Building a Business Networking Event

February 5, 2019 | 5:30-8:30pm
@ J Malden Center
190 Pleasant Street

Malden, Massachusetts

MATV, Malden’s Media Center will host a networking event for startup and creative business owners. Thanks to the collaboration of several individuals and groups working together to provide the programming, space, and planning, this event will take place February 5, 2019, 5:30-8:30pm at the
J Malden Center amenity room at 190 Pleasant Street (floor 2), Malden MA 02148.



Startup and creative business owners and supporters or investors are invited to an evening of business stories, insights, networking, and fun. Be inspired by a panel of four entrepreneurs at various stages of success as they discuss their evolution and the role generosity has played and continues to play in their development.

The “winner take all” mentality in business and entrepreneurship pales in comparison to a much more expansive, impactful and fun approach to sharing the economy and meeting needs. This perspective of generosity in business is not new, but it is becoming more defined and can be seen in the kinds of problems businesses are solving, how they are solving them, what the business goals are, how success is measured, where resources and investments come from, how growth happens, and how businesses give back to the community.


  • 5:30pm Networking & speed coaching (business and finance, law, investment, and development)
  • 6:30-8:00pm Panel discussion
  • 8:30pm Post event open mic and food at Hugh O’Neills


Nicholas Mathews
Nicholas Mathews, Co-founder & CEO of MainVest

Nicholas Mathews

Coming off of nearly seven years of experience at Uber, Nicholas is an expert in GoToMarket Strategy and business operations for marketplaces. He played various roles at Uber: launching Uber’s marketing presence in New England, scaling its marketing team, going to market with every Uber core product—from UberBLACK to UberPOOL—and more. After experiencing the power of boosting economic development through transportation, Nick was inspired to make an even greater impact. Upon the passage of RegCF in 2016, Nick saw an opportunity to empower entrepreneurs and everyday investors at a local level. With over $2MM invested in dozens of small businesses within just a year of operations, Mainvest is ready to expand its reach and take back Main Streets across the country.

Heather Schmidt, Founder of Landsmith

Heather Schmidt

After working in pastry at Rialto and Radius in 90’s and early aughts, Heather Schmidt and partners founded Union Square Donuts in 2012 — before exquisite brioche – based artisan donuts were a thing in Boston. Heather will always be connected to USD, but her new focus is on Landsmith, a forthcoming “café and outdoor adventure clubhouse” that combines her passions for great food and connecting to the outdoors. Heather’s vision for Landsmith is to create a space where you can connect, relax, renew, and break through the common barriers that can prevent us all from getting outdoors. Landsmith is here to nourish you with great coffee and simple + delicious food, build and connect community, and give you the tools you need to explore your world.

Tiago Pradio, Founding Parnter and CEO of Best Rate Zone (BRZ)

Tiago Prado

Tiago Prado is an entrepreneur and immigration advocate. Originally from Brazil, Tiago Prado graduated from Tufts University, worked in Wall Street, and moved back to the Boston area specifically to channel his own experience as an immigrant in service to his own people. As Founding Partner and CEO of Best Rate Zone (BRZ), he works with an exceptional team of people who help Latinx make educated insurance purchase decisions. BRZ has been recognized by Progressive, Utica First, and other insurance companies as one of the fastest-growing agencies in Massachusetts. 

Marcel Schwab, Finance
and Business Development
Director, The Gallery@57

Marcel Schwab

Marcel Schwab is a Workforce Analyst at Fidelity Investments. Weekends and evenings, however, Marcel serves as Finance and Business Development Director for The Gallery@57, a new gift shop selling hand crafted products provided by local artists, artisans, and cultural entrepreneurs. Along with the artist-led team, Marcel envisions a business that offers more than products for purchase. This community enterprise fosters community and an appreciation for the art of thoughtful and generous commerce.

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