Category: Politics

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 EssaysMillennial Music Challenge, our Town Hall Mastermind Sessions and more.  We hope you find enlightenment and entertainment in each episode we present.

Listen to Episode #18 ‘Reconnect o Your Humanity’ w/ writer and artist Levi Baruch

Listen to Episode #17 ‘Business, Education and the Disappearing Island w/Elmer Eubanks

Listen to Episode #16 ‘Break Every String’ feat: Poet Joshua Michael Stewart

Listen to Episode #15 ‘From the Presidents Office’ Interview w/ Jen Benson, President of Alliance for Business Leadership

Listen to Episode #14 ‘This Soft Serve Sure isCreamy!’ with creators of the Soft Serve Podcast, Sawtooth Frank & Stomping Jenn

Listen to Episode #13 ‘Why Business Triage feat. Dave Lubelczyk, Meagan Donoghue, Alex Wade

Listen to Episode #12: Smart Banking with Courtney Fifield & Luis Cisneros

Listen to Episode #11 ‘Let the Land Speak’ w/ Anna Wilkins

Listen to Episode #10: The State of Women in Business w/ Michelle Miller

Listen to Episode #9: Visionaries Represent! w/ Alyssa Rizzo 

Listen Now to Episode #8: Building a Town for a New Era: Alec Wade

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 the former 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.

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Gardner Mayoral Candidates offer Economic Development Plans to WBI

The Global Pandemic has effected the community of Gardner in a myriad of ways.  However, it will not limit the Wachusett Business Incubator from influencing the dialogue during our Mayoral Special Election.  By some measures this election, the result of the resignation of recently elected Mark Hawke presents a significant opportunity to change the political discussion and the long-term direction of our wonderful city.

The intent of the Board Of Directors of the Wachusett Business Incubator and that of its staff is to focus attention on the capacity, both now and into the future of each candidates abilities as they relate to economic development.  In lieu of a live forum or debate which would have taken place April 2, 2020 we’ve made the decision to provide a written record, drafted from each of the candidates themselves and sourced from a set of questions we provided to each candidate.  The order in which they appear in this blog article is the order in which we received their answers.  No editing was done to their responses, offering our readers a full account of each candidates approach. 

We implore you to take the time to carefully review each of the candidates thoughts and ideas as they relate to economic development.  There is perhaps no other set of parameters that can have more of an influence on Gardner’s future; whether we can properly finance new schools, better opportunities for the working class, more potential for entrepreneurship, for culturally significant amenities; nothing will become reality for the long-term without the means for financing it. Read more

Why Commonwealth Matters?

Entrepreneurship has lead me down many professional and intellectual paths.  Upon reflection I want to share my views on what we are when we are at our best.  It is important to all  towns large and small, independent business and for building strong communities.

Commonwealth Journal, June 26, 2018

As we approach another July fourth celebration I feel strongly that we should consider focusing in on how we celebrate this holiday.  Namely, I think we should use this annual holiday as a time to reflect on and renew our vows to the living idea of a Commonwealth.

The english who settled this great land came from both sides of a horrible and complicated Civil War.  From the rolls of Royalists and Parliamentarians, hordes chose to relocate to North America.  They did so for many reasons.  As it happened, two very different Americas emerged from that great dislocation.

What predominated in North America is the concept of the Commonwealth.  I believe that when the citizens of the United State are at their best they are living the vows that tie us to this most worthwhile legacy.

A community that attempts to live out the legacy of Commonwealth is a community whose economy is a real economy.  When I refer to a real economy I am referring to the economy of thrift, conservation.  An economy based on the passions and talents of real people.  People who value each others capability to work at labor that is often hard but always what that person was meant to do; avocation as vocation.  In this economy we employ people at that which they are most meant to do.  To eliminate jobs in the name of progress is the opposite of progress.  To ignore the needs of people and other organisms is to dishonor the Commonwealth.  To kick the can down the road, to abuse any part of the ecosystem in service to ‘a better future’ through the use of technology would be disallowed in such an economy.

This community values and acknowledges the mystery of complexity that surrounds us.  The small-hold independent farmer, reliant largely on solar power for the farm to sustain itself works within the complex but elegant dance between life and death, domestic and wild.  Science can express much of what this cycle represents and how it works, but science in this community isn’t used to create an oversimplified ‘solution’ which works to disrupt nature.  By oversimplifying any part of this cycle is to interrupt that which we know works and sustains us for all time.  I refer here to the stewardship of soil health, animal husbandry, fertilization and ultimately people.

This concept can be applied to all other work.  To see work strictly as a quantitative and not qualitative circumstance is to dishonor the ideals of a Commonwealth.  Education systems would be considered as more than just in service to job re-training.  Universities would not create intellectual property that works in service against the precepts of a Commonwealth.  People would demand more out of their work than just a paycheck that gets smaller over time.  Prices of goods would not be artificially set to reward far away corporate interests.  The entire transaction of all goods and services  would stay as local as possible.  This would empower each of our communities.  The excess would be exported elsewhere, but only after the needs of the immediate environs were met.

I am proud to be the Executive Director of this, Wachusett Business Incubator.  I am also an indepandant business owner in my own right.   In all of our endeavors we have two tenants that dictate our behavior.  Craftsmanship and Stewardship.  In order to move forward with every decision large and small staff and I consciously ask each other, ‘will this work in service to craftsmanship and will it work in service to stewardship of our community’.  If the new decision will not work in service to these tenants we do not move forward.

I’m asking a lot of my neighbors.  To live the ideals of a Commonwealth, the ideals of stewardship and to celebrate the craftsmanship of our neighbors is in our time an uphill battle.  I am asking us to make sacrifices in the here and now that will cause short term pain for many of us.  For multiple generations we have been inculcated with the ideals of corporatization of nearly all aspects of our life.  We are living with the consequences.  Poor work opportunities, degradation of the environment we are a part of, suicide, an uneven distribution of wealth, disempowerment writ large has become the norm for too many of our fellow citizens.

I believe we are capable to renew our vows to the ideals of Commonwealth.  Consider renewing your vows.  What role will you play in building back the community you know we are capable of being?


Scott M. Graves is Executive Director of the Wachusett Business Incubator and founder of Smash Music, an independent music education and merchandising company in Massachusetts.  Find out how you can benefit from the WBI’s Leadership Candidates Program.

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