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The 10th annual Grinspoon, Garvey & Young Entrepreneurship Conference was staged Nov. 7 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. More than 650 people representing 14 area colleges and more than 55 local businesses and organizations took in a full day of programming, including hands-on workshops, entrepreneur exhibits, a Shark Tank competition, and keynote speaker Parker Holcomb, founder of All College Storage Inc. and Research Habits Digital. Organized by the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation, the Entrepreneurship Conference is held annually to inspire, motivate, and support college students to turn their ideas into small businesses. Students began the day collaborating on teams representing several colleges and universities for the “Change-It-Up” competition. They identified contemporary problems they see emerging on their campuses and aimed to create solutions based on rapidly changing technology and the expectations of students. From top to bottom: Audra Quintin (a Grinspoon Entrepreneurial Spirit Award alumna) and Blake Bryan, co-founders of East Coast Taps; Greg Lewis of Nudger presents the story of building his business as part of the Grinspoon Entrepreneurial Spirit Award panel; a student presents her business concept to the Shark Tank judges; Patrick Burr, principal with Feat Socks and Promo Lacrosse, and a Grinspoon Entrepreneurial Spirit Award winner, was one of 32 exhibitors at the conference.
March of Dimes Awards
The annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction was held at the Log Cabin in Holyoke on Oct. 23. The event featured the presentation of several awards to people who have served the organization in various ways. At left, Dr. Glenn Markenson of Baystate Medical Center, left, receives the March of Dimes Citizen of the year Award from Western Mass. March of Dimes Board Chairman Ken Albano, an attorney with Bacon Wilson, P.C. Above, Nancy Mirkin, a vice president and commercial loan officer with Florence Savings Bank, receives the March of Dimes Charitable Leadership Award from Albano.
Halloween Costume Walk
The Chicopee Pumpkin Patch Party & Halloween Costume Walk was staged on Oct. 28. The well-attended event featured something for people of all ages. Here, from left, are Mauren Buxton, city Treasurer Marie Laflamme, Chief executive officer of Sunshine Village Gina Golash Kos, and Carol Campbell, President of Chicopee Industrial Contractors.