1. Articles from Joseph Bednar

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    1. VentureWell Seeks Global Impact Through Entrepreneurship

      VentureWell Seeks Global Impact Through Entrepreneurship

      Katya Cherukumilli has a big idea with potentially bigger impact. Her nonprofit startup, Seattle-based Global Water Labs, is developing a scalable and affordable fluoride-removal technology that aims to reduce the incidence of irreversible diseases as a result of consuming excess naturally occurring fluoride in groundwater — a risk common to some 200 million people worldwide. She credits Hadley-based VentureWell with helping her move her big idea beyond the headspace into something tangible and, hopefully, impactful.

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    2. Our Annual Guide to Summer Events in Western Mass. - BusinessWest

      Our Annual Guide to Summer Events in Western Mass. - BusinessWest

      Summertime is a great time to get away, but in Western Mass., it’s also a great time to stick around and enjoy the many events on the calendar. Whether you’re craving live music or arts and crafts, historical experiences or small-town pride, the region boasts plenty of ways to celebrate the summer months. Here are a few dozen ideas to get you started.

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    3. Unify Against Bullying to Award All-time High of $20,000 in Grants

      Unify Against Bullying to Award All-time High of $20,000 in Grants

      Unify Against Bullying’s 2019 online grant applications are now open. All applications are due to be submitted by Aug. 14. Unify also announced it has increased the amount it is awarding this year to $20,000 — a record amount for the organization. Grant applications are available at unifyagainstbullying.org. “One of our key goals is to inspire youth of all ages to participate,” Executive Director Christine Maiwald said. “It’s our job to give life to their ideas. They know best how we can bring an end to bullying. Additionally, we are in search of parents, teachers, and community ...

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      Mentions: Springfield
    4. New Valley Bank & Trust Co. Officially Opens Its Doors

      New Valley Bank & Trust Co. Officially Opens Its Doors

      Springfield’s first startup bank in 11 years has officially opened its doors. New Valley Bank & Trust Co. received final regulatory approval and staged a press conference on June 10 to celebrate what co-founder Jeff Sullivan called “a business bank for the ambitious.” “We’re mindful of the privilege we’ve been granted, and we intend to not only be responsive to our shareholders, but to be responsible to the communities we serve,” co-founder Frank Fitzgerald added during a gathering of supporters, co-investors, business leaders, and elected officials.

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    5. Chikmedia Celebrates Five Years of Growth in the Marketing World

      Chikmedia Celebrates Five Years of Growth in the Marketing World

      When Meghan Rothschild launched Chikmedia as a two-woman operation five years ago, she was determined to build a successful marketing firm that focused heavily, if not exclusively, on women and brought a fierce attitude and a sense of fun into the work. Five years later, as the head of a small team with an ever-growing clientele, she says those philosophies haven’t changed — nor has the need for a company that reminds women of the power they wield when they lift each other up.

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    6. ACC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center Turns Training into Jobs — Quickly

      ACC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center Turns Training into Jobs — Quickly

      With much of the manufacturing workforce starting to age out and a dearth of young people entering the field, companies have been struggling for some time to find the skilled employees they need to grow. One successful model changing the equation is the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center at Asnuntuck Community College, which is placing students with a one-year certificate to work in good-paying careers — while meeting area companies’ critical talent needs. It is, in short, a true win-win.

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    7. Massachusetts Communities Receive $647,000 for Middle-school Exploration Programs

      In Western Mass., Monson Public Schools will launch the Careers in the Middle program, providing students in grades 6 to 8 with classroom lessons, field trips, and events that will expose them to career-awareness opportunities. “Monson is thrilled to be chosen by ASA to partner to provide additional resources that focus on our middle grades,” said Robert Bardwell, director of School Counseling and School-to-Career coordinator. “This grant will give us the opportunity to do more for our middle-level students and collect data that tells us which activities are best to facilitate and encourage career development early on.”

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    8. Thriving Northampton Isn’t Resting on Its Laurels

      Thriving Northampton Isn’t Resting on Its Laurels

      A Knowledge Corridor study before the Amtrak Vermonter line opened four years ago projected 28 riders per day at the Northampton station. In fact, the average is 59 for the two trains per day — a southbound run that arrives at 2 p.m. and a northbound train at 4 p.m., noted Masterson, the city’s Economic Development director. “And that’s inconvenient service, in the middle of the afternoon,” added Mayor David Narkewicz. “If they made it convenient — get on in the morning, go to Manhattan, and come back the same day — it would be interesting to see the ...

