WHAT'S HAPPENING IN FEBRUARY
New Gift Shop Coming to Tower Square!
2016 has brought with it a fresh air of excitement and change t Tower Square as a company familiar with the tenants and patrons here has decided to rent space in a prime retail location.
They were so encouraged by the feedback and sales that they had during the holiday season in their temporary Holiday Market location at the top of the Center Court escalators in December that the operators of Winter Wonderland Gift Shop have decided to open a new store on street level next to Hot Table. The new store is called Wonderland Gifts and will feature unique gift items, elegant home décor and quality florals all at price points that will work for just about any budget.
Store co-owner, Jim Cicerchia, (whom some of you may know as Tower Square’s visual merchandiser, and the genius behind all of Tower Square’s window displays and seasonal décor) says he and his partners are excited about this new endeavor. “I have been working here behind the scenes for years, and feel that I have a good sense of the people and what they might like to purchase at a shop like ours.” Cicerchia and his partners all have decades of retail experience working for major department stores as well as in the floral industry.
Wonderland Gifts is scheduled to open on Monday, February 29, but you can catch a sneak peek of some of what they will be selling at their vendor station on Friday, February 12th during Tower Square’s Pre-Valentines Event in the food court. (See event info inside)
Tracy Woods – Creating A New Art Vibe at Tower Square
Passing by the Art for the Soul Gallery located right across from the Tower Square food court, you will more than likely hear a friendly voice inviting you inside to enjoy a sensory experience of art and culture unlike anything you have seen before. That beckoning voice comes from the leader at the helm of the Art for the Soul Gallery, Rosemary Tracy Woods.
As Executive Director and Chief Curator of the non-profit, Art for the Soul Gallery, Woods says the goal of her gallery is to “promote understanding and inspire appreciation of the achievements, contributions, and experiences of diverse artists as they exist throughout the world.” It is through exhibits and programming that illustrate historical, political and social passage through present day that Woods works to achieve just that at the gallery.
The newest exhibit at Art for the Soul Gallery is entitled “New English” and features the colorful large scale work of Springfield native, SEYMOUR. SEYMOUR’s collection is said to be both socially and politically charged. His works will be on display at Art for the Soul Gallery from February 2 – April 15.
The public is invited to attend a special FREE Meet the Artist Reception on Friday, February 5 from 6-8pm featuring music, light fare and a chance to talk with SEYMOUR about his latest exhibit.
Art for the Soul Gallery is open Tuesday – Friday 11am – 5pm and Saturday by appointment.
Interested in Starting a Business?
Valley Venture Mentors is All Over It!
Whether you are just toying with the idea of stepping out on your own to start a business or you already have your business plan and are ready launch, the folks at Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) are teaming up with local business leaders to offer some workshops that can provide you with some invaluable information to help you and your business to succeed.
Is Entrepreneurship Right For You?............Tuesday, February 9……4-6pm
VVM is teaming up with the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) to host this workshop which will help you to decide if starting your own business is right for you.
· Explore the process and learn about the risks and rewards of starting up your own business
· Conduct a self-assessment that will help you decide if business ownership is right for you
· Hear success stories and get an overview of available resources
Pitch Party – Audition Night…………………….Wednesday, February 10……5-8pm
Want to see if your start-up ideas catch the eye of VVM’s mentors? At the Pitch Party, come prepared to pitch your ideas (2-minutes) to the VVM community. If enough mentors commit to help you, then you’re in!
Steps to Starting a Business………………………Tuesday, February 16……….4-6pm
If you’re in the early stages of launching a business, this workshop is perfect for you. CWE leaders will teach you how to: develop your ideas and planning, consider legal structure, how to choose a name and entity, how to obtain ID numbers, permits, licenses and insurance to name a few
Legal Considerations for New Business Owners…….Tuesday, February 23……..4-6pm
This workshop provides a high-level overview of a range of legal issues that entrepreneurs should be aware of when starting a new company. Learn how to avoid common mistakes and employ preventative measures that can protect your business.
All of these workshops are held at the Valley Venture Mentors World Headquarters located on street level of Tower Square in suite 125. To register to attend any of the events, please go to www.ValleyVentureMentors.org for additional information.
New Year. New You.
Discover the MBA Program at Cambridge College
The adult learner. The talented, emerging and motivated professional. The busy parent. These are the students who pursue their Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Cambridge College – Springfield. This new, affordable and flexible program is designed to leverage your experience, talents and skills while managing your busy life. Classes are offered on weekends in a blended learning format (in-seat and online). The students are non-traditional and the instructors are business leaders. Discover their stories in this Q & A.
Profile: Earle Hollister, MBA Instructor
What is your professional background?
I currently serve as the Compliance Manager for St. Germain Investment Management. Prior to working at St. Germain, I spent more than 30 years working in insurance, engineering and investments at MassMutual Financial, Digital Equipment Corp., The New England Insurance Company and Merrill Lynch. I obtained my MBA from Western New England College (now University).
What do students learn in your class that they can apply to their workplace?
They will learn financial accounting and economic principles with practical applications, financial industry best practices and analytical skills and procedures. I use a hands-on approach so that my students acquire the basic understanding of what happens in a real-world business and not just out of the textbook.
Profile: Scuelin Thompson,
MBA Health Care Management Student
What is your personal and professional background?
I am a 43-year-old Springfield native, with two wonderful children and I am currently enrolled in the MBA in Health Care Management Program. I am also a community advocate to end domestic violence, and founder of the Springfield Sickle Cell Disease Foundation for Children and Families in Western Massachusetts. Professionally, as a registered nurse with the Hampden County Sherriff’s Department of Corrections, my ultimate goal is executive leadership and management in the field. However, the skills and competencies required in the profession are becoming more challenging, competitive and global in nature. This complexity requires more education, and with that in mind, I enrolled in the MBA Program at Cambridge College.
How will this MBA help to advance your career?
The MBA in Health Care Management will better prepare me for an executive or senior level position. My nursing background is strong, but I lack the comparable level of business knowledge to complement my skills. The MBA will develop my leadership skills in the areas of data collection, legal issues, health management systems, patient advocacy and evidence-based nursing research.
Please share with us your Cambridge College experience.
Cambridge College is a family focused learning environment. The College’s core principles focus on encouraging cooperative learning to each graduate student that fosters a multilingual and multicultural experience, which supports the adult learner to achieve academic success. The entire staff shows a vested interest in your success. These groups of individuals are the epitome of effective strong leadership and teamwork. I am therefore confident that the MBA program at Cambridge College will provide me the right education to gain valuable managerial and leadership skills and competencies to enhance my career and professional development.
Interested in an MBA in General Business or Healthcare Management? Contact Thomas Morrill, Admissions Counselor. Call 413-747-0204 ext. 6612 or email Thomas.email@example.com. Cambridge College, located on street level at Tower Square, also offers undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate degrees in education, counseling psychology and human services.