Author: Scott Graves

What is WBI Doing to Address Our Global Health Crisis

The on-going natural crisis we’re experiencing cannot be controlled by any human forces.  But its unfolding has us asking some very important and fundamental questions.  

Is our increasingly privatized approach to systems such as healthcare and food distribution effective?

Are our major energy, food and materials distribution systems resilient in the face of a major pandemic or other natural disaster?

Do we have the social and cultural strength to cope with a multi-staged, complicated natural phenomenon like the one we face?

What role does our financial system play in helping or hurting our capability to properly care for the global population?

Since the pandemic began the WBI has shifted much of its human and financial capital to better focus on the task at hand.  This was not entirely a challenge for us; much of our core programming like the Leadership Candidate Program, our classes and our other amenities are designed to address economic development issues that have only been exacerbated by the current crisis.

Here’s a rundown of our efforts to date.  We offer through these a look into what’s to come in the months and years ahead.

  • Immediately establishing the capacity for manufacturing masks, shields, gowns and other medical supplies.
  • Implementing an enterprise dedicated to mitigating the challenges soon to come in food distribution and improving regional production as part of that project.
  • Investigating with state and federal assistance what future economic or other strategic issues we will likely face as a result of this multi-year health crisis.  We will take action on the results of this investigation. 
  • Developing several new locations within our territory for the express purpose of offering increased programming coupled with commercial and residential opportunities for our regional residents. 
  • Implement projects that retain or increase top talent, improve energy and employment resiliency and generally create a renewed economy in the midst of a global economic downturn likely to last for some time.  

The most personal resiliency measure we can take comes from the knowledge that the work we do is in service to our neighbors.  It is the strength that comes from knowing your mission is founded in service to something greater than ones self.  Paying honor to friends, family and the traditions of our community.

Love Learning, –Scott M. Graves

Scott M. Graves is Executive Director of the Wachusett Business Incubator and founder of The New England Playhouse and Arts Innovation Center, an independent music education  company in Massachusetts.  Find out how you can benefit from the WBI’s Leadership Candidates Program.

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Creativity —— Fulfillment——Bliss

You were born with wings. Why Prefer to crawl through life? -Rumi

Early Morning, 31 March, 2020


During a recent session with one of our Leadership Candidates we talked about what it means to find deep fulfillment through life’s work.  We’re all striving for meaning in an environment temporarily out of our human control.  Proving Mother Nature is inf fact, always in control.  

We spend a large amount of our time engaged in our work.  The Farmer to his plough, the computer technician to her servers, the artist to his canvas.  In our world of false idols how do we ensure that the time spent engaged in our work is truly our life’s work? 

Surely for some entrepreneurship presents the meaningful life that we all seek, does it not?  Then why do so many entrepreneurs face the same emotional or social issues that employees experience? Perhaps there are more fundamental mysteries in play that determine if you find true fulfillment. 

The Whole Business of Man is the Arts, & All Things Common

— William Blake

First To Consider

I believe one of the first key considerations that entrepreneurs, really all people need to embrace is the idea that you are CRAFTING your work, your life hand-in-hand throughout your journey on this sphere we call Earth. 

In this scenario, we are ALL artists crafting ourselves; bringing a level of creativity and soulfulness, a modicum of quality to everything we do.  Whether we’re talking about a fine or an applied art. 

At the WBI we have two important factors that we measure all of our decision-making and experience-making against.  Does what we’re about to embark on exemplify stewardship (of our community and of ourselves) and craftsmanship?  

The Artist Work

The first work of the artist is herself.  By living, by leading with purpose, mindfulness and a desire for craftsmanship the artist finds meaning in an authentic kind of creativity.  The kind that comes from deep within us.  Can’t get any more real than that!

When your life’s journey begins from this starting point every decision you make and every action you take may radiate joy and soul.  In short, your path and that of the people you lead will be the right one, even with a few bumps along the road. 

Creativity —— Fulfillment——Bliss

** I highly recommend the book ‘Zen and the Art of Making a Living’ by Laurence G. Boldt.  

Scott M. Graves is Executive Director of the Wachusett Business Incubator and founder of The New England Playhouse and Arts Innovation Center, an independent music education  company in Massachusetts.  Find out how you can benefit from the WBI’s Leadership Candidates Program.

Contact Scott here

Join Us to Determine ‘What Comes Next?’


“Hi There,

I’m Scott M. Graves and I am the executive director of the Wachusett Business Incubator.  Our team, which is made up of our staff, our mentors and our board of directors are, like you a part of this region.  In a deeper sense we are a part of our global community of humans and other sentient beings.  Like you all at home, we’re all thinking about what just happened, what we are to do about it, and what comes next.

