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    1. National Science Foundation Grants $649,000 to Western New England University

      National Science Foundation Grants $649,000 to Western New England University

      The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Western New England University (WNEU) $649,111 for a five-year grant to offer scholarships to students. The target populations are students who are high achievers in high school whose family demonstrates they will benefit from financial aid. The grant will create a community-outreach program to increase the number of high-school and middle-school students entering and succeeding in STEM fields.

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    2. D.A. Sullivan & Sons Builds on a Long Heritage in Western Mass. - BusinessWest

      D.A. Sullivan & Sons Builds on a Long Heritage in Western Mass. - BusinessWest

      Mark Sullivan wasn’t unlike countless other business owners, watching the COVID-19 story develop last February and March and wondering how his construction firm, D.A. Sullivan & Sons Inc., would fare.  While no one knew early on what the pandemic’s impact would be, the general consensus was “this isn’t going to go well at all,” he said. But the company, like all others, managed to keep moving forward, with office staff working from home and Zoom meetings a new fact of life.

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    3. Construction Sector Looks Ahead with Optimism

      Construction Sector Looks Ahead with Optimism

      The past year has been an unusual time for the construction industry — one marked by project postponements, soaring prices for materials, and the establishment of strict COVID safety protocols on job sites. But for most builders, it wasn’t a devastating year, and, in many cases, it led to a surprisingly promising 2021. After all, the need for projects to be completed hasn’t gone away, and the backlog is actually creating a surplus of projects to bid on. The aforementioned challenges still remain, contractors say, but the work rolls on.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    4. Tourism and Hospitality Industry Optimistic for 2021

      Tourism and Hospitality Industry Optimistic for 2021

      Mary Kay Wydra learned a couple new phrases over the past few months. “The buzz term is ‘revenge spending,’” the president of the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau (GSCVB) said. “That is, ‘I’ll spend more on things I was denied because of COVID.’ Things like in-person entertainment, eating at restaurants next to people, and travel.” The other buzzword making its way around the tourism industry is ‘vacation retaliation,’ and it means roughly the same thing. She likes those phrases — or, more accurately, what those sentiments portend. “That bodes well for us as a region,” she told BusinessWest. “We are ...

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    5. Co-working Spaces See Opportunities Beyond the Pandemic

      Co-working Spaces See Opportunities Beyond the Pandemic

      Since launching Click Workspace a decade ago, Mary Yun has seen nothing but growth in one of the region’s first co-working ventures. That growth led her to abandon her original 1,000-square-foot facility in 2015 and develop a 9,000-square-foot building in downtown Northampton, which, at its peak prior to the pandemic, hosted 80 members and a host of community arts and cultural events. “That was a good number for us, where we could operate with a full-time member advocate and myself as executive director overseeing all the operations and also working on events,” she said. “We’re mission-driven ...

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    6. Tara Brewster to Host WHMP’s Western Mass Business Show

      Tara Brewster to Host WHMP’s Western Mass Business Show

      The Western Mass Business Show, the WHMP radio program showcasing business leaders of the Pioneer Valley, will have a new host, Tara Brewster, beginning May 1. The show explores the experiences and perspectives of entrepreneurs, delving into their aspirations, strategies, and evolution in friendly but probing conversations. It is intended to be both entertaining and instructive, whether the listener runs a company or not. The show airs on WHMP on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

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      Mentions: Northampton
    7. YPS Partners with Dress for Success to Support Local Women in Establishing Careers

      YPS Partners with Dress for Success to Support Local Women in Establishing Careers

      The Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield (YPS) and Dress for Success Western Massachusetts have partnered to provide networking and career-advancement opportunities to local women working to establish careers. This partnership is timely, as women have been disproportionately impacted by job loss related to COVID-19. According to the National Women’s Law Center, female workforce participation has dropped 57%, to its lowest level since 1988. McKinsey and Oxford Economics projects that employment for women may not recover to pre-pandemic levels until 2024 — a full two years after a projected recovery for men.

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    8. BusinessTalk with Judy Matt, president of the Spirit of Springfield

      BusinessTalk with Judy Matt, president of the Spirit of Springfield

      On this installment of BusinessTalk, BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien talks with Judy Matt, president of the Spirit of Springfield. The two have a lively discussion about the toll the pandemic has taken on this nonprofit and the many types of events it stages for the region, and how, if all goes well,  2021 could be a bounce back year for this important institution. They also talk about just how critical SOS events, like Bright Nights, the Fourth of July fireworks, the pancake breakfast, and the  Big Balloon Parade are to the quality of life in this region. It’s ...