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    9. Peter Pan Charts a Route to Continued Growth

      Peter Pan Charts a Route to Continued Growth

      Peter Picknelly says the higher prices that consumers are experiencing at the gas pump are a fairly recent phenomenon, with the surge coming over the past few months or so. But in the bus business, such changes to the landscape can, and usually do, have a quick and profound impact. And Easter weekend provided ample evidence of this. “Business was up 18% over the same period a year ago — we were really busy over Easter weekend,” said Picknelly. “When gas prices go up, we see an increase in ridership, and they’ve been going up.

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    10. MASS MoCA Continues to Expand and Contribute to the Big Picture in the Berkshires - BusinessWest

      MASS MoCA Continues to Expand and Contribute to the Big Picture in the Berkshires - BusinessWest

      Anyone who hasn’t been to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in the past decade might be surprised at how different it is from its early days. From a near-doubling of art space to a growing array of long-term exhibits to a robust music, theater, and festival business, MASS MoCA has become a true driver of Berkshire County’s creative economy — and that’s by design.

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    11. Hogan Technology Receives Top Industry Award

      Hogan Technology Receives Top Industry Award

      Hogan Technology recently received Technology Assurance Group’s (TAG) top award at the 19th annual TAG Convention held in Orlando, Fla. TAG, an international organization of independently owned managed-technology service providers in the U.S. and Canada, selected Hogan Technology as the winner of the TAG Champion Award. The award is based on the company’s ability to drive fellow TAG members’ growth and advancement. Hogan Technology offers an array of IT networking, voice, and video solutions all designed to increase customers’ profitability and productivity. The TAG Champion Award was accepted by Sean Hogan, president of Hogan Technology.

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      Mentions: Easthampton
    12. Berkshire Blueprint 2.0 Charts Ambitious Course to Economic Growth

      Berkshire Blueprint 2.0 Charts Ambitious Course to Economic Growth

      Jonathan Butler knows what happens to a lot of reports, and he’s determined to avoid that fate. “This wasn’t intended to be just a two-year study that ends up as a report that sits on a shelf,” he said, referring to Berkshire Blueprint 2.0, an 80-page action plan of sorts for the Berkshire County economy. “It very much means to be a new look at our economy, a new baseline for where we are that identifies challenges we have in different areas and action steps needed to move forward.”

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      Mentions: 1Berkshire
    13. Wyckoff’s New Owners Have Ambitious Plans for Facility

      Wyckoff’s New Owners Have Ambitious Plans for Facility

      None of the members of the new ownership team at Wyckoff Country Club in Holyoke had spent any time on the golf course — or in the golf business — prior to their acquisition earlier this year. But they did know a few things about what they were getting into. Actually, more than a few. They knew how to run a business — Bob VanZandt Sr. has operated American Tire Sales & Service in Springfield for nearly 40 years, and Charlie Arment has been at the helm of Charlie Arment Trucking in Springfield, a 65-year-old family business, since 1978. Beyond that, well, they knew ...

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      Mentions: Holyoke
    14. United Personnel Aims to Make Life Easier for Clients

      United Personnel Aims to Make Life Easier for Clients

      At its core, the mission of a staffing agency is to connect employers with job seekers — a task United Personnel has tackled with success for 35 years. But creating those matches doesn’t occur in a vacuum. Rather, building a healthy workforce is a region-wide effort that makes demands of employers, colleges, training programs, K-to-12 schools, and lawmakers. United Personnel President Tricia Canavan recognizes this big picture — and her firm’s role in closing the gaps.

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    15. Palmer Seeks to Boost Its Destination Status

      Palmer Seeks to Boost Its Destination Status

      Palmer’s leaders see the town as a destination — and hope the myriad players investigating east-west passenger rail service in Massachusetts view it the same way. That’s why the Palmer Town Council recently established a citizens’ advisory committee and contracted with the UMass Center for Economic Development to study — and prepare a report on — the merits of an east-west passenger rail stop in Palmer, to be submitted to the state advisory committee currently looking into the feasibility of expanded east-west passenger service. Those efforts included a recent meeting with community members to brainstorm about the pros and cons of ...

