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Paint, Beverages, Revenue: The Wine and Canvas Masterpiece

Keely Malone is the Local Owner of Wine and Canvas. Wine and Canvas is not just a paint class it is Art Entertainment. Local artists inspire and instruct Wine and Canvas customers step-by-step to create their finished masterpiece, all while enjoying a glass of wine (or two).  Keely and I discuss the growing business of art entertainment, and why she chose to franchise the Wine and Canvas model.    

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Vincent Turner Shares How to Connect with Entrepreneurial Opportunities

Vincent Turner is the CEO of Planwise Connect, which is a Silicon Valley based startup. Along with building a mortgage calculator to help homebuyers gauge the affordability of homeownership, Vincent is huge into the FinTech space. He runs several Meet-Ups, mentors entrepreneurs, and serves in advisory capacity for a few ventures. In this interview, Vincent shares what he's learned along the way, as well as his top-3 startup tips.

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“S” Stands for Scalability

Stephen Brand is the President and Chief Imagination Officer of the New Enterprise Factory, which is a consulting agency specializing in new venture and revenue strategy. Stephen’s work focuses on turning organizational strengths and assets into new revenue streams. He’s worked with universities, Fortune 100 companies, and even the folks that made the Muppets. In this interview, Stephen shares his experiences on how the world of startups has evolved, and what entrepreneurs can do to scale their ventures.

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The Strategy of Making It up as You Go

Izzy Gesell is an "organizational alchemist" who helps individuals and organizations transform their thinking from commonplace to extraordinary. Through his keynotes, trainings, coaching, and facilitated sessions, Izzy offers imaginative, intuitive and immediately useful insights and programs. He joined me to discuss the similarities between improv theater and business.  His insights will have you rethinking the way you do business.   

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Free Like Birdie Is the Solution Travelers Have Been Waiting For

Rania Kfuri is an unexpected entrepreneur.  While struggling to pack for a trip, her 3-year old said, “Mom, you need to come up with a better way to do that.”  So, Rania leveraged her background in international development to come-up with the Free Like Birdie Travel System.  Free Like Birdie provides parents with the right organizing accessories to make travel less overwhelming and more efficient. Rania joined me to discuss her award winning system, and what it takes to grow a business in WesternMA.

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Springfield: City of Angels – How Angel Investors Evaluate Startups

This is the third of a four-part 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 interview, RVI member Delcie Bean discusses how startups can position their business to potential investors.  Delcie also shares the most important ingredient of startup success – the people.  

I also want to take this opportunity to let you know about another great organization supporting local entrepreneurship. Come celebrate with Valley Venture Mentors on April 30, 2015 when they will be giving away $250,000 to startups in their Accelerator program. RSVP for the event.    

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Springfield: City of Angels – Getting an Angel Investor’s Attention

This is the second of a four-part 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 interview, I chat with RVI Chairman, John Goodhue (who also happens to be the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center – super awesome.) John shares what gets his investor’s attention and earns their investment. Hear John’s insights in this installment of Springfield: City of Angels.    

I also want to take this opportunity to let you know about another great organization supporting local entrepreneurship. Come celebrate with Valley Venture Mentors on April 30, 2015 when they will be giving away $250,000 to startups in their Accelerator program. RSVP for the event.

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WesternMA Has Reason to Celebrate Valley Venture Mentors' Accelerator Awards

Erika Zekos, the Special Events Coordinator, of Valley Venture Mentors joins me to discuss their upcoming Accelerator Awards on April 30. This is an event you'll not want to miss. There will be hundreds of people, dozens of startups, investors from around New England, and $250,000 in prize money handed out! In the 60 days since entering the program VVM startups have raised hundreds of thousands in funding and generated hundreds of thousands in sales!  This is the culmination of years of work by hundreds of people to once again make the Valley a fertile place for entrepreneurs. To join the celebration, please register for the event at - VVM Accelerator Awards 

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Paul Silva on the WesternMA Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and Business Resources

Paul Silva is the Executive Director of Valley Venture Mentors, a resource supplying support to the entrepreneurial ecosystem by uniting carefully selected startups with high quality business mentors at structured monthly pitch and planning sessions. In this Engine interview, Paul speaks about Western Massachusetts’ growing entrepreneurial ecosystem, and resources to help business owners grow their ventures.

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