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    1. VVM Announces 36 Startups Accepted into 2017 Accelerator

      VVM Announces 36 Startups Accepted into 2017 Accelerator

      Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) announced the 2017 Startup Accelerator cohort this week. The 36 startups, chosen from more than 200 applicants received from around the world, represent high-quality, early-stage startups across more than eight industries, including technology, beauty, healthcare, transportation, and publishing. “We are excited by the diversity of industries represented in this cohort,” VVM CEO Liz Roberts said. “We are honored that they are choosing to invest their time in our accelerator. They will get intensive training, mentorship, and resources to take their startups to the next level.” Sixty-five percent of this year’s startups are led by women ...

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    2. MA Manufacturing Accelerator Graduation Ceremony on 1/30

      MA Manufacturing Accelerator Graduation Ceremony on 1/30

      On Monday, January 30th VVM will proudly graduate our first cohort from the Massachusetts Manufacturing Accelerator. Wha who!  Join us and meet the local manufacturers that have completed our intensive training and who will show you what they have learned about finding new customers, differentiating their offerings, and growing their businesses. Some can share stories of new business they have secured while still taking the classes. Others can tell of the connections they have made into industries they didn’t realize could be a fit for them.

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    3. Top Entrepreneur 2016

      Top Entrepreneur 2016

      When he launched the V-One brand more than 11 years ago, Paul Kozub had a good product and a great story — the one about a commercial lender who quit banking to make vodka in his basement. As he prepares to take the brand national, he knows the great story isn’t nearly enough. The good product is the foundation of his efforts, but getting to the next level will be a daunting task. So he’s leaving no stone unturned, and these efforts have earned him BusinessWest’s Top Entrepreneur award for 2016.

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    4. BusinessWest to Name Top Entrepreneur in January

      Continuing a tradition that began more than 20 years ago, BusinessWest will profile the winner of its ‘Top Entrepreneur’ award in its next issue, to be released Jan. 9. The award pays homage to the region’s more-than-250-yeard-old tradition of entrepreneurship, said Associate Publisher Kate Campiti, and honors individuals, families, and companies that are carrying on that tradition.

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    5. Some Things We’d Like to See in 2017 - BusinessWest

      As we noted last issue, 2016 was, in many ways, and across the region, a year of progress. The economy didn’t grow by leaps and bounds — although the stock market certainly soared after the election — but that’s been the trend for roughly eight years now.  Overall, there was notable movement of the needle in the right directions — on economic development, entrepreneurship, revitalization of downtown Springfield, progress in efforts to reinvent the so-called Gateway Cities, and much more.  As the new year approaches, our basic hope is for essentially more of all of the above. Here, though, are some ...

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    6. Accelerator Helps Job Shops Find New Ways to Thrive

      Accelerator Helps Job Shops Find New Ways to Thrive

      alley Venture Mentors has made a name for itself providing invaluable mentoring and technical assistance to mostly young, startup ventures. But this fall, it has taken its ‘tough-love’ approach to helping business owners become more competitive and efficient to some businesses that are anything but young. Indeed, several of the participants in VVM’s Manufacturing Accelerator are decades old. But they are learning new ways to communicate with and better serve customers — and gain new ones.

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    7. MassMutual Foundation, Valley Venture Mentors partnership cited as entrepreneurship model by White House

      MassMutual Foundation, Valley Venture Mentors partnership cited as entrepreneurship model by White House

      The partnership between the MassMutual Foundation and Valley Venture Mentors was called a model for startup efforts in the White House document.   The rates of entrepreneurship among people of color and women of all races has increased significantly in the past 20 years. The number of women-owned businesses in the past decade have increased five times the national average, including the number of firms owned by African American women and Latinas doubling. The increased rate of entrepreneurship across the country - especially among women and non-white men - can be credited in large part to startup accelerator programs providing mentorship and early ...

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    8. Conference Gives Young Entrepreneurs Resources, Inspiration

      Conference Gives Young Entrepreneurs Resources, Inspiration

      As the founder of FEAT Socks, Parker Burr sells hundreds of thousands of socks worldwide, and expects to top $2 million in sales next year. But one of his fondest memories is selling his cozy footwear, one pair at a time, from behind a table at an Amherst bus stop.  “The key is to go out and sell something,” he told an audience of young entrepreneurs this month at the 12th annual Grinspoon, Garvey & Young Entrepreneurship Conference. “Everyone wants to know how to get from zero to a hundred million dollars. But don’t be afraid of humble beginnings, because ...

