There are plenty of American cities experiencing a revitalization, and WesternMA has its fair share of ‘em. In order for all that activity to occur, municipalities need a foundation to accommodate growth. Aaron Vega is the State Representative from Holyoke and he joined me on The Engine to examine what Government can do to promote entrepreneurship. We also discussed some fantastic local initiatives, such as Spark and Valley Venture Mentors, and of course, Holyoke!
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Western New England University students Lauren Riley and Nicolette LaPierre, as well as Professor Harlan Spotts, joined me on The Engine to discuss ‘3 Day Startup’ which is coming to Springfield October 16-18. 3 Day Startup is a 72-hour learning-by-doing campus workshop that teaches entrepreneurial skills to university students in an extreme hands-on environment. We chat about what the program means to students, and the community.
This is the final part of my interview series with Angel Investors from River Valley Investors. RVI is a group of successful entrepreneurs and executives dedicated to helping each other find, evaluate, and profitably invest in exciting companies with significant growth potential. In this final installment I chat with RVI member, and M&M Consulting President, Jeffrey Sullivan. We discuss life after the investment, where anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.
Tom Kielbania joined me in the fall of 2014 to talk about ‘K-Fest’ (or Kielbasa Fest). In 2015, he is taking the four-day celebration of Kielbasa, Polka music, and all things Chicopee to new heights. In this interview, Tom shares his entrepreneurial ups and downs, and of course his love of Kielbasa. This year’s K-Fest is Memorial Day Weekend, May 21-25, 2015. To learn more about the 2015 Chicopee Kielbasa Festival at Szot Park in Chicopee, please visit http://k-fest.com/.
There’s a lot of people working hard to move the economy forwarded in Western Massachusetts. Alfonso Santaniello (President of the Creative Strategy Agency) joins me to discuss a few of the people making a difference in our region. In part two of our interview we talk about the growing entrepreneurial ecosystem and passionate professionals supporting worthwhile causes.