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    1. Bay Path to Host Free Virtual Event to Help Women Find Their Power Voice

      Bay Path to Host Free Virtual Event to Help Women Find Their Power Voice

      Women far and wide will virtually gather together on Monday, Feb. 11 at noon as Bay Path University’s Strategic Alliances hosts a virtual roundtable with guest Angela Lussier. Lussier, an award-winning speaker, six-time author, two-time TEDx presenter, and CEO and founder of the Speaker Sisterhood, will teach women how to find the strength in their voice, how to avoid losing their power, and how to create confidence and strength in the moments when they need it most.

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    2. MGM Springfield poised to take over management of Symphony Hall | masslive.com

      MGM Springfield poised to take over management of Symphony Hall | masslive.com

      The city is reportedly negotiating with MGM Springfield to manage the municipally-owned Symphony Hall after considering competing proposals from the casino giant and Spectacle Management Inc., of Lexington.  Timothy J. Plante, the city’s chief administrative and financial officer, confirmed he is negotiating a contract with the preferred management company, but that the review committee is not revealing the firm yet.

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    3. Bay Path University awarded $1.6 million grant for technology programs

      Bay Path University awarded $1.6 million grant for technology programs

      Bay Path University received a $1.58 million grant from the nonprofit Strada Education Network for a three-year project titled “Closing the Gaps: Building Pathways for Adult Women in a Technology-Driven Workforce.” Bay Path said in a news release Tuesday that it will use the money to research and engage with employers and to build up its The American Women’s College program to enroll more adult women. The courses offer cybersecurity and information technology studies.

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    4. Wyckoff Country Club in Holyoke sold; will operate ‘just as it’s been for the last 60 years,’ new owner says

      Wyckoff Country Club in Holyoke sold; will operate ‘just as it’s been for the last 60 years,’ new owner says

      A group of local investors are in the final stages of buying Wyckoff Country Club from the family of the late longtime owner Clarence “Clarky” E. Wojtowicz, with plans to keep it open as a semi-private 18-hole golf course with a bar, restaurant and banquet facility. “Just as it’s been for the last 60 years,” said Bob VanZandt Sr., one of the new owners. In addition to VanZandt, owner and president of American Tire Sales & Service in Springfield, the group includes his wife, Beth, and brothers Charlie and William Arment, owners of Charlie Arment Trucking, also in Springfield.

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    5. Gov. Charlie Baker Declares Feb. 11 as 211 Day in Massachusetts

      Gov. Charlie Baker Declares Feb. 11 as 211 Day in Massachusetts

      On Monday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m., Springfield Mayor Dominic Sarno will hold a news conference at the United Way of Pioneer Valley headquarters, located at 1441 Main St., to declare that day 211 Day in Massachusetts. He will read a proclamation by Gov. Charlie Baker. “The mayor is committed to raising awareness of Mass211, which receives more than 130,000 calls annually and responds to over 250,000 web inquiries from people in the Commonwealth seeking resources. Over 41% of all inquiries to Mass211 come from the Pioneer Valley area,” said Paul Mina, CEO of Mass211. Callers can ...

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    6. Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce Executive Director to Retire

      Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce Executive Director to Retire

      After 27 years of service to the Pioneer Valley, Suzanne Beck announced that she will retire as the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce’s executive director. She cited the completion of the chamber’s strategic plan as the ideal time to pass the baton. “I could not be more excited about the chamber’s future,” Beck said. “The strategic plan is a forward-thinking response to the area’s growth and change. With a new generation of business and community leaders, I strongly believe that the best way to move the chamber forward is to have a leader representative of that ...

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    7. Baystate Health plan for new psychiatric hospital raises questions, hopes in community

      Baystate Health plan for new psychiatric hospital raises questions, hopes in community

      Baystate Health’s plan to build a behavioral health hospital has left folks who work in mental health in the Pioneer Valley with a lot of questions, as well as a sense of reassurance. The new hospital will be for children and adolescents as well as adults and will serve patients with mental health and substance abuse needs, Baystate announced Monday. It will be a partnership with for-profit provider US HealthVest of New York. “It’s good to see that they are reviewing their utilization of psychiatric beds,” said Nick Fleisher, vice president of community-based services for Clinical & Support Options ...

