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    1. White Lion intends to brew craft beer in Springfield

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      White Lion intends to brew craft beer in Springfield

      Berry said the company has initial plans to explore options for bringing the brewing operations within the Springfield city limits. “It’s a two-phase process,” he said. “Phase one is to introduce the product and the brand and let the beer, the brand and the compelling story resonate in the area [to create] organic growth and strategic growth. We’ll do that all while trying to identify 9,000 to 10,000 square feet to bring a multi-barrel production facility, job creation and a landmark where folks can go and do some tasting right here in the city of Springfield ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Amherst

    2. Springfield Innovation Center to boost start-up business downtown | masslive

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      Springfield Innovation Center to boost start-up business downtown | masslive

      DevelopSpringfield will transform two neighboring vacant Bridge Street buildings into the Springfield Innovation Center, a nursery and proving ground for the next generation of Springfield start-up companies.  The center would combine the Valley Venture Mentors cooperative work-space and advising programs along with an innovation cafe and rental space for companies that have outgrown Valley Venture Mentors' space but are not yet ready to fully strike out on their own, said Jay Minkarah, president and CEO of DevelopSpringfield.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield City Council   Springfield

    3. White Lion, Springield's first craft brewery, draws big crowd at launch party

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      White Lion, Springield's first craft brewery, draws big crowd at launch party

      White Lion Brewing, Springfield's first craft brewery, held a launch party at Springfield Museums Tuesday night, drawing an enthusiastic and appreciative crowd of more than 300 guests. Founded by Raymond Berry, the nascent operation currently contract brews in Ipswich, but hopes to open a brewing plant in downtown Springfield within the next two years. The event was populated by movers and shakers in the city, including Mayor Domenic Sarno, former state Sen. Brian P. Lees and others. "This is great for Springfield. Ray has really done this the right way," Lees said. "As a former marketing major, he really ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Amherst

    4. Solar village proposed for former Belchertown State School

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      Solar village proposed for former Belchertown State School

      A private firm, Solar Design Associates, is expected to discuss their plans for a Solar Artisan Village at Wednesday’s meeting of the Belchertown Economic Development Industrial Corporation that would be built on the former state school grounds.The Aug. 6 meeting at Lawrence Memorial Hall begins at 7 p.m. According to a company representative, James Kelly, the concept would be called BelArts.  “The Solar Artisan Village will be a working environment that creates jobs and revenue for Belchertown. The new village, in the heart of Belchertown, will be home to entrepreneurs, start-ups and a creative economy.”

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   MassDevelopment

    5. Promising Venture | BusinessWest

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      Promising Venture | BusinessWest

      In addition, MassMutual will invest more than $1.5 million over the next three years in a startup accelerator managed by Valley Venture Mentors (VVM), an entrepreneur-mentoring network based in Springfield. The first class of the accelerator will feature 30 startups to be selected through a competitive application process later this summer. DevelopSpringfield, a nonprofit dedicated to revitalizing the city, has been tasked with building out the physical location for the accelerator in the Tower Square building downtown.  “We’re building off a mentorship program that we’ve been running now for three and a half years,” said Scott Foster ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Nick Fyntrilakis

    6. Winifred Sandler Grinspoon to head Harold Grinspoon Foundation

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      Winifred Sandler Grinspoon to head Harold Grinspoon Foundation

      The foundation founded by Grinspoon and his wife Diane Troderman, in 1993, established and funds the popular PJ LIbrary program. The program provides free Jewish content books and CDs to children, six months to eight years of age, being raised on Jewish values by their family. Locally, it is under the auspices of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts. The foundation, through its partners, has distributed more than 10 million books to children in this country, Israel, Mexico and elsewhere.

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      Mentions:   The Republican

    7. MassMutual establishes $100M venture fund to back tech startups

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      MassMutual establishes $100M venture fund to back tech startups

      Springfield-based MassMutual announced Thursday that it has formed MassMutual Ventures, a $100 million corporate venture capital firm focused on backing startups and businesses whose technologies could transform core insurance, retirement and asset-management industries. The new fund is managed by Doug Russell, MassMutual’s senior vice president, strategy and corporate development; Eric Emmons, who joined the firm after serving as the head of Siemens Venture Capital North America for the past five years; and Mark Goodman, who founded and managed two technology focused venture capital funds, Terawatt Ventures and Brookline Ventures. The new firm will manage its worldwide investments from its ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield

    8. Editorial: Springfield Innovation Cafe will offer high-test ideas and caffeine

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      Editorial: Springfield Innovation Cafe will offer high-test ideas and caffeine

      The Springfield Innovation Café is still in its conceptual phase, but once realized, it has the potential to be to innovators in Western Massachusetts what the Student Prince and Fort Dining Room has been for the region’s politicians and businessmen. As envisioned by Paul Silva and Delcie Bean, the café will feature white boards, computers and, of course, Internet access. It will feature long hours to allow those in the innovation business time to gather before, during and after work to share ideas, brainstorm and think through solutions.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Student Prince   Valley Venture Mentors

