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.
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!
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).
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/.
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.
It's been awhile I've been hosting the show [5ish years]. Over coffee (and reminiscing about NY Black and White Cookies), friend and fellow VVM’er Rick Plaut had a fun idea – turn the tables on me. So, Rick came on the show and interviewed yours truly. We discuss The Engine, my work in the community, and why it's important to give back.
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.
Kristine Allard, Chief Development & Communications Officer of Square One joined us recently to chat about this amazing organization. Square One provides early education and care to over 500 infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children every day. In addition, they provide family support services and workforce development opportunities to 1,500 families each year. Their team works to stabilize the early years of children’s lives as it has a profound impact on their long-term academic, social, physical and emotional success. Learn more at http://www.startatsquareone.org/.
Janice Fedor, Assistant Professor of Marketing and Business Management at the Elms College (and incoming Chair of the Division of Business), joined me to discuss the college’s entrepreneurship and MBA programs. We also chat about the importance of defining your leadership style, and how it impacts those around you. Learn more about the programs offered at Elms College at https://www.elms.edu/.
Scott Foster is the Co-founder of Valley Venture Mentors. He joined me to recap the 2018 VVM Accelerator awards where 12 startups (out of 35) were awarded a total of $150,000 in prize money. About 450 people attended and speakers included VVM Alumna Angela Lussier of Speaker Sisterhood and Jay Ash, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We discuss who won, and what’s coming up for VVM. Learn more about winners at VVM’s website- 2018 Awards Winners