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    1. Amazon Bid: It’s Good Practice

      Amazon Bid: It’s Good Practice

      Richard Sullivan, president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Mass., was no doubt channeling his inner Mavis — as in Mavis Wanczyk, winner last month of the largest single Powerball payout in history — when he told the local press, “you have to be in the game to win.” He was referring, of course, to a game with a different kind of huge payout — and one that also features astronomically long odds. That would be the contest to become home to Amazon’s second North American headquarters. The prize there is considerable — maybe 50,000 jobs over the next ...

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      Mentions: Springfield
    2. ILI Announces Enhanced Workplace Training Initiative

      The International Language Institute of Massachusetts (ILI) is focusing on improving communications among staff and customers in the workplace with a new product called the Workplace Training Initiative. With 34 years of experience in teaching languages throughout communities and workplaces in western Massachusetts, ILI’s enhanced Workplace Training Initiative addresses the need for improved interaction between non-native English speaking employees and customers, with a new twist. The core curriculum now includes an emphasis on digital literacy and customer service.

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      Mentions: Northampton
    3. Leadership Initiative for Young Women Taps Steering Committee

      Leadership Initiative for Young Women Taps Steering Committee

      The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts recently announced a slate of initial appointments to the steering committee of the Partnership for Young Women’s Progress (YWP), its multi-sector partnership aimed at driving economic prosperity for young women in Springfield.  In February, the MassMutual Foundation and the office of state Treasurer Deb Goldberg announced their participation as lead corporate and government partners, respectively, for the project. The MassMutual Foundation awarded $150,000 to the Women’s Fund to support the launch of the partnership, while Goldberg’s office will offer its Women’s Economic Empowerment series, share state-agency-generated research and ...

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    4. South Hadley & Granby Chamber Appoints New Executive Director

      The board of directors for the South Hadley & Granby Chamber of Commerce announced Mariann Millard as its new executive director. She brings diverse experience in project management, customer service, tourism, and communications. Her most recent career experience has been as a licensed Washington, D.C. tour guide and as a certified tour director working in Italy for Tauck, an international tour-operator company.

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      Mentions: Holyoke
    5. Three Innovative Artists to Show at Springfield Pop-up Gallery Walk - BusinessWest

      Three Innovative Artists to Show at Springfield Pop-up Gallery Walk - BusinessWest

      Multi-media, dynamic, vibrant art is coming to downtown Springfield — in unexpected spaces. The second edition of Springfield Central Cultural District’s (SCCD) Art Stop program, to be unveiled on Wednesday, April 5 from 4:30 to 6 p.m., will feature three artists displaying at 1550 Main Street, New England Public Radio (NEPR), and the UMass Center at Springfield. Residents, neighbors, and employees are invited to join in the free celebration to enjoy art, food, music, and more.

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    6. PeoplesBank to Host Free Economic Outlook Luncheon

      PeoplesBank to Host Free Economic Outlook Luncheon

      The stock market is up, and soon, so might be interest rates. The Trump administration wants to make historic budget cuts, and unemployment rates are at historic lows. While these are much better than the worst of times for local businesses, are they going to turn into the best of times? Business leaders, who do not like uncertainty, will get some insights into the economic future at the PeoplesBank Economic Outlook, a free luncheon featuring James Hartley, professor of Economics at Mount Holyoke College. The luncheon is slated for Thursday, April 20 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at ...

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    7. UMass Amherst to Offer Accelerated B.S. in Nursing in Springfield

      UMass Amherst to Offer Accelerated B.S. in Nursing in Springfield

      Beginning in August, the UMass Amherst College of Nursing’s accelerated bachelor’s in nursing program will be taught at the UMass Center at Springfield in Tower Square. The 17-month program, designed for students with bachelor’s degrees in other subjects or people interested in a career change, will enroll 80 students each year. Courses will be taught by UMass Amherst College of Nursing faculty using state-of-the-art teaching technologies in newly renovated and expanded classrooms to allow for the intensive clinical work that nursing education demands.

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    8. Bay Path Women’s Leadership Conference Slated for March 31

      Bay Path Women’s Leadership Conference Slated for March 31

      Bay Path University will hold its 22nd annual Women’s Leadership Conference (WLC) on Friday, March 31 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. This year’s event will explore empathy, how it empowers people individually and as teams, and how it can help them become better, stronger, and more compassionate leaders. Keynote speakers include Nicholas Sparks, Nely Galan, and Shiza Shahid. In today’s workplace, a successful bottom line is defined by how much an organization values and cultivates human capital. Leaders need to understand not only their business, but ...

