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Westfield Schools’ WE2BA Program Connects the Future Workforce with Business Leaders

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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 strives 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.

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Amy Scott’s Wild Apple Design Group Focuses On Transformational Marketing Communications

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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.

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Aricia Symes-Elmer’s Unfoldid Blends Art, Science, and Fashion to Redefine Your Style

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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.

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Will Bangs ‘Scores’ with His Commercial Music Startup

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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.  

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The 'Moguls of Marketplace' Build Upon Springfield’s Renaissance

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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!

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Akshaya Shanmugam’s Lumme Is Going High-Tech To Fight Addiction

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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).

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April Jasak-Bangs Discusses How a Picture Say 1,000 Words About Your Personal Brand

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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/

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Michael Mathis And Jose Delgado On Why MGM Rolled The Dice On Springfield

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What seems like years in the making finally became a reality in the Summer of 2018; MGM Springfield opened its doors.  From entertainment, to gaming, to world-class accommodations, Downtown Springfield in now on the map with MGM. Michael Mathis [MGM’s President] and Jose Delgado [its Director Of Government Affairs] joined me to discuss opening day, and the what the future holds for the destination.

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