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    1. ACCGS to Host Speed-networking Breakfast on Nov. 5

      ACCGS to Host Speed-networking Breakfast on Nov. 5

      The breakfast will take a wide departure from the salutes-and-speakers format of the traditional breakfasts and will provide attendees with a quick and entertaining opportunity to introduce themselves and pitch their company to the other attendees. The core concept to speed networking is the ‘elevator speech,’ a short summary of an individual, business, organization, product, or service — a summary that a person could deliver in the time span of a short elevator ride.

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    2. 'Top Chef Springfield'?: Business Improvement District could offer restaurant space to competition winner | masslive

      'Top Chef Springfield'?: Business Improvement District could offer restaurant space to competition winner | masslive

      Imagine a 'Top Chef' or 'Chopped'-style contest with a ready-to-go restaurant location in downtown Springfield offered as the prize.  'We are working on a restaurant contest where we would help out a new restaurateur,' said Christopher Russell, executive director of the Springfield Business Improvement District.

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    3. Holyoke officials to welcome VertitechIT national computer consultant to new Open Square headquarters

      Holyoke officials to welcome VertitechIT national computer consultant to new Open Square headquarters

      VertitechIT, a computer networking and consulting company, will hold a ceremony at its national headquarters here at 5 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 17) at Open Square off Lyman Street. The announcement will include discussion about high-tech jobs and a business arrangement with Baystate Health, Vice President Steve Shaw said in a phone interview Thursday

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    4. MBTA: Red and Orange line decision due within a month, two companies want to build the cars in Springfield | masslive

      MBTA: Red and Orange line decision due within a month, two companies want to build the cars in Springfield | masslive

      MBTA staff plan to recommend a manufacturer of the new Red Line and Orange Line subway cars to the T's board of directors within a month.  The decision will likely have an impact here in Springfield where two manufacturers - Hyundai Rotem, a South Korean industrial giant, Chinese company, CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co., the largest maker of rail cars in the world - have both announced plans to do the work in Springfield if they are selected.

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    5. Close encounter with Douglas Trumbull: Visual effects wizard on working in the Berkshires, cinematic breakthroughs

      Close encounter with Douglas Trumbull: Visual effects wizard on working in the Berkshires, cinematic breakthroughs

      Academy Award winner Douglas Trumbull, whose screen credits include “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Blade Runner,” has engineered a high frame rate, 3-D system, which is light years ahead of what Hollywood is now utilizing. “The day of the multiplex is waning… with streaming, downloading and Netflix and HBO doing amazing content on television. So, of course, young movie-goers don’t see any difference. They would just as well watch ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ on this,” Trumbull said while tapping his smartphone during a recent visit to his studio.

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    6. Regional Growth Strong for Electrochemical Companies

      Regional Growth Strong for Electrochemical Companies

      Western New England University, a private university in Springfield, Mass, is renowned for their personal attention to students. The University is committed to being a leader regionally and recognized nationally in providing integrated professional and liberal learning. Additionally, the University is characterized by a synergy that results internally from the collaboration of its programs in Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Pharmacy, and Law and externally from the important strategic partnerships and alliances forged with the local and regional business, educational, and civic community.

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    7. Springfield seeks to sell closed fire stations in Forest Park, Indian Orchard | masslive.com

      Springfield seeks to sell closed fire stations in Forest Park, Indian Orchard | masslive.com

      City officials are expanding their effort to sell and find new uses for long-vacant fire stations, advertising for redevelopment proposals for two former fire houses in Forest Park and Indian Orchard.  Proposals are being solicited in separate efforts for the former Oak Street fire station in Indian Orchard, and the also-closed Oakland Street station in Forest Park. The proposals are due by 2 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Office of Procurement at City Hall.

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    8. Holyoke jeweler James Sutter reinvents his business at historic Gateway City Arts

      Holyoke jeweler James Sutter reinvents his business at historic Gateway City Arts

      The closed Sutter’s Jewelry storefront on Northampton Street is only a symbol of new, bright beginnings. Just as jewelry can be recreated into something new, so can this jeweler’s business, as his craft is now located in the reinvented historic paper mill building on 92 Race St., inside the Gateway City Arts Building.