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    9. Click Workspace Marks Anniversary with ‘Feed the Soul’ Benefit

      Last April, Click Workspace moved its co-working community from an office suite in Hampton Court to its new multi-story home at 9 1/2 Market St. in Northampton. In that freshly renovated space, Click has greatly expanded its services to the community, offering meeting and event spaces, membership plans for local organizations, and cultural events. Now Click is celebrating the first anniversary in its long-term home by giving back to the community. On Thursday, April 13 from 6 to 8 p.m., Click will host “Feed the Soul,” a private art opening featuring original paintings by artist Pam Carter, the ...

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      Mentions: Northampton
    10. Healthcare Marketing Symposium Slated for April 7

      Healthcare marketing professionals are invited to Union Station in Northampton on Friday, April 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a day of learning and seeing what is possible in healthcare marketing from those who are breaking the mold of the conventional. Leading organizations, hospitals, and health systems will be in attendance. The Western New England Healthcare Marketing Symposium will provide attendees with opportunities to hear what’s new in this ever-changing and evolving industry, hear about best practices from healthcare-marketing thought leaders, and learn how those best practices were successfully implemented.

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      Mentions: Northampton
    11. Seven Area Communities Receive $1,446,675 for Clean-energy Projects

      The Baker-Polito Administration recently awarded Green Communities designation grants totaling $1,446,675 to Agawam, Blandford, Chicopee, Granville, Ware, Warren, and Westfield. The awards will fund clean-energy projects and were presented by Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton and Department of Energy Resource (DOER) Commissioner Judith Judson in a recent ceremony at Chicopee City Hall. Earlier this year, 30 Massachusetts cities and towns were designated by DOER as Green Communities, committing to an ambitious renewable-energy agenda to reduce energy consumption and emissions.

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    12. Western New England University to Host Business Policy Discussion

      Western New England University to Host Business Policy Discussion

      The Western New England University (WNEU) School of Law continues its series of national policy discussions, “Trump: First 100 Days,” on Thursday, March 23 with a focus on the Trump administration’s business policies and, in particular, how the administration’s policies may impact small businesses and entrepreneurs. The Trump administration has a pro-business reputation, and some of its early policy choices reflect preferences of certain industries over others. ‘Business’ is a broad term, however, and the impact of policies that may benefit one type of business may not have the same effect on other businesses.

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    13. Report: Nonprofits Have Vital Role in Closing EITC Awareness Gap - BusinessWest

      The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) recently released a new edition of its Commonwealth Insights publication series. The report, “Doing More Good: Making the Most of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC),” details the lifeline for low-income families that is the EITC and the gap between those eligible for this credit and those claiming it. With less than a month to go before the tax-filing deadline, MNN is calling on nonprofits across the state to help spread awareness and increase access to the EITC. The report indicates that, each year, more than 100,000 Massachusetts residents who are eligible for the ...

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    14. Porchlight Partnership with STCC Yields Advances in Home Care

      Holly Chaffee, president of Porchlight VNA/Home Care, and Sharon Grundel, director of Healthcare Training Development at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC), presented to healthcare leaders at the Organization of Nurse Leaders Quarterly Educational Meeting at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. on March 10. The presentation detailed the partnership the two organizations developed in 2015 to bring an innovative approach to in-home, direct-care worker training, including the use of new technology. The training program was made possible with a grant from the Training and Workforce Options (TWO) collaborative between STCC and Holyoke Community College and the Mass. Department of Higher ...

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    15. Women’s Fund, Bay Path Partner to Promote Leadership, Learning

      The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts and Bay Path University announced a groundbreaking partnership aimed at driving women’s leadership and educational access by providing college credits as part of the Women’s Fund Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact (LIPPI) program. Through this partnership, which aims to educate women for leadership roles, the LIPPI program will give participants access to Bay Path’s online classroom tools, including access to virtual sessions with instructors and with their cohort. LIPPI participants will also be able to opt in to receive three undergraduate or graduate credits from Bay Path or ...

