ACTION Innovation Network - Past Events

Hacking the Patent Code: Patents for Startups

June 7, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM, EDT

Please join ACTION and American Patent Agency for a webinar presentation:

Hacking the Patent Code: Patents for Startups

June 7, 2016 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM, EDT Presented by Dan Hussain, Founder and President, American Patent Agency

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Intellectual Property is a Verb, Not a Noun

June 7, 2016, 08:00am

RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by May 31st.

Open House and Tour of UMass Lowell’s Core Research Facilities

ACTION invites you to an

Open House and Tour of UMass Lowell’s Core Research Facilities, with Optional Tour of Innovation Hub and NERVE Center

Mark and Elisia Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center (ETIC) UMass Lowell North Campus

40 University Avenue, Perry Atrium
Lowell, MA
Friday, April 1, 2016

As Industry Partner of UMass Lowell’s Core Research Facilities (CRF), ACTION and CRF invite you to an open house and tour of the expanded Core Research Facilities. This will be followed by an optional tour of the UMass Innovation Hub incubator and the impressive robotics testing facility, NERVE Center.

Legal Issues for Early Stage Enterprises

Legal Issues for Early Stage Enterprises

January 21, 2016, 11:00am - 12:30pm

North Shore Export Forum

Opportunities for Massachusetts Exporters Hosted by Congressman Seth Moulton (MA-06)

January 19, 2016

  • U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service
  • Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network - Mass Export Center
  • Associated Industries of Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment
  • Small Business Administration
  • MassDevelopment

Today's global economy provides opportunities for businesses around the world. Come learn what it takes to achieve export success from those who have done just that! The North Shore Export Forum will include a panel of business exporters from Massachusetts who will share their success stories. The forum also will feature an overview of a broad range of programs available to help companies with their international business efforts, including the opportunity of grant money available to small businesses to export. Following the presentations, participants will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with government officials and local businesses to answer specific export questions.

ACTION to Present at 2015 National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) Conference April 27th in Denver, CO

Monday, April 27

Topic: The Power of Regional Networks: Advancing Product Commercialization through New England’s Incubator Network

ACTION will discuss its recently launched manufacturing program aimed to connect hardware startups and alumni from its 13 member incubators to design engineering, prototyping, and manufacturing resources within its regional network. Several member incubators have developed independent programs and will contribute to the discussion on how the network works together to advance product commercialization for their member companies. Incubator managers Keith MacKenzie of UMass Dartmouth's Advanced Manufacturing Center and Kristine Schuman of TechPlace in Brunswick, ME and ACTION's Programs Director, Joan Popolo will co-present on this topic. A visit to NREL, the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, CO is scheduled for the last day of the conference. NREL is the only federal laboratory dedicated to the research, development, commercialization, and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

Save the Date - McLane Law Event with ACTION

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 5:15-7:30pm

Advanced Manufacturing Technologies and New Materials – Technology, Business and Legal Considerations

McLane Law offices, 300 Trade Center 128
Suite 7600
Woburn, MA 01801-7419

Please join us at the McLane Law Offices for a panel discussion of business and legal aspects to consider as new materials and technologies drive advanced manufacturing. New materials and advanced manufacturing processes are contributing to rapid changes in this sector. How are these new technologies changing and challenging the face of business?

Panelists will discuss these topics, and more:

  • Technology -state-of-the-art of design software, materials and equipment for additive manufacturing, materials availability and sourcing, and what future developments are anticipated
  • Business - which industries are the early adopters of advanced manufacturing technologies and how is additive manufacturing changing manufacturing paradigms in business, its effect on distribution networks and sales channels, and impact of crowd sourcing of designs
  • Legal - Challenges of protecting intellectual property and infringement detection in additive manufacturing, legal issues with open source design, environmental, regulatory compliance and liability issues with additive manufacturing




Save-the-Date: Incubator Roundtable #4

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 11:30am - 2:00pm

Exclusive events for incubator managers and invited guests: Incubator Roundtable #4

Impact Incubating: Impact Benchmarks for Successful Incubators

with Dr. Brian Barge, The Evidence Network, Waterloo, ON, Canada

UMass Dartmouth/Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center, Fall River, MA

The Evidence Network (TEN) is an authority on assessments of the impact of business support organizations on companies. TEN’s impact assessment methodology, recognized by the Center for American Progress, the Council of Canadian Academies, and marquee customers distinguishes the impact of incubators, for example, from other factors that affect company performance.  With attributed impact, incubator managers are equipped with reliable data to support requests for funding, communications to stakeholders, to attract the best companies, and to provide accountability to Boards of Directors.  Dr. Barge will provide insights into the methodology, how to assemble reliable metrics and benchmarks, and examples of results.

