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    1. Valley Venture Mentors co-founder Paul Silva is 'rock star' of entrepreneurship in Western Mass.: Outlook 2018

      Valley Venture Mentors co-founder Paul Silva is 'rock star' of entrepreneurship in Western Mass.: Outlook 2018

      As a senior at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2000, Silva cofounded the Entreclub because he needed help building his start-up Zform. That's where his duck tie first made its appearance as a silly way to make his fellow students feel less nervous when pitching their ideas. Since then, the ducks have been on quite a ride. They've accompanied Silva from college competitions to his work in angel investment to the co-founding of Valley Venture Mentors, the region's leading start-up accelerator, and now to his two latest endeavors, Launch413 and the Lean Innovation Institute.

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    2. Elms College, Baystate Health, TechSpring to Offer Workshop

      Elms College, Baystate Health, TechSpring to Offer Workshop

      The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at Elms College has joined forces with Baystate Health and TechSpring to offer a hands-on workshop on problem solving and innovation in the field of healthcare. “Passionate Problem Solving Workshop” will be held on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at TechSpring, located at on the fifth floor of 1350 Main St. in Springfield. Specific challenges arise when leaders work to solve problems, improve systems, and innovate technologies within the complex world of healthcare.

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    3. Valley Venture Mentors Appoints Six Executives in Residence

      Valley Venture Mentors Appoints Six Executives in Residence

      Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) announced the addition of six new executives in residence (EIRs) who will serve as guest educators and leaders to the 36 startup companies in the 2018 VVM Startup Accelerator program. The program provides intensive training, a network of skilled mentors, and funding that enables startup founders to establish and grow their businesses at a fast pace. EIRs represent experienced industry leaders, creatives, and strategists, as well as social-impact entrepreneurs from around the country.

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    4. Evan Plotkin: President of NAI Plotkin

      Evan Plotkin: President of NAI Plotkin

      The small bronze plaque is starting to show its age. Fastened to a rectangular stone near the former Court Square Hotel and the old Hampden County Courthouse, it proudly celebrates work done to clean up a walkway that connects Court Square with State Street. It reads: COURT HOUSE WALK, one of the city’s most charming and historic landmarks, was restored by the Junior League of Springfield Massachusetts Incorporated in cooperation with the City of Springfield, 1979.

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    5. Springfield Macarons opens in Eastfield Mall, and the French cookies are selling like hotcakes

      Springfield Macarons opens in Eastfield Mall, and the French cookies are selling like hotcakes

      Jennifer Cruz, of Springfield, says she was always the woman who brought the baked treats in to her office. Now, baking is her business, and business is so good she has opened the Springfield Macarons store in the Eastfield Mall after about a year of selling the French meringue cookies at farmers markets in and around Springfield. Why macarons? "I was looking for that one thing that you can't find in Springfield," she said of the pastel-colored treats available in a variety of flavors. "You can't find them for miles. These things don't stop selling. So it ...

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    6. Steve Rosenkrantz Touts Franchise Ownership with the Entrepreneur’s Source

      Steve Rosenkrantz Touts Franchise Ownership with the Entrepreneur’s Source

      Western Mass. has seen an impressive surge in entrepreneurship over the past decade, but when people think about the successes, they tend to call to mind startups and independent companies. But there is another way to succeed in business ownership, and that’s through franchising. Through a national company called Entrepreneur’s Source, Steve Rosenkrantz has been matching clients with franchises for 17 years — by focusing on what they want not just in a career, but out of life.

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    7. Wellspring Harvest plans to grow vegetables, wealth at Chapman Valve site

      Wellspring Harvest plans to grow vegetables, wealth at Chapman Valve site

      Wellspring Harvest Corp. hosted tours Wednesday of its soon-to-be completed 15,000-square-foot, $1.3-million greenhouse on part of the old Chapman Valve site on Pinevale Street in the city's Indian Orchard neighborhood. The greenhouse will grow lettuce, mustard greens, spinach, baby kale, cilantro, mint and and array of vegetables from around the world year-round in nutrient-rich water. Customers include Baystate Medical Center, Mercy Medical Center, Big Y Foods, Sodexo on behalf of the Springfield Public Schools and Squash Trucking.

