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EforAll Finalist Featured in the Lowell Sun

EforAll Accelerator Finalist Michael Bertrand (photo credit: Lowell Sun)

EforAll Accelerator Finalist Michael Bertrand (photo credit: Lowell Sun)

On October 14th, the Lowell Sun wrote an inspiring story on EforAll Accelerator Finalist Michael Bertrand. The story not only focusses on Michael's venture (Edible Land Design), but his perseverance in dealing with personal tragedies, including the recent loss of his two brothers.

Michael participated in the 2014 EforAll Summer Accelerator and won the first-ever Hamilton Award (given to an individual in every EforAll Accelerator Class to honor the memory of program alumna Christina Hamilton).

Click here to read the article!

Massachusetts Gubernatorial Candidates Connect with EforAll Entrepreneurs

Massachusetts Gubernatorial Candidate Martha Coakley meets with EforAll Entrepreneurs

Massachusetts Gubernatorial Candidate Martha Coakley meets with EforAll Entrepreneurs

Last week, two Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates made stops on their campaign trails to meet with EforAll's entrepreneurs to hear how the Commonwealth can give ventures a better chance of success. On Wednesday, September 8th, Independent candidate Jeff McCormick  stopped by EforAll's office in Lowell to hear from EforAll Finalists Danaris Mazara of Sweet Grace Heavenly Cakes, Greg Page of Merrimack Analysis Group, and Mai Libman of Savione. There were some great ideas that came out of the conversation including how the $500 filing fee to start an LLC can be a deterrent for potential entrepreneurs to start up their own venture.

Massachusetts Gubernatorial Candidate Jeff McCormick stop by EforAll

Massachusetts Gubernatorial Candidate Jeff McCormick stop by EforAll

On Friday, September 10th Democratic Candidate Martha Coakley (currently Massachusetts Attorney General) visited the Everett Mills in Lawrence to engage in a roundtable discussion with over 15 EforAll Finalists. Attorney General Coakley heard from from Finalists such as Veronica Chapman of My Crowning Jewel who talked about the value of mentorship in the EforAll Accelerator and how the recent $150K grant from the Commonwealth/Mass Tech Collaborative will help enhance the organization's mentorship program. EforAll Finalist Floyd Greenwood of Alphamatician suggested that small businesses should have better representation in Beacon Hill and that policy reflect their interests in addition to corporations. Before the meeting wrapped up, Attorney General Coakley assigned our EforAll Finalists "homework" to put together a list of all of their recommendations and send it to her team.

Special thanks to both candidates for coming out Lowell and Lawrence and learning about the impact of Entrepreneurship for All!

*Note: EforAll is not endorsing any of the Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates*

EforAll Finalist Mickey Cockrell talk to be aired live on WBUR

EforAll Finalist Mickey Cockrell of Catie's Closet to speak at TedxBoston on October 2, 2014

On Thursday, October 2nd at 2:20pm, EforAll Accelerator Finalist Mickey Cockrell will be a speaker at TedxBoston. Her talk will be broadcasted live on WBUR 90.9.  Her talk entitled Fitting in to Stand Out will discuss the impact of her venture Catie's Closet and how it has provided basic necessities and clothing to nearly 12,000 homeless school children around Massachusetts.

Mickey was the top winner of the 2014 EforAll Winter Accelerator. Catie's Closet started in 2012 to honor the memory of Catie Bisson (Mickey's niece) who tragically passed away in 2010.

Listen Live on October 2nd at 2:30pm