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The Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

A Unique Resource for Legal and Business Expertise


The Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship is a resource for small business development in the Pioneer Valley region. Combining the resources of the University’s Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Pharmacy and the School of Law, the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship offers personal, professional assistance to entrepreneurs in the business startup stage, free of charge through the Small Business Clinic and numerous community outreach events.

This fall, the Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Jim McKeon, a longtime instructor in entrepreneurship at the University, as its new director. Read more.

Questions? Contact the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at 413-796-2030.

Events 2013-14

Spring 2014

February

Tuesday, February 25, 
5:00-7:00 p.m., Blake Law Center, Law School Common Room 3
123s of Financial Literacy for Small Businesses
Cost-Effective Marketing
Presenters: Dr. Lanny Spotts, Western New England University College of Business, Karen Utgoff, Principal, Karen Lauter Utgoff Consulting, Market-Oriented Strategy, Megan Lynch, CEO/President, Six-Point Creative Works 

Thursday, February 27, 2014
12:30-2:00 p.m., Sleith Hall, Room 100
Speaker Series
Bill Bither, Software Entrepreneur

March

Monday, March 24, 2014
5:00-6:30 p.m., College of Science and Pharmacy, Room 400
Speaker Series
Michael Semanie Jr., Director of Pharmacy (Retired)
Big Y Food Pharmacy and Wellness Center

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
5:00-7:00 p.m., Blake Law Center, Law School Common Room 3
123s of Financial Literacy for Small Businesses
Managing Credit and Banking Relationships
Presenters: Leslie Ross Lawrence, Senior Vice President, Chief Credit Officer, NUVO Bank & Trust Company, Sharon Czarnecki, Assistant Vice President, Westfield Bank

April

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
12:30-2:00 p.m., Sleith Hall, Room 100
Speaker Series
“One Man’s Vision for XLERATING Success”

Denis Gagnon G’76
President, Excel Dryer, Inc.
Trustee, Western New England University

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
5:00-7:00 p.m., Blake Law Center, Law School Common Room 3

123s of Financial Literacy for Small Businesses
Insurance: Risk-Management Techniques for Small Businesses
Presenter: Bill Trudeau, President and CEO, the Insurance Center of New England

Fall

September

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Speaker Series
Ron Lalli ’61/G’67, Entrepreneur
EBTEC, Texcel, Belt Technologies, Energy Beam Sciences, PTI Industries, Litron, Overhaul Support Services Former Trustee, Western New England University
Watch a video of the talk

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
123s of Financial Literacy for Small Businesses
Basics of Financial & Business Planning – Presenters; Dr. Jim McKeon & Dr. Lynn Walter, School of Business

October

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
123s of Financial Literacy for Small Businesses
Accounting Basics-Understanding Financial Statements
Presenter; Jay O’Brien '74, President, JM O’Brien & Company PC

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Speaker Series
Mr. Jeff Birnn '72, Copresident
Birnn Chocolates of Vermont

November

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Speaker Series
Larry Hott L'76, Owner, Florentine Films / Hott Productions, Inc. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
123s of Financial Literacy for Small Businesses
Introduction to Tax Issues for Small Business
Presenters: Paul Mancinone L'92, CPA, and Dean Gouvin

 



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