1. Articles from Joseph Bednar

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    1. 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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    2. Leadership Pioneer Valley Welcomes Lidya Rivera-Early to Board

      Leadership Pioneer Valley Welcomes Lidya Rivera-Early to Board

      Leadership Pioneer Valley (LPV) recently welcomed Lidya Rivera-Early of Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) to its board of directors. Rivera-Early has a demonstrated history of serving on various boards and committees within the community. As an LPV LEAP alumna, she also brings a passion for both the mission of the organization and the continued success of the Pioneer Valley.

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    3. After Four Challenging Months, Museums Reopen to a Different World

      After Four Challenging Months, Museums Reopen to a Different World

      Kay Simpson says the top priority before reopening Springfield Museums was making sure both visitors and staff would be safe. “Kissing Through a Curtain” is an exhibit of 10 contemporary artists, dealing with communicating and translating across borders, how people interact, and the meaning behind words. It was hung at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in March, a few days before the museum closed due to COVID-19 — and there it has hung, dormant, ever since.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    4. Business Talk with Peter Rosskothen

      Business Talk with Peter Rosskothen

      George O’Brien interviews serial entrepreneur, Peter Rosskothen, Owner of The Log Cabin, Delanry House, D. Hotel Suites & Spa, and Delaney’s Market. George and Peter discuss the effects the pandemic has had on a local business owner in an industry focused on bringing people together, and how the current situation has compelled the companies to be more hands-on in their approach and think outside the “event” box.

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    5. Here and Elsewhere, Business Confidence Depends on Health Data

      Here and Elsewhere, Business Confidence Depends on Health Data

      Diana Szynal is encouraged by what she sees on Main Street in Greenfield as restaurants and retail continue to emerge from months of closed doors. “I certainly see people making the changes they need to make,” she said, referring to Gov. Charlie Baker’s guidance for how — and at what capacity — to open businesses safely. “We’ve seen these business making the effort to reopen and get their staffs back to work and welcome back their customers.” But no one is fooling themselves into believing everyone is ready to go out again, said Szynal, executive director of the Franklin County ...

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    6. County’s Attractions Begin to Open in a Different Kind of Summer Season

      County’s Attractions Begin to Open in a Different Kind of Summer Season

      Magic Wings is a year-round operation, Kathy Fiore said — even when its doors are shut. “This is different from a clothing store,” said Fiore, who co-owns the butterfly conservatory in Deerfield with her brother. “When we closed our doors, we still needed to have staff here, because we have to take care of whatever is happening. Butterflies are laying eggs every day. Caterpillars are hatching out every day. We need to feed and care for the lizards, tortoises, birds, fish … all sorts of animals have to be taken care of.” And that means expenses that don’t disappear when no ...

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    7. Easthampton Chamber Partners with City on Sustaining Small Business Grant Program

      Easthampton Chamber Partners with City on Sustaining Small Business Grant Program

      The Greater Easthampton Sustaining Small Business Grant (SSBG) program is part of a larger collaboration between the Greater Easthampton Chamber of Commerce and the city of Easthampton, within the Blueprint Easthampton initiative. The initial intent of the SSBG is to provide local small and micro businesses, as well as the nonprofit community, with short-term, immediate financial aid to those who have sustained economic loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so that businesses may continue their operations.

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      Mentions: Easthampton
    8. Business Talk With Christina Royal

      Business Talk With Christina Royal

      We are excited to announce that BusinessWest, in partnership with Living Local, has launched a new podcast series, Business Talk. Each episode will feature in-depth interviews and discussions with local industry leaders, providing thoughtful perspectives on the Western Massachuetts economy and the many business ventures that keep it running during these challenging times.

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    9. Landscapers Say Homeowners Are Focused on Lawns, Yard Projects

      Landscapers Say Homeowners Are Focused on Lawns, Yard Projects

      On his daily commute from Wilbraham to East Longmeadow, Dave Graziano has never seen lawns as green as they are this year — even with the recent lack of rain. And as project manager for the landscape division of Graziano Gardens, he knows a thing or two about green lawns. “More than ever, people are working on their homes and their yards,” Graziano said. “Because they’ve been stuck at home for the last few months, they’re way ahead in their yardwork projects.”

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    10. Area Restaurants Begin to Reopen to Eager Guests

      Area Restaurants Begin to Reopen to Eager Guests

      Lisa Pac has been brewing beer for almost two decades, eventually growing a home-brewing enterprise into Skyline Beer Co., a restaurant, craft beer and wine bar, bakery, and home-brewing supply store in Westfield. In December, she and business partners Dana Bishop and Daniel Osella realized a dream of moving into a much larger space in the Whip City — a 4,500-square-foot restaurant, tasting room, and 10-barrel brewery on five scenic acres. Early receipts were very strong, and things were looking up. And then March happened. “At first, when COVID hit, we shut down for a couple days and had to ...

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    11. Tourism and Hospitality Sector Ramps Up for Uncertain Summer

      Tourism and Hospitality Sector Ramps Up for Uncertain Summer

      As he talked with BusinessWest about his industry and his family’s hotel group, Kishore Parmar kept glancing back and forth between the lobby of the Hampton Inn in Hadley and the parking lot outside. He did so with a look that blended something approaching disbelief — still, after roughly three months of the same view — with resignation. “This lobby is essentially empty, and this is not how it is,” he explained. “If this were a normal day in June, you’d see families, you’d see business people in and out, there would be staff going up and down the ...

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    12. UMass to Expand Online Educational Opportunities for Adults

      UMass to Expand Online Educational Opportunities for Adults

      The University of Massachusetts and Chapman University System announced their intent to form an exclusive strategic partnership between UMass Online and Brandman University to expand educational opportunities for adult learners in Massachusetts and across the nation. This partnership, expected to be finalized later this year, will be launched as millions of adults in Massachusetts and across the U.S. need flexible, high-quality, and affordable online-education alternatives now and as they recover from the economic dislocation caused by COVID-19, which has disproportionately impacted communities of color.

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    13. Royal, P.C. Moves Headquarters to Springfield

      Royal, P.C. Moves Headquarters to Springfield

      The law firm of Royal, P.C. has moved to Springfield. Founded by attorney Amy Royal in 2008, Royal, P.C. is now located in the Indian Orchard section of Springfield, at 819 Worcester St., Suite 2. “Springfield is where I grew up, so it felt natural to relocate my law firm here,” Royal said. “Indian Orchard, with its unique history, has always felt like a special place within the city to me, and its geography otherwise places us in a more centralized location with respect to our Central and Eastern Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut clients.”

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    14. Holyoke Medical Center Welcomes Mark Dunn as Health Information Management Director

      Holyoke Medical Center Welcomes Mark Dunn as Health Information Management Director

      Holyoke Medical Center announced the appointment of Mark Dunn as director of Health Information Management (HIM). “With nearly 20 years of experience, Mark brings a broad range of knowledge to the organization, and we are glad he has joined us,” said Michael Koziol, chief financial officer of Holyoke Medical Center. “As the director of Health Information Management, he will ensure efficient and compliant handling of all patient records and related documents.”

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    15. Pandemic Will Change the Look of the Modern Office

      Pandemic Will Change the Look of the Modern Office

      Mark Proshan says predicting what’s coming next in his business — office furniture and design — has always been a difficult assignment. But now … it’s even more of a complicated guessing game. Indeed, in a sector where the landscape can change quickly and profoundly, and for a number of reasons — from a declining economy to changing tastes — the pandemic has produced an even greater sense of uncertainty about what lies around the bend, said Proshan, president of West Springfield-based Lexington Group.

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