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    1. 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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    2. $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
    3. 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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    4. Yellow Stonehouse Farm in Westfield offers organic vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs

      Yellow Stonehouse Farm in Westfield offers organic vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs

      When Connie Adams and John Keilch inherited a farm in 2005, the couple knew they wanted to make it work. The former dairy farm on Root Road in Westfield had been in Keilch's family since the 1930s, but Adams and Keilch were no dairy farmers. "We both worked in business," said Adams, "but I was a master gardener and we had an organic garden at home, so we decided to go for it." Today, Yellow Stonehouse Farm is the area's only community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm that is certified organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a fact ...

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      Mentions: Westfield
    5. Valley Venture Mentors to Award $150,000 to Startups Tonight

      Valley Venture Mentors to Award $150,000 to Startups Tonight

      Today, May 24, Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) will host more than 450 people to celebrate the achievements of 35 startups participating in the fourth VVM Startup Accelerator program. The awards event will gather community influencers, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and business leaders at the MassMutual Center starting at 5 p.m. for an evening celebrating the local entrepreneurial renaissance in Western Mass.

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    6. An Employment Lawyer Diversifies into Manufacturing

      An Employment Lawyer Diversifies into Manufacturing

      When she started her law career with a firm in Springfield, Amy Royal didn’t consider herself an entrepreneur. But that quality emerged quickly, and she would go on to start her own firm. She soon realized, though, that she was a actually a serial entrepreneur with an appetite for developing and growing companies, the latest of which is a door manufacturer in Ludlow.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    7. Springfield's Simply Grace boutique named 2018 Microenterprise Business of the Year for Massachusetts

      Springfield's Simply Grace boutique named 2018 Microenterprise Business of the Year for Massachusetts

      Simply Grace LLC will be honored as the Small Business Administration 2018 Microenterprise Business of the Year for Massachusetts for its role in the the renaissance of downtown Springfield. Simply Grace owners Nancy Feth and Mikki Lessard offer retail products and wellness experiences at Simply Serendipity Boutique, Dharma Yoga Studio and collaborations with other business owners at The Shops at Marketplace on Market Street in Springfield.

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    8. Simply Grace Partners Helping to Create a New Dynamic Downtown

      Simply Grace Partners Helping to Create a New Dynamic Downtown

      Like most people who grew up in and around Springfield in the ’60s and ’70s, Mikki Lessard has fond memories of getting on a bus and spending an entire Saturday afternoon downtown. She said most of those visits would start, and a good number would also end, at Johnson’s Bookstore, but there were plenty of other stops as well. “We would go to Johnson’s, and Steiger’s, and many other stores. There was always something happening; it was positive, and it was fun,” said Lessard, adding that, while she acknowledges that things won’t ever be exactly like ...

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      Mentions: Springfield
    9. Banks to Sponsor Pitch Competition at Entrepreneurship Banquet

      Banks to Sponsor Pitch Competition at Entrepreneurship Banquet

      The Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Initiative will mark its 15th year with an evening of exhibits, contests, and celebration at the Log Cabin in Holyoke on Wednesday, April 25. Early arrivers at 5 p.m. will be treated to an entrepreneur exhibit featuring students who have already started their own businesses or are on the cusp of doing so. “Though I’m a seasoned entrepreneur, I get a thrill every year from seeing these young, innovative business minds at work,” said philanthropist Harold Grinspoon.

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    10. Mayor Reichelt's idea to lure breweries, businesses 'offering a fun social experience" gaining steam in West Springfield

      Mayor Reichelt's idea to lure breweries, businesses 'offering a fun social experience" gaining steam in West Springfield

      Mayor Will Reichelt's push to tweak the town's zoning regulations to make West Springfield a more "fun social experience" for residents and out-of-towners alike has earned support from the Planning Board and a committee that is reviewing the zoning regulations. On April 18, the Planning Board unanimously voted to issue a favorable report on the mayor's proposal to amend the Zoning Ordinance to add recreational uses, breweries, distilleries and wineries to the town's industrial zoning district.

