Mar. 3, 2015
"Growth doesn't happen by accident."  That's what I wrote in my most recent blog entry, You Know You Want To Grow, inspired by Chevrolet's advertising during last month's Super Bowl. 

To help you make growth more intentional, you should take advantage of some super programming coming up in the next several weeks.

First, a new-and-improved STRONGER BUSINESSES Program  returns to the Business Growth Center beginning Mar. 20.  Every participant that took the program last year experienced a positive business growth outcome.  And, registering for our Mar. 12th growth webinar will get you a $100 discount, too.

Second, we are proud to be hosting a new growth program for women business owners called, WomenUpFront.  This facilitated monthly roundtable is a proven program to help women take their businesses to the next level.


As always, remember to have a #bizgrowth day!


Marla Michel, Director



Get practical tools and techniques to help your business build long-term success.  Each of the five Friday morning sessions begins with breakfast to offer nourishment and opportunities for informal peer mentoring and then continues until noon with a content rich workshop (March 20, April 10, 17, 24, and May 15).  Each participating business also receives one-on-one assistance from the two experienced business consultants.  Scholarships are available for qualified businesses.

Get more information and register at the  


Growth After Startup: Free Webinar on Mar. 12

This free 30-minute webinar will show you:
  • How to create a growth plan that really works
  • The eight crucial steps to growing your business
  • How to get funding
  • How to create SMART goals
Register for the webinar and you'll also receive a code for a $100 discount on the already low cost of the STRONGER BUSINESSES Program.  Quantities are limited so hurry!  Sign up for the webinar HERE.


WomenUpFront Launches April 15 

WomenUpFront is a facilitated monthly peer-to-peer roundtable consisting of 10-15 women business owners. This format provides the opportunity for owners to get "out of the weeds" of the day-to-day and look at their businesses more purposefully and strategically.  


Spoonsored by PeoplesBank, the objective of WomenUpFront is to help accelerate women entrepreneurs to transition their businesses to the next level and place their companies in a better strategic position to access new opportunities and continue to prosper.  Experienced business consultant, Cathy Crosky, is the facilitator. 


Get membership criteria and more information HERE


The Growth Corner: Questions & Answers

Small Busi
ness: Willow Tree Outdoor, LLC

Founder: Katie Pacheco, President/CEO 


Briefly, what you do:   Willow Tree Outdoor specializes in commercial landscape construction and installation, including plantings, lawns, walls, pavers, irrigation and site furnishings. We estimate and develop bids for private- and public-sector projects, and deploy our union crews at sites throughout Massachusetts and surrounding states.


Year you came to the Business Growth Center: 2013  


Facet of the Growth Center You Appreciate MostHaving the camaraderie and interaction with the other entrepreneurs at the Growth Center has helped me tremendously as I've launched my business. We all go through similar issues and help each other by sharing tips and bouncing around ideas on things like marketing, navigating regulations, etc. Whether I have a major setback or a great breakthrough, I can come back to my workplace and find supportive office-mates.


How has the Growth Center helped you grow?  Starting a new business is a huge undertaking. The Growth Center has made the challenges more manageable by providing the space and support systems I need-from printing, faxing and digital networks to storage and meeting space. I'm on duty 24/7 and always on the go but the Growth Center is my home base and has made it possible for me to concentrate on doing the hard work of building my business and supporting my family. I've increased my staff from 2 to 7 in one year, and my revenue projections are up by 40% since I set up shop in the Growth Center.


Website:  www.willowtreeoutdoor.com 


Cubicles, Suites, Free Parking Available
The Business Growth Center is located in the Scibelli Enterprise Center - Building 101 - in Springfield Technology Park. Part of the historic former Springfield Armory, this building is charming, has great amenities for growing businesses, and the parking is free!
Suites of 375-1800 square feet and private cubicles in our co-working space are available for immediate occupancy.  Rates are reasonable and all inclusive.

Call Marla directly at (413) 355-5686 today for more information.

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