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    1. After departure of CEO, DevelopSpringfield taps Jeff Daley to oversee local projects

      After departure of CEO, DevelopSpringfield taps Jeff Daley to oversee local projects

      DevelopSpringfield, whose CEO leaves for a new job Oct. 5, has hired Westfield's former economic development officer to get work restarted at Springfield Innovation Center. Jeffrey R. Daley, the founder and principal of consultancy CJC Development Advisors in Westfield, will also handle the general transition for DevelopSpringfield as CEO Jay Minkarah leaves to take a job as the executive director of the Nashua Regional Planning Commission in New Hampshire, said Nick Fyntrilakis, chairman of the DevelopSpringfield board.

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    2. Business & Innovation Expo to Feature ‘Ask an Expert Roundtable’

      Business & Innovation Expo to Feature ‘Ask an Expert Roundtable’

      The Business & Innovation Expo of Western Mass., the seventh annual business-to-business show produced by BusinessWest and the Healthcare News, will introduce a new feature this year, called the “Ask an Expert Roundtable.” Ten business professionals in the community will share their expertise with a table of guests for 45 minutes. During that time, they will give a rundown of their professional experience, take questions, and participate in an open, relaxed dialogue with attendees.

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    3. Game-Changing Careers Start Here at MGM Springfield!

      Game-Changing Careers Start Here at MGM Springfield!

      Thank you for your continued support as we gear up to bring a world-class destination resort to the area. Please share this information for our latest career opportunities and post in your career centers, encouraging people to apply by visiting https://mgmresorts.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/306  Job postings are subject to change daily, please visit our website for the most current job postings.

       

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    4. New MedExpress Urgent Care center to open in Hadley

      New MedExpress Urgent Care center to open in Hadley

      The new MedExpress Urgent Care is set to open in Hadley Wednesday and is holding an open house Tuesday from noon to 2 p.m. for people to view the new facility.  The mission of the center is "to serve the neighborhood (as a) health care partner," said spokeswoman Ellen Dietrick, adding that the staff will provide "high quality affordable health care when they need it the most."

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    5. Real estate brokers to show Tower Square in weeks; potential buyers already received 'teaser' promotion

      Real estate brokers to show Tower Square in weeks; potential buyers already received 'teaser' promotion

      CBRE/New England in Boston, the brokers tasked with selling Tower Square, expect to start touring potential buyers through the 1.6 million-square-foot complex in about two weeks. More than 2,000 potential buyers got a "teaser" brochure this month touting the office tower, retail mall, hotel and parking complex as an investment property, said David J. Pergola, executive vice president and partner at CBRE/New England and its capital markets team.

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    6. Around 400 from UMass Amherst to help fix up 21 sites across Western Mass.

      Around 400 from UMass Amherst to help fix up 21 sites across Western Mass.

      About four hundred University of Massachusetts students, faculty and staff members will get up early Saturday morning to prune and mulch, dust and paint at 21 sites in places including Springfield, Holyoke, Amherst and Turners Falls during the 6th annual Mass Impact Day. Projects including farming at Gardening the Community in Springfield, cleaning up Lake Wallace in Belchertown; painting, power washing and other work at the Holyoke Children's Museum; cleaning out two garages at the Fisher House in Amherst, among the myriad of projects.

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    7. Armbrook Village Helps Seniors Build Independence, Confidence

      Armbrook Village Helps Seniors Build Independence, Confidence

      Helen S. is in her 80s. She’s lived at Armbrook Village Senior Living Residence in the northwest corner of Westfield since June 2016.  A resident of the community’s assisted-living homes, she receives help with many activities of daily living. When Helen moved here, she exhibited many of the cognitive challenges of aging, which can range from basic memory loss to Alzheimer’s disease. She would stay in her room and watch TV. Aides would guide her to and from meals and visit with her, but Helen didn’t socialize or make friends with other residents.  A long-time friend ...

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    8. Witalisz & Associates Inc. in Westfield moves into new real estate offices on Broad Street | masslive.com

      Witalisz & Associates Inc. in Westfield moves into new real estate offices on Broad Street | masslive.com

      The real estate firm Witalisz & Associates Inc. recently celebrated its new office space at 2 Broad St. with a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening.  'We are incredibly excited and grateful for this opportunity to relocate to the best place in Westfield.' said Broker/Owner Kathy Witalisz. 'Working with the leadership team at the Tavern has been remarkable and we are very much looking forward to a bright future in our new location.'

