

      PeoplesBank Rewards Innovation, Entrepreneurship at Western New England University

      Western New England University (WNEU) announced the recipients of the 2021 PeoplesBank Award. The award, first given in 2020, is made possible by a grant to WNEU from PeoplesBank to advance innovation and entrepreneurship across the university and the entire Pioneer Valley ecosystem. Mary Schoonmaker, associate professor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship at Western New England, applauded the students’ spirit and innovation. “We continue to be encouraged to see the breadth of businesses that have applied for awards this year. It is rewarding to see these student-led ventures made possible through this PeoplesBank grant.”

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    4. Valley Venture Mentors’ Community Night Is Back in the Building

      Valley Venture Mentors’ Community Night Is Back in the Building

      Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) will begin to host its monthly in-person community nights starting Wednesday, July 14 at the Springfield Innovation Center. Whether a potential mentor, an entrepreneur, or just ‘startup-curious,’ an ideal way to experience VVM is to dive into a night of conversation, networking, and community building. The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with VVM’s first social gathering since March 2020, and light refreshments will be served. Attendees will then hear pitches from local entrepreneurs and startups immediately followed by breakout sessions in which the VVM community will have an opportunity to provide feedback. The ...

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    5. Hannah’s Local Art Gallery Brings Creative Energy to the Mill District

      Hannah’s Local Art Gallery Brings Creative Energy to the Mill District

      When Hannah Rechtschaffen set about to open an art gallery in Amherst’s Mill District, she didn’t envision a static space; instead, her goal was to develop a vibrant, eclectic, multi-media gallery that not only focused on local artists, but forged connections between them and the public through workshops, classes, events, and even the everyday conversations that bring to life the stories and history behind each artist and each piece. A couple weeks after the gallery’s opening, she’s optimistic those creative collisions are already happening.

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    6. Leaders Across Massachusetts Launch Mass Fintech Hub - Mass Fintech Hub

      Leaders Across Massachusetts Launch Mass Fintech Hub - Mass Fintech Hub

      Co-chaired by Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy, and Mike Fanning, Head of MassMutual U.S., the Fintech Working Group established the Mass Fintech Hub, a Massachusetts-based and -led initiative that will strengthen the Commonwealth’s Fintech ecosystem and drive continued success and growth for the industry.

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      Mentions: MassMutual
    7. EforAll Holyoke

      EforAll Holyoke

      “If your dreams don’t scare you … they are not big enough.” That’s the quote, attributed to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian president, economist, and Nobel Peace Prize winner, that is stenciled onto one of the walls at EforAll Holyoke’s headquarters on High Street, in the heart of the city’s downtown. Tessa Murphy-Romboletti, executive director of this nonprofit since its inception, chose it for many reasons, but mostly because it resonates with her and also because it accurately sums up entrepreneurship in general, as well as the work that goes on in that facility.

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    8. The Year of the Entrepreneur

      The Year of the Entrepreneur

      Starting in 1996, ˆ has, at the start of each year, presented something we call the Top Entrepreneur award. We do this to pay homage to a long — as in three centuries long — tradition of entrepreneurship in Western Mass., and to recognize companies, institutions, and individuals who are carrying on that tradition today. Over the years, the winners have included traditional entrepreneurs — those leading tech companies, multi-faceted corporations, and some family-owned businesses that have been part of the landscape for decades, if not a century or more — and also some non-traditional entrepreneurs — a college president and a hospital CEO, for example.

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    9. Princeton Review Recognizes UMass Amherst for Graduate Entrepreneurship Studies

      Princeton Review Recognizes UMass Amherst for Graduate Entrepreneurship Studies

      For the first time, UMass Amherst has earned recognition in Princeton Review’s annual selection of Best Graduate Entrepreneurship Programs. In the publication’s 2021 list, the university ranks 40th among 50 colleges and universities. Based on survey data from more than 300 schools, the rankings encompass a broad range of entrepreneurial activities inside and outside the classroom. The catalyst for student entrepreneurship at UMass Amherst is the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship. The center serves the entire campus through a wealth of activities and resources.

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    10. EforAll and EparaTodos Holyoke Looking for Volunteer Mentors

      EforAll and EparaTodos Holyoke Looking for Volunteer Mentors

      EforAll and EparaTodos Holyoke are 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. The team meets as a group to help reaffirm topics and themes raised during classes, while also strategizing with the entrepreneur on how to reach their specific goals during the ...

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      Mentions: Holyoke
    11. SkinCatering Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Expansion to New Location

      SkinCatering Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Expansion to New Location

      SkinCatering, LLC, an all-natural skin-care brand, announced its 10th anniversary on Nov. 10. After catering to the health and well-being of busy clients for the past decade, the company is expanding to a new location in Tower Square and offering a VIP contest. SkinCatering, a local, women-owned business, produces its own line of clean beauty skin care, in addition to offering a variety of high-end spa services. It uses high-quality ingredients to provide effective, cruelty-free treatments and products without the use of harmful chemicals. Everything is formulated and manufactured by the SkinCatering team to monitor every ingredient, catering to those ...

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      Mentions: Springfield
    12. Supporting Entrepreneurs Is Critical

      Supporting Entrepreneurs Is Critical

      Over the years, we’ve written a number of times about the importance of promoting entrepreneurship and mentoring those trying to start and grow their own businesses. This component of economic development, one that is often overlooked amid efforts to attract large businesses, open new industrial parks, and grow new business sectors like biotech, is vital because small businesses have always been the key to the growth and vitality of individual communities and regions like Western Mass.

