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    1. Leanne Sedlak's SkinCatering opens location in Springfield's Tower Square

      Leanne Sedlak's SkinCatering opens location in Springfield's Tower Square

      Leanne Sedlak, owner of SkinCatering day spa, is opening a second location downtown in Tower Square, 1500 Main St., on the second floor. "I would like to thank Leanne for her belief and investment here in downtown Springfield and, specifically, here in Tower Square," Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said in a news release. "This is another great story of a growing and exciting business and it is happening right here in our Springfield."

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    2. Amazon.com to start collecting sales tax in Massachusetts, but will it matter to consumers?

      Amazon.com to start collecting sales tax in Massachusetts, but will it matter to consumers?

      Amazon and the state struck the bargain to start collecting tax here about a year ago after the company established a physical presence here in the state with research offices in Cambridge and bought robotics company Kiva System in Woburn for $775 million. Amazon recently advertised for 50 new employees and has promised to create hundreds of new jobs in the state in the next few years.

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    3. Hampden Bank, dissident shareholders in proxy fight; investors demand sale or merger to boost profits

      Hampden Bank, dissident shareholders in proxy fight; investors demand sale or merger to boost profits

      Hampden Bank, founded here in 1852 and headquartered downtown on Harrison Avenue, faces a proxy fight from shareholders based in Texas who want seats on the board and for the bank to seriously explore selling out or merging with another bank to increase earnings. "Getting a return for investors, that's what being a public company is about," Johnny Guerry of Clover Partners LLC in Dallas said in a phone interview last week. "It's not about selling stock and bringing in all this money so you can pay your executives."

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    4. Massachusetts community bankers say things going well, but state legal reforms needed

      Massachusetts community bankers say things going well, but state legal reforms needed

      Local banks have grown through the recession and local bankers are seeing a recovery, even if it is s a slow recovery. But to keep the good news coming, they say they need state lawmakers to pass legislation streamlining regulations and encouraging them to keep up with technology. The banks also are asking that state regulations also be brought into line with federal rules that got tougher in the wake of the financial crisis.

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    5. Massachusetts community hospitals eligible for grants as part of state health care reform

      Massachusetts community hospitals eligible for grants as part of state health care reform

      The state Health Policy Commission has announced the availability of $10 million in funding for certain Massachusetts community hospitals. Beginning today, eligible institutions from across the state can apply for up to $500,000 from the first phase of the Health Policy Commission investment program – Community Hospital Acceleration, Revitalization, and Transformation, or CHART – focused on enhancing community hospitals’ delivery of efficient, effective health care.

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    6. Massachusetts doubles cash incentives for hiring veterans and long-term unemployed

      Massachusetts doubles cash incentives for hiring veterans and long-term unemployed

      The state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced it has more than doubled cash grants available to employers hiring Massachusetts residents who have been unemployed for 6 months or more, or Massachusetts veterans, regardless of length of unemployment. Eligible employers may now apply for grants of $5,000 for each new hire who meets the Hiring Incentive Training Grant program requirements. Employers may receive up to $75,000 each calendar year, according to a news release.

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    7. Westfield Chamber, Training and Workforce Options join to host manufacturing training summit at Savage Arms

      Westfield Chamber, Training and Workforce Options join to host manufacturing training summit at Savage Arms

      According to the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, the Pioneer Valley boasts approximately 293 manufacturers who employ roughly 7,850 workers. Manufacturing is the fourth-largest industry sector in the Commonwealth, with more than 299,000 employees, and ranks second in the Pioneer Valley. The summit also will address such issues as current and future business challenges, specific industry workforce needs, projected changes in the local economy and the workforce, resources available to improve workers’ skills and development, and ways in which Holyoke Community College and Springfield Technical Community College and manufacturers can develop meaningful partnerships to effectively address the ...

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    8. Affiliated Chambers of Greater Springfield honors Super 60 companies

      Affiliated Chambers of Greater Springfield honors Super 60 companies

      On Friday, the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield honored Simple Diaper & Linen along with partner/co-workers Gregory and Montagna as rising stars during the chamber's annual Super 60 bushiness recognition luncheon. The lunch drew 515 attendees to Chez Josef in Agawam.The Super 60 program, now in its 24th year, honors 60 local companies, 30 for revenue growth and 30 for total revenue. Exact figures are never released, but the top three in each category are named. This year, Springfield College, Noonan Energy in Springfield and Whalley Computer Associates in Southwick were the top three companies in ...

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    9. WMECO kicks off work on Springfield solar power project

      WMECO kicks off work on Springfield solar power project

      Western Massachusetts Electric Co. plans to start work soon on a 3.9-megawatt solar power project atop a former landfill at 282 Cottage St. in East Springfield.  When completed, the project will replace WMECO's Indian Orchard solar project at the former Chapman Valve site, 225 Goodwin St., as the state's largest solar project built atop what had been a post-industrial brownfield, said Craig Hallstrom, president of both WMECO and its sister utility, NSTAR Electric.

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    10. Springfield Technology Park launches business growth center

      Springfield Technology Park launches business growth center

      The center's first initiative, the Stronger Businesses Program, in partnership with the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield and the Urban League of Springfield, will begin the week of Nov. 18. The program is open to business owners who want to learn how to grow, plan and build capacity for the future.