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    9. The Greater Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield and South Hadley & Granby chambers of commerce plan major legislative summit

      The Greater Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield and South Hadley & Granby chambers of commerce plan major legislative summit

      The Greater Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield and South Hadley & Granby chambers of commerce have joined forces in successfully attracting the top leaders of the state Legislature and the Greater Springfield delegation to the House and Senate for an afternoon-long exchange of ideas and information. U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, will be the keynote speaker for the event on Nov. 7 at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House. House speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Everett, will also be a keynote speaker.

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    10. Health New England's Maura McCaffrey voted Professional Woman of Year

      Health New England's Maura McCaffrey voted Professional Woman of Year

      Maura McCaffrey, president and chief executive officer of Health New England, will be honored as Professional Woman of the Year during Western Mass Women Magazine's annual "Top 25 Women to Watch" Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. at Chez Josef. According to a press release, the magazine honors the women, selected by public vote, for career and community achievements.

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    11. With Hyundai Rotem and CNR Changchun, Springfield now has two chances for

      With Hyundai Rotem and CNR Changchun, Springfield now has two chances for

      "I'm very pleased that we have two world-class companies that are in competition for the MBTA bid and have found that Springfield is their top spot," Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said Friday."It brings a lot of good paying precision machining jobs, a lot of opportunity and a growing tax base." There are a number of other bidders. But no others are interested in Springfield, said Allan W. Blair, president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. Blair expects the MBTA to make a decision very soon, probably in November. "It certainly is good for ...

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    12. Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce celebrates 10th anniversary - The Republican

      Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce celebrates 10th anniversary - The Republican

      The Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 10th anniversary on Oct. 3 with a gala event celebrating Hispanic Heritage. The event was held at the Sheraton Springfield downtown. Hundreds of businesses owners, representatives of local organizations, community leaders and politicians enjoyed the evening, sharing the success and progress of different winners of awards for their different contributions to the Latino community.

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    13. It's All Relative

      It's All Relative

      The center’s executive director, the colorful Ira Bryck, said the agency was founded through the inspiration of a number of professionals and business advisers, many of whom still serve as strategic partners, and was also part of a movement in the early and mid-’90s to establish university-based education programs for family businesses.  “It became clear to a lot of expert advisers that they needed a sort of safe-harbor environment to be able to talk with business owners about a lot of issues that they normally would not be able to talk with them about if they were just ...

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    14. MassMutual starts 'Society of Grownups' to get millennials thinking of financial future | masslive

      MassMutual starts 'Society of Grownups' to get millennials thinking of financial future | masslive

      The Society of Grownups, a new educational and initiative from Springfield-based MassMutual Financial Group and IDEO, a design consulting company with offices in Boston and elsewhere around the world, wants to help dispense knowledge both the personal and the fiscal. That's especially if your are a member of the millennial generation, be it by mindset or by chronology, and looking for a little help figuring out how to be a grownup.

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    15. Holyoke businessmen plan to build gas station-convenience store at Hampden-Pleasant streets formerly owned by Eric Suher

      Holyoke businessmen plan to build gas station-convenience store at Hampden-Pleasant streets formerly owned by Eric Suher

      A local company plans to buy the site from a city development organization and build a $2 million gas station-convenience store. The facility is targeted to open next year and employ up to 14 people, officials said Thursday (Oct. 9). "I think it's a very positive project for the city of Holyoke. I think it's really positive for the neighborhood," said Matthew L. Donohue, a lawyer from Holyoke and one of three managers of Quabbin ACM, a limited liability company.

