October 29, 2017

Inbox [Oct. 29-Nov. 4]: News and notes from Idea Lab, Technocopia, MassDiGI, YWCA, Congregation Beth Israel, Pagano Media and Center for Living & Working

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Worcester innovation spaces earn $225K in state grants

The Worcester Idea Lab, Technocopia and Mass. Digital Games Institute were among 20 recipients of Collaborative Workspace Program grants awarded by the state.

The Baker-Polito Administration awarded $1,257,592 to strengthen community-based innovation and entrepreneurship in cities and towns. The second round of these awards will build physical infrastructure to support new entrepreneurial ventures while spurring innovation and job creation.

The Worcester Idea Lab, 20 Franklin St., was awarded $104,275. The grant will enhance the Idea Lab’s space and improve member access with additional classroom space that will increase activity.

Technocopia, 44 Portland St., was given $85,808. The nonprofit, membership-based, 10,000-square-foot maker and workspace, has rental bays and a variety of tools with which artisans can create and work. Technocopia offers classes and workshops in its wood shop, classroom and computer lab, digital fabrication shop, glass shop, design studio and metal shop. This grant will help fund new workspaces, complete spaces that are in progress, expand community outreach, and increase class offerings.

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MassDiGI was awarded $35,000 for its New Ventures Center at Becker College. The center is a community-facing business assistance center and incubation laboratory for students and novice entrepreneurs. It also functions as a virtual incubation host for interactive media, game development and technology-centric undergraduate and graduate students and novice entrepreneurs from across the state, with a focus on Gateway Cities. This grant will be used to create the first augmented and virtual reality lab of its kind in Central Mass.

Read the entire story on the MassDevelopment website

YWCA hosts Women’s Economic Empowerment Series

The YWCA of Central Massachusetts, in conjunction with the state Treasurer’s Office and Oak Hill CDC, will host two nights of events that are part of the Women’s Economic Empowerment Series.

The events will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays on Nov. 2 and Nov. 9 at the YWCA, Salem Square. Each night, participants can choose between two tracks: salary negotiation or financial education.

The series is a free financial-empowerment workshop to help women gain the tools to secure their economic futures and reach their full financial potential. Participants will learn budgeting basics, managing debt, improving credit scores and home-buying strategies.

Registration information can be found here

Worcester Torathon set for Nov. 18

On Saturday, Nov. 18, at Congregation Beth Israel in Worcester, rabbis, cantors, educators and musicians from across New England will join together in an evening of music and study.

Torathon will begin at 6 p.m. with a one-hour concert led by singer/songwriter Ellen Allard.

The concert will be followed by three 50-minute sessions of 24 offerings of adult Jewish study, including such topics as Jerry Lewis: the King of Comedy; Understanding the Jewish Calendar; Radical Rabbis; The Truth About Tattoos; and Common Ground: Islam and Judaism.

Tickets are $20 before Nov. 16, and $25 at the door. For high school and college students, prices are $5 in advance and $10 at the door.

Tickets are available online and at at the Worcester JCC, Jewish Federation of Central Mass., Congregation Beth Israel, and Congregation B’nai Shalom in Westborough.

Read more about the Torathon at the JFCM website

Pagano Media wins awards for excellence in web design

Pagano Media won two 2017 W3 Silver Awards from the International Academy of the Visual Arts for creative excellence in web design for New Heritage Capital of Boston and Golden Group Roofing of Westborough.

The W3 Awards honor outstanding websites, web marketing and video created by some of the best interactive agencies and designers worldwide.

“We set out to design the most effective communications for our clients, and awards happen along the way. Awards help us to measure our work against the best in the country – and even the world,” said Kathleen Pagano, Strategic Director of Pagano Media.

“The creativity and quality of this season’s entries raised the bar once again. As our connected world continues to expand in new and exciting ways, our winners are a true testament to the power of Web creativity across the world.” said IAVA Director Derek Howard.

Read the entire story on the Pagano Media website

CLW hosts spinal-cord injury support group

The Center for Living & Working is hosting an hourlong support group the last Tuesday of every month for people with spinal-cord injuries. The support group is designed to share resources, network and increase independence and community inclusion.

The group meets from 2-4 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month at the Center for Living & Working, 484 Main St., Suite 345.

For more information, contact Jose Vasquez at 508-755-1689 or by email.

Read more about the support group with this CLW flyer

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