Articles in category: Entrepreneurship
Outlook 2014: Western New England University Center for Innovation is part of region's 'entrepreneurial ecosystem' | masslive.com
The entrepreneurial spirit continues today. I have been involved with local entrepreneurs through Western New England University’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship for more than 12 years. The center has two major functions: legal support for entrepreneurs; and educational outreach to promote entrepreneurship on campus and in the community. The center offers legal assistance, free of charge, through the Small Business Legal Clinic. The clinic works with businesses in the start-up and early operational phases and handles matters such as organizational issues, intellectual property, contracts, taxes, and other non-litigation matters. The library in our resource center is open to the ...(Read Full Article)
Outlook 2014: Springfield company PSI 91 finds market for innovative basketballs, footballs with Under Armour
Daniel Touhey and his partner, John Frank, knew an opportunity when they saw one.(Read Full Article)
When their employer, Spalding Sports Worldwide, closed up its Chicopee location in 2009, Touhey and Frank decided to stay in Western Massachusetts and start their own company. Since 2010, their company, PSI 91, has been located in the Business Growth Center, also known as the Scibelli Enterprise Center, at Springfield Technology Park. PSI 91 began shipping its products – inflatable basketballs, volleyballs, soccer balls and footballs - exclusively for the Under Armour brand in 2011.
“Under Armour is the fastest growing sports apparel business in the country,” Touhey ...
According to many federal, state and local assisted government programs, financial institutions and alternative loan and funding agencies, start-ups are considered having one year or two in business. In addition, a small business is considered a business with at least 100 employees and with annual receipts ranging up to $2.5 million. The question is who or when did the definition for start-up change? And, when is $2.5 million a year considered a small business?(Read Full Article)
We’re excited to share that Valley Venture Mentors was awarded nearly $150,000 this week to support and expand its mentorship program under the Massachusetts Innovation Mentoring Initiative. This highly competitive grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative will increase the number of active start-ups VVM can serve, while providing us the resources to improve the quality of new enterprises and build out programs to support the innovation economy in the Pioneer Valley.(Read Full Article)
Holyoke Innovation District hears from Gerardo Ramos on coral, Simple Diaper and Linen, on their creativity in Holyoke
"My name is Gerardo Ramos and I'm an entrepreneur with a passion for coral," Ramos said at the Jan. 30 annual meeting of the Holyoke innovation District. The meeting brought together the creative-minded, business operators and city and state officials to discuss what they do in the continuing effort to highlight innovation and economic development anchored by the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center.(Read Full Article)
January is National Mentoring month and Thursday morning, several community leaders gathered to discuss furthering mentorship programs in the Springfield community. Representatives from the Mass Mentoring Partnership told 22News that the need for mentors in western Massachusetts is great. In Springfield alone, there are nearly 600 young people currently on a waiting list. First -time Mentor Bob Brown of South Hadley, a branch manager for First Niagara Bank, told 22News that once you’re able to break the ice, the rewards of the relationship are great. “A lot of it is just trying to get them to open up and ...(Read Full Article)
The physical structure of which she speaks is a new bakery, Small Oven, which is slated for an early spring opening at 36 Union St. in Easthampton. While the business will have its first physical storefront around mid-March, Small Oven has already been running on a low-level basis for a while now. Milazzo was previously the owner of Cakery Dauphine, a special order cake company, while Copoulos had owned and operated Little Raven Bakery and Gardens."When we met, we merged," Copoulos said. "Small Oven now runs a weekly bread share where we deliver warm loaves to people's doors ...(Read Full Article)
Earlier this month we graduated the first cohort from our Lean Launchpad:Pioneer Valley course. The results were extraordinary. Compared to similar types of intro-to-entrepreneurship courses the same instructors have taught before graduates of the Lean Launchpad were 10x more likely to be generating revenue! Angel investors walking out of the graduation ceremony remaked that they had never seen first-time entrepreneurs make so much progress so quickly.(Read Full Article)
We have a lot to be thankful for as we close the books on 2013. Click's membership grew by more than 50% and includes amazing people that joined our existing awesome crew. We held some of the only family-friendly entrepreneurship socials (which were a blast :)) in the Valley. And finally, we launched our first entrepreneurship course and watched it deliver results far better than anything we have seen before.(Read Full Article)
The fact that the Business Growth Center positively teems with knowledge, from the array of economic-development organizations, small businesses, and other agencies that populate the center, is one of its key strengths, she noted, and one that the center is actively marketing, not just to lease space at the center, but through a series of new programs and outreaches aimed at helping small businesses throughout the region grow and thrive.(Read Full Article)
Western Massachusetts has its fair share of microbreweries. But the increasingly funkified Easthampton is about to wrest the title of Brew Capital of the West from anyone who dares challenge the city, which will become home to two new breweries 'within a month or two,' Daily Hampshire Gazette staff writer Rebecca Everett reports. Abandoned Building Brewery at 142 Pleasant St., just east of Eastworks, is fully licensed and hopping to brew its first batch of grog before year's end, owner and brewmaster Matthew Tarlecki told the Northampton newspaper.(Read Full Article)
A bit farther from downtown Easthampton, the Fort Hill Brewery at ...