    9. Editorial: Springfield Tech Foundry to help high school students become innovators

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      Editorial: Springfield Tech Foundry to help high school students become innovators

      The brainchild of Delcie Bean, the Springfield Tech Foundry opened its doors to its first class of high school students Monday with a visit from Gov. Deval Patrick timed to the unpacking of their brand new laptops. Operating from ninth floor space at 1391 Main St., the program will train high school students in the soft and technical skills they need to land entry-level jobs in high technology immediately following their year’s worth of training.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield

    10. Valley Venture Mentors accelerator to receive $100000 from MassTech

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      Valley Venture Mentors accelerator to receive $100000 from MassTech

      Valley Venture Mentors received a $100,000  grant Monday from Massachusetts Technology Collaborative toward VVM's planned accelerator, a collaborative work space for young high-tech startup companies in Downtown's Tower Square. Gov. Deval Patrick announced the grant Monday during a visit to what backers are calling the Springfield Innovation District. Other stops included Tech Foundry, a computer science program for high school students, located nearby at 1391 Main St., and a third stop to Baystate Innovation Center, a business incubator program of Baystate Health located in 1350 Main St.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   MassMutual   Massachusetts Technology Collaborative

    11. Springfield Innovation Cafe to provide a place for Springfield tech crowd to congregate | masslive

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      Springfield Innovation Cafe to provide a place for Springfield tech crowd to congregate | masslive

      Springfield Innovation Cafe won't really be about serving a cup of coffee, said Paragus Strategic IT CEO Delcie Bean, one of the backers behind the venture.  It will be about serving Springfield tech-savvy entrepreneurs by giving them a place to hang out, charge up - be it with caffeine or with electricity - and bounce ideas off each other.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   MassDevelopment   Springfield

    12. MassMutual Invests Big in Springfield’s Future

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      MassMutual Invests Big in Springfield’s Future

      At the Western Mass. Developers Conference last Thursday, MassMutual President, CEO, and Chairman Roger Crandall announced that the corporation will be investing $6.5 million in initiatives to assist fledgling businesses in Springfield. This is a major step forward in the ongoing efforts to promote entrepreneurship and job creation in Springfield, and a commitment that could create considerable momentum in a city that needs some. The company announced that it will create a $5 million Springfield Venture Fund (SVF) to invest in high-potential startups in Springfield, and also commit $1.5 million over the next three years to support the ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield

    13. Holyoke offers venue and entrepreneurs show products at Pioneer Valley Innovation Nights | masslive.com

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      Holyoke offers venue and entrepreneurs show products at Pioneer Valley Innovation Nights | masslive.com

      Jeanie Beresford, of Suffield, Conn., is the owner and maker of Blessed Creek People and Earth Friendly Soaps, an entrepreneurship that placed her with eight other idea-generators at the first Pioneer Valley Innovation Nights.  Such events are designed to help local innovators increase the buzz around new products and companies, said organizers, who said similar ones have been held since 2009 in eastern Massachusetts.  Beresford said she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2000 and by 2008, she had lost tolerance for being ill.

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    14. Springfield Technical Community College student Anthony Grandoit wins pitch contest

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      Springfield Technical Community College student Anthony Grandoit wins pitch contest

      Anthony Grandoit, a Springfield Technical Community College student took first place at the Awards Ceremony & Banquet for the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Initiative. elevator pitch competition pitching a “faster, cleaner, convenient way to keep your baby fed”. Facing a crowd of more than 450 attendees,. Grandoit convinced a panel of bank judges that his pitch for Baby Keurig was the best. Mike Mullen from UMass Amherst took second place for his business concept Kloudbook, a mobile app to keep track of all of your contact information. Finally, Scott Abdow, a student at Greenfield Community College, took third place ...

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      Mentions:   American International College   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College

    15. UMass alum Douglas Berthiaume, wife Diana donate $10 million to UMass

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      UMass alum Douglas Berthiaume, wife Diana donate $10 million to UMass

      The Douglas and Diana Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship will be the hub of a campus network of scholars, innovators and entrepreneurs, with a three-fold mission of supporting research, education and practice, all targeted at transforming ideas into business realities. The Berthiaumes’ donation builds on the couple’s extraordinary support for the university, which includes a previous gift of $5 million in support of Isenberg School initiatives.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    16. An Urban Laboratory | BusinessWest

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      An Urban Laboratory | BusinessWest

      As John Aubin talked about Open Square, the massive former mill complex along the canals in downtown Holyoke that has been his passion for the past dozen years or more, he continually referred to it as an “urban laboratory” — for architecture, planning, sustainability, and economic development.  By that, he meant this was a place to experiment and drive innovation in response to an ongoing movement that has more people apparently willing and able to work, live, and locate businesses in urban settings, although many cities are struggling to take full advantage of that phenomenon.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    17. Steeling for Change | BusinessWest

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      Steeling for Change | BusinessWest

      ef Sharpe and Jeff Hausthor are on the edge again. The cutting edge, that is.  The entrepreneurs, who have been partners in five business ventures, joined Henry Lederman last October to start a new company called Qnect, and are launching a new software product called QuickQnect at the three-day NASCC Steel Conference in Toronto.  They say the product will revolutionize the way the joints in a steel structure are connected. “The idea of turning this manual process into a software solution is brand-new, and QuickQnect is up to 100 times faster than the conventional way of connecting the joints in ...

