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Hopkinton hosts talk with local entrepreneurs

Gary Hirshberg, co-founder and chairman of Stonyfield Farm, and other figures in local business will speak at Hopkinton High School tonight to kick off a series dedicated to entrepreneurial spirit.

Hopkinton Superintendent Steve Chamberlin said the “Start It Up” series, which is a joint project between the school and the town, is open to students and area residents.

“We thought we would try to harness that entrepreneurial spirit in Hopkinton so community members and students inspire each other,” Chamberlin said.

The event will also include a roundtable with Allison Grappone of Nearby Registry, Mark Lane of Coed Sportswear, Chris Licata of Blake’s All Natural Foods, Martin Marklin of Marklin Candle Design and Patty Dann of Cafe Indigo.

The discussion will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Hopkinton High School auditorium, and admission is free.

After this inaugural event, Chamberlin said the series will continue early next year with other events to help students and community members write business plans and develop their ideas for startups into realities.

“This is an exercise in connecting and trying to find ways for kids to find meaning (in their learning),” Chamberlin said.

For more information, call 746-2502 or email Danielle Meserve at dlmeserve@hopkintonschools.org.

(Megan Doyle can be reached at 369-3321 or mdoyle@cmonitor.com or on Twitter@megan_e_doyle.)

the liberal elite enclave of the Republic of Hopkinton puts on a show to promote business. Do not expect any discussion of the topic of reducing the massive liberal democrats rules and regulations that stymie job and business creation

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