Day-long empowerment conference will engage women with success strategies. Event features renowned speakers and techniques geared toward achieving Life Domination. The conference invites women from Western Massachusetts and New England to learn strategies and techniques for personal growth and success from career and relationship experts, award-winning authors, national radio hosts, and successful entrepreneurs.(Read Full Article)
These are not science fiction, but the business ideas pitched by University of Massachusetts at Amherst students at the Amherst’s Innovation Challenge fall MinutePitch competition. The program, established in 2005, is open to University of Massachusetts at Amherst students including graduate students and post-doctoral students as well as undergrads. It is part of the UMass Innovation Challenge.(Read Full Article)
Lawrence and Bucala said that by focusing on a small group of manufacturers, they can provide more precise repairs, reduce vehicle downtime, give attentive customer service and cut costs on repairs. “I thought I would never have my own shop,” said Lawrence, 35. “But over the years I reached a certain point where I realized I could make it happen. That is when I started to do my research and crunch the numbers.” With a roughly $30,000 investment in automotive and diagnostic repair tools, Bucala, also 35, and Lawrence rented a vacant repair shop owned by Todd Dextraze, who ...(Read Full Article)
Leanne Sedlak, owner of SkinCatering day spa, is opening a second location downtown in Tower Square, 1500 Main St., on the second floor. "I would like to thank Leanne for her belief and investment here in downtown Springfield and, specifically, here in Tower Square," Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said in a news release. "This is another great story of a growing and exciting business and it is happening right here in our Springfield."(Read Full Article)
The center's first initiative, the Stronger Businesses Program, in partnership with the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield and the Urban League of Springfield, will begin the week of Nov. 18. The program is open to business owners who want to learn how to grow, plan and build capacity for the future.(Read Full Article)
The four owners have put what Ed Hamel calls “sweat equity” into the business, meaning they have done most of the work themselves to build the winery, including cutting all the wooden posts and installing the trellis system for the multiple rows of grapevines. The vineyard is also home to an old shed from about the 1850s that the owners converted into wine tasting area and a retail space where Kersbergen handles the sales of the bottled wine and other products, such as Black Birch T-shirts. Mary Hamel leads many of the tastings and serves a variety of reds and ...(Read Full Article)
Farmers, foresters, researchers, Biochar producers, entrepreneurs, and environmentalists will convene in Amherst, Mass. on October 13-16, 2013 to learn more about Biochar and share the latest research and application techniques with their peers. The 2013 USBI North American Biochar Symposium, titled “Harvesting Hope: The Science and Synergies of Biochar,” will take place on the UMass Amherst campus and include farm tours and a “carbon negative” banquet of delicious foods grown with the help of Biochar. The conference is sponsored by the U.S. Biochar initiative (USBI).(Read Full Article)
Schewe, an author and professor of Marketing at the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst, has been studying generational differences for more than 20 years. His most recent book — Defining Markets, Defining Moments: America’s 7 Generational Cohorts, Their Shared Experiences, and Why America Should Care — distills much of that research and applies it to the marketplace.(Read Full Article)
He says the Millennials — the second-largest generation in American history, behind the Baby Boomers — have arrived in the workforce with the baggage of a reputation for being lazy, entitled, narcissistic, and restless, perceptions that are, in many cases, exaggerated at best.
Ed Carroll says businesses, salespeople, or entrepreneurs who are not advertising on mobile devices are losing customers, and his claim is backed up by many studies, including a survey showing that more than 86 million people sought business information last year via their smartphones.(Read Full Article)
The co-founder of VizConnect in Springfield first became aware of the trend in 2004 when he was working as a television newscaster and Facebook began to gain in popularity. “I saw a paradigm shift taking place away from mainstream media, and one night I began thinking about how businesses could use it because they are completely ...
Scott Foster says there are many ways to qualify and quantify the physical growth and escalating impact of Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) since it was launched more than two years ago as a unique support system for entrepreneurs looking to start a venture or take one to the next level.(Read Full Article)
For Alfonso Santaniello, Leadership Pioneer Valley was a chance to get together with other young professionals across the Pioneer Valley and work on making this a more vibrant place for people to start promising careers. 'It made me a better leader,' said Santaniello, president and CEO of the Creative Strategy Agency in Downtown Springfield. 'BotH in business and in life.'(Read Full Article)
Springfield Technical Community College student Mark Chamberlain, 27, of Hampden, still shakes his head in disbelief when he thinks about how his car-detailing business got off the ground. What started out as a night at the bar, chatting with his buddies about possible business ideas, prompted the small group to take their ideas to the next level. Today, Chamberlain, along with his friend and business partner, Joseph Carlos, of Springfield, is the successful owner of MJ's Mobile Detailing Service.(Read Full Article)