Save-the-Date: Incubator Roundtable #3

Wednesday, November 19, 2014  11:30am - 2:00pm

Exclusive events for incubator managers and invited guests: Incubator Roundtable #3

Financial Sustainability Planning for Incubators: Innovative Approaches to Generating Revenue

with Carol Kraus Lauffer, Business Cluster Development, Portola Valley, CA

Quincy Center for Innovation, Quincy, Massachusetts

Incubator managers spend about 50% of their time seeking funding to support their programs and often pursue the same funding sources year after year. Best practices state that incubators should develop multiple revenue sources, but how can you find new sources when many new players have entered the ecosystem and compete for funds, funders prefer to seed new projects and not support operations, and increasingly, entrepreneurial services and products are available for free?

Panel Discussion: Working with a Design Engineer for Product Manufacturability

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 5:30-7:30pm

Chestnut Innovation Center
11 Chestnut Street
Amesbury, MA

Presented by ACTION and Chestnut Innovation Center

A panel discussion with a team of experts from the Merrimack Valley!

  • James Bleck, President, Bleck Design Group, Chelmsford, MA
  • James DiBurro, President, Round Rock Consulting, Bradford, MA
  • Dan Rocconi, President & CEO, Bixby International Corp., Newburyport, MA

Design for manufacturability (DFM) is the engineering art of designing products in order to facilitate the manufacturing process and thereby reduce the product production cost. Addressing problems in the design phase provides the opportunity to correct them before costly mistakes are made.

ACTION Incubator Roundtable event

September 5, 2014

Incubators as Placemakers? Does a community build an incubator or an incubator build a community?

Alert: Innovation District –Accelerated Growth Ahead!

Has your town indicated that an incubator, accelerator, or co-working space is needed to attract and grow companies to drive local economic development? How does “the culture of the place” influence the success of your incubator? Can any city or town create the next Cambridge Innovation Center or Greentown Labs in their community?

Sarah Jane Maxted, who has studied the formation of innovation clusters, will facilitate our discussion on this topic. Ms Maxted will provide us with a high level look at what influences successful cluster development and brief us on the recently launched U.S. Cluster Mapping platform.

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Join Action and McLane Law for a lunchtime webinar:

Ready for Manufacturing?  Check your IP!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 12:00-1:00pm ET

Start-up businesses moving into manufacturing need to consider the easily overlooked intellectual property aspects of manufacturing. Join McLane Law Firm attorneys Beverly Hjorth and Lin Hymel  for a one hour webinar as they examine the intellectual property issues that can arise along the journey from idea to prototype, pilot project, and large-scale production. Throughout the presentation, Hjorth and Hymel will cover topics such as 3D printing and nanotechnology; strategic planning, knowing your intellectual property landscape, and liability issues; working with overseas partners and virtual teams, including compliance with export control laws; and working with the federal government.

ACTION Kicks Off Cleantech Incubator Roundtable Series with Best Practices for Cost-Effective Marketing and PR

June 23, 2014

Fall River, Mass (June 23, 2014) - ACTION, the Association of Cleantech Incubators of New England, with support from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center,  hosted its first incubator roundtable at the  Newburyport CleanTech Center in Newburyport, MA. The topic of discussion was “Effective Marketing and Public Relations Strategies for Incubators on Tight Budgets.”  The event was facilitated by Jennifer Karin, of Matter Communications, also located in Newburyport, MA, with additional expertise contributed by ACTION sponsor, Marc Bane, of Bane Marketing and Communications.

ACTION member, Institute for Energy & Sustainability Networking Reception

May 22, 2014 - 4:30 to 6:30pm

Sustainability Hub, Worcester, MA

The Institute for Energy & Sustainability (IES) is hosting its quarterly networking reception on May 22, 2014 from 4:30 - 6:30 PM at the Sustainability Hub on 912 Main Street in Worcester. The receptions are designed to provide a fun and casual atmosphere to highlight, showcase and connect emerging clean tech companies in Central MA. We have extended invitations to our Central MA delegation, as well as local government officials, university and corporate partners, early stage organizations and the general public. The receptions are generally open networking for the first hour, followed by a brief introduction to IES, our Incubator program, distinguished guests and brief remarks from attending early stage companies. Drinks and refreshments are served.