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    8. Bradley Continues to Grow Its Routes — and Its Amenities

      Bradley Continues to Grow Its Routes — and Its Amenities

      It’s no secret that the air-travel industry is a competitive one. But Kevin Dillon said it’s doubly so for the airports themselves. “We’re competing with many regional airports for passengers, but we’re also competing with every airport in the country for limited assets — meaning aircraft,” he told BusinessWest. “Airlines will put aircraft where they get the best return. So we have to provide the best customer service possible, along with keeping operating costs low for airlines. Airports that can do both will be very successful.” By any standard, Bradley International Airport has been exactly that in ...

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    9. New Ownership Group Exudes Confidence on the Future of Tower Square

      New Ownership Group Exudes Confidence on the Future of Tower Square

      Both the office/retail complex known as Tower Square and the hotel that sits on the property would be considered somewhat risky investments, given their recent history. But the investment group Springfield Hospitality believes otherwise — in both cases. The new ownership group has announced an ambitious plan to get the Marriott flag back on the hotel, and it is confident about gaining a wide range of new tenants on the retail side of the equation.

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    10. As Bradley International Airport looks to expand its footprint, it might also look to change its name - Hartford Courant

      As Bradley International Airport looks to expand its footprint, it might also look to change its name - Hartford Courant

      It is too early to say when a name change proposal might be made, Dillon said. But any study might include determining how well travelers — especially those from the West Coast or from abroad — know the location of Bradley, a key factor in attracting bookings.  Right now, 40 percent of traffic at Bradley originates outside of the Hartford area, Dillon said.  Dillon said one option might be keeping the Bradley name, but pairing it with a geographical name. That happened, he said, in a New Hampshire airport where he was once director. In 2006, the name of Manchester Airport was ...

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    11. Springfield-Holyoke-Northampton-Greenfield passenger trains a go for summer

      Springfield-Holyoke-Northampton-Greenfield passenger trains a go for summer

      Expanded passenger rail service north of Springfield to Holyoke, Northampton and Geenfield is still on track for this summer. The estimated start date is June, said Timothy W. Brennan, executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, following a meeting this week with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Construction work on Knowledge Corridor along the Connecticut River — including replacing ties and repairing bridges — might push that start date back to July, but no later, Brennan said he was assured in meetings this week.

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    12. Westover Air Reserve Base, Rep. Richard Neal welcome $46.2 million maintenance hangar funding (photos, video)

      Westover Air Reserve Base, Rep. Richard Neal welcome $46.2 million maintenance hangar funding (photos, video)

      Westover Air Reserve Base aircraft maintainers were out Thursday in 4-degree weather working on the base’s massive C-5M Super Galaxy cargo jets. But more of that work will happen inside once a $46.2 million hangar is built, probably by the year 2022. The new hangar, to be called the Regional ISO Maintenance Hangar, was announced at a Thursday news conference. It will be the size of two football fields and more than 90 feet tall inside, said Col. David C. Post, commander of the of the 439th Maintenance Group at Westover. That’s big enough to fit the ...

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    13. 9 Sales and Marketing Tips for Startups

      Marketing done right can be an incredible boon for your business’s net income. Done wrong, however, it can feel like throwing money into a raging bonfire. Because small business owners have to be whatever their small business needs — all the time — it can be difficult to master all the nuances that go into sales or marketing. If you’re not a natural salesperson, it can be even more difficult. Fear not, the following nine marketing tips for startups can help you make more sales, market better and waste less money.

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    14. Paragus IT Announces Three Additions to Board of Directors - BusinessWest

      Paragus IT CEO Delcie Bean announced the addition of three new board members. On Jan. 1, Nicole Nakashian, Michelle Abdow, and Scott Webster joined Randy Krotowski, Scott Foster, and John Drake on the board of the fast-growing IT firm.
      Nakashian currently serves as executive vice president at InvestCloud Inc. She helped launch Agio, an IT managed-service provider, and was responsible for building a client-centric progressive culture in addition to growing and managing the operations. .

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    15. Dena Hall to Chair Baystate Health Foundation Board of Trustees - BusinessWest

      Dena Hall, who has served as Baystate Health Foundation’s vice chair for the past two years, has succeeded Jean Deliso as the foundation’s chair.  “Jean has left an indelible stamp on the foundation over the past two years, and we are incredibly proud of all that we’ve achieved together under her leadership,” said Scott Berg, vice president of Philanthropy for Baystate Health and executive director of Baystate Health Foundation. “We are grateful for the gift of Jean’s talents and thrilled that she will be passing the baton to someone as accomplished and committed as Dena.”