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    9. When Will Employees Come Back to the Office? And Should They? - BusinessWest

      When Will Employees Come Back to the Office? And Should They? - BusinessWest

      Most of Big Y’s 11,000 employees — those who stock shelves, prepare food, work the cashier lines, and do any number of other tasks — must do their jobs on site, in a specific location. But at Big Y’s 300-employee-strong customer-support center in Springfield, which supports those frontline workers, about 70% of them have worked remotely since the start of the pandemic.  “This past year, we learned that remote work can work, and it allows for a lot of flexibility for individuals,” said Michael Galat, vice president of Employee Services at the supermarket chain.

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    10. BusinessTalk with Mark Melnik

      BusinessTalk with Mark Melnik

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien talks with Mark Melnik, director of economic and public policy research at the UMass Donahue Institute in Amherst.  The two have a lively discussion about everything from recent data on how many people are leaving the state — and why — to the ongoing economic recovery, the shape it will take, and the many factors that will drive it. It’s must listening, so join us on BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest in partnership with Living Local.

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    11. COVID-19 Takes Significant Toll on Women in the Workforce

      COVID-19 Takes Significant Toll on Women in the Workforce

      In 2020, the same year a record number of women were elected to Congress and the first woman was elected vice president, COVID-19 had a devastating and potentially permanent impact on women in the workforce. The percentage of women participating in the U.S. labor market in October 2020 was the lowest since 1988, and of the 9.8 million jobs that have not yet returned, 55% belong to women. In one year, COVID-19 wiped out a generation of progress and put the precariousness of being a woman in the modern American workplace into stark perspective.

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    12. Women’s Fund, HCC Partner on Course to Develop Leaders

      Women’s Fund, HCC Partner on Course to Develop Leaders

      Only one-third of all businesses in Western Mass. are owned by women, according to a recent survey. In the healthcare sector, one of the largest employers in the region, leadership positions are held by women 41% of the time — with outliers like one hospital where it’s only 16%. These findings are from a 2019 study commissioned by the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts titled “Status of Women and Girls in Western Massachusetts.” To address disparities like the ones in the survey, the Women’s Fund and Holyoke Community College (HCC) have teamed up on an eight-week training program ...

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    13. M&T Bank Corp. to Purchase People’s United Financial Inc.

      M&T Bank Corp. to Purchase People’s United Financial Inc.

      M&T Bank Corp. is no stranger to acquisitions, having broadly expanded its geographic footprint through a series of mergers over the past two decades. But every acquisition is undertaken with purpose, Chairman and CEO René Jones said, and that includes the recent announcement that M&T will purchase Bridgeport, Conn.-based People’s United Financial Inc. in a $7.6 billion, all-stock transaction. “The combination of M&T and People’s United will benefit both firms, providing additional growth opportunities beyond what either firm could achieve independently,” Jones said during a recent conference call with investors, adding that the ...

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    14. CET Marks 45 Years of Energy-saving Innovations - BusinessWest

      CET Marks 45 Years of Energy-saving Innovations - BusinessWest

      John Majercak likes to say the Center for EcoTechnology (CET) has been successful for 45 years because it’s willing to try out approaches to saving energy that in time become a normal way of doing business.  “We helped invent the energy audit in the 1970s, and now it’s a routine thing that lots of people have done, and it’s having a huge impact,” said Majercak, president of CET.

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    15. ACC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Program Adapts to Unusual Times - BusinessWest

      ACC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Program Adapts to Unusual Times - BusinessWest

      As pivots go, this one was pretty smooth, Mary Bidwell says.  But that’s fitting for an academic program built on precision.  It was almost a year ago — March 13, to be exact — when Asnuntuck Community College (ACC) sent everyone home, including students in its Advanced Manufacturing Technology program, which Bidwell serves as interim dean.

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    16. BusinessTalk with Peter Rosskothen, owner of the Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House

      BusinessTalk with Peter Rosskothen, owner of the Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House

      On this installment of BusinessTalk, BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien talks with Peter Rosskothen, owner of the Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House, the Delaney House, and other hospitality-related businesses. The two discuss the state’s changing regulations and protocols for such businesses what they mean for this embattled sector of the economy. They also discuss when ‘normal’ might return and what it might look like, and also how the restaurant landscape will likely be altered long term by this pandemic. It’s must listening, so join us on BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest in partnership with Living Local.

