Both personally and professionally, Phil Goncalves has been involved in the financial fabric of Western Massachusetts for over two decades. Presently, Phil serves as the Senior Vice President of Westfield Bank, helping identify growth opportunities for the institution and its customers. Beyond his commercial banking career, Phil is an Adjunct Business Professor, and active on several nonprofit Boards throughout the community including The Randall Boys & Girls Club/Ludlow Community Center, Junior Achievement, and the STCC Foundation Board. We chat about the economy, the state of small business growth, and Downtown Springfield’s transformation.
JDog Junk Removal and Hauling, is on a mission to empower Veteran business ownership. So, it made sense for Wade Rivest to become a franchisee. Wade, himself a Master Sergeant in the 104th Fighter Wing and a Westfield resident, opened the business in March 2018. He is now living out his entrepreneurial dream and serving his local community. He joined me to discuss JDog, and his journey toward business ownership. If you have junk or clutter, or a shed, hot tub, fencing, etc. that needs to go, or an appliance delivered or any other lite hauling, learn how JDog Junk Removal and Hauling can help.
Brigid McBride is the Outpatient Substance Use Disorder Program Coordinator at West Central Family and Counseling. Her and her team know treating a mental health condition without addressing the problem of substance abuse, or vice versa, often results in self-destructive behavior. Recently, West Central Family and Counseling launched a substance abuse counseling program with an emphasis on mental health, to partner with medication assistance programs in the Springfield area. Brigid and I discuss addiction, depression, and how getting the right help can make a world of difference. To learn more about this counseling program, please visit – Substance Use Disorder and Dual Diagnosis Counseling.
Mary Keane (Supervisor of English Language) and Lauren Figy (Supervisor of Science, Technology, and Engineering) of Westfield Public Schools joined me to discuss the Westfield Education to Business Alliance (WE2BA). The program is a collaboration between the Westfield Chamber of Commerce and the Westfield Public Schools to imbue students with the skills that are critical to their future success. We also delve into the community partnerships the program has sparked with PeoplesBank, Forum House, and Mestek. Learn more about WE2BA, visit their Facebook Page. Also, in April there will be a WE2BA High School Career Fair with over 500 students in attendance. To learn more, visit - WE2BA High School Career Fair.
Amy Scott is the founder of Wild Apple Design Group. After busting her tail in sales and marketing in the garment industry, Amy’s efforts won attention and feature coverage in trade publications which led her to strike out on her own. In 2000, she applied her combination of high-octane workflow and graphic design artistry into what became the foundation for Wild Apple Design Group. Today Wild Apple is still best known for its scrappy combination of hard work and the highest standard of design aesthetic in the region. Amy shares what helped her grow her business, and what’s instore for her and the team at Wild Apple.
Aricia Symes-Elmer is the founder & master stylist of Unfoldid. Aricia has traveled the world working on a variety of roles in fashion and has assembled a team of professional stylists help people revitalize their wardrobes. Her stylists break out their tape measure, conduct a full diagnosis of the situation, and use a blend of art and science to build a wardrobe that reflects who you are and how you live. We discuss what lead her to this business, and her plans for the future.
Will Bangs is the founder & CEO of Music Box Licensing. Music Box is a music library and team of composers specializing in soundtracks for commercials and film trailers. Will is a lifelong musician having toured the country in various bands, and an accomplished composer, writing music for several award-winning independent films. Music Box was part of Valley Venture Mentors and we discuss the evolution of his business.
The 'Moguls (or Mavens) of Marketplace' Mikki Lessard and Nancy Feth joined me recently to discuss all the great things they're planning for 2019 with MGM Springfield, White Lion Brewing Company, and Skin Catering. Plus, we get into what is going on with everything at the Simply Serendipity Boutique and The Shops at Marketplace in Springfield, and their Women's Day Celebration on March 8th. Learn why this is your future favorite spot in the city!
Akshaya Shanmugam is the CEO and co-founder of Lumme and was recognized on Forbes’s list of 30 under 30 for her work in Healthcare. Her startup, Lumme, is developing cutting-edge addiction treatment combining wearable technology, machine learning, and behavioral psychology. We discuss what she and her team have been up to since graduating from Valley Venture Mentors Accelerator (and making the Forbes list).
April Jasak-Bangs, Owner of April Eve Images, joined me to discuss the importance of distilling your personal brand via authentic imagery. Authentic photography helps you to grow by capturing your story, and connecting with your audience. People do business with people they know, trust, and remind them of themselves – and authenticity is the one way to ensure you make the right connections for your business and professional goals. Learn more about April and her work in this episode, and on line at https://aprileveimages.com/.