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ACTION Incubator Roundtable – for regional incubator managers

June 13, 2014 - 11:30am to 2:00pm

“Effective Public Relations & Marketing Strategies for Your Incubator – On a Budget”

Facilitated by Jennifer Karin, Director, Precision Group, Matter Communications

Friday, June 13th,  11:30am-2:00pm, Newburyport CleanTech Center, Newburyport, MA

Jennifer will lead an informal workshop to help incubators identify how they can get the right message out without exhausting resources, hone their relevancy to the marketplace, and shape the communications that follow.  The workshop is designed to identify common challenges and exchange ideas on how to overcome them.  Come share your experiences with your peers.

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ACTION at Venture Café’s Cleantech Night

May 29, 2014 - 5:30 to 7:30pm

Venture Café
Cambridge Innovation Center
One Broadway, 5th Floor
Cambridge, MA

For the first time ever, the cleantech community joins forces with the Venture Cafe for an incredible night of networking. Join other cleantech entrepreneurs, clean energy business leaders, investors, students, innovation support organizations, and more.  Representatives from Greentown Labs, MassCEC, ACTION, NECEC, and Cleantech Open Northeast will be on hand to answer questions about how to plug into the Northeast's vibrant cleantech ecosystem.  ACTION will have representatives present to inform entrepreneurs about business incubation options throughout New England for their cleantech startups.


"Essentials of Win-Win Negotiations"

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 12:00 Noon - 1:30 PM EDT

Spring 2014 Entrepreneurship Speaker Series

"Essentials of Win-Win Negotiations"

Presented By: John F. Malone (Matterhorn Group)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 (12:00PM -1:30PM)

ATMC,151 Martine St. Fall River, MA   02723

Spring 2014 Entrepreneurship Speaker Series

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 12:00 noon to 1:30pm

ATMC Presents: "The Art and Science of Effective Collaborations" Presented By: Jeffrey Deckman (Capability Accelerators)

ATMC,151 Martine St. Fall River, MA 02723

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Webinar: 10 Tips to Generate Revenue from Conferences

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 12:00 noon to 1:00pm

Conference attendance and exhibiting are a great way to promote your products to potential and current customers. Unfortunately, they can also be a failed investment if you do not prepare and follow-up on new contacts. By planning for a conference, you can ensure it will not simply be a social gathering and create no future opportunities for your business. This session will focus on methods to ensure your business receives the most value from conferences.

Time estimate is 30-40 minutes followed by a Q&A. Attendees may schedule a 1-hour private consultation with marketing/business experts following the presentation. For more information, contact Paul Aresta at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (860) 282-4206.

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Boston University Cleantech Expo

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 11:30am to 6:00pm

Boston University School of Management
595 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA

ACTION and Boston University’s Feld Career Center are pleased to announce the Boston University Cleantech Expo, featuring two informative panel discussions, and a showcase of companies in the clean energy industry and related fields. The “Cleantech Careers Panel” will highlight how students can access internship opportunities at companies active in clean energy. The “Incubator Success Story Panel” will spotlight the story of a startup company innovating technologies at the nexus of clean energy and clean water that partnered with a cleantech incubator and has successfully developed the company to implement their technology systems.

More Information & Registration Link (PDF)

ACTION Accelerating Success Webinar: Intellectual Property for Startups: making it work on a limited budget

January 30, 2014, 12:00-1:00pm

Presented by Wolf Greenfield

Webinar: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST, January 30, 2014

Startup companies face unique intellectual property (IP) challenges, often highlighted by the need to select from among many potential courses of action while working with a limited budget. Our panelists, IP attorneys from Wolf Greenfield with significant experience advising successful startups, discuss the range of potential actions that can be taken as well as providing a framework for startups to maximize the value added to the company by their IP efforts. Areas of focus include agreements, clearance and freedom to operate studies, trademark protection, trade secret protection, and domestic and international patent strategy.

To Register, please click here.

Regional Biodiesel Industry Forum

December 16, 2013, 12-1:30pm

The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology and the University of Connecticut Present

Regional Biodiesel Industry Forum

Learn about the latest innovations, applications, and potential future uses and benefits of biodiesel for the economy and the environment. Panel discussions will include state and federal policies, markets, production, and industry issues.

Network with local biodiesel producers and distributors, and tour the Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering (CESE) biofuels testing facility.

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Top Considerations When Setting Up a New Green Energy Company on QuickBooks

December 11th, 2013, Noon - 1:00PM

Webinar Presented by Rodman & Rodman, CPA “Green Team”

Setting up a new company in QuickBooks can be challenging enough, but if you’re in the clean energy industry, there are a number of additional items to think about and begin tracking to meet requirements for grant qualifications, financing, SRECs and other tax credits, financial reporting, and accelerated depreciation schedules. Proper setup of your QuickBooks system can be crucial to your ability to qualify for financing, or for investment tax credits against future income.

