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    1. Western Massachusetts manufacturing group works to introduce youngsters to machine technology

      Western Massachusetts manufacturing group works to introduce youngsters to machine technology

      So Maier, Siedlik and others hope to work with the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County so middle school students get a chance to visit local machine shops and the Eastec trade show, a showplace for the latest and greatest technology, put on every other May on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield.  Housing and Economic Development Secretary Gregory Bialecki was one of the state officials at the event. He said the state is supportive of vocational education. For him, Westfield's Mainline Drive is a bit of a metaphor.

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    2. UMass, Mount Holyoke, Holyoke Community and other local colleges want to be held accountable for cost; just measure them fairly

      UMass, Mount Holyoke, Holyoke Community and other local colleges want to be held accountable for cost; just measure them fairly

      Tying federal financial aid not only to the student’s grades but to college or university’s performance sounds fair to Robert L. Caret, president of the University of Massachusetts system.  “The students are going to have to perform to get their aid and the institution is going to have to perform in order to get the aid to give to the student,” Caret said Thursday in a telephone interview following President Barack Obama’s series of speeches on college affordability.

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    3. Lia Auto Group opens Lia Kia on King Street in Northampton

      Lia Auto Group opens Lia Kia on King Street in Northampton

      The Lia Auto Group, which includes 17 dealerships in New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut, has announced the opening of Lia Kia. The dealership, located at 263 King Street in Northampton, opened July 25. It is the former Agway location. Now through August 31st, the Northampton Kia dealership is running a grand opening giveaway. Customers can walk in and enter to win a three year lease on a brand new 2013 Kia Optima. People can also enter by visiting www.LiaKiaOfNorthampton.com

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    4. New Massachusetts tech tax hurts job creation, Pioneer Valley software companies consider court fight

      New Massachusetts tech tax hurts job creation, Pioneer Valley software companies consider court fight

      Paragus Strategic IT of Hadley hires a new employee making at least $30,000 a year every six months and had been thinking of opening a branch office in Springfield to handle its growing workload.  But that branch office and the jobs associated with it are now more likely to go to Nashua, N.H., or Hartford because Massachusetts has imposed a sales tax on computer software services, said Delcie Bean, the 27-year-old CEO of Paragus who founded the company when he was still a high-school student in Amherst.

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    5. Smith & Wesson reaches out to tell story as gun debate rages

      Smith & Wesson reaches out to tell story as gun debate rages

      Smith & Wesson, the 161-year-old Springfield gunmaker well known for making the revolver Clint Eastwood used in "Dirty Harry," has been on a public-relations push of late with a two-page advertisement in The Republican; billboards, including one on Interstate 291 within sight of the plant; radio and television ads along with Tweets (messages on the microblogging site Twitter); Facebook posts; and videos posted to the brand’s own Youtube channel.

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    6. Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund boosts job-skills programs in Hampden, Franklin and Hampshire counties

      Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund boosts job-skills programs in Hampden, Franklin and Hampshire counties

      MassMutual Financial Group hires between 80 and 120 customer service representatives a year to staff its call centers, each earning $30,000 a year or more.  But the Springfield based financial-services giant has trouble finding people with the right technical, communications and language skills to fill those positions at call centers, said Shannon Levesque, assistant vice president of strategic recruiting and human services for MassMutual Financial Group. It's a need she and other business leaders plan to address with a $350,000 state grant to the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County announced at a news conference Tuesday.

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    7. United Bank in West Springfield has 'big appeal': Barron's

      United Bank in West Springfield has 'big appeal': Barron's

      United Bank is one of "Two Small Banks with Big Appeal," according to financial publication Barron's. Barron's, published by Wall Street Journal Owner Dow Jones & Co., has actually written favorably about West Springfield-based United once before, said Richard B. Collins, president and CEO of United Bank.

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    8. CareerPoint, other One-Stop Career Centers serve record number of Massachusetts job seekers in FY2012-2013

      CareerPoint, other One-Stop Career Centers serve record number of Massachusetts job seekers in FY2012-2013

      These figures, compiled in a report from the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, were released by the Massachusetts Workforce Professional Association. CareerPoint worked with 675 businesses last year, assisting them with fulfilling their workforce needs, including job postings and referrals, prescreening candidates, job fairs, labor market information and incumbent worker trainings. The One Stop Career Centers worked with almost 12,000 businesses last year, and 70 percent of these businesses were return customers.

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    9. Massachusetts business confidence moves into optimistic territory in latest survey

      Massachusetts business confidence moves into optimistic territory in latest survey

      Business confidence rose in July, crossing into optimistic territory after a dull June, according to a new survey by Associated Industries of Massachusetts.
      Business confidence rose 3.6 points in July to 52.5 points on a 100-point scale where 50 is considered neutral, according to a news release from Associated Industries, a statewide business group. Survey results were released Tuesday.

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    10. Western Massachusetts Electric Co. partners with Allconnect for customer service

      Western Massachusetts Electric Co. partners with Allconnect for customer service

      Western Massachusetts Electric Co. is partnering with the Atlanta-based company Allconnect, launching the Allconnect Move Advisor Service program.
      The goal is to give customers a simple, convenient place to go when they’re signing up for multiple services at a new address. At the same time, Allconnect provides the opportunity to find the best deals by comparing services and prices.

