Category: Training/Education

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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Register Now! Accounting for Entrepreneurs Class

The Wachusett Business Incubator, a Gardner-based non-profit economic development program dedicated to what comes next for North Central Massachusetts announces the re-start of our popular Accounting for Entrepreneurs Class.

Moving forward this and all classes can be accessed at our facility 35 Sanborn St. Gardner or by Zoom.  Future sessions will also be fee-based and made available by download.

For a current schedule of class being offered click here.  Classes are from 6:00PM-7:30PM.

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Sewing Classes Resume at Wachusett Business Incubator

The Wachusett Business Incubator announces a phased in opening to the public.  As such we’re offering more sewing classes.

All Sewing classes are being offered by textiles professional Erin Keiwel.  Classes are graded by difficulty and will feature projects so students walk away from each class with a strong sense of accomplishment.

The first summer class is a (B) level mask making project(s) scheduled for July 25, 2020 that will take place from 10:00AM-11:30AM in the presentation room of Wachusett Business Incubator 35 Sanborn St. Gardner, MA 01440.  Class is $25.00/student.  There is free parking and complimentary coffee/tea/beverage in our kitchenette.

You can bring a lunch and beverage with you to have following class if preferred.  The WBI facilities provide proper social distancing, cleaning apparatus and are currently meeting all requirements for pandemic mitigation.  

Check the Schedule for upcoming Sewing Classes to Register

Erin is a Graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.  She is a member of the Executive Committee for the burgeoning Chair City Legacy Makerspace of Gardner, MA and is in demand as an artist and instructor.

As more demand is created for Erin’s classes, more projects at Beginner (B), Intermediate(I) and Advanced(A) will be added.  Class Prices Vary by project.  Click here with your questions. Read more

Wachusett Business Incubator Begins Phased Opening

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Meeting space in several Configurations
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The Wachusett Business Incubator will be phasing in use of it’s 35 Sanborn St. Gardner facility beginning week of July 20.  Our main office area, with 8 individual desk environments, the entirety of our presentation area complete with A/V equipment, our kitchenette, meeting spaces and our training room will be made available to the public beginning July 20, 2020.  Contact us today to book with us!

We are taking every precaution to properly adhere to social distancing requirements.  All protocols are posted throughout the facility for clients reference and a multiplicity of licensing supplies are available throughout the facility for client usage.

We will be phasing in classes including sewing projects with Erin Kiewel.  The first project day will be hosted on July 25, 2020 in our presentation area..  This class will be restricted to 6 participants.  The second class will take place on August 15, 2020.  Stay abreast our on-going class and event schedule here.

Moving forward, we are working to design and promote custom concierge service packages for large corporations who will, moving forward allow their employees to work from home.  ‘The hub and spoke model for co-working services, we believe, will be a significant factor fro economic development in our region,’ said executive director Scott M. Graves.  ‘We are in a unique position to provide meeting, desk and presentation space which, coupled with child care, food service, equipment rental, car repair and other high-end services will be attractive to corporate clients with large employee populations close by. Contact us today to book with us!

Every workday the North Central Massachusetts region looses ~79,000 professionals who commute, largely to the east, for jobs outside the territory.  This translates to a net loss during workdays of ~39,700 professional class people not eating in our restaurants, not making purchases in our local retailers, not meeting in our coffee shops, not joining our Rotary clubs and other service organizations because they leave during the work day.

The WBI Announces Immediate Covid-19 Response Relief in Business Triage Program

We’re dedicated to the economic health of the communities of North Central Massachusetts.  In order to directly and meaningfully respond to the economic issues of our cities and towns, which have been exacerbated by the current pandemic the WBI is expanding to include locations in Fitchburg, MA and Orange, MA.

‘In direct response to the challenges exacerbated by our global health crisis, the WBI re-allocating 35% of our existing budget to expand our Business Triage Program to locations in Fitchburg and Orange’ said Executive Director Scott M. Graves.  ‘We are actively seeking additional private and public sources of funding for Business Triage to implement in the north central region and to sustain it for our existing location in Gardner.  We are extremely eager to dig in and help our fellow entrepreneurs.’

The Fitchburg location is in partnership with the Fitchburg Redevelopment Authority.  FRA Executive Director Meagan Donoghue said, ‘The FRA is eager to partner with the WBI to bring innovative programming and mentoring to the Fitchburg business community. This exciting endeavor fits within our mission to provide business development in the community and we’re pleased the WBI has chosen Fitchburg and the FRA to partner with.’

Clients can expect premium service from experienced WBI senior mentors. The Business Triage Program will include: 

  • Weekly Mastermind sessions town hall style held remotely and in person when deemed safe.  New prospects and existing clients can participate.
  • A custom intake interview to determine specific project parameters for improving the client’s business.  
  • One on one mentorship on a bi-weekly basis
  • Clients receive small, incremental goals and are held accountable to those goals on a bi-weekly basis.

Included in these sessions are business owners from all over the country to strategize and determine ways to address current issues we all face during the pandemic.

Click Here to become a WBI Business Triage client

‘Orange is a town comprised of almost entirely small business owners,’ said Orange Community Development Director Alec Wade about making the move to host the WBI in Orange. ‘The pandemic has most certainly created unique challenges and forced changes in business operation. Scott and his team will work hard to help our business owners pivot and evolve their business to meet the current conditions. We are ecstatic to be able to host such a business-friendly service to our business community.’


WBI staff will have a presence in the communities in which we serve.  Our new locations are Orange Location at LaunchSpace: 131 W Main St. Suite 342 Orange, MA 01364 and for Fitchburg 166 Boulder Dr. Suite 104, Fitchburg, MA 01420.

Complete Program details for Business Triage, Leadership Candidate and for all of the WBI’s programs please find us at