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    9. Springfield Regional Chamber to Host Speed Networking at Expo

      Springfield Regional Chamber to Host Speed Networking at Expo

      The Business & Innovation Expo of Western Mass., the seventh annual business-to-business show produced by BusinessWest and the Healthcare News, slated for Thursday, Nov. 2 at the MassMutual Center, will feature a wide range of activities, including the Springfield Regional Chamber’s Speed Networking Event from 2:45 to 4:15 p.m. in the Expo Show Floor Theater. A fast and fun way to make connections, the event is like speed dating for business. Attendees are divided into two groups seated across from each other. The limit is one participant per company in order to give everyone a chance to ...

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    10. Frontera Grill Mexican restaurant coming to former Ruby Tuesday on Boston Road in Springfield

      Frontera Grill Mexican restaurant coming to former Ruby Tuesday on Boston Road in Springfield

      Mexican restaurant chain Frontera Grill is coming to the former Ruby Tuesday location at 1411 Boston Road in Springfield. The new eatery should be ready in January or so, according to Frontera. The location has been vacant since Ruby Tuesday closed in August 2016 as part of a nationwide corporate downsizing that also claimed the Ruby Tuesday at the Enfield Square mall in Connecticut. Ruby Tuesday locations remain in the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside and in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. Landlords Basser-Kaufman in Woodmere, New York, confirmed that Frontera is coming to the location. Basser-Kaufman had been marketing the location, but ...

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    11. Polar Beverages CEO to Keynote Super 60 Event

      Polar Beverages CEO to Keynote Super 60 Event

      Ralph Crowley Jr., president and CEO of Polar Beverages, will serve as the keynote speaker at the Springfield Regional Chamber’s Super 60 event on Friday, Oct. 27. Now in its 28th year, the program celebrates the success of the fastest-growing and privately-owned businesses in the region which continue to make significant contributions to the strength of the regional economy.

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    12. Ashley Clark Elected President of Young Professional Society

      Ashley Clark Elected President of Young Professional Society

      The Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield (YPS) announced the election of Ashley Clark as president of the organization. Clark has previously served in various capacities on the board, including terms as secretary and vice president and chair of the annual YP Cup Dodgeball Tournament. “I am thankful to have an employer who understands the value of giving back — and encourages it,” said Clark, a cash-management officer at Berkshire Bank in Springfield. “I am excited to take on this new role and hope to strengthen our impact in the communities we serve. Our emerging and existing leaders need a space ...

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    13. DevelopSpringfield CEO Jay Minkarah steps down

      DevelopSpringfield CEO Jay Minkarah steps down

      DevelopSpringfield CEO Jay Minkarah has resigned, taking a job at a regional planning commission in New Hampshire, according to a statement issued by the organization Wednesday.  In the prepared statement, Minkarah said "It has been an honor to be a part of what is sure to be a great renaissance for the City. There are strong community partnerships working together with great projects poised for success." DevelopSpringfield formed in 2009, with a hefty donation from MassMutual toward its original pool of grant money. Minkarah was its president and CEO for five years.

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    14. CNBC Commentator Ron Insana to Keynote Expo Lunch Event

      CNBC Commentator Ron Insana to Keynote Expo Lunch Event

      The Business & Innovation Expo of Western Mass., the seventh annual business-to-business show produced by BusinessWest and the Healthcare News, slated for Thursday, Nov. 2 at the MassMutual Center, will present a lunch event featuring keynote speaker Ron Insana, senior analyst and commentator with CNBC. Titled “Trumponomics,” Insana’s talk will address how Washington will affect the economy in the years ahead. As the U.S. and global economies move toward recovery, Insana will apply his journalistic perspective to how Wall Street, Main Street, and Washington shape what the new normal means for everyone. The event runs from 11:30 a ...

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    15. STCC to Host Designer of Artificial Limbs for Children

      STCC to Host Designer of Artificial Limbs for Children

      Dr. Albert Manero, president of Limbitless Solutions, a company that makes artificial limbs for children through 3D printing technology, will give a presentation today, Sept. 20, at Springfield Technical Community College as part of the HSI STEM Speaker Series. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to noon in the Scibelli Hall (Building 2) auditorium.

