1. Articles from Joseph Bednar

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    1. Companies Find Imaginative, Fun Ways to Help Employees Cope with a Crisis - BusinessWest

      Companies Find Imaginative, Fun Ways to Help Employees Cope with a Crisis - BusinessWest

      The food truck from the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House pulled into the north parking lot of the PeoplesBank building in Holyoke around 2 p.m. on Oct. 15.  By 2:30, a large number of employees from the accounting and tax-planning firm Meyers Brothers Kalicka had gathered to enjoy gourmet grilled cheese, tomato soup, hard cider, and some pumpkin beers, and to play a little cornhole.

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    2. Event-production Companies Turn to Virtual Events to Fill the Void - BusinessWest

      Event-production Companies Turn to Virtual Events to Fill the Void - BusinessWest

      While most of the business world slowed gradually in March, or even ground to an eventual halt, the story was more dire for the events industry.  It just … stopped. “When the whole country shut down, we were impacted immediately. We were one of the first business sectors to really feel the effects,” said Andrew Jensen, president of Jx2 Productions, noting that among the state’s first orders was barring large — and eventually even modestly sized — gatherings.

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    3. BusinessTalk with with Nate Costa

      BusinessTalk with with Nate Costa

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien talks with Nate Costa, president of the Springfield Thunderbirds. The two discuss the fate of the upcoming season and the factors that will determine if, when, and under what circumstances games might again be played. They also discuss the importance of the team to the ongoing efforts to revitalize Springfield, and how the Thunderbirds stay relevant during this ultra-challenging time. It’s must listening, so join us on BusinessTalk.

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    4. Hadley Faces Challenges While Planning for Future - BusinessWest

      Hadley Faces Challenges While Planning for Future - BusinessWest

      Before the pandemic, up to 80,000 cars would travel on Route 9 in Hadley each day, bringing workers, students, and customers to and through the town.  Known for its agriculture, proximity to the Five College community, and a robust retail corridor along Route 9, Hadley has been challenged, like all towns, since the arrival of COVID-19. But efforts by a group of town officials are meeting those challenges to keep Hadley viable today and well into the future.


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    5. The Institute for Applied Life Sciences at UMass Amherst

      The Institute for Applied Life Sciences at UMass Amherst

      In mid-March, when much of the U.S. was starting to hunker down, Peter Reinhart had a feeling he wouldn’t be — and neither would many of the people he works with. “We didn’t want to be sitting at home watching this pandemic unfold without doing something,” said Reinhart, director of the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) at UMass Amherst, a facility launched in 2013 with the goal of accelerating life-science research and advancing collaboration with industry to shorten the gap between scientific innovation and technological advancement.

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    6. Mark Keroack, President and CEO, Baystate Health

      Mark Keroack, President and CEO, Baystate Health

      Dr. Mark Keroack doesn’t feel like a Healthcare Hero. But he’ll gratefully accept the honor on behalf of everyone who does deserve the award. In his estimation, that’s a lot of people. “Whenever some new challenge comes up, it’s been our tradition to step up and play a leadership role in Western Mass.,” said the president and CEO of Baystate Health. “I wish I could convert my award into an ‘unsung heroes award.’ So many things happened behind the scenes to enable us to step up.”

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    7. Westfield State Launches New Public Healthcare Administration Programs

      Westfield State Launches New Public Healthcare Administration Programs

      Westfield State University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Education (CGCE) launched a new graduate degree concentration and certificate program that focuses on public healthcare administration. The master of public administration (MPA) in public healthcare administration concentration and the public healthcare administration certificate were approved recently by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.

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    8. Springfield Initiative Receives National Funding for Workforce-development Strategy

      Springfield Initiative Receives National Funding for Workforce-development Strategy

      Since 2016, the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council (EDC), through its Springfield WORKS initiative, has brought together employers, educators, community leaders, the city, and residents to address how to meet the economic needs of both Springfield residents and local businesses. As a result of this collaboration, it became clear that there was a need to increase employer engagement to hire locally and invest in upskilling for worker advancement. To that end, a partnership developed between the EDC and Baystate Medical Center (BMC), the largest employer in the region, to bring such strategies to fruition in Springfield. The BMC/EDC team ...

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    9. Progress Continues in Wilbraham’s Business Districts

      Progress Continues in Wilbraham’s Business Districts

      Wilbraham is a mostly residential town with two main business districts — the town center, as it’s known, on Main Street, and along a lengthy stretch of Route 20, or Boston Road. The fact that both have seen development activity during the ongoing pandemic is good news indeed, said Jeffrey Smith, chairman of the Planning Board. Take, for example, a couple of vacant buildings next to Home Depot that have been vacant for about a decade. They will soon become a 7,000-square-foot O’Reilly’s Auto Parts store and a 2,340-square-foot Valvoline instant oil-change facility.

