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    1. Public invited to downtown Springfield panel discussion on entrepreneurship, workforce training | masslive.com

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      Public invited to downtown Springfield panel discussion on entrepreneurship, workforce training | masslive.com

      The Armoury-Quadrangle Civic Association is inviting the public to attend its next meeting, March 16, to hear a panel discussion regarding downtown programs related to entrepreneurship, workforce training and the planned Innovation Center.  The meeting is entitled 'Business Innovation in the Downtown,' and is being conducted at 6 p.m., on Wednesday, March 16, at the Central Library, 220 State St. The program will be presented in the library community room on the first floor.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    2. Bounce! Provides a Lift for Old Cinema Complex

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      Bounce! Provides a Lift for Old Cinema Complex

      It was property basically slated to go dark. That was the fate awaiting the closed cinema complex at the Springfield Plaza … until a group of entrepreneurs with some imagination commenced a process to make it a part of a new wave in business and recreation — trampoline sports. Early returns suggest the facility known as Bounce! was a leap worth taking.  Bill Merrill couldn’t help himself.  When asked how many young people — and some maybe not so young — he expects to see at his new venture, Bounce! Trampoline Sports, on a given day, week, or month, he started by saying ...

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield

    3. Innovation, entrepreneurship are in Western Mass. DNA: Outlook 2016 Viewpoint | masslive.com

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      Innovation, entrepreneurship are in Western Mass. DNA: Outlook 2016 Viewpoint | masslive.com

      Sometimes I think, as residents of Western Massachusetts we are hardest on ourselves and have trouble seeing the very positive things that are happening in our economy, when those from outside the region see a very different, and bright, picture.  A perfect example of this is our quickly growing Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem. The Western Massachusetts Ecosystem is led by and coordinated through the Valley Venture Mentors, an affiliate of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council (EDC).  

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      Mentions:   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts   Valley Venture Mentors

    4. Simply Grace Serendipity Boutique, Moss Garden Design brings retail back to Market Street in downtown Springfield | masslive.com

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      Simply Grace Serendipity Boutique, Moss Garden Design brings retail back to Market Street in downtown Springfield | masslive.com

      The holidays are over, but at least one of the vendors from the Springfield Holiday Market have stuck around and are now trying to make it as year-around brick-and-mortar retailers in the city's downtown.  'We'd never planned to stay after the holiday pop-up,' said Mikki Lessard, one of the owners of Simply Grace, a Monson-based online retailer of jewelry and gift items, much of it crafted by women.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    5. Rediker Software Helps Schools Run More Efficiently

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      Rediker Software Helps Schools Run More Efficiently

      As a chemistry teacher in the late ’70s, Rich Rediker was simply seeking a way to generate tardy notices more efficiently, using a computer which, by today’s standards, seems impossibly inadequate for … well, anything. But that humble machine became the foundation of what has evolved into an international leader in school administrative software, doing business in every state and 115 countries. Through four decades of innovation and growth, one goal has remained constant: to make life easier for teachers and administrators, so they, in turn, can spend more time with the kids.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    6. Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash urges Tech Foundry students to 'pave the way' for innovation | masslive.com

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      Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash urges Tech Foundry students to 'pave the way' for innovation | masslive.com

      Days after Gov. Charlie Baker proposed a $918 million bill to boost economic development in Massachusetts, Sec. of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash took a tour of Tech Foundry -- the job training initiative that founder Delcie Bean has pitched as an tool to bring Silicon Valley-style innovation to Western Mass.  Ash, following a private talk with Bean and Tech Foundry Director of Strategic Partnership Jonathan Edwards, took in part of a Javascript class being held at Tech Foundry's headquarters nine stories above Main Street.

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    7. Springfield native Michelle LaRocque brings 'It Makes Scents' line to downtown Westfield | masslive.com

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      Springfield native Michelle LaRocque brings 'It Makes Scents' line to downtown Westfield | masslive.com

      Downtown Westfield's Creative Arts Center 'The Gallery,' together with Westfield On Weekends, Inc., located at the Rinnova Building at 105 Elm St., is filled with custom crafted products.  The newest creative collaborator is Springfield native Michelle LaRocque with her 'It Makes Scents' hi-quality product lines of essential oil body sprays and soaps. Using a melt-and-pour glycerin soap process and a cold-process, LaRocque custom blends high-quality ingredients throughout the multipurpose soap process creating a unique fragrant experience.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Westfield

    8. Western New England College of Business students partner with White Lion Brewing Co. | masslive.com

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      Western New England College of Business students partner with White Lion Brewing Co. | masslive.com

      Western New England University College of Business students recently collaborated with White Lion Brewing Co. to create an in-depth market research report to help the company expand its reach outside of the Pioneer Valley.  White Lion Brewing, the first craft brewery in the City of Springfield, recently cracked the Valley Beer Hunter's 'Must Try Craft Beers' list, according to a news release from Western New England.  The university students began their research in the spring semester 2015 culminating in their final report in December 2015.