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    13. Venture X co-workspace planned near Holyoke Mall

      Venture X co-workspace planned near Holyoke Mall

      Venture X announced plans this week to open a co-working space in 16,000 feet of the office and retail building at 98 Lower Westfield Road in early 2021.In co-working space, people rent offices or desk space. Venture X offers event space and meeting room rentals for the day or by the hour for members and non-members in addition to office co-working

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      Mentions: Holyoke Westfield
    14. Entrepreneurs, college presidents, politicians discuss a better business collaboration between eastern and Western Massachusetts

      Entrepreneurs, college presidents, politicians discuss a better business collaboration between eastern and Western Massachusetts

      Business leaders, college presidents, politicians and state economic development leaders joined in an online seminar to discuss better ways the entire state can come together to share resources and produce products. More than 350 people signed on to listen to or participate in the first EastWest Exchange on Wednesday. The event covered ways to localize supply chains and better share business and innovation from the eastern part of the state with that being done in Western Massachusetts.

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    15. MCLA Innovation & Entrepreneurship Challenge Announces Three Winners

      MCLA Innovation & Entrepreneurship Challenge Announces Three Winners

      Although this year’s Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Innovation & Entrepreneurship Challenge, held May 4-8, was a virtual affair, the college community still came together to view and vote for the three finalists’ pitches. The finalists, all seniors, who pitched their business ideas via video, were David Flight, Kimberly Granito, and Sierra Lamonde. The students were coached through a series of deliverables — determining a solution to a problem, developing a budget and business plan as the road map for the project or business, and presenting before a panel of judges.

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    16. Pioneer Valley College Students Recognized for Entrepreneurial Spirit

      Pioneer Valley College Students Recognized for Entrepreneurial Spirit

      Eighty-six students from 14 local colleges and universities recently received awards for their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit, with 55 unique businesses and business concepts represented. News of the 2020 Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Initiative (EI) Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards came at about the same time as participating students’ semesters were disrupted by COVID-19. Soon thereafter, the annual entrepreneurship banquet, where more than 450 people were scheduled to attend to celebrate these students, was canceled. The Grinspoon EI class of 2020 received their award checks of up to $1,000 by mail, and they and continue to be mentored by their Grinspoon EI faculty ...

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    17. EforAll Holyoke Launches Accelerator Program for Spanish-speaking Entrepreneurs

      EforAll Holyoke Launches Accelerator Program for Spanish-speaking Entrepreneurs

      Continuing to expand its proven approach to help under-resourced individuals successfully start and grow their businesses, Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) Holyoke announced that it is accepting applications for its new EparaTodos program in Holyoke, which will focus on supporting Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs in the Greater Holyoke community.

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      Mentions: Holyoke
    18. Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley reaches fundraising goal, prepares for reopening

      Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley reaches fundraising goal, prepares for reopening

      The Odyssey Bookshop went to its longtime fans last month with an urgent request for donations, money needed to keep the 57-year-old shop operating during the coronavirus shutdown of the brick-and-mortar retail economy. On Friday, owner Joan Grenier said the shop reached the $60,000 goal of its gofundme appeal and that she’d spent the day paying bills. More than 700 different donors answered the call.

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    19. Paragus IT’s Delcie Bean Offering Free Videoconferencing Sessions for Businesses, Organizations

      Paragus IT CEO Delcie Bean has been a featured speaker at events across the country on topics as diverse as entrepreneurship, technology, innovation, employee ownership, and employee-driven culture. He’s now offering his services — free of charge — to businesses and organizations looking to stay connected in these uncertain times.

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    20. Hot Oven Cookies among new food options coming to Bradley International Airport

      Hot Oven Cookies among new food options coming to Bradley International Airport

      Hot Oven Cookies, the Holyoke-born startup that also recently reopened in downtown Springfield, is coming to Bradley international Airport later this month. It’s one of six new dining options, including two new small business kiosks and three refreshed shops, that Bradley plans to open in 2020, according to a news release issued Tuesday by the Connecticut Airport Authority.

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    21. Granny’s Baking Table Speaks to a Different, Much Simpler Time

      Granny’s Baking Table Speaks to a Different, Much Simpler Time

      It’s a small business, but it might just be a big part of a significant movement. Granny’s Baking Table, which opened just a few months ago, speaks to a different age in Springfield’s history, when small, locally owned businesses dominated Main Street and the roads around it. And in many ways, it operates in a way consistent with that age — there’s no wi-fi and, instead, a focus on conversation. It’s a blast from the past, but those behind it hope they represent the future.

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    22. Not a ‘nerd hovel’: Avalon Lounge & Game Café in downtown Holyoke aims to beat boredom, build community

      Not a ‘nerd hovel’: Avalon Lounge & Game Café in downtown Holyoke aims to beat boredom, build community

      A band of adventurers have set out on a quest. The prize they seek is for a sense of community that builds into a viable business. Their foes are boredom, isolation and the bland sameness of many nightspots and restaurants. To see the next chapter, you could roll a 20-sided die, draw another card ... or you could wait until March, when the crew at Avalon Lounge & Game Café hold their soft opening.

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    23. Springfield Artist John Moore Wins ADDP’s 2020 Legislative Calendar Cover Contest

      John Moore, a Springfield artist, was recently recognized at the Massachusetts State House as the winner of the Assoc. of Developmental Disabilities Providers’ (ADDP) 2020 Legislative Calendar cover contest. Moore is a member of Pyramid, a day habilitation program at Viability in Springfield.  He was among 31 artists — all of whom have intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, including autism or brain injuries — who submitted their artwork for entry into the contest. The ADDP calendar is an annual project that features compelling stories from its member provider agencies and legislators’ birthdays. It is distributed to both the House of Representatives and ...

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