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The 9th Annual Grinspoon, Garvey & Young Entrepreneurship Conference, with the slogan “Ignite the Dream, Embrace the Journey,” was staged Nov. 1 at the MassMutual Center. The day-long conference featured 500 faculty and students from 14 colleges and universities across the Pioneer Valley and included teamwork and breakout sessions that took a closer look at how one goes about starting, growing, and ultimately succeeding in an entrepreneurial venture, securing funding and support for a business, and product development. At left, Thom Fox, right, with Valley Venture Mentors and BrunoFox Group, speaks with
Lisa Lococo, also of Valley Venture Mentors and American Eagle Cycles Inc. At right, Harold Grinspoon (left), founder of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, and former Grinspoon Award winner Mike Deschamps, from Cell Assist.
BusinessWest Editor, George O’Brien recently moderated a special Young Professionals of Greater Springfield (YPS) CEO Luncheon co-produced by YPS and Northampton Area Young Professionals. The event, held at Slainte! Restaurant in Holyoke featured local young entrepreneurs, and those that support them, as they discussed what steps the Pioneer Valley needs to take to foster entrepreneurship and cultivate talent. O’Brien, far left, is pictured with panelists (from left), Scott Foster, partner with Bulkley Richardson and co-founder of Valley Venture Mentors; Kara Martin Snyder, owner/chief coach, Vital Corps, Holistic Living for the Modern World; Delcie Bean IV, president, Paragus IT and Valley Technology Outreach; and Justin Pelis, owner, North Country Landscapes & Garden Center.