Business Growth Center at Springfield Technology Park mentors, plays ‘therapist’ to small business owners


Janice Beetle

As appeared in Springfield’s The Republican Outlook 2015 on February 9, 2015, by Janice Beetle

It’s the built-in colleagues and the informal, enlightening conversations she holds with them in hallways that Ashley Martin values most about being a tenant at the Business Growth Center at Springfield Technology Park.

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Newsletter Issue 13 - March 3, 2022

Topics include:

STRONGER BUSINESSES Program starts March 20

Growth After Startup: Webinar on Mar. 12

WomenUpFront launches April 15

The Growth Corner: A Q&A with Willow Tree Outdoor

March Seminars

Cubicles, Suites, Free Parking Available

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It’s an honor to be blogged about

ruth-griggsThe Business Growth Center has been working with The Creative for awhile now - helping us get our brand refined, our website fine tuned (especially the calendar!), our social media strategy implemented.  And, if you’re reading this, it must be working because blogging is a big component of that.

Ruth Griggs, one of The Creative’s principals and pictured here, BLOGGED ABOUT ME recently.  That’s a new thing for me.  It’s humbling, and also an honor.

Thanks, Ruth!


Go Graphix talks about Business Growth

Go Graphix is a member of the Business Growth Center’s Growth Advisory Program.  Check out this VIDEO, produced by The Republican for their annual Outlook 2015 business section, and view the full article HERE.
gographixlogo_largeFeatured is James W. White, president and partner at Go Graphix in East Longmeadow.  He attributes a 20% increase in revenues and higher profitability because of his company’s participation in the program.  He and his business partner feel that being in the program allows them to take time to work on their business.
Check out Go Graphix, too.  They’re a great company to work with.

STRONGER BUSINESSES Program™ for owners/leaders who want to grow their businesses.

Series begins March 20. One-on-one technical assistance included. One low price.

The STRONGER BUSINESSES Program™ will start on March 20, 2022 at the Business Growth Center at Springfield Technology Park. Designed for business owners who are focused on growth and want to take a fresh look at their markets, revenues, and operations, this workshop meets for five mornings over a seven-week period and includes two private technical assistance sessions, one price for up to three people per company, and peer mentoring sessions over breakfast.

Karen Utgoff, Karen Lauter Utgoff Consulting

Karen Utgoff

Laurie Breitner

Laurie Breitner

“It is specifically designed not to be Business 101,” observes Karen Utgoff, co-founder and facilitator of the program. She continues, “The series emphasizes active learning and immediate application of specific tools/techniques to gain fresh perspective, identify opportunities and challenges with the goal of turning those insights into actionable steps.” Laurie Breitner, the program’s other co-founder and facilitator, continues, “We were gratified to learn from participants in earlier sessions that they found the program very useful and all reported that they had improved their businesses and made well-defined plans for future growth — more capabilities, more customers, more sales, increased profitability, more employees.”

The Business Growth Center has again received a grant from the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation to support the STRONGER BUSINESSES Program™. Business owners from under-served communities are particularly encouraged to attend.

Marla Michel, the Business Growth Center’s director comments, “While this program is designed for existing businesses, we also welcome startups and nonprofits that need assistance defining and planning growth. We ran the program last year and every participating business reported positive results. We are proud to offer a program with such compelling impact.”

Additional information about this and other programs is available HERE or by contacting Mary Marquez, Assistant Program Manager at [email protected] or 413-355-5680.