December 4, 2016

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Courtesy Kimberly Sullivan

Suzi Capone, left, is Kimberly Sullivan's business partner on LocalPorch.

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Startup LocalPorch launches in Worcester area

LocalPorch, an online community and marketplace for locally handmade merchants and consumers, comes out of stealth mode and launches its first market right here in Worcester.


Two entrepreneurs — CEO Kim Sullivan and vice president of operations Suzi Capone — and a seasoned e-commerce team have been readying LocalPorch for initial launch in the Worcester area. In addition to providing a platform that allows consumers to buy handmade goods nearby, the company itself is a local success story as a member of the Worcester CleanTech Incubator and Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Tech Advisors Network (TAN) program in Worcester.

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Sarah Mahan, who is an associate director of entrepreneurship at WPI and coordinates the TAN program, said “it is always exciting when a company in our program publicly launches. This is a big win for the Worcester area on many levels.”

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