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield

    9. WNEU College of Business Students Partner with White Lion

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      WNEU College of Business Students Partner with White Lion

      Western New England University College of Business students recently collaborated with White Lion Brewing Co. to create an in-depth market-research report to help the company expand its reach outside of the Pioneer Valley. White Lion Brewing, the first craft brewery in the city of Springfield, recently cracked the Valley Advocate Beerhunter’s “Must Try Craft Beers” list.  The university students began their research last spring, culminating in their final report in December 2015.  White Lion was part of Valley Venture Mentors’ inaugural accelerator cohort last year, and a finalist for competing in the Accelerator Awards in April, winning seed money ...

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield   Valley Venture Mentors

    10. Top Entrepreneurs 2015

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      Top Entrepreneurs 2015

      The award and the philosophy behind it explains why Big Y is still here 80 years after Paul D’Amour, with assistance from his much younger brother, Gerry, and, later, sisters Ann Marie, Yvette, and Gertrude, opened the Y Cash Market in Chicopee. They also explain why the company now logs $1.7 billion in annual revenues; how it’s gone from one 30-foot-wide corner market to 63 supermarkets in Massachusetts and Connecticut; why it continues to expand into new business realms, such as convenience stores with its acquisition of several O’Connell Convenience Plus gas stations; and why it ...

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      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Springfield   Northampton

    11. Spark, Nuestras Raices in Holyoke share $90,000 in grant money for small business startups | masslive.com

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      Spark, Nuestras Raices in Holyoke share $90,000 in grant money for small business startups | masslive.com

      If not for Spark Holyoke and the business classes it offers to budding entrepreneurs, Sheila Coon would still be getting her business organized and not offering samples of cinnamon-sugar encrusted eggnog snickerdoodles at a news conference marking additional funding for the organization.  'They really helped me get started,' Coon said.  She's delivery-only now, through the website www.hotovencookies.com, but she's looking for a storefront in Holyoke.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    12. 'State of Entrepreneurship in the Valley' at TechSpring: Pioneer Valley 'the place people want to be' | masslive.com

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      'State of Entrepreneurship in the Valley' at TechSpring: Pioneer Valley 'the place people want to be' | masslive.com

      t's the third year in a row for the annual event. The 'State of Entrepreneurship' is the idea of Steve Davis of the Davis Foundation and chairman of the Economic Development Council's Entrepreneurship Committee.  'I think we have unbelievable activity here on the entrepreneurship side,' Davis said. 'It's very exciting.'  That's good not only for the business startups but for the region.  'I talk about it as business regeneration,' Davis said. 'We had Friendly's and MassMutual and Smith & Wesson here for generations. These all started as small businesses. Now we have to plant the seeds ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Friendly's Ice Cream Corporation

    13. 3 Small Companies Giving the Disaster Recovery Business a Good Name | Inc.com

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      3 Small Companies Giving the Disaster Recovery Business a Good Name | Inc.com

      Based in Springfield, Massachusetts, Rainbank has developed technology that makes better use of existing municipal stormwater infrastructure, which is frequently overwhelmed during big storm surges. Typically this infrastructure consists of underground pipes and holding tanks, or outdoor swales and storage ponds. Rainbank, a 7-person company with revenue of $500,000, equips these with computerized sensors, transmitters, and remote-controlled valves, and pumps.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    14. Trade reps from around the world get glimpse of Western Massachusetts innovation economy | masslive.com

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      Trade reps from around the world get glimpse of Western Massachusetts innovation economy | masslive.com

      The Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment organized the trip with the help of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. They visited the Yankee Candle factory in Whately and the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke.  In Springfield, they visited Valley Venture Mentors' business accelerator for startups in Tower Square, where they learned about the expertise and in some cases cash prizes Valley Venture Mentors can provide to new companies.  At Valley Venture Mentors, the trade reps also learned about TechSpring, an innovation hub established by Baystate Health in Downtown Springfield. TechSpring focuses on Big Data ...

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield   Holyoke

    15. More Than 500 Students to Attend Entrepreneurship Conference

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      The 11th annual Grinspoon, Garvey & Young Entrepreneurship Conference will be held Friday, Nov. 6 from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. More than 500 students and faculty representing 14 area colleges are expected to attend the event, which includes hands-on workshops, entrepreneur exhibits, a keynote speaker, and networking. Organized by the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation and the 14 colleges, the Entrepreneurship Conference is held annually to inspire, motivate, and support college students in turning their ideas into businesses. The event will feature 25 exhibitors, including former Grinspoon student awardees who started their ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    16. Valley Venture Mentors Accelerator 2016 Valley Venture Mentors Accelerator

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      Valley Venture Mentors Accelerator 2016 Valley Venture Mentors Accelerator

      Core training, meetings, and events will be held the 1st weekend of every month. These monthly, long weekend, boot camps feature hands-on training, expert-led lectures, peer collaboration, advisor office hours, and practice judging rounds. In addition, there will be workshops covering strategy, innovation, marketing, sales, team building/dynamics, operating best practices, fundraising, and term sheets & valuations 101

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      Mentions:   Valley Venture Mentors

    17. VVM’s Expo Pitch Contest to Feature Debut of InnovateHER

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      VVM’s Expo Pitch Contest to Feature Debut of InnovateHER

      A popular tradition will continue at the 2015 Western Mass. Business Expo on Nov. 4, with a Pitch Contest presented by Valley Venture Mentors (VVM). And this year’s competition will have a new and intriguing twist.  The contest, which represents a partnership between VVM, the Economic Development Council of Western Mass., and the Small Business Administration, will feature the debut of the InnovateHER pitch competition. The InnovateHER Challenge is a national prize competition aimed at unearthing products and services that impact and empower women and families through local business competitions.

