1. From the EDC

    1. MA Department of Unemployment Assistance - Q1 Contributions Deadline Extension

      MA Department of Unemployment Assistance - Q1 Contributions Deadline Extension

      Dear Massachusetts Employer:  The Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) recently issued 2021 Unemployment Insurance (UI) rate notices, which included a tax schedule freeze on schedule "E" for 2021 and 2022.  The tax schedule freeze slowed the annual employer contribution growth, on average, per employee.

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    2. ERC5 Call to Action - Massachusetts 2021 Unemployment Tax Rates

      ERC5 Call to Action - Massachusetts 2021 Unemployment Tax Rates

      Our Chamber was shocked when hearing the impact of the very recent solvency fund assessment increase and consequential cost to our MA businesses.  If you are not familiar with the fund please read the article published in The Republican, April 8th by Steph Solis by clicking here.  We are asking you to share this Call To Action free event with your members.

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      Mentions: The Republican
    3. Bradley International Airport to Debut New, Nonstop Service to Atlanta With Frontier Airlines

      Bradley International Airport to Debut New, Nonstop Service to Atlanta With Frontier Airlines

      The Connecticut Airport Authority is pleased to announce the debut of new, nonstop service from Bradley International Airport (BDL) to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) on Frontier Airlines. “We’re delighted to announce new nonstop service between Hartford and Atlanta,” said Tyri Squyres, Vice President of Marketing, Frontier Airlines. “Our focus is delivering ‘Low Fares Done Right’ and this new service represents our continued commitment to affordable flying and expanding travel opportunities for Connecticut flyers.”

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  2. Western Massachusetts Business News

    1. STCC Launches ‘Spring into Wellness’ Learning Series

      STCC Launches ‘Spring into Wellness’ Learning Series

      Springfield Technical Community College and the STCC Foundation will kick off a free learning series for the Western Mass. community that combines education and wellness in a fun and engaging format. Called “Spring Into Wellness,” the season begins with a three-part virtual series conducted on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.

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    2. Common Threads to Celebrate Women and Mentorship

      Common Threads to Celebrate Women and Mentorship

      Common Threads, the signature event of Dress for Success Western Massachusetts, is coming up on Thursday, April 22 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event will highlight the “My Strong Suit” campaign, which celebrates women’s unique talents and skills. The annual event, held virtually this year for safety reasons, is an evening that celebrates women. Guests will hear stories of success and be encouraged to discover and share their strong suits. Dress for Success serves low- to moderate-income women, many who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Now more than ever, it is important to ...

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      Mentions: Springfield
    3. Chikmedia Now Accepting Submissions for the Chiks of the Future Annual Scholarship

      Chikmedia Now Accepting Submissions for the Chiks of the Future Annual Scholarship

      Chikmedia invites the community to apply for the Chiks of the Future annual scholarship, and submissions are now open. Chikmedia, a boutique firm offering strategic marketing planning and creative PR, launched its annual scholarship to support future generations of marketing professionals. This $500 scholarship will be awarded to one deserving women of color who plans to pursue, or is currently pursuing, a degree in marketing, public relations, communications, or business.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    4. Springfield College Hires Slandie Dieujuste as Vice President for Student Affairs

      Springfield College Hires Slandie Dieujuste as Vice President for Student Affairs

      Springfield College announced that Slandie Dieujuste has been hired as vice president for Student Affairs. She is currently vice provost for Student Affairs and dean of students at Massasoit Community College, a position she has held since 2018. She will start her new role at Springfield College on July 1. Dieujuste will join the Springfield College President’s Leadership Team and play a key leadership role in fostering a sense of inclusion and engagement in a diverse and vibrant community. Working with students, faculty, and staff, she will be responsible for developing a comprehensive co-curricular vision for life on campus.

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    5. UMass Amherst Joins Partnership to Develop Sustainable Food Products

      UMass Amherst Joins Partnership to Develop Sustainable Food Products

      The University of Massachusetts Amherst is among nine institutions chosen to collaborate with Big Idea Ventures to help develop and commercialize new, sustainable food products and agricultural innovation that will fuel economic development in rural communities, the New York City-based venture capital firm announced Tuesday.

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    6. Chez Josef, site of proms, luncheons and weddings for 54 years, is for sale

      Chez Josef, site of proms, luncheons and weddings for 54 years, is for sale

      The owners of Chez Josef have put the 54-year-old venue for proms, weddings, luncheons and banquets on the market for $2.5 million, citing a desire to move on to other business opportunities. General manager and current owner Marc Sparks bought Chez Josef in 2012 from the founding Skole family. At the time, he had worked at the venue for 21 years.

