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    1. Lego's half-year 2011 profit soars

      Explore HartfordBusiness.com (Aug 31 2011)

      Danish toy maker Lego, with Enfield operations, says its first-half profit rose 32 percent as its new products, such as Lego Ninjago, sold above expectations and it continued to gain market share, The Associated Press reports. (Read Full Article)

    2. Massachusetts awards $660K to 'innovation schools'

      Explore masshightech.com (Aug 31 2011)

      Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray today said that $660,000 is being awarded to 15 charter-like “Innovation Schools” throughout the state. The schools received the designation under a component of Gov. Deval Patrick’s Achievement Gap Act of 2010. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   West Springfield   Springfield Renaissance School

    3. Hampden Bank completes stock buyback

      Explore bizjournals (Aug 30 2011)

      The Springfield, Mass.-based holding company for Hampden Bank paid an average price of $10.31 a share for 357,573 shares. The stock on Tuesday afternoon traded at $12.65 a share. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Hampden Bank

    4. Bay State construction hiring popped in July

      Explore bizjournals (Aug 30 2011)

      Springfield was the biggest gainer, in terms of total jobs added, reporting a 1,400-position increase over the 12-month period. The city had 11,700 construction jobs on record as of July 31, compared to 10,300 in 2010’s corresponding period. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield

    5. WMECo returns power to nearly all customers

      Explore masslive.com (Aug 30 2011)

      WMECo returns power to nearly all customers Peter Clarke, president and chief operating officer of the Northeast Utilities subsidiary, said Monday that western Massachusetts was fortunate that the storm weakened substantially by the time it reached the region. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Northeast Utilities   Springfield   Western Massachusetts Electric Company

    6. Capital Ideas

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 30 2011)

      Capital Ideas Capital is the lifeblood of most all established businesses and start-ups. And for many, obstaining capital has become more difficult in this soft economy. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans can often be a creative solution to the needs of businesses large and small (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield

    7. Programming the Future

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 30 2011)

      Programming the Future “The high-performance computing center will generate a lot of heat,” said Kathleen Anderson, director of Holyoke’s Office of Planning and Development. “If we did urban agriculture, we could take the heat from the computing center and pump it into greenhouses or possibly older mill buildings and start growing things.”Such a project, she said, could generate more than 100 jobs. “Then there’s distributors, processing plants up and down the Valley … how do you include them? An asset like that in Holyoke would need distribution, processing, transportation — how can we leverage that asset to help other businesses in the ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Kathleen G. Anderson   Holyoke

    8. Conventional Thinking

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 30 2011)

      Conventional Thinking Mary Kay Wydra, president of the GSCVB agreed, and said that success in attracting meetings and conventions is a matter of teamwork, through which the region has made serious inroads in a realm known within the large, highly competitive convention industry as SMERF. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield   Westfield

    9. Doing Business in Westfield

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 30 2011)

      Doing Business in Westfield Westfield Mayor Daniel Knapik pointed to the large wall-mounted map of his hometown in his office and said, “In a year’s time, this city is going to look completely different.” (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Amherst   Westfield

    10. Profile in Business

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 30 2011)

      Profile in Business Jack Dill was asked about the currently slumping commercial real estate market, and, more specifically, how this prolonged downturn compares to the one from two decades ago, and if this sector has finally hit bottom and started back up. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   American International College   Springfield Technical Community College   Baystate Health

    11. Westfield negotiating with Gulfstream for service center for newest corporate jet

      Explore masslive.com (Aug 29 2011)

      Westfield negotiating with Gulfstream for service center for newest corporate jet That center, if approved, will be created on property owned by Barnes Regional Airport, maintain an existing 131 jobs, create an additional 100 jobs and eventually provide Westfield with as much as $500,000 in annual property taxes. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   General Dynamics   Westfield   The Republican

    12. Bradley International Airport running at 70 percent of normal volume

      Explore masslive.com (Aug 29 2011)

      Bradley International Airport running at 70 percent of normal volume Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks is running at about 70 percent of its normal Monday volume, said John J. Wallace, director of communications at the airport. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Bradley International Airport   The Republican

    13. Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton planning for the future as it considers merger options

      Explore masslive.com (Aug 28 2011)

      Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton planning for the future as it considers merger options In an interview on Thursday, Craig N. Melin, Cooley Dickinson's president/CEO, said the hospital is being proactive, not reactive, as it talks with Baystate Health, Massachusetts General Hospital and Vanguard Health Systems about a possible merger. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Baystate Health   Northampton

