1. Articles in category: Entrepreneurship

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    1. Call to Action | BusinessWest

      Call to Action | BusinessWest

      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.
      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 ...

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    2. Leadership Pioneer Valley graduates a new class of 39

      Leadership Pioneer Valley graduates a new class of 39

      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.'

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    3. Springfield Technical Community College students help colleague found MJ's Mobile Detailing Service

      Springfield Technical Community College students help colleague found MJ's Mobile Detailing Service

      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.

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    4. Innovation and Entrepreneurship Roundtable

      Innovation and Entrepreneurship Roundtable

      The EDC wishes to acknowledge Steve Davis from Ventry
      Associates and the Davis Foundation, who recently agreed to chair the EDC’s new
      Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee. Steve attended today’s roundtable,
      along with leaders from our university, business and entrepreneurial
      communities.

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    5. Ventures and Adventures

      Ventures and Adventures

      Sharon Styffe, dean of Workforce and Professional Development at Holyoke Community College (HCC), says that coming up with a successful new business concept is a challenge that comes in two parts: having a good idea, and identifying a market to buy that idea. “It’s one thing to do what you’re good at,” she told BusinessWest, “but its quite another thing to find something you’re good at — and that the market will buy. You can’t just sell something that’s your passion; it has to be someone else’s need — because otherwise it’s just an organized ...

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    6. Boston Beer and Samuel Adams help out Simple Gifts Farm in Amherst, Elmartin Farm in Cheshire with microloans and advice

      Boston Beer and Samuel Adams help out Simple Gifts Farm in Amherst, Elmartin Farm in Cheshire with microloans and advice

      It’s enough to make a farmer reach for a beer. Instead, brewer Jim Koch and his Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream program reached out to Simple Gifts and to Elmartin Farm in Cheshire with small loans provided through Common Capital, a Holyoke based nonprofit small business lender.

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    7. Mass Mentors: Volunteers to guide young people in short supply

      Mass Mentors: Volunteers to guide young people in short supply

      Martinez and his Mass Mentoring Partnership team were in Springfield last week to meet with 30 people at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission offices to present the Mass Mentoring Counts 2012 report and network. Also attending were sponsors and board members, as well as representatives from agencies in Hampshire, Franklin, Hampden and Berkshire counties that match at-risk young people with mentors. The list includes Big Brothers/Big Sisters programs and the Boys & Girls Club Family Center in Springfield.

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    8. Baystate Medical Center in Springfield teams up with entrepreneurs to improve medical devices

      Baystate Medical Center in Springfield teams up with entrepreneurs to improve medical devices

      DeBusk, a trauma surgeon at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, is participating in a new program that will allow certain entrepreneurs to "shadow" physicians as they work in a hospital. The entrepreneurs will be seeking to develop new or improved medical devices or possibly startup companies in the field.

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    9. Valley Venture Mentors taking next step: a working space for fledgling innovators

      Valley Venture Mentors taking next step: a working space for fledgling innovators

      Valley Venture Mentors links burgeoning business owners like Muehlke not only with mentors who share a lifetime of business experience but also with other entrepreneurs who can serve as shoulders to cry on or as sounding boards for the next big idea. In two years, Valley Venture Mentors has graduated 14 teams, including Celia Grace. There are now eight teams in the mentoring program with another five having been accepted following auditions last week.

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    10. Holyoke Community College launches Network of Women Entrepreneurs

      Holyoke Community College launches Network of Women Entrepreneurs

      Styffe said the networking group is not a “get together and chat” kind of thing, but a roll-up-your-sleeves endeavor where business owners and would-be business owners get together to talk about how to run a successful operation. The group walks participants through everything from setting up a business plan, forming a legally compliant business, creating a payroll system and dealing with payroll taxes, how to deal with the Internal Revenue Service, how to market the business, finding lending opportunities, global outsourcing, and more. The cost for the program is $10, and there is an open, rolling admission.

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    11. MassChallenge 2013 to kick off with opening of applications - Boston Business Journal

      Boston startup accelerator MassChallenge will launch its fourth year Wednesday, opening applications to startups which will ultimately compete for $1 million in cash awards.  The program plans to accept 125 startups again this year, which will receive mentorship and office space at the MassChallenge office in the South Boston Seaport. The program is funded by sponsors and does not take equity in the participating companies.  Applications open at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

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    12. Healthy Growth Pattern | BusinessWest

      Healthy Growth Pattern | BusinessWest

      Indeed, instead of going into business together and operating a single franchise of a growing national chain of urgent-care centers called Doctors Express — which was one of the options they discussed at that lunch — they decided instead to become what’s known as master franchisees, overseeing not a location of this chain, which offers an alternative to crowded emergency rooms and the primary-care physician’s office when it’s closed, but a region, in this case most of New England.

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    13. Planting Seeds | BusinessWest

      Planting Seeds | BusinessWest

      Specifically, as the entrepreneurs behind Valley Malt in Hadley since 2010, they are among maybe a half-dozen enterprises in the U.S. dedicated to malting barley on a small scale. Longtime home brewers who dreamed of opening a brewery featuring local hops and grain, they were surprised to find there was no local supplier for the ingredients they needed, so they decided to fill a market niche.

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    14. Female Founders | BusinessWest

      Female Founders | BusinessWest

      Although paths to entrepreneurship differ, the number of woman-owned businesses is on the rise. According to the American Express OPEN “State of Women-Owned Businesses” report, between 1997 and 2011 the number of women-owned firms increased by 50%, at a rate of 1.5 times the national average. And today, there are more than 7.8 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. that generate $1.2 trillion in sales each year.

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    15. Fighting Spirit | BusinessWest

      Fighting Spirit | BusinessWest

      Paul Kozub says that, since the day he started his ambitious business venture, people haven’t been shy about asking him for a job.  “It’s understandable — this is the vodka business, and people think it’s sexy,” said Kozub, who took his brand, V-One, to the marketplace through Valley Vodka Inc. in 2005. “And what’s better than going into bars and buying people drinks and being out all the time?”

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    16. Massachusetts program helps banks lend to local businesses

      Massachusetts program helps banks lend to local businesses

      “This is about rewarding the heroes of the recession, community banks and small business,” State Treasurer Steven Grossman said during a recent meeting with The Republican’s Editorial Board. “Particularly because those will be the ones who will supply the Little League uniforms and the batting helmets. This is how you build the local economy.”

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