Proposal Writing for Tech Entrepreneurs

October 28th, 2013, Noon - 1:00PM

Thinking of responding to the next round of
government solicitations?
Join ACTION for this timely and informative webinar :

Proposal Writing for Tech Entrepreneurs

presented by Dr. Jeffrey Everson of Director, J.H. Everson Consulting

Register Now for "Makin’ it in Massachusetts"

October 24th, 2013, 5:30PM - 7:30PM

“Innovation in Manufacturing – Makerspaces”


Greentown Labs
28 Dane Street
Somerville, MA

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Join ACTION and Greentown Labs for a panel discussion based on the Mass Development report, “Innovation in Manufacturing – Makerspaces”. Where are the evolving hotbeds of innovation? How can incubators, accelerators, and makerspaces work together to support rapid prototyping and early manufacturing needs of tech startups?

Have you Heard? Hardware is Hot!

Nov 6th, 2013

Have you Heard? Hardware is Hot!

The Growing Number of “Hardware Curious” and the Development of the

New Manufacturing Economy

An interested and engaged crowd of entrepreneurs, engineers, prototypers and businesspeople gathered at Greentown Labs in Somerville, MA on October 24th for a debut event at the cleantech incubator’s new and expanded location.  Greentown Labs is a member of ACTION, the Association of Cleantech Incubators of New England, which organized the program.   They were there for a panel discussion on “Makin’ it in Massachusetts”, based on a report created for MassDevelopment, titled Innovation in Manufacturing – Makerspaces.  “Part of the reason for the study was to bridge the gap between the business community and innovators.  I wanted to tell the story of what was happening out there in the innovative workplace.  It was an economic development agenda”, stated Andrea Foertsch, researcher and author of the study, Founder of Disruptive Space, and Principal, Melrose Real Estate Strategies.

ATMC Presents:“The Entrepreneurial Spirit: What Keeps You Up at Night?”

October 9th, 2013, Noon - 1:30PM

Presented By: Will Shain

  • Ever wake up in the middle of the night and just have to create another list of the things you have to do?
  • Do you feel you have to offer an opinion or an answer to every question employees ask?
  • Do you suffer from a feeling of underachievement from time to time because you aren’t accomplishing enough?

The good news… you’re an entrepreneur, and you’re in good company. In this roundtable, you’ll have the opportunity to work with other entrepreneurs as they present their challenges and seek input to resolving them. You will participate in a process of listening, questioning and offering practical ideas, because collective wisdom is more encompassing than one individual experience.

“Perfect Pitch” workshop with Linda Plano, Plano & Simple

September 13th, 2013

Brunswick, ME

Mark your calendar!  ACTION, E2Tech, Northeast Cleantech Open and Plano & Simple present:

“Perfect Pitch” workshop with Linda Plano, Plano & Simple

Friday, September 13, 2013

Hosted by Maine Technology Institute

Brunswick Landing
8 Venture Avenue
Brunswick, Maine

Whether you are pitching in the Cleantech Open, to investors or to customers, your pitch needs to be a winner! Join us on Friday, September 13th in Brunswick, ME for the full-day "Perfect Pitch" workshop from ACTION, Cleantech Open and E2Tech.You will learn practical tips and tools for framing and presenting your value proposition, implement what you're learning in real time, and get coaching. At the end of the day, you will have a killer elevator pitch and a script for your 10-minute pitch. 

Your coach is Linda Plano, PhD, who is a Boston entrepreneur and pitch coach who has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs who have gone on to raise over $250M. 

This workshop is being offered for $60/participant to ACTION members and stakeholders, a significant discount from the full fee of $150!

Not sure if this is right for you?  Join Linda for a free pre-webinar and online pitch clinic on Tuesday, August 20th 12:00pm.

Register here for both the workshop and online pitch clinic.

Contact Joan Popolo, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with any questions.

Fall 2013 Entrepreneurship Speaker Series

September 11th, 2013, 12:00PM - 1:30PM

The Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center (ATMC) of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth presents:

“Attaining Your Goals - Step by Step”

By: Kirsten Snow

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 (12:00 PM to 1:30 PM)

@ ATMC, 151 Martine St. Fall River, MA 02723

Open House, Technology Exchange and Tour: UMass Lowell’s Core Research Facilities

August 26th, 2013 , 3:30PM - 5:30PM

ACTION invites you to
an Open House, Technology Exchange and Tour with UMass Lowell’s Core Research Facilities
Mark and Elisia Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center (ETIC)

UMass Lowell North Campus
40 University Avenue, Lowell, MA
Monday, August 26 2013, 3:30-5:30pm

Dublin & Boston: Leveraging Resources & Maximizing Opportunity

July 16, 2013 7:30am - 9:30am

ACTION and The Green Way, Ltd. (Dublin's Cleantech cluster), and Enterprise Ireland, in celebration of the new international partnership between ACTION and The Green Way, invite you to discuss collaboration between the Dublin and New England cleantech clusters at a breakfast panel.

