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    1. BusinessTalk with Brian Houser, general manager of Balise Hyundai and Ready Credit Used Cars in Springfield

      BusinessTalk with Brian Houser, general manager of Balise Hyundai and Ready Credit Used Cars in Springfield

      On this installment of BusinessTalk, BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien has a lively, wide-ranging discussion with  Brian Houser, general manager of Balise Hyundai and Ready Credit Used Cars in Springfield. The two talk about the current state of the auto industry on President’s Day weekend, and why this all-important, season-starting event will certainly be different in these challenging times of pandemic, inventory shortages, and long waits for desired models. It’s all must listening, so join us on BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest in partnership with Living Local and sponsored by PeoplesBank.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    2. Tara Brewster, Vice President of Business Development, Greenfield Savings Bank

      Tara Brewster, Vice President of Business Development, Greenfield Savings Bank

      Tara Brewster says she’s probably bought more than 100 copies of the children’s book — and given them all away. She joked that she’s waiting for the author to call and thank her for her consistent support. It’s called The Three Questions, and it’s based on a story by Leo Tolstoy. It’s about a young boy named Nikolai who sometimes feels uncertain about the right way to act.

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    3. Colleges Offer Many Ways to Make a Degree More Affordable - BusinessWest

      Colleges Offer Many Ways to Make a Degree More Affordable - BusinessWest

      It’s not exactly news that the cost of college — at least, the published price tag — has consistently risen over the past two decades. But the net cost — what students actually pay — has actually crept down a bit. That’s largely due to the myriad resources families can access to help bring those costs down and reduce the initial sticker shock. Putting the pieces together takes some effort, self-education, and patience, but most families would agree that the end result, a degree, is worth the journey.

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    4. Banks, Credit Unions Find Many Ways to Give Back, Especially During Pandemic

      Banks, Credit Unions Find Many Ways to Give Back, Especially During Pandemic

      Banks and credit unions have long touted their role in supporting local nonprofits through philanthropic efforts, but those efforts took on more urgency over the past two years, especially in areas such as food insecurity and other basic human needs. But even before the pandemic, these institutions were giving back in ways that went well beyond writing checks, from participating in fundraising events in the community to promoting a culture of volunteerism among officers and employees. In other words, the needs remain numerous, but so do the ways to address them.

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    5. Manufacturing Leaders Ponder the State of Their Industry

      Manufacturing Leaders Ponder the State of Their Industry

      Manufacturing is a healthy industry, Bill Bither days, and demand for manufactured goods is soaring across all sectors. Meeting that demand is … well, a challenge.  “The first half of 2021 was quite strong; we were actually averaging around 30% higher than we’ve ever seen since we’ve been collecting this data,” said Bither, co-founder and CEO of MachineMetrics, a Northampton company that specializes in predictive analytics for manufacturers and serves hundreds of customers all over the globe.

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    6. Mergers and Acquisitions Continue to Dominate the Insurance Industry

      Mergers and Acquisitions Continue to Dominate the Insurance Industry

      If you think you’ve seen more headlines than usual lately about insurance agencies being bought and sold, you’re not mistaken. In fact, 2021 was the fifth straight record-setting year for M&A activity in the insurance world. The reasons range from federal fiscal trends to a desire to broaden an agency’s expertise; from pandemic fatigue to the aging of the Baby Boomers who built and grew many of these firms. The idea, area leaders say, is to grow strategically, with customer service and company culture at front of mind.

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    7. UMass, NBA Hoops Star Marcus Camby Partners with White Lion Brewing Co.

      UMass, NBA Hoops Star Marcus Camby Partners with White Lion Brewing Co.

      UMass and NBA star Marcus Camby has joined White Lion Brewing Co. in a strategic partnership. White Lion currently distributes a small independent portfolio of artisan brands in Massachusetts, primarily in the western part of the state. Camby’s goal is to help open new markets throughout New England and beyond, as well as release his own portfolio of beer brewed by White Lion.

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    8. Paul Lambert Joins Springfield Symphony Orchestra as Interim Executive Director

      Paul Lambert Joins Springfield Symphony Orchestra as Interim Executive Director

      The Springfield Symphony Orchestra (SSO) board announced the hiring of Paul Lambert, former vice president of Enshrinement Services & Community Engagement at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, as interim executive director of the SSO. Lambert succeeds interim Executive Director John Anz, who left the SSO to take a position at another organization. Lambert will start in the position immediately.

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    9. Outlook 2022/Tourism

      Outlook 2022/Tourism

      Mary Kay Wydra has also been impressed with the tourism sector’s resilience in 2021. “When the restrictions were lifted in late spring, we saw a boost in the attractions, and hotel occupancy grew,” said Wydra, president of the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Looking ahead, I do feel like we’re positioned to continue building on this momentum.”

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    10. Outlook 2022/Higher Education

      Outlook 2022/Higher Education

      Looking ahead to 2022, Sandra Doran projects that this will be what she called “the year of the woman.” Elaborating, she said many women have put their lives, careers, and educational goals on hold the past few years. And she projects that many will be making up for lost time in the months to come as the region and its large and important higher-education sector look to return to something that has been quite elusive since March 2020: normalcy.

