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DifferenceMaker is a Campus-Wide Program that Engages UMass Lowell Students

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Through the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, along with affiliated faculty and other campus programs, the university has introduced a range of activities geared toward expanding our students' understanding of how they can make a difference in the world.

The DifferenceMaker program sponsors specific programs and activities that support students in solving big problems through innovative and entrepreneurial action.

We already know our students do make a difference, our many successful alumni are evidence of this, but rather than waiting for future graduates to discover their chosen career path, we introduce academic and extracurricular programs that specifically engage our students in innovative and entrepreneurial problem-solving.

The DifferenceMaker program provides training, mentoring and other resources to UMass Lowell students who wish to address social, environmental and economic problems in our community. In addition, our partner, Entrepreneurship for All, generously supported by the Deshpande Foundation, encourages the development of entrepreneurial ventures and leaders through competitions and leadership training programs.

Contact:

Phone: 978-934-6444

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.uml.edu/differencemaker

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/umldifferencemaker/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Difference_UML

Meet Michael Frechette of Frechette Electrical

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Mike Frechette of Frechette Electrical Dracut, MA is a  a service electrical contractor serving both commercial and residential clients. In business on his own for over 14 years, Mike is licensed in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine specializing in commercial fit-ups and various different types of electrical repair and maintenance.

Mike has worked with a variety of commercial establishments on remodels and making sure that the commercial, industrial and office space is both functional and efficient.  He will work with you on the lay out of the space, in order to optimize the efficiency of daily operations.

In addition to his commercial work, Mike helps out homeowners on residential projects as well. From small tasks such as swapping out smoke alarms to larger jobs like re-wiring and upgrading your entire system. 

Always up to date on current safety codes and procedures getting your work done right the first time. Mike is fast, dependable, and provides quality workmanship & service.

Contact Mike:

Phone: 978-337-1190 | Email: [email protected]

 

 

Meet Ed Drozda of E&D Associates Home of the Small Business Doctor

Ed Drozda After 20+ years in the healthcare industry Ed Drozda earned his certification as a business coach. His transition to the world of small business was unexpected and thus Ed has developed a unique perspective on the growth and success of small businesses. People are the core of any successful business and Ed believes that we all have the things we need to succeed. He also knows how important it is that we’re aware of our capabilities and able to access and exploit them to the fullest.

As a business coach Ed brings powerful listening, deep analysis and balanced insight to the table. He’s not afraid to step into the line of fire, to ask the hard questions and to aid in the exploration of the tough but necessary issues that impact small businesses, their owners, their employees and their clients.

Working with Ed and his cadre of specialists will enhance your ability to build a sustainably successful business. You know your business is very important; don’t wait until it’s terminal.

Stop wasting time on over the counter remedies and take decisive action now! Partner with The Small Business Doctor, to diagnose and effectively treat your business ills and  to create an environment that anticipates and manages impediments to success.

Contact Ed Today! 

Phone: 508-695-2146 | Email: [email protected] | Website: http://www.thesmallbusinessdoctor.com/

Invitation to Accelerator Awards Gala

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Robin S. Fleischer, Fleischer Law Solutions, PLLC Guest Blog Post

Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines Have Changed Effective September 15, 2017

Are you ready for some good news about child support payments in Massachusetts?  That’s right, for once an attorney is sharing something positive about one of the most emotionally and financially minefield ridden parts of divorce – paying for the kids.

Drumroll please…On September 15, 2017, four major changes will take effect that offer relief and balance for both parents.

As with all legal changes, the language it written in legalese, but I have summarized the highlights below.

The Big Four Child Support Payment Issues

1.  An increase in the minimum amount paid for one child from $18.00 per week to $25.00 per week

2.  the payor parent now receives a twenty-five percent reduction in child support for children over age eighteen

3.  A cap on a parent’s Court-ordered contribution to college costs at fifty percent of the undergraduate, in state resident cost of UMass Amherst

4.  Parents will be able to receive a credit for the high cost of child care and health care by either parent receiving a credit to offset the above costs, capped at fifteen percent of the child support amount before the credit.

Further Applause to the Task Force

The new guidelines have done away with the confusion associated with hybrid parenting plans, where parenting time was unequal, often resulting in one parent deciding custody and parenting time based on the amount of child support to be paid or received. Now the figure is based on a rebuttable presumption that the children are living with the custodial parent approximately two-thirds of the time and the other parent one-third of the time.  If the parents share equal time, the support order is calculated twice, once with one parent as the recipient and the second with the other parent as the recipient.  The difference in the calculation becomes the weekly support amount.