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    16. Free Training Opportunity: TRAIN Program

      Essential Work Skills Training: Develop the skills most asked for by employers.

      • Job Search Skills: resume, online jobs, interviewing, mock interviews
      • Math and Reading: a basic refresher & culinary and manufacturing math
      • Career Exploration: learn about in demand industries and find out which is a good fit
      • Financial Empowerment: be prepared for transitions in benefits & manage your earnings
      • Customer Service: earn the Certified Guest Service Professional credential
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    17. New Valley Bank & Trust names senior staff, board of trustees | masslive.com

      New Valley Bank & Trust names senior staff, board of trustees | masslive.com

      New Valley Bank & Trust Co., the first new bank to open in Springfield in 12 years, announced its board of trustees and key senior staff members Tuesday.  New Valley will have its executive offices and a small walk-up retail branch in the Monarch Place office tower downtown. It is also planning to open a branch office in Sixteen Acres.

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    18. Northampton’s Harlow Leather and Luggage sold, will remain open

      Northampton’s Harlow Leather and Luggage sold, will remain open

      Harlow Leather & Luggage — believed to be the the oldest continuously operated retailer in downtown Northampton — has been sold and will remain open. Former owner Robert Burdick said Mark Parsons, owner of Berkshire Classics Leather and Silver in Lenox, has bought him out. Parsons had been a silent partner in the Northampton shop, Burdick said.

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    19. Hazen Paper of Holyoke’s holographic handiwork makes 16th straight Super Bowl appearance

      Hazen Paper of Holyoke’s holographic handiwork makes 16th straight Super Bowl appearance

      Ninety-four-year-old Hazen Paper has 200 employees, about 150 of them in Holyoke, and is the only North American company that designs, creates and reproduces these holographic images on one manufacturing campus. They also have a warehouse operation in the Housatonic section of Great Barrington. Robert E. Hazen, executive vice president for sales and marketing, said having all the aspects of the process in one place means Hazen can turn around a project more quickly than its competitors.

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    20. Greenfield Community College Increases Job-related Technical Training in Hampshire County - BusinessWest

      Greenfield Community College Increases Job-related Technical Training in Hampshire County - BusinessWest

      Thanks to a recent Skills Capital Grant award from the Commonwealth, Greenfield Community College (GCC) will soon increase its capacity and upgrading its medical assistant certificate (MAC) program by offering additional training at its existing satellite location on the campus of Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School in Northampton.  The Baker-Polito administration has awarded more than $52 million over the past three years through Skills Capital Grants across the Commonwealth.

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    21. SkinCatering, LLC Awarded National Women’s Business Enterprise Certficate - BusinessWest

      SkinCatering, LLC Awarded National Women’s Business Enterprise Certficate - BusinessWest

      SkinCatering, LLC, an all-natural skincare brand with two spa locations in Springfield and Holyoke, announced it has been awarded the national WBENC Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) certificate.  WBENC’s certification validates that the business is 51% owned, controlled, operated, and managed by a woman or women.

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    22. Toolmaker gets $2.8 million tax-exempt bond for factory at old Oxford Pickle site in South Deerfield

      Toolmaker gets $2.8 million tax-exempt bond for factory at old Oxford Pickle site in South Deerfield

      Eric Hagopian is moving his combined cutting tool businesses — the duMONT Company and Hassay Savage Company — to the former Oxford Pickle factory site in South Deerfield in part so he can attract trained machinists from southern Franklin County. He’ll close the two company’s current locations, first Hassay Savage in the Turner Falls section of Montague on Industrial Boulevard followed by the duMONT plant on Wells Street in Greenfield.

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    23. Asnuntuck’s Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program Offers Opportunities for Free Tuition, Wage Reimbursement

      Starting in March, Asnuntuck Community College is offering a new, free apprenticeship program that will provide employers an opportunity to both enhance their employees’ skills and receive wage reimbursements of up to $13,000 per participant. This two-year program has a $3,750 value per participant but will be entirely free for Connecticut businesses. The time commitment will be three hours per week (Mondays from 6 to 9 p.m.), with breaks for holidays and summer, and classes will occur evenings at Asnuntuck Community College.

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