Category: Events

WBI’s ‘Are We Here Yet?’ Podcast

 


The Wachusett Business Incubator is pleased to announce the launch of our long awaited podcast.  The ‘Are We Here Yet?’ Podcast seeks to bring vibrant storytelling from the entrepreneurs, creative-class warriors and dynamic citizens that collectively tell the story of modern-day America.

Add to that special tidbits like our Millennial Music Challenge, our Empower! Sessions and more.  We hope you find enlightenment and entertainment in each episode we present.

Listen Now to Episode #7: Mayoral Candidate Scott Cordeiro

Listen Now to Episode #6: Playin’ Catch Up With Scott and Cam 

Listen Now to Episode #5: Decision 2020 Gardner Mayoral Candidate Christine Johnson

Listen Now to Episode #4: What’s Next for North Central w/ Glenn Eaton, Brianna Drohen and Alec McLeod

Listen Now to Episode #3: Decision 2020 Gardner Mayoral Candidate Scott J. Graves

Listen Now to Episode #2: Lost in Providence w/ Dave Lubelczyk

Listen Now to Episode #1 My Father’s Legacy

 

About our Host:  Scott M. Graves is executive director of the Wachusett Business Incubator. He is known for a steadfast resolve for intellectual rigor and business strategy.  Nothing makes Scott feel more fulfilled then to help other develop their own unique creativity which leads to fulfillment in work and life.   An entrepreneur in his own right, Scott previously operated the former Smash Music.  He is currently playing lead in developing a multi-disciplinary arts curriculum known as New England Playhouse while spearheading the various initiatives that make up the Wachusett Business Incubator.

 

 

 

 

Cameron McLeod is the Producer of the “Are We Here Yet?” Podcast. Since his high school days he has been behind the scenes of multiple productions ranging from directing live football games to filming short movies. Using his musical prowess and his technical skills gained from working as an IT professional, Cameron taught himself what it takes to mix and produce music of his own creation. To this day, he strives to better these skills whenever he can.

Underwriting the ‘Are We Here Yet?’ Podcast.

Interested in advertising with us?  Perhaps you want a unique way to support the Wachusett Business Incubator while getting access to our intelligent and informed listeners?  Contact us today for full details regarding underwriting for WBI’s ‘Are We Here Yet?’ Podcast.

WBI Hosts Empower Sessions

The WBI is concerned for our business community. In the very real crisis that is unfolding all around us, the instability and the effects to humanity and to people’s livelihoods is significant. While we can’t solve all the problems we currently face we can be pro-active in working together to find solutions. Beginning April 15, 2020 at 1:00PM the WBI will host an Empower Session.

This free group video conference, hosted by David Lubelczyk and featuring various professionals in the WBI family is open to the public. We encourage you to join us weekly to air your concerns, offer your solutions and hopefully find comfort in the comradery of entrepreneurs problem solving together.

Check our events page for ongoing additions to our Empower sessions schedule. Read more

WBI Offers All of Your Business Solutions

Find out why the Wachusett Business Incubator is the region’s primary source for entrepreneurs and community builders. We provide business services in a unique immersive program, training opportunities and a vivid schedule of events and presentations designed to engage the region. 

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First WBI Intersect Series Weaves Artists & Consumers Together

A full house enjoyed the comfy confines of the Wachusett Business Incubator on January 17 for the first event of their Intersect Series.  ‘I am extremely pleased with the turnout this evening’, recounted Executive Director Scott M. Graves.  ‘Once again, our staff, Board of Directors and citizens can be proud of themselves for the ever-increasing critical mass of interest this organization is creating for the region.’

Audience members hailed from a variety of backgrounds and came from the Pioneer Valley, Berkshires, Southeastern MA, NH and VT.  It was an excellent opportunity for the WBI and panelists from Gardner to present our city’s story of de-industrialization, innovation, perseverance and craft to a broader group of interested people.

The Wachusett Business Incubator wishes to thank its panelists as well as the featured artists of our ongoing exhibit provided by Gallery Sitka of Shirley, MA.  A thanks goes to all of our audience members who came prepared with insights, ideas and inquisitive minds.  We say thanks especially to Katie Cavaccio of Free Ramblin’ Kids and Gretchen Laise, two producers who also made use of the first batch of textiles made in this project.

Panelists Michelle Parish and Peggy Hart recounted the process of sourcing and processing wool into yarn, then spinning the yarn into textiles on Peggy’s circa 1940’s loom.  Gardner Entrepreneur Erin Keiwel recounted her experience turning their fine and locally sourced textile into finished high-end hand crafted wool clothing.  Keith Tetreault, Owner of Plainview Farms of Hubbardston, MA took his audience into what it takes to lead a small freehold, diversified and destination farm including the care and breeding of alpacas. We also thank Keith and his wife for providing our guests with some quality time with a pair of their beautiful animals.

Their process was part of a grant-funded project to demonstrate the viability of such a craft-quality based process.

Working in conjunction with the Wachusett Business Incubator such a project could go from proof of concept to a viable business as together, we experiment to discover the viable financial model(s) that profit each member of the ecosystem and in turn provide consumers with a long-lasting, valuable product and art piece.

Discussion also included the importance of converting our current consumer culture through education and experience, so more people see real value in clothing whose price reflects the real cost of production and marketing.

The Intersect Series, a discussion series of the Wachusett Business Incubator seeks to instigate compelling discussion on topics the meet at the intersection of art and commerce.  Future topics/disciplines will include challenges faced by dealers and artists of fine art, changes in music merchandising and how they have effected indigenous american music and others.  Complete updates to the WBI events schedule can be found by clicking here.

 

 

Register Now for upcoming WBI Events and Classes

Skills Series: Defining Your Brand w/ Paul Gaj

Sewing Level (B) class w/ Erin Keiwel 

Accounting for Entrepreneurs w/ Paul Crowley