There’s wiggle room too!  Not all orders need to be calculated by the Guidelines Worksheet

The Task Force was mindful that all families are different.  The Courts still have wide discretion to deviate from the guideline using factors based on the individual circumstances of each party and the children.   Page 3, Deviation, Section IV, of the form “Findings and Determinations of Child Support and Post-Secondary Education Form” list appropriate reasons to deviate from the calculated child support figure. 

What to Do about Orders Issued Prior to September 15, 2017? 

Contact your attorney to discuss whether a modification of any past child support is warranted as a result of the new changes and to discuss the effect on current or future support orders. 

The Task Force has recommended that parties consider agreeing to unallocated support in situations where alimony and child support are both at issue.  I will discuss this in more detail in future blog articles.  

To read the full text of the Guidelines as well as the Task Force Report and Economic Report, visit www.mass.gov/courts/selfhelp/family/child-support-guidelines.html.

I am optimistic that these changes will result in a more equitable support order in line with the increased cost child and health care as well as taking into consideration each parents’ personal economic abilities

Here’s to more future good news!

Contact Robin Fleischer:

Phone 978-871-2928 | Email [email protected] | Website http://www.robinfleischer.com/

Meet Jim Cryan of Claddagh Light

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Artist Jim Cryan is a Painter and Photographer and focusing on landscape photography. He has always had a passion for capturing the beauty of nature. For almost 50 years, dating from 1967 when he acquired his first camera, he has been doing photographic studies of people, scenery, and antiquities. In August 2011 Jim retired from Apple Computer to spend full time doing the oil painting he so long wanted to concentrate on. He continues to have Giclee prints available at his studio.

In 2013, Jim began a new series of work based on recent travel in Vietnam and his time there in 1969-70. He is working with two english language schools, one in Saigon and one in Can Tho. 

Since 2015 Jim has been working in the NH Seacoast area doing oil painting studies and exihibitions.

Jim does do work on commission in Oils and Giclees of Irish Antiquities, Portraits, Decorating - Framing and show installations.

Contact Jim-

Phone:603-635-9071 | Email: [email protected] | Website: http://www.claddaghlight.com/

Ice Cream Social at Edward Jones in Westford, MA

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Auto Mechanic Wanted for shop in Lowell, MA

We are a small, clean and well organized independent shop with a good reputation and plenty of work. We have the latest scan tools, diagnostic and programming equipment. We are looking for a professional "B/C" level technician with the same qualities. 

Great pay

Open M-F NO SATURDAYS!!

Minimum qualifications as follows:

  • Minimum two years' experience in a busy shop environment
  • Must have own tools and tool box (Enough to complete common services)
  • Ability to work on all makes and models both foreign and domestic. 
  • Clean driving record with a valid driver's license
  • Ability to perform a full range of automotive services. 

Please email resume to [email protected]

Check out our great reviews on Yelp, and at Jrautorepairs.com

 

Meet Brian Gardner of Garner Graphics

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This is an age of visual response in an ever evolving market. For a company to grow and succeed in today’s market, graphic design has become a necessity. An iconic, instantly identifiable design is the surest way to boost any company’s business. Design and professional printing is used every day in advertising and insures an accurate representation of the company itself. But high quality work doesn’t have to break the bank.

Brian Gardner founded Gardner Graphics in Billerica, MA in 2010 and has been providing customer service that is second to none for all his clients. As far as Brian is concerned, the job is not done until the client is satisfied.

With affordable rates and an honest interest in their client’s business, Gardner Graphics strives to build lasting relationships while providing high quality work. Many clients are repeat customers and love referring other business owners. Testimonial comments include such words or phrases as "I have absolutely loved working with Gardner Graphics"  "This young man is exceptional in every sense of the word" "qualtiy" "professional.

Contact Brian for your Printing and Graphic needs!

Phone: 781-718-1138 | Email: [email protected] | Website: http://www.gardnergraphics.biz/

 

Phone Sales (Hudson, NH)

Looking for a job in sales but have no experience? If you are energetic with a good phone personality and a positive attitude, keep reading. We will train the right person. We are a growing company, looking for someone to join our small team to learn about our business and our customers' needs, and regularly call old, current, and new potential customers. This position will also help to design and send out promotions via Constant Contact, email, and fax. If you are a friendly, well-spoken, quick-learner, with a drive to help customers and grow sales, please call and ask for Jeff for an initial phone interview. 978-957-35OO. Hours are M-F 7:30 am to 4 pm.

  • Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
  • do NOT contact us with unsolicited services or offers