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Calling all Businesses; Springfield College Business/English Departments rewarding entrepreneurs

cropped-cropped-cropped-sc.jpgKatelyn Clooney
Staff Writer

Are you short on dining dollars (and cash)? Or maybe you just want to buy some new summer clothes? Well, either way, you’re in luck.

The Education and Business Departments are looking to reward several students and alumni with cash prizes. If you have started a business or would like to do so in the future, you may be eligible to win up to $1,500.

The Grinspoon Awards, funded by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, are given annually to select college students, as well as those who have graduated within the past five years. The awards, which are split up into two categories (Spirit and Concept) are intended to promote entrepreneurship.

To be eligible for a Spirit Award, students must “have substantially started a business,” according to official rules. Such businesses do not have to be large, but must have made a profit. Example businesses included those that sell of food, artwork or other goods. Online-only businesses are eligible as well.. Spirit Awards range in value from $600 – $1,500.

To be eligible for a Concept Award, worth $300-$500, recipients “must be serious about pursuing business now or in the future.” So, don’t worry if you don’t yet have the time or the money to launch your business as Dr. Eileen Cyr, Professor of Education, explains, “this is all about entrepreneurial spirit and ideas.”

Winners will be asked to present a display showcasing their current or perspective business and will also be recognized at the annual Entrepreneurship Awards Banquet at the Log Cabin Banquet Facility in Easthampton. The banquet, sponsored by the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation, will be held on Wednesday, April 27. According to Dr. Cyr, Dr. Mary-Beth Cooper has attended the banquet during each of her three years on campus.

Prospective applicants must email Dr. Cyr,, to state their interest and to receive a short application with completed applications must be emailed by midnight on March 21, 2016.

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