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    1. UMass alum Douglas Berthiaume, wife Diana donate $10 million to UMass

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      UMass alum Douglas Berthiaume, wife Diana donate $10 million to UMass

      The Douglas and Diana Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship will be the hub of a campus network of scholars, innovators and entrepreneurs, with a three-fold mission of supporting research, education and practice, all targeted at transforming ideas into business realities. The Berthiaumes’ donation builds on the couple’s extraordinary support for the university, which includes a previous gift of $5 million in support of Isenberg School initiatives.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    2. An Urban Laboratory | BusinessWest

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      An Urban Laboratory | BusinessWest

      As John Aubin talked about Open Square, the massive former mill complex along the canals in downtown Holyoke that has been his passion for the past dozen years or more, he continually referred to it as an “urban laboratory” — for architecture, planning, sustainability, and economic development.  By that, he meant this was a place to experiment and drive innovation in response to an ongoing movement that has more people apparently willing and able to work, live, and locate businesses in urban settings, although many cities are struggling to take full advantage of that phenomenon.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    3. Steeling for Change | BusinessWest

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      Steeling for Change | BusinessWest

      ef Sharpe and Jeff Hausthor are on the edge again. The cutting edge, that is.  The entrepreneurs, who have been partners in five business ventures, joined Henry Lederman last October to start a new company called Qnect, and are launching a new software product called QuickQnect at the three-day NASCC Steel Conference in Toronto.  They say the product will revolutionize the way the joints in a steel structure are connected. “The idea of turning this manual process into a software solution is brand-new, and QuickQnect is up to 100 times faster than the conventional way of connecting the joints in ...

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    4. Meetings of the Minds | BusinessWest

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      Meetings of the Minds | BusinessWest

      ‘Collisions.’  That’s the term Paul Silva absolutely wore out as he talked about what happens when entrepreneurs — or ‘crazy people,’ as he calls them — as well as creative types, such as writers, editors, musicians, and website designers, get together in close quarters.  “There are collisions — and lots of them,” said Silva, adding quickly that these developments take many forms, such as individuals collaborating on an idea that becomes a business concept. Or an entrepreneur finding an angel investor that can provide the capital to get an idea off the ground. Or a writer making the acquaintance of a social-media ...

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    5. 120 graduate from Valley Venture Mentors program

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      120 graduate from Valley Venture Mentors program

      It was graduation night for Valley Venture Mentors in Springfield Wednesday night. Valley Venture Mentors is dedicated to helping business start-ups launch. It’s described as a personal social network that puts business people together with venture capital. Sort of like a speed-dating for entrepreneurs. According to Paul Silva, a lead coach at the Valley Venture Mentors, “Right, we didn’t all go to Harvard. We all don’t have that alumni network to tap into. So this gives them access to an amazing network of great people. If they do a good job, then they’ll walk away with ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Develop Springfield

    6. Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki, MassTech officials to join monthly meeting of Valley Venture Mentors in Springfield | masslive.com

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      Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki, MassTech officials to join monthly meeting of Valley Venture Mentors in Springfield | masslive.com

      Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki and officials from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative are scheduled to attend Wednesday's monthly meeting of Valley Venture Mentors in Springfield.
      bialeckihead.JPGGregory P. Bialecki Republican File Photo  Today's session begins at 5 p.m. at Tower Square, 1500 Main St., in the heart of downtown Springfield.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Valley Venture Mentors

    7. Western New England University engineering students honored for innovative skate sharpening device

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      Western New England University engineering students honored for innovative skate sharpening device

      Western New England University student engineers once again proved themselves to be among the nation's elite with inclusion in the Top 10 of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Innovation Showcase (IShow). The Western New England University team was recognized for designing a practical, portable skate sharpening device. Evaluated for feasibility of idea, inventiveness and technological diversity, the “Agile Edge” was selected from a field of 59 entries submitted to compete in the 2014 ASME Innovation Showcase. The IShow provides a platform for top collegiate teams to compete for seed money to further develop their product inspiring students to ...

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield

    8. Tour of Boston innovation centers inspires Springfield business leaders

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      Tour of Boston innovation centers inspires Springfield business leaders

      A group of Springfield area business leaders that want to see something similar take shape in their backyard recently took a tour led by Ann Burke and the Economic Development Council of Western Mass. of facilities that have been crucial to Boston's tech boom.  The group visited entrepreneurial shared work spaces like the Cambridge Innovation Center and the Harvard Innovation Lab as well as gathering spaces on the South Boston Waterfront. Such collision centers, as they are often called, are rare in the western part of the state. The spaces, according to Scott Foster of Valley Venture Mentors, are ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton   Ann Burke

    9. Valley mentor group helps business startups thrive: Aim to counter 7 out of 10

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      Valley mentor group helps business startups thrive: Aim to counter 7 out of 10