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    11. Springfield's Smith & Wesson makes presence known in gun control debate

      Springfield's Smith & Wesson makes presence known in gun control debate

      Smith & Wesson wants its voice, and the voices of its 1,500 employees, heard as the state Legislature considers new gun control legislation in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings.  Smith & Wesson is committed to safety, James Debney, president and CEO, said Thursday in an interview. But he suggests making school buildings safer, improving the background check process for handgun purchasers and including more mental health information in the application. Smith & Wesson also wants to make the process of getting a Massachusetts license to carry a weapon consistent statewide and not dependent on individual police departments.

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    12. Fallon Community Health Plan opens Summit ElderCare in Springfield

      Fallon Community Health Plan opens Summit ElderCare in Springfield

      Fallon Community Health Plan recently opened a new senior care facility, Summit ElderCare, in the North Medical District at 101 Wason Ave. Fallon said it is the first to bring what it calls a nationally-recognized model of care to the Western Massachusetts region. Summit ElderCare is a community-based alternative to nursing home care for older adults who want to avoid moving into a nursing home.

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    13. Western Massachusetts job training programs get a boost; Community Works provides apprenticeships for building trades | masslive

      Western Massachusetts job training programs get a boost; Community Works provides apprenticeships for building trades | masslive

      Aziza Holloway-Abdegeo used to sell buildings; now she builds them.  The economy put a damper on Holloway-Abdegeo's career selling real estate. But, a pre-apprenticeship training program called Community Works helped get her foot in the door as a union apprentice carpenter.  As an apprentice she's helped build the $114-million Roger L. Putnam Vocational-Technical Academy and work on the $43.4 million renovation and expansion of Forest Park Middle School.

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    14. Yankee Candle reportedly interested to pursue an initial public offering after abandoning sale earlier this year | masslive

      Yankee Candle reportedly interested to pursue an initial public offering after abandoning sale earlier this year | masslive

      Yankee Candle Co.'s private-equity owners are reportedly considering an IPO, or an initial public offering, a move that would once again make the candle maker a public company.  Madison Dearborn Partners is working with Bank of America and Morgan Stanley on the offering, Bloomberg News reported Thursday citing unnamed sources.

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    15. Westfield Barnes Regional Airport gets federal grant; city seeks new restaurant for terminal | masslive

      Westfield Barnes Regional Airport gets federal grant; city seeks new restaurant for terminal | masslive

      The federal government is kicking in $8.7 million toward $20 million in runway improvements and other work in at Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport.  U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, announced that he'll visit the airport Monday morning to announce the funds, which come from aircraft fuels taxes collected and then distributed by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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    16. Western Massachusetts businesses get disaster recovery money | masslive

      Western Massachusetts businesses get disaster recovery money | masslive

      The funds will come from a $600,000 grant from the federal Economic Development Administration to Common Capital, the Scibelli Enterprise Center , and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.  The funds and services are available to businesses in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire counties severely impacted by natural disasters in 2011, including tropical storm Irene and the tornadoes that severely damaged areas of Springfield, West Springfield, Westfield, and Monson.

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    17. Bradley International Airport looks to renew service to Europe from Hartford-Springfield region

      Bradley International Airport looks to renew service to Europe from Hartford-Springfield region

      When Mestek Inc. president R. Bruce Dewey has to send sales staff or engineers to Europe, just getting them to an airport that truly lives up to the name "international" is the first order of business. "We have drivers who take people to Boston or to New York City," Dewey said, explaining how international business is important for Mestek, a maker of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment. "We have also had a lot of luck flying people out of Dulles (in Washington, D.C), but then you have to first fly them to Washington."

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    18. Friendly's Ice Cream Corp. celebrates 78th anniversary by breaking Guinness world record for largest ice cream party | masslive

      Friendly's Ice Cream Corp. celebrates 78th anniversary by breaking Guinness world record for largest ice cream party | masslive

      Blake and his brother Curtis L. Blake founded the chain in Springfield’s Pine Point neighborhood in 1935. Their parents loaned them $500 and the sold ice cream at a nickle a cone making $27.60 the first day  Today, Friendly's makes 24 million gallons of ice cream a year at its Wilbraham plant and has $1.5 million a day in sales. The company has 7,000 employees including 200 at the headquarters and another 200 in the adjacent manufacturing plant. Friendly's has about 60 employees at a distribution center in Chicopee.

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    19. Baystate Medical Center listed as third-best hospital in Massachusetts by U.S. News & World Report | masslive

      Baystate Medical Center listed as third-best hospital in Massachusetts by U.S. News & World Report | masslive

      Baystate Medical Center is the third-best hospital in Massachusetts, according to new U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” ranking released Tuesday.  That’s up from fifth-best Massachusetts hospital in the publication’s rankings last year. “What it means is that Baystate Medical Center has one of the highest quality rating in the county and it is one of the safest hospitals in the country as far as avoiding a serious medical mistake, said Dr. Evan M. Benjamin, senior vice president for health care quality at Baystate.

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