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.
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Bill Cole is the President of Tiger Web Designs, as well as the incoming President of Living Local. Living Local is a grassroots movement in Western Massachusetts (WesterMA) that promotes and educates on how and why we need to eat, shop and live local. We discuss why doing business locally is important, as well as Bill’s plan for the organization as he comes in as its new leader.
Gwen Burke is a survivor in business and life. As the Senor Advertising Consultant with BusinessWest, Gwen works with local companies to help them develop creative ways to market their products and services via the publication. She is also a cancer survivor supporting females through her breast cancer sharing group ‘Me and My Girls.’ Gwen and I discussed the WesternMA business climate, managing adversity, and the importance of offering support to others after we’ve come through extraordinary challenges. She knows WesternMA like the back of her hand, so if you’re trying to grow your business you won’t want to miss what Gwen has to share.
For the past several years, Western Massachusetts social media experts and enthusiast have gathered to discuss what’s happening in the world of online networking. Each PodCamp has brought together over 100 business professionals, entrepreneurs, and media celebrities to share best practices of online engagement. One of the people who has been a staple at these events is Lesley Lambert of Park Square Reality. Lesley has built a real estate empire via social media, and shares her passion (and tips) with others looking to grow their presence on-line. Join her, and dozens of others, at this year’s PodCamp happening at Holyoke Community College on Saturday, April 19, 2014. To learn more about PodCamp, listen-in to Lesley’s Engine interview.
Ira Bryck stopped by The Engine: Sunday Edition to talk about all the great things going on at the UMASS Amherst Family Business Center, and his new WHMP radio show. Ira is the Director of the Center, and has a storied career as a business advisor. Under his direction, the UMASS Amherst Family Business Center has grown beyond assisting family owned businesses. It now supports entrepreneurs, managers, and other professionals through the provision of educational forums, roundtable discussions, networking opportunities, and strategic analysis. If you’re not familiar with this fantastic community resource, you won’t want to miss Ira’s interview.
Starting a business can be challenging. In the beginning, many entrepreneurs barter services, deal with cofounder upheaval, and a host of other issues that can make you want to throw in the towel. But that’s not how you succeed. Jodie Lynn Boduch of Much Ado Marketing knows these challenges all too well. Jodie recently appeared on The Engine to share her story and tips for entrepreneurial success. She also discusses how Much Ado Marketing helps businesses manage their marketing communications and capitalize on the power of branding.