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    11. VVM and Western MA help with Kauffman Foundation Springfield Survey

      We have been working for two years to get VVM and Western MA on Kauffman Foundation's radar.  We now have the potential to be part of nationwide investigation regarding startup community growth with Startup Genome and seeking a select group of metropolitan areas to join this effort and participate in data collection and analysis. Most cities pay for this diagnostic, but Kauffman is footing the bill for 10 smaller cities to have the same opportunity & Springfield has been selected to receive a free report.  

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    12. Social Innovation Conference to Take Place April 7

      Social Innovation Conference to Take Place April 7

      The Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship will present its 2018 Social Innovation Conference on Saturday, April 7 at the UMass Integrative Learning Center. Registration is free and includes two keynote speakers, three panel discussions, a design workshop, breakfast, lunch, and refreshments. Attendees will learn about trends in innovation and how social entrepreneurship is transforming traditional business. The day will begin with Bill Baue, CEO of Reporting 3.0, a business that is changing systems of reporting, along with a panel of entrepreneurs discussing the role social impact takes in their business.

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    13. Valley Venture Mentors software startup Cambridge Blockchain opens office in Paris

      Valley Venture Mentors software startup Cambridge Blockchain opens office in Paris

      Massachusetts software startup Cambridge Blockchain recently opened a new office - in Paris. While most of the firm's sales to date have been in Europe, CEO Matthew Commons says they have every intention on maintaining a presence in the Bay State. Cambridge Blockchain's platform allows financial institutions to meet the strictest new data privacy rules, eliminate redundant identity compliance checks and improve the customer experience. Blockchain - which is essentially a shared databased protected and secured by cryptology and blockchain technology - can store validation information about a person's identity. A user can use the application as a secure way ...

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    14. Food Processing Center Gives Clients the Right Ingredients

      Food Processing Center Gives Clients the Right Ingredients

      Launched in 2001, the Western MA Food Processing Center in Greenfield has become a powerful engine when it comes to economic development in Franklin County and beyond. The WMFPC has been instrumental in helping farmers and other food and beverage entrepreneurs to grow organically — in every sense.
      Caroline Pam gave the jar a half-turn.  That was how she started to answer a question, the one about what makes her company’s salsa and sriracha (hot sauce) stand out in a market crowded with competitors.

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    15. Westfield River Brewing expands event space, brings food in-house

      Westfield River Brewing expands event space, brings food in-house

      Westfield River Brewing Co. is evolving once again. From humble beginnings in a small building in Westfield to its current location in a refurbished barn at 707 College Highway, WRB has come a long way. The latest evolution is the expansion of its event space and the addition of food service. In the past, WRB offered food through vendors working in the WRB kitchen. For nearly two years, Skyline Trading Co., now located on Elm Street in Westfield, served up homemade sandwiches, soups and its signature pretzels. When Skyline needed more space and branched out, Grandaddy Frank's Barbecue took ...

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    16. Emerging Technologies Will Bring Dramatic Changes to Business

      Emerging Technologies Will Bring Dramatic Changes to Business

      Delcie Bean knows something about innovation, building the company he launched at age 13, Paragus IT, into a nimble, multi-faceted presence in the region’s IT world. He’s also passionate about futurism studies, understanding better than most that several emerging innovations will dramatically alter the way entire industries do business — leaving many companies hopelessly behind. But for those willing to embrace the change, it’s also a time of great excitement.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    17. SPARK Holyoke offers introductory session for entrepreneurs with business plans

      SPARK Holyoke offers introductory session for entrepreneurs with business plans

      The SPARK Holyoke business start-up program run by the Greater Holyoke Chamber Centennial Foundation includes a nine-week course on how to launch a business, along with workshops and other help to new and prospective business owners. SPARK stands for Stimulating, Potential, Accessing, Resource & Knowledge. The federal and state granted-funded program began in March 2015 to help entrepreneurs become business owners. The next, nine-week SPARK class runs April 17 to June 19, Murphy-Romboletti said.

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      Mentions: Holyoke
    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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    24. 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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