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

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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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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, 2015 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 mmarquez@businessgrowthcenter.org or 413-355-5680.

Hyundai Rotem chose Springfield for MBTA work because of worker training here

Assembly and Testing FacilityThe Business Growth Center at Springfield Technology Park recently hosted a press conference with Hyundai Rotem who is bidding on the MBTA deal to manufacture rail cars in Springfield, MA!  One of two vendors proposing facilities in Springfield, this deal could be significant for our regional manufacturing supply chain – for workers and suppliers. Read more——> 

Business Growth Center Expands Programming for Existing Entrepreneurs

GRANT AWARDED FOR STRONGER BUSINESS™ PROGRAM

SPRINGFIELD ─ The Business Growth Center at Springfield Technology Park has received a grant from the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) to help underserved or disadvantaged business owners in the Pioneer Valley grow, or stabilize, their enterprises. The funds will enable the Center to continue its Stronger Businesses Program™, starting Oct. 7, and supplement funding for its staff.

This is the second time the Business Growth Center has received this MGCC grant for the Stronger Businesses Program™, which focuses on businesses with fewer than 20 employees. An assistant program manager will also be added to its staff who will support the Center’s Growth Advisory Program and seminars.

The grant is part of the MGCC’s 2015 Small Business Assistance Grants Program, which is designed to complement and enhance the traditional public and private small business assistance network. The Business Growth Center is one of 30 organizations statewide to receive 25 grants, and the only one in Hampden and Hampshire counties, to receive funding from the MGCC. [Read more…]