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    9. TechSpring Succeeds in Connecting Technology with Healthcare

      TechSpring Succeeds in Connecting Technology with Healthcare

      When TechSpring opened two years ago in downtown Springfield, its leaders knew they were flying blind, at least at first. That’s how uncharted this territory was. But the concept — connecting technology companies, large and small, with the region’s largest health system to solve pressing problems — proved a compelling one, and today, TechSpring has numerous success stories to tell. It’s a conversation, they say, that needs to continue.  Eric Harry says genomics is one of those “sexy” areas of healthcare, and scientists are certainly engaged in exciting work to learn how genes influence disease.

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    10. Suit Up Springfield to host 'Bowties & Beer' event at Nadim's on Thursday, Nov. 17 | masslive.com

      Suit Up Springfield to host 'Bowties & Beer' event at Nadim's on Thursday, Nov. 17 | masslive.com

      White Lion Brewing Company and the Young Professionals Society of Greater Springfield are teaming up to host and celebrate Suit Up Springfield's second anniversary with a 'Bowties and Beers' fundraiser.  The networking event will be held at Nadim's Mediterranean Restaurant & Grill on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Suit Up Springfield, founded by Justin Roberts, promotes self-sustainability to men seeking employment by offering interview attire and professional mentorship.

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    11. Irish delegation visits Springfield on economic development mission

      Irish delegation visits Springfield on economic development mission

      The gathering at the TechSpring conference room at 1350 Main St. was part of an initiative to forge partnerships between companies and organizations in Western Massachusetts and an investment hub known as Ireland Northwest. "The main purpose is to introduce the traveling businesses with us from Ireland Northwest to organizations or companies that they will build relationships and begin to trade with here in the wider Springfield area," said Seamus Neely, chief executive of the Donegal County Council.

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    12. Before You Launch, Run Through This Checklist

      Before You Launch, Run Through This Checklist

      More than 627,000 new businesses open each year, according to the Small Business Administration, and entrepreneurship is a hot topic, especially here in the Pioneer Valley.  Local colleges have created centers and degrees around entrepreneurship, and organizations have been created to help startup companies prosper through coaching and education.  Whether you call yourself an entrepreneur or not, starting a business can be a significant challenge. Having an idea that inspires you is a good place to start. Once you have that, your passion for the business or its purpose is the most important factor to keep you pushing through ...

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    13. Entrepreneurship Conference Slated for Nov. 4

      Entrepreneurship Conference Slated for Nov. 4

      The 12th annual Grinspoon, Garvey & Young Entrepreneurship Conference will be held this Friday, Nov. 4, from 9 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 area colleges, the Entrepreneurship Conference is held annually to inspire, motivate, and support college students to turn their ideas into businesses. Students will begin the day participating in the world’s largest collegiate Idea ...

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    14. Association for Community Living changes name, partners with Valley Venture Mentors

      Association for Community Living changes name, partners with Valley Venture Mentors

      The Association for Community Living, which serves people with intellectual disabilities, is changing its name to Pathlight and partnering with Springfield's Valley Venture Mentors. The two organizations have put out a national call for entrepreneurs with technology ideas that could increase independence for those with intellectual disabilities. Valley Venture Mentors is a Springfield business development group that provides startups with advice and expertise as they grow ideas into companies.

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    15. Voices of the Valley: Alfonso Santaniello, the Creative Strategy Agency, Inc., 41 Taylor St., Suite 201, Springfield

      Voices of the Valley: Alfonso Santaniello, the Creative Strategy Agency, Inc., 41 Taylor St., Suite 201, Springfield

      Alfonso Santaniello, the Creative Strategy Agency, Inc., 41 Taylor St., Suite 201, Springfield Years in business: Seven What do you offer and to whom? We call ourselves tCSA, and we're all about digital marketing and social media. We partner with brands, businesses and nonprofits to create custom digital marketing strategies. We're here to help guide and develop our clients from various industries to reach and engage online with more of their customers and potential customers. With communications between businesses and customers being just fingertips away, tCSA gets "it."

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    16. Paragus Founder Gives Employees an Ownership Stake

      Paragus Founder Gives Employees an Ownership Stake

      Delcie Bean likened an employee stock ownership plan, or ESOP, as one is commonly called, to an onion. By that, he obviously meant that it has many layers of intrigue and complexity, as he found out while researching, planning, and eventually executing one for the company, Paragus Strategic IT, that he founded 17 years ago, when he was just 16. “My initial understanding of an ESOP amounted to this 30,000-foot view,” he explained. “Over the past 2 ½ years, we kept peeling back the layers. I’ve learned more about this over the past few years than I could ever ...