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    8. FogKicker Principals Have a Vision, and Like What They See

      FogKicker Principals Have a Vision, and Like What They See

      There’s no word yet on whether the creators of FogKicker will embrace Johnny Nash’s 1972 reggae hit ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ as their theme song, but it would certainly work. The product, developed in the polymer science lab at UMass Amherst, has proven itself successful in keeping a range of surfaces, from scuba masks to bathroom mirrors, clear of fog. Partners Yinyong Li, Marc Gammell, and Kenneth Carter are scaling up their venture, Treaty Biotech LLC, and while their vision of the future isn’t totally clear, it is certainly coming into focus.

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    9. Area Businesses, Davis Foundation Contribute $100,000 to VVM

      Area Businesses, Davis Foundation Contribute $100,000 to VVM

      The Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts (EDC) announced that several of its members came together to donate a total of $50,000 to Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) to fulfill a match put forth by the Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation. VVM will now receive $100,000 that will go towards programs providing mentorship, education, and community for entrepreneurs, ultimately fueling economic development in the region.

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    10. Valley Venture Mentors Joins Global Accelerator Network

      Valley Venture Mentors Joins Global Accelerator Network

      After a rigorous selection process, the Global Accelerator Network (GAN) has invited Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) to join its network, which is described as “a highly curated community of independent accelerators, corporates, and investors. We [GAN] create opportunities around the world for startups to access the human and financial capital they need to build businesses and make a meaningful impact, wherever they call home.”

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    11. 'Lease It Local' helps startups pay rent on Springfield storefronts

      'Lease It Local' helps startups pay rent on Springfield storefronts

      Entrepreneurs looking to rent a downtown storefront can look to DevelopSpringfield for a little help. The public-private partnership charged with fostering economic growth in the city said Wednesday that it is taking applications for "Lease It Local," a program that will help businesses rent, occupy and enliven storefronts that are now vacant or underused. An application and full details are available online at developspringfield.com/programs.html.

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    12. The Hub Studio Announces Grand-opening Celebration on Sept. 30 - BusinessWest

      Tracy Roth, who launched the Hub Studio, a fitness studio located at the Nonotuck Mill in Florence, will host a grand opening at the studio on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The studio will offer spinning, TRX resistance training, mat Pilates, scientifically backed nutrition-coaching programs, outdoor cycling instruction, workshops, special events, and more.  “The Hub believes it’s our clients’ birthright to feel powerful and complete in their bodies,” Roth said, “and that our true potential, physical and mental, lies within our core — our ‘hub’ — and when you find a way to tap into ...

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    13. 'They don't have to move to Boston or Austin or New York': Valley Venture Mentors graduates making it in Western Massachusetts

      'They don't have to move to Boston or Austin or New York': Valley Venture Mentors graduates making it in Western Massachusetts

      Their enterprise was one of several winners of grants, ranging from $700 to $6,000, awarded at Wednesday night's Valley Venture Mentors Collegiate Accelerator Graduation at Tower Square. The grants totaling $25,000 help graduates establish their businesses. Valley Venture Mentors is a Springfield-based nonprofit supporting entrepreneurs in Western Massachusetts. Twenty students from nine area colleges graduated Wednesday.

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    14. Tech Foundry seeks applicants from tornado-hit Springfield neighborhoods for free computer training, wants to add women to incoming classes | masslive.com

      Tech Foundry seeks applicants from tornado-hit Springfield neighborhoods for free computer training, wants to add women to incoming classes | masslive.com

      Tech Foundry is looking for prospective students from Springfield neighborhoods hit hard by the tornado and other natural disasters of 2011 and wants to continue adding more women to its classes.  Tech Foundry, which provides free-of-charge computer training tailored to the needs of area employers, wants students from the Brightwood, Memorial Square, Lower Liberty Heights, Metro Center, South End, Six Corners, Old Hill and Forest Park neighborhoods under the terms of funding it has received from the city's U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant, said Jonathan Edwards, Tech Foundry's director of strategic partnerships.

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    15. Pathlight Fellows Advance Tech Concepts Through VVM Accelerator

      As she worked as a Pathlight fellow in Valley Venture Mentors’ (VVM) accelerator program this spring on technology designed to offer fire-safety guidance to individuals with intellectual disabilities, Lili Dwight learned she needed to tweak some components of her product. Having access to test audiences provided by Pathlight, VVM and other organizations were key in the learning, she said. An entrepreneur and a founder of Galactic Smarties in Deerfield, Dwight’s app was originally called Fire Drill, and it was intended to tell the user such things as where the fire is and the best route to safety. As part ...

