Business innovation

The Watervliet Arsenal is gearing up for 'Boots to Business.'

Spokesman Peter Gannon says the Arsenal Business and Technology Partnership is hosting a business bootcamp January 26 th thru 30th, an event designed to  expand the reach of the McNulty Center in 2015:  "We're partnering with the small business development center at Suny Albany. We're gonna be offering a consolidated version of a very popular curriculum called 'Boots to Business' called 'Re-Boot'"

One of the oldest and largest businesses in western Massachusetts has launched an initiative to help small start-up companies.  MassMutual has announced the creation of the Springfield Venture Fund. It is intended to serve as a catalyst for economic growth in the state’s third largest city.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Nick Fyntrilakis, vice president of  Community Responsibility at MassMutual.

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A new idea becomes reality: an accelerator aimed at giving entrepreneurial-minded veterans a firm footing to launch new businesses.

The engine of the new center: the Arsenal Business & Technology Partnership, an alliance of business partners and mentors that will offer services to assist the approximately 900,000 vets in New York State to take their ideas, form businesses, grow those companies and become job creators in Building 44 at the Watervliet Arsenal.

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Congressman Tonko, a Democrat from the 20th district, toured Creatacor, Inc., a company that designs and fabricates displays for trade shows and other corporate events. The company based in Clifton Park employs 56, and this month will complete renovations to its warehouse and corporate offices.

Will Farmer, Vice President of Client Services at Creatator, says the company has expanded multiple times since it was founded in 1987, initially as a spinoff of GE Corporate’s exhibit operation, to a company that now provides services top brands including LEGO and Virgin Atlantic.