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      Mentions:   Valley Venture Mentors

    18. Delcie Bean to Speak at Bay Path’s Entrepreneurship Lecture

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      Delcie Bean to Speak at Bay Path’s Entrepreneurship Lecture

      Bay Path University’s 12th Annual Innovative Thinking and Entrepreneurship Lecture will feature Delcie Bean, Founder and CEO of Paragus Strategic IT. Bean, a serial tech entrepreneur, will speak to the lens of innovation and also discuss the role it has played in his successes and failures during his presentation, “Innovation: The Great Differentiator,” on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 a.m. on the university’s Longmeadow campus.

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    19. Daniel Koval Creates Duop System to Reduce Cleaning Injuries

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      Daniel Koval Creates Duop System to Reduce Cleaning Injuries

      In 2012, Koval created a company known as Worksafe Technology Inc. to market the Duop System. Its goal is to eliminate causes of frequent and recurring workplace injuries by combining expertise in product design, development, and technology.
      “We are just rolling the Duop out on the market,” he said, explaining that it took so long partly because he worked on it only part-time. “Our patent was filed about a year ago and is still pending, but we brought the mop to commercial trade shows for professional cleaners, industry shows for housekeepers, and the Chicago Housewares Show, and the response has ...

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    20. TedxSpringfield to host speakers at MassMutual headquarters Friday

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      TedxSpringfield to host speakers at MassMutual headquarters Friday

      The TedX Springfield conference will bring a range of speakers, including academics, entrepreneurs, technology researchers and local students, to the MassMutual Financial Group's headquarters on Friday.The event, an independently organized offshoot of the internationally recognized TED Conference, was founded four years ago and has expanded to spotlight ideas from across the region, said TEDx Springfield chair Kathleen Mayko. "TedxSpringfield is designed to highlight those in the local community and beyond talking about ideas that they're passionate about and are really worth talking about," Mayko said.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Mount Holyoke College   Springfield

    21. Israel, a nation of business startups, can help WMass entrepreneurs and vice versa | masslive.com

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      Israel, a nation of business startups, can help WMass entrepreneurs and vice versa | masslive.com

      Yaakov met with representatives of Valley Venture Mentors, MassMutual and its Springfield Venture Fund for startups, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the TechFoundry IT training program and TechSpring which is Baystate Health's collaborative work space and technology accelerator located in downtown Springfield.  Yaakov also visited the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, met with the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts and other Jewish leaders before touring the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield and meeting with local tourism boosters.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   MassMutual   West Springfield

    22. Holyoke Spark program gets additional $56,000 to help idea-holders start businesses | masslive.com

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      Holyoke Spark program gets additional $56,000 to help idea-holders start businesses | masslive.com

      Partners in Holyoke Spark are the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, the Holyoke Public Library, Holyoke Community College, Easthampton Savings Bank, Holyoke Works, a job training and education program affiliated with the Holyoke Chamber, and Nuestras Raices. Nuestras Raices -- 'Our roots' -- is a nonprofit group that seeks to promote economic, human, and community development in Holyoke through projects relating to food, agriculture and the environment.

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    23. Sustainable food system entreprenuers to speak at Smith College

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      Sustainable food system entreprenuers to speak at Smith College

      The entrepreneurs will present their business models and talk about how they tie into sustainable agriculture in the Pioneer Valley. Following the presentations, there will be an opportunity for more in-depth discussion, according to the group PVGrows. Presenters will include the Artifact Cider Project, Artisan Beverage Cooperative, NextChar, Robariah Farms, Stillman Quality Meats, Sutter Meats, and Tregaverne Food & Grocery, all located in the Pioneer Valley.

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      Mentions:   Smith College   Northampton

    24. Machine Metrics is Producing Results for Customers

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      Machine Metrics is Producing Results for Customers

      It is 2:05 p.m., so the second shift has just started, and therefore all but one of the rings are green, meaning the machines are operating at or above the desired performance levels. One is orange, which means it is operating slightly below that level. If one should happen to turn red, it means what that color usually means — trouble.  But because of the dashboards and other elements of this system, that trouble can be identified, and dealt with, much sooner and more effectively than previously possible, said Steve Capshaw, president of VSS, who spoke about Machine Metrics ...

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      Mentions:   Greenfield   Bill Bither

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