Michael M. Sweeney
My interests lie at the intersection of new business paradigms and community development, especially as relates to sustainability, social entrepreneurship, and community impact. I have a passion for helping meet the particular needs of your organization and its various stakeholders accessibly and supportively.
In addition to my work with Sweeney Strategic, I am also independently able to provide freelance paralegal services to lawyers and law firms. My abilities as a paralegal extend into business law, estate planning, and other areas.
Areas of Focus:
Entrepreneurship (Small & Family Businesses)
Public Sector & Community Service
Organizational Ethics & Social Impact
Freelance Paralegal Services (Independent from Sweeney Strategic)
I previously worked as a legal intern at Westfield Bank, where I supported the general counsel during the successful merger of Westfield Bank and Chicopee Savings Bank. Additionally, I participated in a year of national service as an AmeriCorps VISTA, working at the United Way of Pioneer Valley in a capacity-building role oriented around rural food and transportation issues.
I currently serve on the board of directors of the World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts, a nonpartisan membership organization promoting citizen diplomacy and education around key issues in international affairs. I am also a member of the East Longmeadow Council on Aging, which supports and promotes the independence and social, physical, and emotional well-being of the town's elders by implementing and maintaining quality education, nutrition, recreational, and wellness programs. These roles, along with my ongoing regular work supporting my town’s Meals on Wheels program, have been a continuation of my lifelong commitment to volunteering, education, and community service.
I am pursuing my M.A. in Philosophy with a concentration in ethics from Holy Apostles College & Seminary in Cromwell, CT. I received my B.A. from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst in Political Science with a focus on political theory and international relations. I also concurrently earned a Certificate in Sustainable Business Practice from the University of Massachusetts Isenberg School of Management, and more recently I received a Certificate in Paralegal Studies from the Boston University Metropolitan College Center for Professional Education.
I am a notary public in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.