      Scott Foster, Valley Venture Mentor co-founder and president, said a cooperative spirit is built into the program, and he believes business startups need all the encouragement they can get. Seven out of 10 new businesses are doomed to fail, he said. The idea is to create a “vibrant economic ecosystem” by identifying and nurturing startups with the potential to thrive. Although the focus is on western Massachusetts entrepreneurs, people from all over the region are welcome to participate. Some businesspeople come from as far away as Vermont. VVM recently received a grant of almost $150,000 from the Massachusetts Technology ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Smith College   Associated Industries of Massachusetts

    10. Voices of the Valley: Oscar Ramos, owner, Xpress Money Solutions, Springfield

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      Voices of the Valley: Oscar Ramos, owner, Xpress Money Solutions, Springfield

      I started my business in 2005 as an accounting and tax practice called Ramos Accounting and Tax Services. I had already been an accountant for about seven years and I felt there was a need in the Latino community for professional tax preparers and financial advisers. I got my start in an incubator office at the Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce. I started working with individual clients as well as specializing in small businesses, doing everything from bookkeeping to taxes and administration. After a year, I moved into an office at the Monarch Building with an accounting firm. It was ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican   Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce

    11. Casting His Lot | BusinessWest

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      Casting His Lot | BusinessWest

      When Yasir Osman arrived in New York from his homeland of Sudan in 1989, he had $100 in his pocket and very limited knowledge of English.  Osman, who would relocate to Springfield a few years after arriving in Brooklyn — only a few months after meeting his future wife, who grew up in the City of Homes — has taken an intriguing ride from being an attendant in a parking garage on East Court Street to working his way up with that enterprise to regional manager, to starting his own company, Executive Parking. That venture now manages more than a dozen garages ...

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    12. Outlook 2014: Allan Blair, president of Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council, says jobs, business and investment opportunity knocking at region's door | masslive.com#incart_river#incart_river#incart_river

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      Outlook 2014: Allan Blair, president of Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council, says jobs, business and investment opportunity knocking at region's door | masslive.com#incart_river#incart_river#incart_river

      It is an optimistic word, and when I think about it with respect to economic development, I immediately consider the many opportunities for growth - in jobs, business establishments, visitors and investment. All of which contribute to our collective standard of living, and to an increase in tax revenues that support the quality of life we desire.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    13. Developers of Kloudbook startup turn to Valley Venture Mentors for help getting off the ground

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      Developers of Kloudbook startup turn to Valley Venture Mentors for help getting off the ground

      Kloudbook was born of a father’s frustration and a son’s drive.  The father, David Mullen, wanted there to be a way on the Internet to store and retrieve people’s current contact information – home and work phones, e-mails and cell phones – and the son, Michael Mullen, a University of Massachusetts senior, set about to make the idea into an actual thing.  That thing is Kloudbook, which they tout as the world’s first social network that deals only with up-to-date contact information. The Mullens believe it has the potential to soar high, providing they can get it off ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   TD Bank   Springfield

    14. Outlook 2014: Western New England University Center for Innovation is part of region's 'entrepreneurial ecosystem' | masslive.com

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      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 ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Smith College   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

    15. Outlook 2014: Springfield company PSI 91 finds market for innovative basketballs, footballs with Under Armour

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      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.
      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 ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Holyoke

    16. Mom-and-pop businesses need help to bolster economy

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      Mom-and-pop businesses need help to bolster economy

      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?

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce

    17. VVM Awarded Mentoring Grant | Valley Venture Mentors

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      VVM Awarded Mentoring Grant | Valley Venture Mentors

      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.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Massachusetts Technology Collaborative   Springfield

    18. Holyoke Innovation District hears from Gerardo Ramos on coral, Simple Diaper and Linen, on their creativity in Holyoke

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      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.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce   Kathleen G. Anderson

    19. Effort to expand mentoring in WMass

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      Effort to expand mentoring in WMass

      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 ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   First Niagara Bank

    20. Small Oven, a new Easthampton bakery, slated for March opening

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      Small Oven, a new Easthampton bakery, slated for March opening

      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 ...

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Westfield   Easthampton

    21. Lean Launchpad Graduating Teams Delivered! — >>Click Workspace

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      Lean Launchpad Graduating Teams Delivered! — >>Click Workspace

      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.

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    22. 2013 Saw Click Grow 50%, Launch Hotly Demanded Course, and Have a Blast! — >>Click Workspace

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      2013 Saw Click Grow 50%, Launch Hotly Demanded Course, and Have a Blast! — >>Click Workspace

      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.

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    23. Raising Their Game | BusinessWest

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      Raising Their Game | BusinessWest

      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.

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      Mentions:   Marla Michel

    24. Thirsty? Easthampton is poised to host 2 new breweries that ought to wet beer lovers' whistles

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      Thirsty? Easthampton is poised to host 2 new breweries that ought to wet beer lovers' whistles

      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.
      A bit farther from downtown Easthampton, the Fort Hill Brewery at ...

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      Mentions:   Daily Hampshire Gazette   Northampton   Easthampton

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