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Pioneer Valley Business 2014
COURTESY OF VALLEY VENTURE MENTORS
Mike Mullen of Kloudbook speaks at a Valley Venture Mentors event.

Valley mentor group helps business startups thrive: Aim to counter 7 out of 10 failure stat

Monday, March 3, 2014

With the help of the local nonprofit Valley Venture Mentors, potential entrepreneurs can make strides in their quest to achieve their dreams. Jane Janovsky of South Hadley is a good example. A graphic designer and teacher in the South Hadley school system, she says she always wanted to be an entrepreneur. In the summer of 2013, Janovsky and a friend …

Dearth of workers prompts a push to train new IT generation

Monday, February 24, 2014

Delcie Bean is clear about the biggest challenge facing his fast-growing Hadley company, Paragus Strategic IT. “We can’t staff. Not quickly enough. Not at the right time,” said Bean, CEO of Paragus. “There are not enough employees and they’re not the right employees.” But Bean believes he may have a solution to the …

With TeleHealth program, second opinions in your own back yard

Sunday, February 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Used to be that if a Pioneer Valley resident wanted a second opinion on a health matter, it would involve taking a day off from work and planning a trip to Boston to battle traffic, and parking, and an unfamiliar medical landscape. Those days are gone, thanks to Telehealth, a 2-year-old …

Tech field benefits from bridge between ivory tower, ‘real-world economy’

Sunday, February 23, 2014

AMHERST — Starting a new tech business in the Pioneer Valley — and keeping up with the latest technological advancements — can be expensive and daunting. The Innovation Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst was established in …

Living tech life in Valley: Inside three companies that serve global customers from Northampton, Amherst

Sunday, February 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Valley is quietly becoming a tech center of its own. Several small firms and start-ups, drawn by a pool of skilled workers and the region’s appeal, have set up shop in the area. Some fit …

Training workers for tech work force remains Valley’s challenge

Monday, February 24, 2014

Mixed bag might be the best way to describe the state of the Valley’s technology work force entering 2014. First, the good news. Employers are desperate to find talented tech employees to fill new jobs they anticipate creating …

Entrepreneur profiles vol. 4 - Pioneer Valley Business 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014

Ashley Mark, LGBT Coalition of Western Massachusetts The Valley has a large LGBT community but not a lot of accessible resources for LGBT youth. This area is poised to set an example of the kind of support and …

Valley economy showing improved health

Sunday, February 16, 2014

A few contours in the Valley’s real estate landscape, 2014: • Competition in the health care industry is fueling demand for medical space in Northampton, with office buildings being built and quickly leased. • In Easthampton, the city’s …

Statistics show value gains in local market

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Since 2008, the Hampshire County real estate market largely avoided the most serious problems associated with the financial crisis, including therampant foreclosures that struck in Hampden County, But there was trouble. “The downturn we all saw the economy take was longer ... than any of us had seen …

Pioneer Valley Business 2014: Medical expansion injects life into real estate market

Sunday, February 16, 2014

A few contours in the Valley’s real estate landscape, 2014: • Competition in the health care industry is fueling demand for medical space in Northampton, with office buildings being built and quickly leased. • In Easthampton, the city’s …

Entrepreneur Profiles, vol. 3 — Pioneer Valley Business 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Sven Kielhorn, eTown Videos Web video technologies are hugely important. As video creators we need to be mindful of these changes because it impacts how and where our clients’ videos can be seen (mobile, desktop, Internet TV). (Read …

Downturn nibbled at Valley restaurants' health

Sunday, February 16, 2014

History isn’t certain whether Napoleon or Frederick the Great of Prussia coined the phrase “An army marches on its stomach,” but the meaning itself is clear: An armed force is a lot more effective when it’s well-fed. It …

Pioneer Valley Business 2014: Development hopes ride on expanded rail

Sunday, February 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Early next year, passenger rail service is slated to return to Northampton for the first time in more than 25 years, a development that Mayor David J. Narkewicz says could be a “game changer” for the …

Officials embrace wider ‘Knowledge Corridor’ assets

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Local economic development and planning leaders say cross-border collaboration, increasing the region’s skilled labor force and effective marketing are key to moving the Pioneer Valley economy forward. While the region for years has been attractive to businesses, more strategic work needs to be done, they say. Joining forces …

Hampshire County data project aims to ID biz opportunity

Sunday, February 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce is working on an economic strategy that touts the benefits of doing business in the region and pulls the county together in new way, said Suzanne Beck, the organization’s executive …