ed duganWe're excited to introduce our new BIC Media Labs director, Ed Dugan.

Ed has a strong background in community-based digital media production and has a multidisciplinary background in broadcast, videography, digital media production, and social media and live event promotion. And he joins the team as someone who understands the vision for BIC Media Labs in the community.

The vision for the BIC Media Labs has been to find that middle path between commercial broadcast and guerilla smartphone media--the sweet spot between studio and garage band. Content today has to be nimble and "now": it's highly relevant and contextual, but doesn't mean we can throw out production values and just grab the nearest smartphone. The the best content has both immediacy and quality. BIC Media Labs has both; all in a self-contained package that's not only professional but accessible to the wider community of digital multimedia and content producers.

In his own words: 

I am excited to be one of the Business Innovation Center's new staff members and I plan to become deeply engaged with the center's activities as its expansion is completed. As the center's Director of the BIC Media Labs, I plan to develop and expand our recording schedules and to include a variety of programming derived from multiple sources, including local businesses, clubs, organizations and arts collaboratives.

I intend to support and build upon our current programming, such as the “Full Steam Ahead” broadcast. I plan to include additional programming that might be of interest to local viewers, such as newsworthy items regarding Boston's South Shore. I will be pleased to support the BIC's efforts to benefit local organizations and businesses, by reaching out to them and including them in our programming, promotions and on-air local reporting. I will facilitate in broadening the BIC's relationship to the Fall River community by demonstrating goodwill to these organizations in all communications.

I am also looking forward to teaching workshops at the BIC. With a rich background and a diversity of skills, I am able to offer a variety of classes, including video production, graphic design and science applications; as well as crafts, exercise, theater arts and photography. The BIC is a proponent of community cohesion and unity. I plan to help to foster this vision, and to help to promote the BIC Café as a center of community vitality and our welcoming access point to the services the BIC provides.

 

We look forward to working with Ed and seeing these new and projects take off. Stay tuned on Meetup for the next digital media event and come give him a warm welcome!

 

Grant PresentationBusiness Innovation Center Wins $85,000 Grant

Big changes are coming for our coworking and maker spaces.

Thursday, the Business Innovation Center was awarded a Collaborative Workspace Grant in the amount of $85,000 This grant will help expand and modernize the coworking and meeting spaces, and finally allow us to add accessibility for the inclusion of our whole community. MassDevelopment Collaborative Workspace Program Regional Grants foster community-based innovation and creativity across the state, and the BIC is truly grateful to be chosen.

Several years ago, Chris Nielsen envisioned a modern shared workspace where an old dental office stood. The space was less than ideal, yet the need for something like the Business Innovation Center was clear: a place for educators, artists, and entrepreneurs of all kinds to gather in a professional yet welcoming space--a creativity incubator with the facilities to support both work and learning through play! Collaborative workspaces and shared makerspaces are being enthusiastically adopted around the country. Since it's inception, the primary limitation on the BIC's growth has been only the space itself.

Now, through this generous grant from The Baker-Polito Administration, the Business Innovation Center will finally be able to expand both our space and our offerings to the community. Starting with exterior entrance, signage and accessibility upgrades, the BIC will be able to raise its visibility and usability to our valued community members and partners. Early 2018 will bring interior work with increased meeting and classroom space and a modern, professional cafe-like environment.

 

Join Us!

It has always been our highest goal to build thriving "Communities of Communities"; this moves us one big step closer. Please stop by one of our entrepreneurial networking or technology meetups and join us as we bring that vision to life! 

 

 

danielBordenMy name is Daniel Borden. I am the new social media intern at CNP Integration. I will be helping with our social media, BIC Media Labs, and our new Television Station. I was first introduced to CNP Integration through the Fall River Innovators Club through Toast Masters International.

I graduated Bristol Community College in June 2017 with an Associates in General Studies, Mass Transfer. I will be attending the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in the fall for Astrophysics. I have been interested in astronomy my whole life. I do not remember when I became interested in astronomy. This uncertainty makes astronomy more interesting to learn about.

I am a member of the Astronomical Society of Southern New England (ASSNE). They are an amateur astronomy group that welcomes anyone. I got further interested in astronomy when joining their group.

I am interested in the future of space travel. I have watched countless rocket launches in the growing private industry. Space X has had a large influence over my career path in the last couple years. Recently, I have been considering graduate programs in space studies. I look this far ahead to adjust what I am doing right now. I have future ambitions of working for Space X.

This summer I will be making a video series about various astronomy topics over the period of my internship ranging from various current missions to new information about the recent discovery of gravitational waves. I look forward in spreading my knowledge about the stars.

A Star Gazer must watch out for clear skies, as this indicates a great viewing opportunity. I have spotted clear skies above with the chance to have this internship. I look forward to working with CNP Integration this summer as I prep for the big jump into UMASS Amherst this fall.

Clear Skies,

Daniel Borden

 

The Business Innovation Center (BIC) has partnered with Entrepreurship for All (EforAll) and will be offering a free 6-month membership to participants of the South Coast area EforAll accelerator program. The EforAll is a non-profit organization that offers accelerator programs and pitch contests to budding entrepreneurs in the New Bedford and Fall River regions. Their mission is simple: accelerating economic and social impact through entrepreneurship in mid-sized cities.

EforAll Fall River Class - Session 3

Chris Nielsen, owner of the BIC and CEO of CNP Integrations, said, “Having worked as a mentor with the first two EForAll accelerator sessions, this model is perfect for growing the entrepreneurialism required to build and stimulate our local economy. EforAll has a great program, fantastic mentors and a wonderful leadership team. This is truly an amazing and rewarding experience for everyone involved.”

Since 2015, EforAll has been focusing on ways to help entrepreneurs of all ages in Massachusetts find their unique voice in order to help grow the economy. Thirteen finalists have been selected for the 2017 winter accelerator program. This will be the third cohort to complete the program since the organization launched in September 2015. They believe the best way to revitalize the mid-sized U.S. cities that have fallen into decline and suffer high rates of poverty and unemployment is to fuel the dreams and ambitions of the entrepreneurs of those communities.

To learn more about EForAll, visit their website.

Partnering with the BIC will give these entrepreneurs a dedicated work space, business address, and will also facilitate meetings with fellow entrepreneurs and both potential and existing customers.

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