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    17. Five Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2021

      Five Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2021

      Both the immediate and long-term future of the manufacturing industry will be defined by the development of a number of ever-evolving and prominent trends, according to the Assoc. of Equipment Manufacturers. These trends are poised to have a significant impact in 2021 (and, in many cases, beyond), so it’s critically important for manufacturers to develop a keen understanding of what they are, how they will grow over time, and how they will impact the industry and the customers it serves.

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    18. BusinessTalk with Aaron Vega, director of Planning and Economic Development in the city of Holyoke

      BusinessTalk with Aaron Vega, director of Planning and Economic Development in the city of Holyoke

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien talks with Aaron Vega, the former state representative who is now director of Planning and Economic Development in the city of Holyoke. The two discuss the city’s efforts to recover momentum lost to the pandemic, and zero in on efforts to expand a budding cluster of cannabis-related businesses in this former mill town. New operations are opening soon, said Vega, and many more are on the drawing board. It’s must listening, so join us on BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest in partnership with Living Local.

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      Mentions: Holyoke
    19. EforAll Holyoke

      EforAll Holyoke

      “If your dreams don’t scare you … they are not big enough.” That’s the quote, attributed to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian president, economist, and Nobel Peace Prize winner, that is stenciled onto one of the walls at EforAll Holyoke’s headquarters on High Street, in the heart of the city’s downtown. Tessa Murphy-Romboletti, executive director of this nonprofit since its inception, chose it for many reasons, but mostly because it resonates with her and also because it accurately sums up entrepreneurship in general, as well as the work that goes on in that facility.

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    20. Kristin Carlson, President, Peerless Precision

      Kristin Carlson, President, Peerless Precision

      Kristin Carlson calls it the ‘Boston Marathon bomber story.’ Because … it’s about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the two brothers who perpetrated those heinous crimes almost eight years ago now. More to the point, though, it’s about the role her company played in eventually apprehending him. Indeed, Tsarnaev was found hiding in a boat in a backyard in Watertown, and he was discovered through the use of a thermal-imaging camera in a police helicopter flying over the area. Carlson’s company, Westfield-based Peerless Precision, makes several components for that camera, including one for the cryogenic cooling system that ensures ...

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    21. BusinessTalk with Spiros Hatiras, president and CEO of Holyoke Medical Center

      BusinessTalk with Spiros Hatiras, president and CEO of Holyoke Medical Center

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien talks with Spiros Hatiras, president and CEO of Holyoke Medical Center, recently honored as one oof the magazine’s Healthcare Heroes for 2020. The two discuss the state of the pandemic and current trends with cases and hospitalizations, as well as the many ways COVID is impacting the bottom line at this and other hospitals. The two also discuss HMC’s ongoing, and now changing, plans to add more behavioral health beds in a region that sorely needs them. It’s must listening, so join us on BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest in partnership ...

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    22. BusinessTalk with Carol Campbell, president of Chicopee Industrial Contractors

      BusinessTalk with Carol Campbell, president of Chicopee Industrial Contractors

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien talks with Carol Campbell, president of  Chicopee Industrial Contractors, and one of the magazine’s Women of Impact for 2020. The two discuss the state of the economy and the outlook for 2021, but mostly they talk about the glass ceiling, why it still exists, and what it will take to remove the barriers from women entering the boardroom and even some professions. It’s must listening, so join us on BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest in partnership with Living Local.

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      Mentions: Chicopee
    23. UMass Amherst Expands COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts

      UMass Amherst Expands COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts

      In partnership with Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration, UMass Amherst announced it will expand its role in distributing COVID-19 vaccines, providing vaccinations for the foreseeable future in concert with the criteria and timeline of the state’s phased vaccination plan. Currently, the Commonwealth is in phase one of vaccine distribution, with first responders, COVID-facing healthcare workers (including college health staff), and congregate care and shelter staff eligible to receive the vaccine at the UMass facility. All eligible individuals must schedule an appointment in advance for the vaccine at www.umass.edu/coronavirus/vaccine.

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    24. Pandemic Doesn’t Halt Greenfield’s Progress

      Pandemic Doesn’t Halt Greenfield’s Progress

      For MJ Adams, 2020 felt like someone had pushed a ‘pause’ button. Adams, director of Community and Economic Development for the city of Greenfield, had taken part in a dynamic public forum early in the year titled “A Deliberate Downtown” that focused on revitalization plans for Greenfield. Then the pandemic hit. And when it became clear the pause would last for more than a few weeks, she and her staff shifted their focus. “We knew there was going to be an immediate cash-flow problem for local businesses, so we moved quickly to develop a small-business assistance program to provide micro-enterprise ...

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