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    1. BusinessTalk with Andy Yee, president of the Bean Restaurant Group

      BusinessTalk with Andy Yee, president of the Bean Restaurant Group

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien talks with Andy Yee, president of the Bean Restaurant Group. The two discuss the ongoing plight of area restaurants as they battle the pandemic, ever-tighter restrictions on their operations, and the onset of winter. They also discuss the various forms of relief restaurants are receiving and whether they will be enough to help them withstand the many challenges they are facing. It’s must listening, so join us on BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest in partnership with Living Local.

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    2. Paid Family and Medical Leave Benefit Program Launches in Massachusetts

      Paid Family and Medical Leave Benefit Program Launches in Massachusetts

      The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) announced that workers eligible for Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) may begin filing certain benefit requests on Jan. 1 in accordance with legislation enacted in 2018. PFML provides temporary income replacement to eligible workers. Starting Jan. 1, workers can apply for leave for welcoming a new child into their family, for their own serious health condition, and for certain military considerations. Starting July 1, workers can apply for leave to care for an ill or ailing relative.

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    3. SBA Extends COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application Deadline

      SBA Extends COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application Deadline

      The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that the deadline to apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program for the COVID-19 pandemic disaster declaration has been extended to Dec. 31, 2021. The deadline extension comes as a result of the recent bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill passed by Congress and enacted by President Trump on Dec. 27.

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    4. State Releases Roadmap to Achieve Net-zero Emissions by 2050 - BusinessWest

      State Releases Roadmap to Achieve Net-zero Emissions by 2050 - BusinessWest

      Building on its commitment to achieve net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions in the Commonwealth by 2050, the Baker-Polito administration released two reports — the Massachusetts 2050 Decarbonization Roadmap Report and an interim 2030 Clean Energy and Climate Plan — that detail policies and strategies to equitably and cost-effectively reduce emissions and combat climate change. To maximize the Commonwealth’s ability to meet its 2050 target, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides set an interim 2030 statewide emissions limit of 45% below 1990 levels.

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    5. For Banks, COVID-19 Disruption Leads to Innovation

      For Banks, COVID-19 Disruption Leads to Innovation

      Sometimes being thrown into a challenging situation leads to … well, a good idea or two. Or at least a new way of thinking. Back in March, when COVID-19 first hit, banks and credit unions in Massachusetts were designated essential businesses by Gov. Charlie Baker. That meant making sure everyone had access to their accounts while, at the same time, limiting in-person banking to appointments only, complete with masks, social distancing, and frequent sanitizing protocols.

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    6. North Adams Remains a Draw on Many Levels

      North Adams Remains a Draw on Many Levels

      The last time BusinessWest spoke with Mayor Thomas Bernard for the Community Spotlight, about a year ago, he was talking up the city’s Vision 2030 plan, which was hatched in 2011 and is revisited regularly. At a public information session last year, city leaders discussed the plan’s seven priorities — economic renewal, investment in aging infrastructure, creation of a thriving and connected community, intergenerational thinking, fiscal efficiency, historic preservation, and food access — and some specifics of what’s happening in each. But 2020 has been about reacting as much as planning — though Bernard says communities need to do both ...

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    7. BusinessTalk with Paul Scully

      BusinessTalk with Paul Scully

      George O’Brien talks with Paul Scully, president and CEO of Country Bank. The two have a lively discussion about everything from the bank’s sponsorship of the Worcester Red Sox and what it means for both institutions, to the outlook for 2021 for small businesses in this region, to how banks, and specifically Country Bank, are coping with the many pandemic-related challenges they are now facing. It’s must listening, so join us on BusinessTalk.

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      Mentions: Paul Scully
    8. Women Business Owners Alliance Helps Members Grow Through Education

      Women Business Owners Alliance Helps Members Grow Through Education

      When the Women Business Owners Alliance launched in 1982, there wasn’t anything quite like it, Anita Eliason said. “Because there were so few women business owners in the Valley, they felt a need to get together and kind of strengthen their bond and share the experiences they were having that, maybe, were different than the experiences of men in business,” said Eliason, WBOA’s president. “They kind of broke some barriers and did it with a sense of camaraderie with other women business owners.”

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    9. Region’s Tourism and Hospitality Industry Proves Resilient

      Region’s Tourism and Hospitality Industry Proves Resilient

      When the Big E recently announced the sale of 100 ‘golden tickets’ — lifetime passes for the holder and a guest, plus parking and other perks — for $1,000 each, it was an exciting promotion for fans of the annual fair and a way to keep the event top of mind during a year when it was called off because of the pandemic.