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    16. Developments Raise Profile of Great Barrington - BusinessWest

      Developments Raise Profile of Great Barrington - BusinessWest

      Jennifer Tabakin is a believer in using public investment to spur private investment. After six years as Great Barrington’s town manager — she’s stepping down in June — she has seen plenty of evidence to back up that philosophy.  “We’ve talked a lot about the investments we’ve made in Bridge Street, which is one of our side streets off Main Street,” she told BusinessWest. “Over the years, the public money put into it has been significant, and we’ve been able to see private development come along in response to it.”

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    17. Elms College School of Nursing Receives $750,000 Grant from Kellogg Foundation

      Elms College School of Nursing Receives $750,000 Grant from Kellogg Foundation

      The School of Nursing at Elms College has received a $750,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to improve health outcomes in Haiti through nursing faculty development beginning in summer 2019. In Haiti — where infant mortality rates are the highest in the Americas, and life expectancy is the lowest — most healthcare is provided by nurses, so educating nurses for the future workforce is critical to the health of the Haitian population. Skill development for student nurses depends on competent and well-trained faculty, but nursing faculty in Haiti are reportedly unprepared for clinical teaching and need enhanced teaching.

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      Mentions: Chicopee
    18. UMass Amherst Looks to Be a World Leader in Water-technology Innovation

      UMass Amherst Looks to Be a World Leader in Water-technology Innovation

      When the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center released a study last fall examining potential locations for water-technology demonstration centers in Massachusetts — thus raising the Bay State’s profile and potential in the increasingly critical field of water supply, treatment, and sustainability — UMass Amherst was a natural choice, because it’s been making connections between water research and industry for some time. A host of key stakeholders believe it can become even more so in the decades to come.

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    19. New Adams & Ruxton Owner Walks a Surprising Career Path

      New Adams & Ruxton Owner Walks a Surprising Career Path

      Dorothy Ostrowski has never settled for having just one ball in the air. Like the time, a few years ago, when she was building a house with her husband, Mike, while pregnant with their second child, completing a dual master’s degree, and starting a new nursing job. “Somehow, I don’t know how everything fits on my plate, but it all does,” she told BusinessWest. “One of the biggest things I believe is that anyone’s capable of anything. It’s really how bad do you want it, and how much does it impact you, your life, and your ...

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    20. Celebrating the Class 0f 2019

      Celebrating the Class 0f 2019

      It was almost a decade ago now when Bill Ward, then the executive director of the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, stepped to the podium at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House in Holyoke to accept the first Difference Maker award presented by BusinessWest. Much has happened since then. Ward retired a few years later, and the REB is now known as the MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board. But the Difference Maker award remains a constant — and a symbol of excellence and dedication to improving quality of life in this region. The six members of the class of 2019 ...

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    21. Bay Path University Receives Truth Initiative Grant and Pledges to Go Tobacco-free

      Bay Path University Receives Truth Initiative Grant and Pledges to Go Tobacco-free

      Bay Path University recently announced it is one of 48 colleges and universities to be awarded a grant from Truth Initiative to adopt a 100% tobacco-free or smoke-free campus policy. The effort is part of a national movement among students, faculty, and administrators to address smoking and tobacco use at college campuses throughout the U.S.“We are truly excited to make Bay Path University a safe, healthy, and productive environment,” said Michael Giampietro, vice president for Finance & Administrative Services. “The health benefits of reducing second-hand smoke exposure are invaluable and could also help students prepare for the workforce, where ...

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    22. SPARK EforAll Holyoke Seeks Applicants for Two Pitch Contests

      SPARK EforAll Holyoke Seeks Applicants for Two Pitch Contests

      SPARK EforAll Holyoke continues to support entrepreneurs and idea sharing with two pitch contests planned for this spring. Both contests are an opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs to share, receive feedback, and possibly win prize money for a business or nonprofit idea.The first event is a pitch contest for food and drink-themed ideas, hosted on Wednesday, April 10 at 6 p.m. at the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute (164 Race St., Holyoke). The deadline to apply is Thursday, March 28 at 11:59 a.m.

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      Mentions: Holyoke
    23. Elms College Off-Campus to Host ‘Shake Up Storytime’ Workshop for Educators at GCC

      Elms College Off-Campus to Host ‘Shake Up Storytime’ Workshop for Educators at GCC

      In celebration of the Week of the Young Child, Elms College Off-Campus will host a presentation and workshop by professor and author Megan Dowd Lambert of Simmons University on Saturday, April 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Greenfield Community College (GCC) dining room. This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

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