ABOUT US

Our Mission

We are a Business Community Development Organization

We are a non-profit organization that helps business communities become stronger and more self-sustaining. We achieve this by educating consumers, supporting local businesses, empowering town/city leaders, and making it easy for media companies to help promote all of the above.

Consumer Programs, Business Programs, Town/City Programs, Media Company Programs

Our History

We Have Deep Roots In Western Mass

Founded in 2013, Living Local started as a grassroots movement that was focused on providing the resources local businesses need to thrive, and in turn contribute back to their communities. Emphasizing networking strategies through various social media, Living Local engaged businesses within the community through special events planning and web directory listings. The mission, was to promote the idea that we need to “Eat. Shop. Live” locally which reinforces our local pride, and the economic commitment we share in our communities. Local businesses are the tapestry of our lives in small towns and we need, with our customers, to keep local businesses vital.

Some Of Our Founding Members!

LocalPro

Business Resources Directory

Not all towns and cities have resources for small businesses. So it makes sense for us to partner with and provide links to the regional resources that are available on each of the city pages.

Our “How To” Partners

Living Local 413 is a non-profit organization that is focused on educating our communities about “Why” we need to eat, shop and hire locally. But it does not make sense to do that unless there is a “How” to eat, shop and hire locally.

Providing modern solutions for that is a big lift so it makes sense for us to partner with and help other local businesses and organizations to come up with really good solutions.

If your company or organization would like to partner with us to develop solutions for Eating, Shopping, or hiring locally, we would love to hear from you.

Board Of Directors

Our Dedicated Living Local 413 Leaders

Our awesome board of directors is comprised of local business people who live right here in Western Massachusets. They are dedicated to keeping the organization focused on our goals and are here to ensure that we are truly doing great things to help our business community.

Bill Cole

Bill Cole

President

Sandra Magri

Sandra Magri

Treasurer

Nicole Preston-Cullen

Nicole Preston-Cullen

Executive Assistant

Dylan Pilon

Dylan Pilon

Director

William Collins

William Collins

Director

Charlie Christianson

Charlie Christianson

Director

Mark Ashe

Mark Ashe

Director

Paul McNamara

Paul McNamara

Director

Ramon Lorenzi

Ramon Lorenzi

Director

Sina Holloman

Sina Holloman

Director

Jim White

Jim White

Director

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Segment Committees

You cant have businesses without consumers, you can’t have towns/cities without businesses and if you have all of those and don’t tell anyone about it via the media, it won’t matter much!

The following segment committees are focused on one of our four segments described above. They are all led by a chairperson who will organize meetings and help keep the committee focused and productive. The chairperson will also report to the board of directors once a month.

Consumers Segment

Why & How should consumers spend their money (Eat & Shop) locally?  Create and improve our programs for consumers.

William Collins

William Collins

Segment Chair

Robert Barkett

Robert Barkett

Committee Member

Raymond Berry, Jr.

Raymond Berry, Jr.

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Barbara Clark

Barbara Clark

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Businesses Segment

What can we do to help our local business communities in Western Mass? (Hire local and B2B) Create and improve our programs for businesses.

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Roberto Nieves

Roberto Nieves

Committee Member

Nancy Mirkin

Nancy Mirkin

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Mary Schoonmaker

Mary Schoonmaker

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Sina Holloman

Sina Holloman

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Andrew Melendez

Andrew Melendez

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Kevin Hulse

Kevin Hulse

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Randy Demarest

Randy Demarest

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Jack Clemente

Jack Clemente

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Becca Coolong

Becca Coolong

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Jim White

Jim White

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Amie Miarecki

Amie Miarecki

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Towns/Cities Segment

How can towns/cities connect better with their business communities? What can we do to help make that happen? (LocalPro software platform) Create and improve our programs for towns/cities.

Charlie Christianson

Charlie Christianson

Segment Chair

Joseph Lawler

Joseph Lawler

Committee Member

Dennis Lopata

Dennis Lopata

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Evan Plotkin

Evan Plotkin

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Media Companies Segment

How can media companies connect better with our small and micro business communities and help those who need it? Create and improve our programs for media companies.

Mark French

Mark French

Segment Chair

Barbara Perry

Barbara Perry

Committee Member

George O’Brien

George O’Brien

Committee Member

Kathleen Plante

Kathleen Plante

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Gerry Dunn

Gerry Dunn

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Kelly McGiverin

Kelly McGiverin

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Dylan Pilon

Dylan Pilon

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Maureen Sullivan

Maureen Sullivan

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Christine Romanko

Christine Romanko

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Byron Z. Jones

Byron Z. Jones

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Advisory Board

A special thanks to our advisory board members. They help us decide how best to work together to support our local business community. As the leaders of our communities, they have all been extremely helpful and willing to give their time and resources to this very important grassroots movement.

State & Regional

How can we work with the state & regional organizations and how can the state and regional organizations work through us?

Tony Cignoli

Tony Cignoli

State Chair

Eric Lesser

Eric Lesser

State Senator

Brian Ashe

Brian Ashe

State Representative

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Rick Sullivan

Rick Sullivan

Economic Development

Lori Tanner

Lori Tanner

Economic Data

Allison Ebner

Allison Ebner

Employment

Scott Foster

Scott Foster

Legal/Corporate

Hope Ross Gibaldi

Hope Ross Gibaldi

Business Mentoring

Scott M. Graves

Scott M. Graves

Business Mentoring

Big Business

How can we work with the big businesses and how can the big business work through us?

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MassMutual

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MGM

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Baystate Health

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UMASS

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Big Y

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Eversource

Bryan Smithwick

Bryan Smithwick

GreatHorse

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Big Business

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Financial Institutions

How can we work with Financial Institutions and how can Financial Institutions work through us?

Dan Moriarty

Dan Moriarty

Advisor

Raymond Lanza-Weil

Raymond Lanza-Weil

Advisor

Jim Kelly

Jim Kelly

Advisor

Ward Caswell

Ward Caswell

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Your Living Local 413 Journey

Join Us – Be A Part Of The Solution!

We are always looking for more people who care about their business community and would like to contribute to its well-being and success. Please fill out this form and let us know why and in what way you would like to join us.