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    10. Bradley to Launch Expanded Service on JetBlue with Four New Non-stop Routes

      Bradley to Launch Expanded Service on JetBlue with Four New Non-stop Routes

      The Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) announced non-stop service to four new destinations from Bradley International Airport on JetBlue. These new destinations include Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Cancún, Mexico. “One of Connecticut’s best competitive assets is its international airport in such close proximity to so many of our communities and employers,” Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said. “This strengthening of the partnership with JetBlue shows once again how important Bradley International Airport is to our present and our future. More routes and a strong international airport are key to Connecticut’s success.”

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    11. Beveridge Family Foundation Boosts Nonprofits, Partners with Innovation Accelerator

      Beveridge Family Foundation Boosts Nonprofits, Partners with Innovation Accelerator

      The Beveridge Family Foundation provides support to nonprofits within Hampden and Hampshire counties. While continuing that critical work, it has started investing directly into social-impact projects and ventures. By leveraging its endowment, the Beveridge Foundation is significantly increasing the amount of funding it can deploy. Local organizations with proposals for economically sustainable programs can now apply for investments of up to $250,000. These proposals must be at the pilot stage or later and already have significant evidence of demand and viability.

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    12. BusinessTalk with Carla Cosenzi

      BusinessTalk with Carla Cosenzi

      George interviews Carla Cosenzi, President of TommyCar Auto Group. This desire to serve the community, and to do things right all the time, is an operating mindset that has earned Cosenzi not only her 40 Under Forty plaque (class of 2012), but another BusinessWest honor as well, the Difference Makers award in 2019. Now she is one of BusinessWest’s five finalists for the Alumni Achievement Award!

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    13. Springfield Positions Itself to Bounce Back from COVID-19

      Springfield Positions Itself to Bounce Back from COVID-19

      Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno noted that his city is certainly well-versed in dealing with natural and man-made disasters — everything from the tornado in June 2011 to the natural-gas explosion a year and a half later. “Battle-tested” was the phrase he used to describe a community that has been though a lot over the past few decades. But the COVID-19 pandemic … this is a different kind of disaster. “It’s like shadow boxing in a lot of ways,” he said, using that phrase to essentially describe a foe that’s hard to hit and an exercise that amounts to punching air ...

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    14. BusinessTalk with Samalid Hogan

      BusinessTalk with Samalid Hogan

      Thom Fox interviews Samalid Hogan, Regional Director of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC).  The MSBDC provides free and confidential one-to-one business advice.  COVID-19 has created a tremendous amount of challenge throughout the business community, and the MSBDC have been on the forefront of lending support. Along with helping business owners navigate the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Small Business Association (SBA) Disaster Assistance Program,  Samalid and her team have also launched an informative webinar series and built a comprehensive listing of area Business Resources. 

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    15. Advanced Education Has Benefits for Employees and Employers

      Advanced Education Has Benefits for Employees and Employers

      As access to online education grows, the number of professionals seeking to advance their education also increases. In 2017, one in six students enrolled entirely online, and one in three enrolled in at least one online course. With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools around the country shut down their physical locations, and students were forced to move to online learning. Now that most students have taken some form of online classes, it is likely that many will choose to continue this method of learning.

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    16. Palmer’s Town Manager Sees Growth Potential

      Palmer’s Town Manager Sees Growth Potential

      If there’s one thing capitalism doesn’t like, Ryan McNutt says, it’s uncertainty. And COVID-19 has certainly injected plenty of that into the regional and national economic picture. But unlike more densely populated areas like Boston, where the death toll — and accompanying anxiety — are higher, leading to a slower return to acitity, Palmer has seen only seven coronavirus-related deaths. Even now, only nine people are under some sort of quarantine order, following a long stretch of no cases at all.

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    17. BusinessTalk with Tessa Murphy-Romboletti

      BusinessTalk with Tessa Murphy-Romboletti

      Thom Fox interviews Tessa Murphy-Romboletti, Executive Director of EforAll in Holyoke.  EforAll [Entrepreneurship for All] accelerates economic and social impact in communities through inclusive entrepreneurship. Tessa discusses the organization’s Business Accelerator program, Pitch Contests, and how EforAll is supporting local entrepreneurs through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    18. For Manufacturers, COVID-19 Changes … Everything

      For Manufacturers, COVID-19 Changes … Everything

      Mark Borsari says he hasn’t been on a plane since a vacation in early March. By his reckoning, that’s by far the longest stretch he can remember when he hasn’t been flying somewhere, especially in his role as president of Palmer-based Sanderson MacLeod, a maker of fine wire brushes for everything from makeup kits to gun cleaning. The six months on the ground has been a time of reflection — and even humor. “I’m sure my wife’s probably thinking I should be on a plane more,” said Borsari with a laugh, adding that he’s not ...

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    19. Wsu, Hcc Announce Biotechnology Program Partnership

      Westfield State University (WSU) and Holyoke Community College (HCC) have partnered to create an affordable pathway for students who earn an associate degree in biotechnology from HCC to transfer credits and pursue a bachelor’s degree from WSU. The transfer agreement benefits students by providing an affordable option to enroll at HCC for two years and take high-level science courses that can be applied at Westfield State. With the agreement in place, students will experience a smooth transfer process between the two schools.

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