Ashley Clark, partner at White Lion Brewing, joined me to discuss their upcoming Summer Beer Garden. In summer 2018, White Lion introduced their White Lion Wednesday event; a pop-up Beer Garden in Downtown Springfield. Due to the events popularity, the 2019 Beer Garden will be a more permanent fixture, operating on the corner of Bridge and Main Street Wednesday through Friday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Ashley discusses the food, music, and family fun events you can expect at this Summer’s Beer Garden. White Lion kicks off its 2019 Summer Beer Garden on May 22nd. To keep up with all the Summer Beer Garden happenings, follow White Lion Brewing on Facebook.
Fair Play Massachusetts is advocating for legal sports betting through Keno operators, like bars and restaurants. The Supreme Court struck down a federal law banning commercial sports betting in most states. Since then, Governor Charlie Baker filed a bill that would allow sports betting at slot parlors and casinos, including MGM Springfield – but not bars and restaurants. Fair Play Massachusetts spokesman Ryan McCollum joined me to discuss how the current bill may adversely impact the average person who wants to participate in sports betting.
Kristine Allard, Chief Development & Communications Officer of Square One joined us recently to chat about this amazing organization and their upcoming Kentucky Derby Party (tickets available). Square One provides early education and care to over 500 infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children every day. In addition, they provide family support services and workforce development opportunities to 1,500 families each year. We discuss how Square One’s efforts, supported by the community, stabilizes children’s lives and leads to long-term academic, social, physical, and emotional success. Learn more at startatsquareone.org.
Lauran Thompson is the Founder of Dockit, which offers flexible workspace for attorneys and legal professionals. Lauren, a paralegal, as well as manager of her family’s law office saw an opportunity to offer a coworking model for the legal community. Lawyers and other legal professionals use Dockit’s space for an array of reasons, from everyday work to an occasional need for collaboration with fellow attorneys. Lauren shares what prompted her to build Dockit, and what the future holds for her flexible workspace.
WesternMA is a generous community, and it’s never more evident when business leaders collaborate to help those in need. Jules Gaudreau, President and Practice Leader at USI Insurance Services, Springfield and Brian Sullivan, Owner at Northeast IT have been supporters of Square One’s Derby Party since it started. The joined me to discuss this year’s event, why they support Square One, and other philanthropic endeavors. For those not familiar with Square One, the nonprofit provides a range of family-friendly education and support services for children and families to build the foundation for lifelong learning, to make smart choices, and to grow strong cognitively, emotionally, socially and physically.
There is still time to get tickets for this year’s Derby Party, which is May 4th, at Mercedes-Benz of Springfield. Happening hats, dapper dudes, the races, and an entire Kentucky Derby experience right here in Chicopee. Order tickets here - Kentucky Derby Party to benefit Square One.
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.