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Entrepreneurial Excellence; ThymeShare’s Blue Plate Special

Bruce and Liz Hoffman’s ThymeShare is a food business Incubator. The facility is equipped with a sauté kitchen, bakery kitchen, teaching kitchen and event space — filled with professional-grade cookware and kitchen tools.  Thyme Share also provides dry storage, freezer and refrigerated spaces for rent, as well as vacuum packaging machinery.  I’ve visited the location and LOVE IT; great resource for food startups! Bruce and Liz stopped by The Engine to discuss their vision, and what’s on the menu!

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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 – a Look Inside the World of Local Angel Investing

This is the first of a four-part 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 installment I chat with Paul Silva, Manager of RVI, who shares with us what Angel Investing is all about.

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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Venture Innovator Thomas Porter Discusses the Entrepreneurial Formula

I met Thomas Porter when we were advisors on the first nationally licensed Lean LaunchPad Course. He is a wealth of information. Thomas developed and ran the venture units of Discovery Channel, Artist Network, and Verisign. Needless to say, he’s seen it all.  We discuss the importance of education and adaptation in entrepreneurship.  We also delve into the formula of successful entrepreneurs - People + Uncertainty + Impulse of Innovation. If you’re a startup, or seeking venture funding, you will not want to miss Thomas’ insights. 

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Mee-Jung Jang’s Wedding Planning Startup Is Love at First Sight

Mee-Jung Jang of Voncierge

Admittedly, I know very little about planning weddings. Even when I got married, my ex-wife did all the planning – I just showed up (and I was late, which is probably a contributing factor as to why she’s my ex.) I was blown away to find out virtually all wedding vendors require appointments, and that they rely on the telephone as a major means of customer interaction. I mean, we have watches that can Tweet, but the wedding industry is operating in the Dark Ages? Enter Mee-Jung Jang’s Voncierge, which is a virtual wedding planner that takes the stress out of making your special day amazing. I met Mee-Jung (or MJ) at Valley Venture Mentors. Her online platform allows you to easily book all your appointments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – and it’s FREE. That’s right, one resource where brides can schedule dress fittings, venue visits, or photographer interviews. Now that’s bringing the wedding industry into the new Millennium. MJ recently appeared on The Engine to tell us all about her revolutionary wedding planning site, and share insights of what it’s like to live inside a startup that experiences tremendous growth in a short amount of time. She discusses the importance of mentorship, tips and tricks when pitching your startup, and the stresses of seeking your 1st round of funding.  Don't miss her Engine interview. 

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