Marla Michel Discusses The Business Growth Center on “The Engine”

Recently, Marla Michel, director of The Business Growth Center at Springfield Technology Park, was interviewed by Thom Fox for his radio show, “The Engine” which is heard on WHYN NewsTalk 560.

The Business Growth Center Interview

Thom uses this description introducing the segment:

Over the last few months there has been a lot of press surrounding entrepreneurship in Western Massachusetts. Efforts like Valley Venture Mentors have shined a light on the need for resources helping entrepreneurs build startups. But, what if you’re already an established business? Where can you go for assistance? The Business Growth Center at Springfield Technology Park! I recently interviewed Marla Michel, Director of the center about how they assist small business growth. The Business Growth Center not only offers advisory programs, but also educational resources, office space, and other amenities. If you’re a small business trying to grow in Western Mass, you don’t want to miss her interview.

The full interview can be heard here

Cleantech “Graduate” Black Island Wind Turbines Has Big Plans for ‘Small Wind’

Black Island Wind Turbine co-founders Patrick Quinlan and William Stein stand with blades from their HR3 super high-reliable 3KW wind turbine.

Western MA Cleantech Company Growing its Business

Great things are anticipated for cleantech company, Black Island Wind Turbines. Now located in Hadley, MA, the company got its start in the Scibelli Enterprise Center Business Incubator, a program that is now part of the offerings of The Business Growth Center.  Local business publication, BusinessWest, recently ran a wonderful article that tells their story and their plans for their business growth which includes selling their super high reliable 3Mw wind turbines and parts for existing HR models.  In addition to continuing to be a member of our Growth Advisory Program - where their advisors (mentors) meet with them throughout the year to provide coaching and support for their business, Black Island also recently participated in the Center’s Stronger Businesses Program.  The results from that program can be seen in the crispness with which Black Island’s strategy and markets are articulated.

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Black Island Wind Turbines - an incubator graduate and current Growth Advisory Program member - wins $150K grant from MassCEC to grow

Black Island Wind Turbines ( has received a $150,000 grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to expand its markets and manufacturing capacity for its super-high reliable wind turbines.

From its roots as a fledgling start-up at the Springfield Business Incubator located in The Business Growth Center at Springfield Technology Park several years ago,- Black Island “graduated” last year and located in Hadley, MA, establishing its manufacturing capabilities in a former propeller repair shop.  As an Incubator client, and now as a member of the Center’s Growth Advisory Program, Black Island receives on-going mentoring and advising for business growth.  The grant will enable Black Island to re-tool its manufacturing processes for its current 3KW product (the HR3) to create a 1KW product (the HR1) that will be appropriate for residential and other hard-to-reach applications.

Black Island Wind Turbines produces the most reliable wind turbines on the planet.  This photo depicts a crew in Antarctica after the installation of an HR3 turbine.






Details about the grant are available at the MassCEC website

Innovation in Springfield: Past, Present, and Future




The Business Growth Center’s director, Marla Michel, spoke on a panel on April 4, 2022 about “Innovation in Springfield” at a conference called “The City: An Academic Conference” produced by the Wilbraham-Monson Academy along with Guy McLain, Director of the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History, and Mike Mathis,President and Chief Operating Officer MGM Springfield.

To view her Prezi presentation, click on this link:  Innovation in Springfield: The Present

Springfield company PSI 91 finds market for innovative basketballs, footballs with Under Armour

The Business Growth Center’s tenant, PSI 91, was recently featured in the 2014 Business Outlook, published by the Springfield Republican.  They started as a Springfield Business Incubator client and graduated last year.  They continue to have good success and are a great story about what our Pioneer Valley has in our own backyard.

Read more about what co-founders, Dan Touhey and John Frank, have accomplished.

Read their story in Outlook 2014