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Lora Wondolowski is Moving the Pioneer Valley’s Leaders Forward

Leadership Pioneer Valley’s mission is to identify, develop, and connect diverse leaders to strengthen the Pioneer Valley. Formed in 2010, LPV builds a cadre of interconnected emerging and existing leaders to address the challenges and opportunities of the entire Pioneer Valley. Lora Wondolowski, LPV's Executive Director, joined me to discuss their programs, and the impact they’ve made.  Also, LPV is accepting applications for the latest cohort – learn more at thier website.

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Michael Vedovelli Declares the City of Chicopee is ‘Open for Business’

Michael Vedovelli, Director of Community and Economic Development for the City of Chicopee, joined me to discuss what’s happening in the City.  We chat-up the Downtown Business Assistance Program providing up to $150,000 in funding to retail entrepreneurs, the new Mercedes Benz dealership, and tons of other Economic Development initiatives moving the City forward.  If you own a business in Chicopee, or are considering relocating to the City, you’ll be interested in what Michael has to say. 

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Denise Jordan on the City of Springfield’s Rise

Denise Jordan, Chief of Staff for Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno joined me on to discuss the profound metamorphosis currently underway in the city.  From MGM, to Railroad manufacturing, to up and coming businesses graduating out of Valley Venture Mentors, there certainly is a lot of ground to cover.  We also chat leadership, and of course, the Mayor’s infallible hair.  

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Dan Montagna on What Makes the UMass Center at Springfield a Community Destination

Dan Montagna, Director of Operations at UMass Center at Springfield join me to discuss all the wonderful programming available to the community at UMass’ Springfield satellite campus. From room rentals for businesses, to innovative nursing programs, the UMass Center at Springfield is making a name for itself as a valuable community resource. Learn all about the center in Dan’s interview.

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Andréa Marion Shares What Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen Is Cooking Up for The Community

Andréa Marion, the Executive Director of Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen, recently joined me to discuss their work in the community. Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen & Pantry, Inc. exists to be a food security resource to the greater Chicopee community by providing access to meals and groceries with respect and dignity.  Andréa shares how they meet the needs of their recipients, and what’s on the menu for Lorraine’s future.  To learn more, or to support Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen, visit - www.lorrainessoupkitchen.com.  

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Mikki Lessard and Nancy Feth on creating a Simply Graceful Community for Women

Mikki Lessard and Nancy Feth transformed an online boutique and pop-up shop into Simply Grace, a retail store in full support of the Springfield Renaissance. Simply Grace is a vibrant, organic, sustainable, sincere, purpose driven community and brand which mindfully fuses and integrates women’s intrinsic values (inner beauty) with their extrinsic values through an abundant generosity of grace. Mikki and Nancy discuss what’s going on at the Shops at Marketplace, Downtown Springfield, as well as the importance of support supporting artisan entrepreneurs.

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Jeremy Casey On the ROI of a Strong Name Net Worth

Jeremy Casey is the cofounder and CEO of Name Net Worth, as well as a COO of Gallagher Real Estate. He joined me on The Engine to discuss his startup networking app, as well as the importance of building a valuable brand, and making solid relationships. We also talk about his time participating in Valley Venture Mentors startup accelerator and what the experience has been to him, and his growing company.

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Kate Clayton-Jones’ Startup is Heckbent on Saving the World’s Feet

FootCare by Nurses provides expert, person-centered foot care. It’s founder, Kate Clayton-Jones, says we are physically and emotionally attached to our feet (amen to that!).  She’s seen it all, and it’s not pretty.  Kate has experienced people needless have toes amputated because of problems associated with their feet, and it was her inspiration to found FootCare by Nurses.  We discuss her journey from solopreneur to entrepreneur via the Valley Venture Mentors program.  

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President Torrecilha’s ‘Westfield State Experience’ is giving Student a New Direction

Dr. Ramon Torrecilha is Westfield State University’s 20th president. He is committed to increasing student enrollment and retention, reshaping Westfield State’s narrative and presence in the community, and developing a culture of philanthropy to yield consistent and lasting dividends to the university. We discuss his vision for the university, including ‘The Westfield State Experience’ which re-conceptualizes higher education and life after graduation. The Experience helps students connect with their ideal career path through understanding, reflection, service learning, and successfully transitioning to the workforce or graduate school.

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Jill Monson-Bishop Is Inspiring Business Owners to Market Wisely

Some business owners view marketing as an expense, the wise ones view it as an investment. And when you want a business investment to pay off, you need to work with inspirational people. Jill Monson Bishop from Inspired Marketing joined me to discuss her growing marketing firm, and the work she does helping businesses reach their public relations and revenue goals. Jill also shares how you can get the most out of your investment by using your marketing funds wisely.

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