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    11. UMass plan for Springfield to be unveiled in about a month, university president Robert Caret says

      UMass plan for Springfield to be unveiled in about a month, university president Robert Caret says

      Solid plans for a University of Massachusetts satellite campus in downtown Springfield, plans including a specific location and an outline of the course and degree offerings and how the facility would be funded, should be out in about four weeks, university president Robert L. Caret told reporters Tuesday on a visit to Springfield Technical Community College.

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    12. Pioneer Valley Planning Commission paints positive, yet fragile, picture of the local economy

      Pioneer Valley Planning Commission paints positive, yet fragile, picture of the local economy

      It's not on the list, but Brennan pointed to the May grand opening of   Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.'s 125,000-square-foot , $23-million maintenance hangar at Westfield Barnes Regional Airport. That facility, designed to service the next generation of larger corporate jets, meant about 100 added jobs in Westfield.

      "People don't realize there are private companies making investments and adding jobs," Brennan said. "It's going on all over the valley. People just don't always see it."

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    13. Mason Square supermarket in Springfield, other projects might gain from Working Cities Challenge

      Mason Square supermarket in Springfield, other projects might gain from Working Cities Challenge

      A program run by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston called Working Cities Challenge could provide much as $700,000 in grant money on the table to help Springfield develop a full-line supermarket and bring fresh produce to the "food desert" neighborhoods surrounding Mason Square.

      "We are also hoping to do some workforce development if we get the Working Cities grant," said A. John “Jay” Minkarah, president and CEO of DevelopSpringfield, a public-private group  focused on economic development in the city.

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    14. New $100 bills, made with Crane & Co. paper from Dalton, allow tellers to feel denomination

      New $100 bills, made with Crane & Co. paper from Dalton, allow tellers to feel denomination

      'The new bill is more highly textured. you can almost count them blindfolded,' said Sue Fearn, assistant vice president for client sales at Nuvo Bank & Trust Co. in Springfield. Even the U.S. Department of the Treasury's website www.newmoney.gov asks people to run their finger along Benjamin Franklin's shoulder when they get a new bill.

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    15. Westover Air Reserve Base, Barnes Air National Guard Base employees return to work despite government shutdown; apprehensions remain

      Westover Air Reserve Base, Barnes Air National Guard Base employees return to work despite government shutdown; apprehensions remain

      The Westfield base has an economic impact of $53 million a year. Westover's economic impact is $238 million a year.  Like Westover, the 104th postponed regular training exercises this past weekend pending more information from the Pentagon.

      The 260 furloughed technicians at the Air National Guard's 104th Fighter Wing, normally based at Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, return to work ON Tuesday said Major David Mendoza, executive officer of the wing. The Units f-15 fighters are at Westover while work goes on the Barnes runway.


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    16. State recognizes Franklin Hampshire Career Center, Northampton, for work with

      State recognizes Franklin Hampshire Career Center, Northampton, for work with

      Franklin Hampshire Career Center demonstrates effective collaboration and applies innovative resources to better serve the veteran community. As a 2012 Jobs for Veterans State Grant Incentive Award winner, Franklin Hampshire Career Center used a portion of its award to purchase flash drives for their veteran customers to facilitate storage for discharge documents, resumes, and other documents and pre-loaded the flash drives with Job Search tools and veteran specific support information, a best practice recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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    17. WMECO plans to close Springfield Technology Park headquarters, Greenfield service depot; says no jobs will be lost

      WMECO plans to close Springfield Technology Park headquarters, Greenfield service depot; says no jobs will be lost

      Western Massachusetts Electric Co. will close its headquarters in the Springfield Technology Park and its service center depot on Shelburne Road in Greenfield.
      The 31 office and dispatch workers from the headquarters will move to office space in the WMECo service center at 300 Cadwell Drive by June, said Priscilla Ress, senior media relations specialist for the utility. The 25 maintenance and support workers responsible for maintaining and repairing lines throughout rural Franklin County will move to the WMECo service depot at 55 Russell St., also known as Route 9, in Hadley

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    18. Manufacturing the focus of Franklin County Technical School center | masslive

      Manufacturing the focus of Franklin County Technical School center | masslive

      The old manufacturing technology center at Franklin County Technical School looked like the kind of workshop that would have laid off the grandfather of today's high school students 30 years ago.  It was manual, hand-adjusted technology with oil and dirt, said Valley Steel Stamp owner Steve Capshaw, who spearheaded the $717,000 renovation, updating and re-equipping the program in an effort to help his industry grow by providing more qualified workers for his business and others in the valley.

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    19. Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield honors Super 60 | masslive

      Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield honors Super 60 | masslive

      Just looking at the applications for this year's Super 60 awards showed Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield president Jeffrey Ciuffreda that the local economy is, in fact, improving.  'There were seven or eight new entrants,' Ciuffreda said this week, admitting that he is frustrated by slow growth in the job market. 'We've got a lot of stalwart companies we have always had with some new names. We have manufacturing, service, retail. I think a lot of companies are just waiting before they hire.'

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