Dublin & Boston: Leveraging Resources & Maximizing Opportunity
Bingham McCutchen, Boston, MA
July 16th, 2013, 7:30-9:30am


Strategics + Start-Ups Panel Discussion

July 18th, 2013 from 5:30pm-8:30pm

Join us Thursday, July 18th from 5:30pm-8:30pm at Greentown Labs for a lively panel discussion on the intersection of strategics and start-ups. Learn how strategic partnerships are quickly becoming the next big phenomenon in cleantech funding and seize the opportunity to network with entrepreneurs and professionals alike.

Please RSVP using this link: Strategics + Start-Ups: Greentown Labs/MassCEC Panel Discussion

Greentown Labs is located at 337 Summer Street in Boston's Innovation District!


Marketing & Sales Promotion: What Mix Will Drive the Highest ROI?

June 19, 2013, 12-1:30pm

*** Changed to Webinar *** Register at Eventbrite:

Clark University
950 Main Street
Higgins University Center, 1st floor
Grace Conference Room
Worcester, MA

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“Defining the Position” presented by The Vesumé Group

May 16, 2013, 8-10am

North Shore InnoVentures
Beverly, MA

Networking to Grow - Using Professional Organizations to grow and market your small business

May 8, 2013, 12-1:30pm

UMass Dartmouth/ATMC

Networking to Grow (PDF)

ATMC Presents:"Networking to Grow" By Paul R. Hutchinson

May 8 2013 (Noon-1:30 pm)

FOR RSVP Please Contact:

Amit Basnet
Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center (ATMC)/UMass Dartmouth
Phone: 508-910-9872
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more events, please visit ATMC website

Proposal Writing for Tech Entrepreneurs

April 29, 2013 , 5:30PM - 7:00PM

British Consulate/UK Trade & Investment
One Broadway
Cambridge, MA

Climate Change Adaptation: The Maine Response to Planning, Economic, & Engineering Challenges

Thursday, April 25, 2013, 7:15 AM - 9:30 AM

University of Southern Maine
Wishcamper Center,  34 Bedford Street, Portland, ME

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"Perfect Pitch" Presented by Linda Plano, Plano & Simple

April 24, 2013 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

ACTION Accelerating Success Workshop
 "Perfect Pitch" Presented by Linda Plano, Plano & Simple

Space Available: The Role of Incubators in Accelerating the Success of Early-Stage Companies – A Case Study

April 11, 2013, 4-6pm

ACTION & Boston University present
Space Available: The Role of Incubators in Accelerating the Success of Early-Stage Companies – A Case Study

Northeast Electrochemical Energy StorageCluster (NEESC) Supply Chain Exchange

Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 8:30-11:30am

Doubletree Hotel
5400 Computer Drive
Westborough, MA

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For more details and many helpful links to resources, download the PDF.

Massachusetts Recycling Loans for Recycling and Re-Use

Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 12:00-1:30pm

UMass Dartmouth/ATMC, Fall River, MA

By: Nancy M. Gibeau (BDC Capital)

Administered by BDC Capital, and funded by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, the Recycling Loan Fund is an excellent way to obtain the financing you need. Loans range from $50,000 to $500,000, and are used to help Massachusetts businesses active in recycling‐related activities obtain the capital needed for any reasonable business purpose. These loans have terms up to ten years and can be used for permanent working capital, refinancing, and real estate, machinery & equipment, and acquisition financing.

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Make a Great First Impression with a Solid Elevator Pitch

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 ,12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

NEESC and ACTION program presented by Beth Goldstein
Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology
East Hartford, CT

Register at (PDF)

8 Steps to Successful Inventing

Tuesday,February 12, 2013

UMass Dartmouth/ATMC, Fall River, MA

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ACTION Accelerating Success Program: “Perfect Pitch” Workshop by Plano & Simple

Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 8:30am-4:30pm

Scibelli Enterprise Center, Springfield, MA
Register for the workshop on the Plano & Simple website

Governance in an Early Stage Company: Advisory Boards and Boards of Directors

Tuesday, January 16, 2013, 12:00-1:30 pm

Accelerating Success Program
Presented by Ian Mashiter
Newburyport Cleantech Center
Newburyport, MA

Listen Now: Interview with Tom Kinnerman & Mike Ryan on WCRN Radio

December 9, 2012

WCRN Radio Podcast

Go to the Interview (Website)