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    7. Florence Bank’s Cynthia Malinowski Wins Community Support Award

      Florence Bank’s Cynthia Malinowski Wins Community Support Award

      Florence Bank named Cynthia Malinowski as this year’s Community Support Award winner. Malinowski, vice president and branch manager of the downtown Northampton office, joined Florence Bank in October 1999 and has 33 years of banking experience. The Community Support Award was established by the bank in 1997 as a means of formally recognizing employees who are active participants in community events and donate their personal and professional time to local not-for-profit organizations.

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      Mentions: Northampton
    8. Whalley Computer Associates Named One of 2020 Tech Elite 250

      Whalley Computer Associates Named One of 2020 Tech Elite 250

      Whalley Computer Associates (WCA) has once again been named to the Tech Elite 250 list comprised of solution providers in the U.S. and Canada that have made the investments necessary to earn the highest level of certifications from the largest and most prestigious manufacturers of technology products and services, such as Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Dell, IBM, Microsoft, Nutanix, VMware, HPI, and HPE, to name a few.

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    9. New York Life’s Jean Deliso Named Agent of the Year

      New York Life’s Jean Deliso Named Agent of the Year

      Jean Deliso of the Connecticut Valley General Office of New York Life, an agent since 1995, has received the Agent of the Year Award for 2020. This award recognizes the agent who has achieved the top production among all agents at the company’s Connecticut Valley General Office. “We applaud Jean for this achievement,” said Steven Solonch, managing partner of the Connecticut Valley General Office. “Being acknowledged as the Agent of the Year is a significant accomplishment. She received this recognition for her ability to meet the financial needs of families and businesses in the Western Massachusetts/Southern Connecticut area.”

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    10. Palmer Looks to the Future with Optimism

      Palmer Looks to the Future with Optimism

      As the nation recovers from a year of dealing with COVID-19, Palmer Town Manger Ryan McNutt looks to the future with optimism. While larger cities had to contend with high COVID infection numbers and revenue losses from business taxes, Palmer maintained low infection numbers and relies more on residential taxes, which remained stable. These days, as many people in the larger metropolitan areas work from home, there is no certainty they will return to five days a week in the office. That dynamic, McNutt believes, gives Palmer a real opportunity. With the average home price in Palmer at $191,000 ...

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    MA Department of Unemployment Assistance - Q1 Contributions Deadline Extension
    MA Department of Unemployment Assistance - Q1 Contributions Deadline Extension From the EDC
    ERC5 Call to Action - Massachusetts 2021 Unemployment Tax Rates
    ERC5 Call to Action - Massachusetts 2021 Unemployment Tax Rates From the EDC
    Bradley International Airport to Debut New, Nonstop Service to Atlanta With Frontier Airlines
    Bradley International Airport to Debut New, Nonstop Service to Atlanta With Frontier Airlines From the EDC
    Governor Baker signed legislation providing relief to Massachusetts employers and employees
    Governor Baker signed legislation providing relief to Massachusetts employers and employees From the EDC
    2020 Western Mass Developers 3D Virtual Conference
    2020 Western Mass Developers 3D Virtual Conference From the EDC
    2020 Western Mass Developers Conference Slated for Oct. 21
    2020 Western Mass Developers Conference Slated for Oct. 21 BusinessWest
    2020 Virtual Western MA Developers Conference
    2020 Virtual Western MA Developers Conference From the EDC
    Entrepreneurs, college presidents, politicians discuss a better business collaboration between eastern and Western Massachusetts
    Entrepreneurs, college presidents, politicians discuss a better business collaboration between eastern and Western Massachusetts masslive.com
    STCC Launches ‘Spring into Wellness’ Learning Series
    STCC Launches ‘Spring into Wellness’ Learning Series BusinessWest
    Common Threads to Celebrate Women and Mentorship
    Common Threads to Celebrate Women and Mentorship BusinessWest
    Chikmedia Now Accepting Submissions for the Chiks of the Future Annual Scholarship
    Chikmedia Now Accepting Submissions for the Chiks of the Future Annual Scholarship BusinessWest
    Springfield College Hires Slandie Dieujuste as Vice President for Student Affairs
    Springfield College Hires Slandie Dieujuste as Vice President for Student Affairs BusinessWest
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  2. Western Mass EDC Board Members in the News

    1. (8 articles) Peter Rosskothen
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  8. Western Mass Cities in the News

    1. (488 articles) Springfield
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