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    17. Agency Fuels Entrepreneurship in Greater Holyoke

      Agency Fuels Entrepreneurship in Greater Holyoke

      Since its launch nearly two years ago, SPARK Holyoke has become an important addition to the region’s growing entrepreneurial ecosystem, providing a learning-and-nurturing environment for a variety of business owners. To sum up its impact, one participant said the agency gave him the discipline to be “both a creator and a finisher.”

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    18. Peter Rosskothen Steps to the Plate — Again

      Peter Rosskothen Steps to the Plate — Again

      Peter Rosskothen has compiled a quarter-century-long track record of entrepreneurial energy and daring — all of it in the broad realms of food and hospitality. He says it exists partly out of necessity in this highly competitive market, but also because he’s always looking for ways to do things differently — and better. His latest venture, which he describes as the cutting edge of food retail, is no exception.

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    19. Citizens Bank and NECN name Tech Foundry a 2016 Champion in Action; grant it $35K

      Citizens Bank and NECN name Tech Foundry a 2016 Champion in Action; grant it $35K

      Citizens Bank and cable channel NECN have named Springfield's Tech Foundry a 2016 Champion in Action in the category of collective impact. Tech Foundry will receive $35,000 in unrestricted funding and promotional and volunteer support, Citizens Bank said in a news release. Founded by area computer entrepreneur Delcie Bean, Tech Foundry is a computer training program that aims to prep students for in-demand careers.

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    20. Elms Unveils Its Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

      Elms Unveils Its Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

      Isiah Odunlami is an accountant by trade, currently handling audit and tax work for Springfield-based Moriarty & Primack. He enjoys the work, and, like most in this field, finds the ability to help clients grasp issues and solve specific problems quite rewarding. But while he’s obviously an accomplished ‘numbers guy,’ ‘bean counter,’ or whatever else one chooses to call those in this field, he believes he has other talents — as a leader, role model, and motivator. He’s done a few motivational talks, including some before young people in his hometown of Providence, R.I., and recently pieced together a ...

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    21. Springfield College Professor Talks Entrepreneurship in China

      Springfield College Professor Talks Entrepreneurship in China

      Springfield College Professor of Management and U.S. Fulbright grant recipient Robert Fiore recently traveled to China to collaborate with faculty and students at Hong Kong Baptist University in the academic area of entrepreneurship. Fiore assisted in the development of research and curriculum in China’s new initiative mandating the development of entrepreneurial courses to be offered at all universities.  During his visit, Fiore presented his entrepreneurial and international business publications fostering cross-cultural discussions on entrepreneurial issues; research about company formulation, feasibility analysis, and ways to enhance success rates; the U.S. perspective on capital formation; the capital-allocation process; financing ...

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    22. Valley Venture Mentors event aimed at funding startups flops, but leads to opportunity

      Valley Venture Mentors event aimed at funding startups flops, but leads to opportunity

      Paul Silva's latest innovation did not go quite as planned. Silva, the energetic, quick-talking investor whose Valley Venture Mentors program helps local startups become polished businesses, gathered a group of small businesses and investors in VVM's Tower Square headquarters last week. Their mission was ambitious and unconventional: To help level the business playing field by having investors make same-day, small-dollar investments to local companies. It was an unusual strategy designed to help cash-strapped business founders, many of whom have day jobs and for whom the long process of soliciting six-figure seed funding can be a major financial burden.

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    23. Paragus IT founder Delcie Bean gives 40% of computer company to employees

      Paragus IT founder Delcie Bean gives 40% of computer company to employees

       Paragus Strategic IT founder Delcie Bean has given 40 percent of the company's stock to its 40 employees in a deal valued at $1.6 million. Bean said in a statement: "I knew this was the right decision for myself and for Paragus because Paragus is a company that owes 100 percent of its success to the hard work of its incredible employees, or partners as I like to call them. As the only shareholder, I knew that anything I could do to further that spirit and attract new talent would be a sound investment. That's why it ...

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    24. Valley Venture Mentors tries to level startup playing field with early-stage investments

      Valley Venture Mentors tries to level startup playing field with early-stage investments

      On Wednesday afternoon, inside Valley Venture Mentors' meeting space on the street level of Tower Square, Paul Silva was conducting an experiment. A group of local startup founders were about to pitch their businesses to about 15 waiting investors. But rather than months of negotiations and hundreds of thousands of dollars, the investors were expected to commit small dollars quickly – by the end of the night, with a few days to opt out afterwards. Silva, the executive director of Valley Venture Mentors, said the approach was designed to give new startups, who had never secured major investments small amounts of ...

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