Entrepreneurial Spirit is Alive and Well Thanks to Harold Grinspoon

April 26, 2011

Entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well – and honored – at Greenfield Community College.  Three Greenfield Community College students received awards recognizing their entrepreneurial spirit from the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation.  The Entrepreneurship Initiative is one of several initiatives supported by the philanthropy of Longmeadow Massachusetts resident and businessman Harold Grinspoon.  GCC is one of 14 area colleges whose students compete for the Grinspoon Foundation Awards.  This year’s win will bring Greenfield Community College’s total to $30,000 with 24 students recognized since 2004. 

Awardees include: 

Dan Ouellette, a Liberal Arts/English major, was this year’s big winner. He will receive $1,500 for his Animation company, “Snake Oil Studios,” which has recently been awarded overflow work from Augenblick Studios (of the Cartoon Network fame) in NYC.  He has teamed up with one of last year’s winners, Matthew Chiamis, in creating this venture.

Tom Crossman, a Management Major, will receive $500 for his development of Crossman Properties, a commercial real estate management and maintenance firm.

James Clarke, a Liberal Arts major, will also receive $500 for “The J-Team,” a custom lumbering & sawmill venture he began with his twin brother Jay, a Springfield Technical Community College student.

This marks the first time Liberal Arts students working through the GCC Business Department have received the majority of GCC awards.  For further information about the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation, contact Tully Fitzsimmons, 413-775-1482.