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    16. Valley Steel Stamp in Greenfield stresses importance of a trained work force | masslive

      Valley Steel Stamp in Greenfield stresses importance of a trained work force | masslive

      VSS, the former Valley Steel Stamp, in Greenfield grew from 25 employees to 50 employees once Franklin County Technical School improved and expanded its machine technology program.  But if machine technology programs were even bigger, VSS would already be at 100 employees and still growing, said Steve Capshaw, president of the company which does commercial and aerospace machining.  Growth in the aircraft business, a demand for increasingly sophisticated parts, rising wages in China and increasing transportation costs all lead to increased opportunities for VSS.  'We have competed with China for business and have been quite successful,' Capshaw said

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    17. UMass researchers receive nearly $1 million grant from NASA to study how space travel effects food nutrition

      UMass researchers receive nearly $1 million grant from NASA to study how space travel effects food nutrition

      University of Massachusetts nutrition researchers have received a grant that will send them to new frontiers – outer space. Food scientists Hang Xiao and colleagues received a three-year, $982,685 grant from NASA to look at how essential vitamins degrade over time and find ways to minimize that loss, according to a press release.

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    18. Amherst task force wants to assess overall transportation needs, residents, employees asked to complete survey

      Amherst task force wants to assess overall transportation needs, residents, employees asked to complete survey

      Amherst has called Oct. 17 and Oct. 18 Transportation Days and consultants will be out at places like the Farmers Market meeting with residents and those who work in town to learn about their transportation concerns and needs. They'll also be asking people to fill out a transportation survey, something people can also do on online beginning Thursday, said Richard Roznoy, chairman of the Transportation Task Force.

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    19. Northampton nursing home sold to Connecticut company

      Northampton nursing home sold to Connecticut company

      In a move that might reflect the refocusing of care for the elderly on independent and assisted living, the company that owns the Overlook nursing facility in Leeds is selling it to a Connecticut-based health care system. Patrick McShane, a corporate vice president at Masonic Health System, said his company, which bought the nursing home from Hampshire County for $4 million in 2009, wants to concentrate more on its Charleton campus, a continuous care retirement community with 219 independent living and 181 enhanced living units. The facility was formerly called the Northampton Nursing Home.

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    20. Eye-Opening Experiences

      Eye-Opening Experiences

      The field trip was part of a program called The World Is Our Classroom Inc. (WIOC), and Executive Director Nora Burke Patton says it was founded on the principle that students learn best when they see classroom lessons reinforced in the real world.
      “It runs from fifth grade through high school, and by partnering with urban school systems, institutions of higher education, and businesses, WIOC not only reinforces classroom lessons, but also opens young minds to employment opportunities,” she said, adding that the program was launched in 2002 through a collaboration of area businesses and school systems, and has exposed ...

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    21. Associated Industries of Massachusetts: Business confidence up in September | masslive

      Associated Industries of Massachusetts: Business confidence up in September | masslive

      Employers gained a little confidence in the Massachusetts economy last month, according to survey results released Tuesday by Associated Industries of Massachusetts.  Associated Industries' Business Confidence index rose two-tenths of a point to 54.4 points from 54.2 points. That's on a 100-point scale where 50 is neutral.  The index is up 2.9 points from a year ago in September 2013.  Raymond G. Torto, Chair of AIM's Board of Economic Advisors and a lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Design, said

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    22. Springfield City Council approves sale of State Street property to First Resource to aid parking needs for $25 million housing complex plans in Mason Square

      Springfield City Council approves sale of State Street property to First Resource to aid parking needs for $25 million housing complex plans in Mason Square

      The City Council approved the sale of a tax-title property on State Street on Monday that will assist plans for a $25 million apartment complex in the Mason Square area. Councilors, in voting unanimously to approve the sale of the commercial property at 864 State St., for $51,000, praised the developer First Resource Companies, for their ongoing housing redevelopment efforts in Springfield.

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    23. UMass President Robert Caret, trustee chairman Henry M. Thomas touring state with Springfield, Amherst stops

      UMass President Robert Caret, trustee chairman Henry M. Thomas touring state with Springfield, Amherst stops

      For the fourth year, University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret is on the move– this time a three-day statewide bus tour that began in Boston. Springfield resident Henry M. Thomas III, the chairman of the UMass Board of Trustees, joins him. Caret initiated what he termed a listening tour soon after he was named president. On that weeklong tour, he wanted to understand and hear how UMass could better serve the state's residents.

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