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    1. World's Largest Pancake Breakfast in Springfield serves over 1 million pancakes

      World's Largest Pancake Breakfast in Springfield serves over 1 million pancakes
      Organizers said the event began as a friendly rivalry with Battle Creek, Mich., and has evolved into one of the city’s best-attended boosters. “It’s all about the weather. If there’s good weather people come,” said Judith A. Matt, president of Spirit of Springfield, the civic agency that hosts the event.
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    2. MassMutual and Vera Bradley Combine Forces to Battle Breast Cancer

      Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer today announced the formation of an alliance designed to increase donations to the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Research Laboratories and its groundbreaking work in identifying genetic information leading to improved detection and treatment of breast cancer.
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    3. Eastec Resource Center Provides Manufacturers Pathways to Increase Business

      EASTEC 2010, the largest manufacturing event on the East Coast, will feature 27 Lean and Green Resource Center presentations for manufacturers. The free presentations, starting on May 25 and running through May 27, will give attendees the opportunity to learn about new ideas and processes to grow their business and gain a competitive advantage.
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    4. Sanofi-Aventis adds to local life sciences effort - Boston Business Journal:

      “This year, our Accelerator Loan Program will invest up to $5.5 million in promising early-stage companies, building on the $3.4 million in loans that we made available last year,” said Susan Windham-Bannister, president and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. “As this program continues to grow, we truly appreciate the support that leading private sector companies like Sanofi Aventis provide to help our early-stage companies achieve product development milestones and bring new technologies to the marketplace.”
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    5. Yankee Candle founder Michael Kittredge, Msnbc host Rachel Maddow and actor Bill Cosby among this year's college commencement speakers

      Yankee Candle founder Michael Kittredge, Msnbc host Rachel Maddow and actor Bill Cosby among this year's college commencement speakers
      Kittredge, the well-known, self-made entrepreneur who founded Yankee Candle Co. four decades ago, will be the commencement speaker at Bay Path College this year, hoping to impart some wisdom to a new generation of job-seekers emerging as graduates in one of the toughest economies in recent history.
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    6. “12X12” Initiative Launches to Help Multiply Entrepreneurship in Massachusetts

      “The Route 128 days of ‘IT’ are long gone. We now have an incredibly diverse technology industry here in Massachusetts leading innovation in cutting-edge areas such as robotics, e-Health, videogames, IT security, information services, clean energy, social media, Internet infrastructure, Internet marketing, and many others. Great ideas generated by revolutionary entrepreneurs fueled this transformation. Our goal with “12x12” is to continue this transformation and growth of the tech industry,” said Michael Greeley during the announcement.
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