1. Articles in category: Entrepreneurship

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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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      Mentions: Greenfield
    5. 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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    6. 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
    7. 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
    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. '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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    19. 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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    20. '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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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