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    18. Meetings of the Minds | BusinessWest

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      Meetings of the Minds | BusinessWest

      ‘Collisions.’  That’s the term Paul Silva absolutely wore out as he talked about what happens when entrepreneurs — or ‘crazy people,’ as he calls them — as well as creative types, such as writers, editors, musicians, and website designers, get together in close quarters.  “There are collisions — and lots of them,” said Silva, adding quickly that these developments take many forms, such as individuals collaborating on an idea that becomes a business concept. Or an entrepreneur finding an angel investor that can provide the capital to get an idea off the ground. Or a writer making the acquaintance of a social-media ...

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    19. 120 graduate from Valley Venture Mentors program

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      120 graduate from Valley Venture Mentors program

      It was graduation night for Valley Venture Mentors in Springfield Wednesday night. Valley Venture Mentors is dedicated to helping business start-ups launch. It’s described as a personal social network that puts business people together with venture capital. Sort of like a speed-dating for entrepreneurs. According to Paul Silva, a lead coach at the Valley Venture Mentors, “Right, we didn’t all go to Harvard. We all don’t have that alumni network to tap into. So this gives them access to an amazing network of great people. If they do a good job, then they’ll walk away with ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Develop Springfield

    20. Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki, MassTech officials to join monthly meeting of Valley Venture Mentors in Springfield | masslive.com

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      Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki, MassTech officials to join monthly meeting of Valley Venture Mentors in Springfield | masslive.com

      Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki and officials from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative are scheduled to attend Wednesday's monthly meeting of Valley Venture Mentors in Springfield.
      bialeckihead.JPGGregory P. Bialecki Republican File Photo  Today's session begins at 5 p.m. at Tower Square, 1500 Main St., in the heart of downtown Springfield.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Valley Venture Mentors

    21. Western New England University engineering students honored for innovative skate sharpening device

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      Western New England University engineering students honored for innovative skate sharpening device

      Western New England University student engineers once again proved themselves to be among the nation's elite with inclusion in the Top 10 of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Innovation Showcase (IShow). The Western New England University team was recognized for designing a practical, portable skate sharpening device. Evaluated for feasibility of idea, inventiveness and technological diversity, the “Agile Edge” was selected from a field of 59 entries submitted to compete in the 2014 ASME Innovation Showcase. The IShow provides a platform for top collegiate teams to compete for seed money to further develop their product inspiring students to ...

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield

    22. Tour of Boston innovation centers inspires Springfield business leaders

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      Tour of Boston innovation centers inspires Springfield business leaders

      A group of Springfield area business leaders that want to see something similar take shape in their backyard recently took a tour led by Ann Burke and the Economic Development Council of Western Mass. of facilities that have been crucial to Boston's tech boom.  The group visited entrepreneurial shared work spaces like the Cambridge Innovation Center and the Harvard Innovation Lab as well as gathering spaces on the South Boston Waterfront. Such collision centers, as they are often called, are rare in the western part of the state. The spaces, according to Scott Foster of Valley Venture Mentors, are ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton   Ann Burke

    23. Valley mentor group helps business startups thrive: Aim to counter 7 out of 10

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      Valley mentor group helps business startups thrive: Aim to counter 7 out of 10

      Scott Foster, Valley Venture Mentor co-founder and president, said a cooperative spirit is built into the program, and he believes business startups need all the encouragement they can get. Seven out of 10 new businesses are doomed to fail, he said. The idea is to create a “vibrant economic ecosystem” by identifying and nurturing startups with the potential to thrive. Although the focus is on western Massachusetts entrepreneurs, people from all over the region are welcome to participate. Some businesspeople come from as far away as Vermont. VVM recently received a grant of almost $150,000 from the Massachusetts Technology ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Smith College   Associated Industries of Massachusetts

    24. Voices of the Valley: Oscar Ramos, owner, Xpress Money Solutions, Springfield

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      Voices of the Valley: Oscar Ramos, owner, Xpress Money Solutions, Springfield

      I started my business in 2005 as an accounting and tax practice called Ramos Accounting and Tax Services. I had already been an accountant for about seven years and I felt there was a need in the Latino community for professional tax preparers and financial advisers. I got my start in an incubator office at the Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce. I started working with individual clients as well as specializing in small businesses, doing everything from bookkeeping to taxes and administration. After a year, I moved into an office at the Monarch Building with an accounting firm. It was ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican   Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce

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