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    16. Elms College Offers New Business-focused Degree-completion Options

      Elms College Offers New Business-focused Degree-completion Options

      Elms College Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership announced new bachelor’s degree completion programs that will prepare students for success in the worlds of entrepreneurship, accounting, and management and marketing. Business has long been an exciting career option. Startups were beginning to resurge in the U.S. in 2015, but the need for more entrepreneurs is vital to economic growth and job creation, according to a Kaufman Foundation survey. A 2014 Forbes survey found that 90% of startups fail, and 42% said the reason they fail is a lack of market need for their products. Elms is looking to make business-degree ...

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    17. Longmeadow design firm certified as Women's Business Enterprise

      Longmeadow design firm certified as Women's Business Enterprise

      The Women's Business Enterprise National Council, which is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the country, last week certified Lisa Scheff Designs as Women's Business Enterprise, a statement from the firm says. "We learned about the certification process at an informative panel for MGM Springfield's vendor selection process," Lisa Scheff, the firm's owner and principle designer said in a statement. "We are proud to be a women owned and operated business and honored to receive this certification."

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    18. Want to start business but not sure how? SPARK Holyoke gives explainer to entrepreneurs

      Want to start business but not sure how? SPARK Holyoke gives explainer to entrepreneurs

      The next class is Sept. 12 to Nov. 14 for the SPARK Holyoke program that helps entrepreneurs launch new businesses, organizers said at an information session Monday. "You're not alone when you're going through this program....and you'll see there's a lot of people that want to help," Program Manager Tessa Murphy-Romboletti said at the event held at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, 100 Bigelow St.  The deadline to apply for the nine-week course is Aug. 1. Interviews will be held with prospective participants Aug. 14 and 15, she said. Classes will b e ...

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    19. the Ground Up Café is very close to its grand opening in downtown Springfield

      the Ground Up Café is very close to its grand opening in downtown Springfield

      Friends of Springfield!

      I can’t believe it, but the day has finally come.  After 2+ years of planning, the Ground Up Café is very close to its grand opening in downtown Springfield. As you know, our goal is to create the most inviting and comfortable café space we can, where “happy collisions” can occur daily and the momentum of the cities revitalization can continue to be fueled.

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    20. TechSpring, Baystate's Springfield innovation center, receives $80K from state for digital health advances

      TechSpring, Baystate's Springfield innovation center, receives $80K from state for digital health advances

      TechSpring, Baystate Health's digital health care laboratory in downtown Springfield, has received $80,000 in state money from the the Massachusetts Digital Health Initiative. Christian Lagier, managing director of TechSpring, said the money will help pay for the lab to do more outreach efforts, like its "Tap into TechSpring" networking events and its practice of opening its offices in the MassLive Building at 1350 Main St. in Springfield as co-working space for startups. He calls it innovation community building.

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    21. VVM Accelerator Awards Boost Startups in More Ways Than One

      VVM Accelerator Awards Boost Startups in More Ways Than One

      Valley Venture Mentor's third annual Accelerator program may have been capped by the grants given to a dozen of its participants at a recent awards ceremony, but participants say the rewards of the program go far beyond dollars, encompassing everything from intensive business training and expert advice to exposure in the marketplace and critical networking. These entrepreneurs’ ideas are often potentially world-changing; VVM’s goal is to help turn that potential into reality.

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    22. White Lion Wednesdays Return on May 17

      White Lion Wednesdays Return on May 17

      White Lion Wednesdays return to Springfield on May 17 and will run through August 27, presented by Berkshire Bank in partnership with the Springfield Business Improvement District (BID) and Springfield’s White Lion Brewing Co. Touted as one of last summer’s “Best Pop-up Beer Gardens” by Food & Wine magazine, Raymond Berry, president of White Lion, said this season will be even better. “White Lion is ecstatic to kick off this year’s beer garden series in May. Last year’s series had great attendance and obtained national recognition; we will look to capitalize on its success, and we are ...

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    23. Seen@ Indian Orchard Mills annual Spring Open Studios Art Show

      Seen@ Indian Orchard Mills annual Spring Open Studios Art Show

      On Saturday, a group of musicians from Longmeadow High School will entertain visitors. The artists' colony recently added five artists: Photographer David Manch, Kelly Mount, a writer and sketch artist; Phyllis Ollari, who strives to incorporate the landscape and nature into her work, sometimes collaging physical components of nature within her pieces; Bonnie Roy, whose work includes mosaic designs in glass and tile, wind chimes and glass marble creations; and Barbara Stroup, who makes quilts, wall-hanging and small art pieces that combine fabrics and occasionally paper, ribbon, stenciling and collage.   There are more than 130 tenants at Indian Orchard Mills ...

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