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    16. WNEU to Host Regional Career Fair March 29

      WNEU to Host Regional Career Fair March 29

      The College Career Centers of Western Massachusetts will hold a career fair on Wednesday, March 29 from noon to 3 p.m. in the Alumni Healthful Living Center on the campus of Western New England University. Nearly 100 companies will be recruiting college students for paid and unpaid internships, as well as full-time and part-time employment opportunities. This annual event is a unique opportunity for employers and graduate-school representatives to connect with motivated students and alumni who are looking to launch and advance their careers.

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    17. Dress for Success, T-Birds Partner for ‘Hockey ’n Heels’ Fund-raiser

      Dress for Success, T-Birds Partner for ‘Hockey ’n Heels’ Fund-raiser

      Dress for Success Western Massachusetts will host “Hockey ’n Heels” Saturday, March 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, during the Springfield Thunderbirds vs. Hartford Wolfpack game. A donation of $50 will purchase admission to the pre-game cocktail reception with special guests Jennifer Brodeur, the UMass Football Assoc. head athletic trainer; Doug Janik, Springfield Thunderbirds assistant coach; and Nate Costa, executive vice president of the Springfield Thunderbirds, as well as admission to the Thunderbirds-Wolfpack game. The $50 also includes a $20 donation to Dress for Success Western Massachusetts to support its programming in 2017.

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    18. Speed Networking Back by Popular Demand

      Speed Networking Back by Popular Demand

      The Springfield Regional Chamber will stage its popular Speed Networking event on March 14 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Lattitude, 1338 Memorial Ave., West Springfield. The event provides 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. Attendees will be divided into two groups, seated across from each other. Each group ...

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    19. Health Program at STCC Wins Accreditation

      Health Program at STCC Wins Accreditation

      The health information technology program at Springfield Technical Community College was awarded accreditation, a big step forward for an area of study that can help hospital workers like Pamela Rau advance in their careers. Rau, 53, of Southampton, worked at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Springfield for more than 20 years when she decided to seek an associate degree in health information technology from STCC. She needed the diploma to continue working as a supervisor in health information management. Rau was part of the first graduating class in June.

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    20. Greater Holyoke Chamber Table Top Expo Finds New Home

      Greater Holyoke Chamber Table Top Expo Finds New Home

      The Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce Table Top Expo has a new home in 2017, as the Bartley Center at Holyoke Community College (HCC) will open its doors to the event on Wednesday, April 12 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The 23rd annual event, one of the region’s largest small-business networking events, will welcome 200 small-business professionals and entrepreneurs who want to take their business to the next level and develop their business leads. The show is the ‘big sister’ of the Chicopee Table Top Expo, which takes place each fall, and is a multi-chamber event that ...

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    21. Greater Northampton Chamber Arrive @ 5 Event Slated for April 5

      Two of Northampton’s local businesses are uniting to co-host the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce’s Arrive @ 5 event on Wednesday, April 5. Degrees of Comfort — Northampton Plumbing Supply’s kitchen and bath showroom — will join Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice for this community-networking event from 5 to 7 p.m. at 168 Industrial Dr.

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    22. Hogan Technology Invited to Technology Assurance Group Convention

      Hogan Technology Invited to Technology Assurance Group Convention

      Hogan Technology announced that Sean Hogan, the company’s president, has been invited to attend the 17th annual Technology Assurance Group Convention, an organization of dominant unified-communications companies in North America representing $350 million in products and services. The event, to be held in Houston on April 2-5, brings together the most successful leaders in the unified-communications sector in order to elevate the industry as a whole, through the sharing of best business practices, CEO-to-CEO collaboration, and exchange of viewpoints as the future of technology. The theme of this year’s convention is “teamwork drives success.” It will focus on ...

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      Mentions: Easthampton
    23. WNEU to Host Annual Pharmacy Conference March 16

      WNEU to Host Annual Pharmacy Conference March 16

      The Western New England University College of Pharmacy will hold its seventh annual Continuing Pharmacy Education and Preceptor Development Conference on Thursday, March 16 from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Rivers Memorial Hall. The conference is one way the College of Pharmacy supports the educational needs of pharmacists in the region. Hundreds of regional pharmacists from New England participate each year in the full-day training program, which will provide insight into legal issues impacting the pharmacy profession, preceptor development, and updates on clinical therapeutics.

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