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    16. Leadership Pioneer Valley unveils 2018 class at Holyoke Wistariahurst Museum (Photos) | masslive.com

      Leadership Pioneer Valley unveils 2018 class at Holyoke Wistariahurst Museum (Photos) | masslive.com

      Leadership Pioneer Valley, also known as LPV, introduced their class of 2018 on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at the Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke at its Reach Beyond Reception.  The annual reception event marked the beginning of an intensive, ten-month regional leadership development curriculum for the new members.  This year's class includes 33 emerging leaders from the Pioneer Valley-representing private, nonprofit, educational and public organizations.

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    17. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and state Rep. Angelo Puppolo tour Friendly's Ice Cream plant in...

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and state Rep. Angelo Puppolo tour Friendly's Ice Cream plant in...

      She earned her first dollar as a waitress in a Friendly's Restaurant, loves black raspberry ice cream, and she couldn't wait to see where all the creamy Friendly's ice cream is created. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and state Rep. Angelo J. Puppolo Jr. spent time on Tuesday touring Friendly's headquarters on Boston Road, seeing first-hand where the famous ice cream is made by Western Mass. residents.  "I know how to scoop it, how to double dip," Polito told Friendly's Manufacturing and Retail President and General Manager Tim Hopkins prior to their tour.

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    18. Bay Path University Named Among Nation’s Fastest-growing Colleges

      Bay Path University Named Among Nation’s Fastest-growing Colleges

      The Chronicle of Higher Education has recognized Bay Path University in its Almanac of Higher Education 2017 as one of the fastest-growing colleges in the U.S., currently ranked 17th in the category of “private nonprofit master’s institutions” with a 113.4% growth rate over a 10-year period. Bay Path was the only institution of higher education from Massachusetts on the list. “This national recognition represents the commitment of talented faculty and staff who truly understand workforce needs and student interests,” university President Carol Leary said. “Our growth is based on three key factors: the different levels of education ...

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    19. Engineering firm Fuss & O'Neill moving into former courthouse in downtown Springfield

      Engineering firm Fuss & O'Neill moving into former courthouse in downtown Springfield

      Engineering firm Fuss & O'Neil has leased 11,133 square feet  of space at the former federal courthouse at 1550 Main St. and plans to move its Pioneer Valley headquarters there from West Springfield. "We are thrilled to be moving to Springfield," said Eric Bernardin of Fuss & O'Neill in a news release. "As an engineering firm, our job is to help create an environment that promotes and provides the groundwork for economic opportunity, civic involvement and arts and entertainment. We are excited to be part of helping Springfield grow and look forward to the future."

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    20. Women's clothing store coming to downtown Springfield; lured by MGM Springfield development

      Women's clothing store coming to downtown Springfield; lured by MGM Springfield development

      Charlene Naylor plans to open a new location of her Charlene's Boutique clothing store in downtown Springfield somewhere around Oct.  1. Naylor, who has a location on Boston Road and recently closed a shop in the Holyoke Mall, said she was drawn to her new location, 1394 Main St., by the promise of MGM Springfield. The $950 million casino and resort complex opens in Springfield's South End in 2018. Naylor described her merchandise as dressy and stylish.

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    21. CIC Celebrates 25 Years of Uplifting Moments

      CIC Celebrates 25 Years of Uplifting Moments

      When Chicopee Industrial Contractors (CIC) officially marked a quarter-century in business a few months back, it did so with an elaborate open house at its headquarters in Chicopee. This meant that a good number of those invited — especially a host of the company’s best customers — had to rely on their car’s navigation systems to get them to the ceremonies. That’s because, for starters, they’d almost certainly never been there before — and also because this business is not exactly easy to find. Indeed, North Chicopee Street is a dead-end road in the northwest corner of the city ...

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    22. New Products Give Callaway Plant a Needed Bounce

      New Products Give Callaway Plant a Needed Bounce

      Over the past century or so, golf balls — and golf-ball history — have been made in Chicopee. Indeed, the sprawling plant on Meadow Street that once bore the name ‘Spalding’ and now ‘Callaway’ has been home to a number of innovations and new products. In recent years, though, that tradition — not to mention the number of workers at the plant — has been in decline. However, a new and exciting golf-ball design is changing the landscape, in all kinds of ways. They’re calling it the Truvis V.

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    23. Expo Will Help Attendees Work on Their Business

      Expo Will Help Attendees Work on Their Business

      It’s often said that business owners and managers are good at what they do, good at their particular business, but not necessarily good at — well, fill in the blank. And there are many things to fill in that blank with, from information technology (and how to make the most of it) to employee benefits; from social media to ever-changing employment laws. There are dozens more ways to fill in the blank, as anyone doing business in today’s ultra-challenging environment

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