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    10. A Paycheck Protection Program Update

      For many of us, 2020 has been nothing but a new four-letter word. Unemployment has run rampant, long-standing businesses have shuttered their doors, people have gotten sick, and many have lost loved ones. Those businesses remaining open have had to deal with shutdowns, employees on medical leave, and, ultimately, having to create a whole new way of doing business. To help businesses from a financial standpoint, the U.S. Congress intervened with the CARES Act back in March. A significant component of this act was the creation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a series of government loans overseen by ...

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    11. BusinessTalk with Eugene Cassidy

      BusinessTalk with Eugene Cassidy

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien talks with Eugene Cassidy, president and CEO of the Eastern States Exposition. The two discuss the pandemic and its impact not only on the Big E, but the region’s large and very important tourism and hospitality sector. They also discuss ways businesses like the Big E have pivoted and created new revenue streams, such as the Big E’s hugely successful Golden Ticket campaign. It’s must listening, so join us on BusinessTalk.

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    12. Silverscape Designs in Downtown Northampton Going Out of Business

      Silverscape Designs in Downtown Northampton Going Out of Business

      Silverscape Designs announced Monday it will be going out of business, the Daily Hampshire Gazette reported. A going-out-of-business sale at the store begins Tuesday, Nov. 24. In May 2019, Silverscape Designs put the 8,000-square-foot building up for sale for $2 million. Silverscape Designs owner Wally Perlman told the Gazette at the time that his family intended to keep the business going. But the 77-year-old owner has now decided to close the high-quality jewelry business with his retirement. Perlman took over the business after the passing of his late brother, Dennis Perlman, a jeweler and the company’s founder, who ...

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    13. BusinessTalk with with Tony Cignoli

      BusinessTalk with with Tony Cignoli

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien talks with Tony Cignoli, president of the A.L. Cignoli Company, a political consulting firm. The two discuss what happened at the national election earlier this month — and what didn’t happen. They also discuss what the country, and specifically the business community, might expect from a Biden administration and how the president-elect and his team might address the pandemic and the significant damage it has already done to the economy.  It’s must listening, so join us on BusinessTalk.

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    14. Even Amid a Pandemic, Healthcare Continues to Evolve - BusinessWest

      Even Amid a Pandemic, Healthcare Continues to Evolve - BusinessWest

      A rundown of the big issues facing healthcare 20 years ago would, in some ways, be similar to the same list today, encompassing persistent challenges like hospital finances, staffing shortages in certain specialties, strategies to tackle substance abuse, and diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s.  Yet, the solutions to those issues have certainly evolved. For example, hospitals have seen a dramatic shift to accountable care, a model in which disparate providers work together and are paid for patient outcomes, not how many procedures they order up.

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    15. SkinCatering Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Expansion to New Location

      SkinCatering Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Expansion to New Location

      SkinCatering, LLC, an all-natural skin-care brand, announced its 10th anniversary on Nov. 10. After catering to the health and well-being of busy clients for the past decade, the company is expanding to a new location in Tower Square and offering a VIP contest. SkinCatering, a local, women-owned business, produces its own line of clean beauty skin care, in addition to offering a variety of high-end spa services. It uses high-quality ingredients to provide effective, cruelty-free treatments and products without the use of harmful chemicals. Everything is formulated and manufactured by the SkinCatering team to monitor every ingredient, catering to those ...

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    16. Northampton’s Downtown Faces New Reality

      Northampton’s Downtown Faces New Reality

      For the past four years, Amy Cahillane has led the Downtown Northampton Assoc. (DNA) in its many efforts to boost vibrancy in the city’s center. The DNA typically handles such things as city plantings and holiday lights, and sponsors events that bring visitors to downtown, like Summer Stroll and Holiday Stroll, Arts Night Out, and sidewalk sales. Note that word ‘typically.’ Because this hasn’t been a typical year. “The pandemic changed it completely,” said Cahillane, the DNA’s executive director. “We usually focus heavily on events — it’s sort of our centerpiece. In light of COVID, I’d ...

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      Mentions: Northampton
    17. Christina Royal

      Christina Royal

      As she talked about the COVID-19 pandemic and her administration’s multi-leveled response to it, Christina Royal related a story that speaks volumes about both the impact of the crisis on every aspect of the higher-education experience at Holyoke Community College (HCC) and her own efforts to lead this institution through it — and beyond it. It also helps explain why she’s been named a Woman of Impact for 2020. This story is about a student, one of the many who needed some help with learning virtually from home — help that went beyond providing a laptop and internet connectivity.

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    18. BusinessTalk with Tom Senecal

      BusinessTalk with Tom Senecal

      George talks with Tom Senecal, president and CEO of PeoplesBank. The two discuss the state of the local economy, how the pandemic is impacting the business community specific sectors of the economy, the short and long-term impacts of state and federal stimulus initiatives, and what lies ahead in 2021. They also discuss the impact of the pandemic and falling interest rates on the banking industry. It’s must listening, so join us on BusinessTalk.

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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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