In the weeks and months ahead I hope to share thoughts with you.  I hope to share perspective with you.  I hope to empower my neighbors by playing my small part in all this.  Not because  we have all the answers here, but because we a part of you just as you are a part of us.

In the decades I spent as a performing artist I had the privilege of making music with many extraordinary human beings.  Many of those players fought in the war or in Korea.  Or they participated in the civil rights movement.  They lived Jim Crow, they lived in many ways, a totally inconceivable reality to ours.  Those moments forced many of them to rise to the occasion.  And by all measure, from the stories they imparted on me, rise they did in magnificent ways.

Now it appears to be our turn.  So it is I charge you, my friends and neighbors just as I charge myself.  What is it we will do, in the here and now that will make the inconceivable do-able.

In June 1994 Nelson Mandela was sworn in as the president of a newly re-constituted Republic of South Africa.  Now his is an extraordinary story.  I watched as a teenager that morning as he made his speech to his people and to the world.  It was by all measure a remarkable speech.  One moment really stood out for me and I think it is appropriate to leave you with his words, taken from the lips of another remarkable human, the US Civil Rights leader Maryanne Williamson,”

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most.  We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and famous?’  Actually, who are you not to be?  You are a child of God.  Your playing small does not serve the world.  There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you.  We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.  It’s not just in some of us; it’s in all of us.  And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Wilkerson Pierre: In His Own Words

Wilkerson Pierre, a senior Business Major at Fitchburg State University is also in the inaugural class of senior interns being mentored at the Wachusett Business Incubator.  Here Wilkerson explains how he uses failure to achieve success.  


There aren’t too many fears that we as a human community share in common.  I plan on discussing one of those fears.  I am talking about is failure.

What is failure?

Failure is not meeting an intended objective; a lack of success. We’ve been taught at a young age to avoid failure at all costs. Avoid consequences of failing a class, failing your road test and the biggest one of them all, failing in life.  For me failure isn’t a bad thing, For me it’s how I learn. This started out playing sports in high school.  It was always difficult for me to do what the coaches asked during the games because I was new to the sport. This was particularly true for me in football.  I played cornerback and struggled to defend the receivers. Each time I failed I learned something. I would learn that this was not the best way to do it and that I would need to make changes in my technique. My failure motivated me to watch others who have perfected their craft.  I would take parts of their game and try to incorporate it into mine.

If you aren’t pushing yourself to or through failure how will you be able to learn and grow?  Not all entrepreneurs will be successful on their first attempt at starting a business. If the business isn’t a success do you plan on giving up? No, you will take what you learned, go back to the drawing board and try to become successful with your next venture.


Wachusett Business Incubator to Host Economic Development Candidates Forum


March 6, 2020

The Board of Directors of the Wachusett Business Incubator wish to show their support for our organizations Economic Development Candidates Forum.  This presentation and debate will take place on April 2, 2020 at 205 School St. Gardner, MA and will begin at 5:30PM. 

Candidates will be given the questions ahead of time, combining questions generated from our board and from the citizenry.  Candidates will be given opportunity to react to initial responses in a moderated environment.  We believe it is important to allow our candidates full opportunity to express their ideas related to economic development so the general voting public understand their future plans and goals.

The decision to host such a forum was made through consensus and the preparation for this forum has been completed by WBI staff with assistance from the WBI events sub-committee, made up of members of the board of directors.  

It is vital that the conversation during this special election cycle focus on issues related to economic development in our city. To successfully build our commercial tax base over time will allow this community to properly fund its essential programs.  Among these programs are education, infrastructure and social services.  A dynamic business community will create additional opportunity for well paying and meaningful employment while providing leadership opportunities for our professional sector.  

Imagine a scenario where many of our gainfully employed stayed in town during their work day, contributing in myriad ways to our daily workday life.  A positive alternative to driving the hour plus east for employment elsewhere.  

We firmly believe our organization can play a key role in this conversation. We believe we can accomplish this in a fair and measured manner.  We invite you, our neighbors to engage with the Wachusett Business Incubator, discover our services or contribute a question for our candidates to be presented on April 2.  

Heres to What Comes Next in our Great City!

Glenn Eaton, Chairman                     Ryan McGuane, Vice Chairman                           M. Paul Carlberg, Treasurer

Sandie Cataldo, Secretary                Carol Jacobson, Director                                       David Christianson, Director

Prof. Mike Greenwood, Director      Jim Vander Hooven, Director                                Kevin Tomasetti, Director