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2024 Power 100: Travis Duda

Photo I Courtesy of HBG Branding + Design Travis Duda
Travis Duda Title Co-founder and creative director Companies HBG Branding + Design, and the No Jerks Network Employees 3 Residence Worcester College Central Connecticut State University Read all the Power 100 profiles here
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Travis Duda is leading something of a counterculture business movement in Worcester. Made up of like-minded Worcester company owners, professionals, and residents who want to network and collaborate, the No Jerks Network pokes a bit of fun at the Worcester establishment, providing a chance to meet monthly on weeknight evenings for those who feel like they are on the outside looking in with the crowds typically attending chamber of commerce and similar events.

The No Jerks Network has already garnered attention from its core audience and beyond. Its events in late 2023 were attended by small business owners who were struggling to stay afloat, as revenues were not meeting rising costs, and the attendees discussed ways to collaborate and help each other navigate tough times.

Duda himself is a creative entrepreneur, as the launch of his graphic design and branding business in 2017 and the later opening of a Webster Street studio drives much of Duda’s influence in the Worcester community. His more recent projects include rebranding work for the Worcester Public Library and design layout work for the Worcester Green Report, a City sustainability project.

After graduating from college, Duda first landed in Metrowest, but felt an undeniable pull westward.

“I found myself drawn to Worcester and its vibrant community,” Duda said.

Duda has had a big hand in local media and entertainment, producing comedy show festival WOOtenanny, hosting the podcast SeltzerTime featuring people with interesting local endeavors, and collaborating on public art advancement through mural project Worcester Walls.

“I'm not afraid to roll up my sleeves and work alongside others, tackling the tough tasks necessary to bring about positive change in Central Massachusetts,” Duda said. 

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