    14. New North Citizens' Council, Baystate Health to distribute free backbacks to North End school kids

      Explore masslive.com (Aug 27 2011)

      New North Citizens' Council, Baystate Health to distribute free backbacks to North End school kids The New North Citizens' Council Inc., together with Baystate Health, was expected to distribute free backpacks and school supplies to North End school children at a community picnic scheduled from 11 a.m. until noon Saturday at Jaime Ulloa Park on Morgan Street. But inclement weather could force the "Safe Start to School Picnic" to be held indoors at the Health and Prevention Center, 2594 Main St., according to event organizers. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield   The Republican

    15. Boston Business Journal debuts Chief Marketing Officers award to highlight best on local scene

      Explore masslive.com (Aug 27 2011)

      The winners are: •John Chandler, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, MassMutual Financial Group; • Hope Margala Klein, senior vice president of brand, marketing and innovation, The Yankee Candle Co. Inc. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   MassMutual   Yankee Candle, Inc.   John Chandler

    16. Printing experts urge Springfield's Putnam High School to get larger printing press for student graphics instruction

      Explore masslive.com (Aug 27 2011)

      Printing experts urge Springfield's Putnam High School to get larger printing press for student graphics instruction The Roger L. Putnam Technical Fund Inc. is a fund-raising organization dedicated to outfitting the school with the same equipment students can expect to see once the take jobs in local industry. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   MassMutual   West Springfield

    17. EcoBuilding Bargains of Springfield anticipates big energy saving with new 'green' building

      Explore masslive.com (Aug 27 2011)

      EcoBuilding Bargains of Springfield anticipates big energy saving with new 'green' building In the future, the new home of EcoBuilding Bargains, a reseller of salvaged lumber, hardware and fixtures, will be comfy cozy with just a 500,000-BTU gas unit, said John E. Majercak, executive director of the Center for EcoTechnology in Northampton which is EcoBuilding Partners’ parent organization. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield   Northampton

    18. Governor pushes for $2M from surplus for Greylock Glen fixes

      Explore Home - North Adams Transcript (Aug 26 2011)

      Patrick's office has slated $2 million to go toward infrastructure repair at the Greylock Glen just as the town is preparing an application to the MassWorks grant program for the same kind of work - consisting of road repair, water and sewer line repair and electrical upgrades. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   MassDevelopment

    19. Western Massachusetts Electric Co., Bradley International airport brace for hurricane Irene

      Explore masslive.com (Aug 25 2011)

      Western Massachusetts Electric Co., Bradley International airport brace for hurricane Irene With Hurricane Irene poised to potentially strike the region this weekend, Western Massachusetts Electric Co. has already canceled employee vacations and arranged to import power line crews from as far away as Alabama, Michigan and Canada, said Peter J. Clarke, president and chief operating officer of the utility. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Bradley International Airport   Springfield   Western Massachusetts Electric Company

    20. 'Feeding America' study reports 1 in 5 children in Western Massachusetts are Hungry

      Explore masslive.com (Aug 25 2011)

      'Feeding America' study reports 1 in 5 children in Western Massachusetts are Hungry Children from all over the city of Springfield come to Square One's preschool and kindergarten programs. Square One see families making tough decisions everyday. Kim Lee is Vice President for Advancement for Square One. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    21. Mass. doles out $16M in fed green funds for eight towns - Mass High Tech Business News

      Explore masshightech.com (Aug 25 2011)

      The projects financed are: • Belchertown; Town of Belchertown; $3,15 million — Energy Savings Performance Contract to reduce energy consumption in public buildings by 20 percent • Deerfield; ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   MassDevelopment

    22. Hampshire Council of Governments seeks funds for Old Hampshire Courthouse renovations

      Explore masslive.com (Aug 24 2011)

      Hampshire Council of Governments seeks funds for Old Hampshire Courthouse renovations The Hampshire Council of Governments is seeking state, municipal and private funding for $3.5 million worth of renovations at the Old Hampshire County Courthouse at 99 Main St. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Northampton   The Republican

    23. The X in Springfield to get Save-A-Lot supermarket

      Explore masslive.com (Aug 24 2011)

      The X in Springfield to get Save-A-Lot supermarket The $2.5 million project will bring about 100 permanent job, plus 60 construction jobs, while filling a need in the Forest Park neighborhood for a discount food market, company representatives told the council. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    24. Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton to be sold to bigger health care organization

      Explore masslive.com (Aug 24 2011)

      Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton to be sold to bigger health care organization Cooley Dickinson Hospital expects to merge with a larger health care organization that would, in effect, become the hospital’s new owner. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Northampton   Cooley Dickinson Hospital

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