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    11. Hazen Paper Captures 2021 International Award for Excellence in Holography

      Hazen Paper Captures 2021 International Award for Excellence in Holography

      The International Hologram Manufacturers Assoc. (IHMA) honored Hazen Paper for the second year in a row for Best Applied Decorative/Packaging Product at the 2021 Excellence in Holography Awards. The awards, presented at the Holography Conference Online, recognize “outstanding achievement … in holographic products or techniques which represent the best in the industry for innovation and commercial potential.” Hazen captured the judge’s attention with the 2020 enshrinement yearbook produced for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield.

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    12. Banks and Credit Unions Steer Back Toward Normalcy - BusinessWest

      Banks and Credit Unions Steer Back Toward Normalcy - BusinessWest

      While year one of the pandemic taught banks how to constantly pivot — to remote work, new modes of serving customers, and multiple phases of PPP loans — year two has brought more stability, even normalcy, but also new challenges, particularly inflation and supply-chain disruption that has made it more difficult for customers to save, borrow, and invest. That they’re doing all these things, to some degree, lends a healthy sense of optimism to 2022.

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    13. PeoplesBank Builds a Presence in Commercial and Industrial Lending

      PeoplesBank Builds a Presence in Commercial and Industrial Lending

      For a bank that’s been around for 136 years, PeoplesBank came across commercial lending fairly recently. “My predecessor, Doug Bowen, started commercial lending at PeoplesBank probably 35 years ago,” Tom Senecal, the bank’s president and CEO, told BusinessWest. “We didn’t do any commercial loans until then, and we started out with just commercial real estate. And we stayed conservative with real estate, and never went into the C&I side because we didn’t have a lot of expertise. Just by virtue of what our comfort zone was, we focused on the real-estate side.”

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    14. Projects Keep Longmeadow’s Momentum Going

      Projects Keep Longmeadow’s Momentum Going

      While two major construction projects reached completion in 2021, it’s no time to slow down for Longmeadow officials, who are planning several more projects for 2022 and beyond. In June, Department of Public Works staff moved into their new $24 million facility on Dwight Road. Town Manager Lyn Simmons said the new location provides a cleaner, safer work environment with amenities that save money for the town over time. “The DPW now has vehicle wash bays to clean dirt and salt off their equipment as well as lifts that are appropriate for the vehicles we have,” Simmons said. “We ...

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    15. Mercedes-Benz of Springfield Hosting Toy Drive to Benefit Square One Children

      Mercedes-Benz of Springfield Hosting Toy Drive to Benefit Square One Children

      Mercedes-Benz of Springfield is revving up the holiday spirit by hosting a toy drive to benefit Square One’s children and families. “Every child deserves to experience the magic of the holiday season,” said Michelle Wirth, owner of Mercedes-Benz of Springfield. “We are happy to play a small part in making that holiday wish a reality.” Toys may be be dropped off anytime during normal business hours through Sunday, Dec. 19. The dealership is located at 295 Burnett Road in Chicopee.

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    16. OneHolyoke CDC to Host Holyoke Community Dinner, Meal Pickup on Dec. 15

      OneHolyoke CDC to Host Holyoke Community Dinner, Meal Pickup on Dec. 15

      OneHolyoke CDC will hold its sixth annual Holyoke Community Dinner on Wednesday, Dec. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Kelly School, 216 West St., Holyoke. The meal pickup event is free and open to all, and will feature a contact-free food giveaway in a transformed Winter Wonderland outdoor space with ice sculptures, light displays, and character inflatables. The box of food, featuring all the fixings for a holiday dinner, will be gifted to the first 500 families that walk or drive through. This is the second year the community dinner is being held in the Flats as an ...

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      Mentions: Holyoke
    17. BusinessTalk with Madeline Landrau, one of BusinessWest’s recently named Women of Impact for 2021

      BusinessTalk with Madeline Landrau, one of BusinessWest’s recently named Women of Impact for 2021

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien has a lively, wide-ranging discussion with Madeline Landrau, one of BusinessWest’s recently named Women of Impact for 2021, several of whom will be spotlighted over the coming weeks. The two talk about everything that went into this honor, from her many responsibilities as Program Engagement Manager at MassMutual, to the many facets her involvement within the community, to her ongoing work as a mentor to a number of young women in the region.

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    18. BusinessTalk with Bob Nakosteen, a professor of Economics at UMass Amherst

      BusinessTalk with Bob Nakosteen, a professor of Economics at UMass Amherst

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien has a lively, wide-ranging discussion with Bob Nakosteen, a professor of Economics at UMass Amherst. The two talk about everything from the recent jobs report and what it means, to soaring inflation; from supply chain issues and how they will impact the rate of recovery, to projections for the year ahead. It’s a compelling discussion and must listening, so join us on BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest in partnership with Living Local.

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    19. Banks See Healthy Surge of Commercial Lending - BusinessWest

      Banks See Healthy Surge of Commercial Lending - BusinessWest

      Businesses didn’t stop borrowing in 2020, although much of last year’s lending activity had more to do with staying afloat with Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans than expanding operations. These days, with the economy in a more stable — if not exactly robust — place, many businesses are looking to invest and grow (that is, if they can get enough people to come to work), at a time when banks are sitting on more liquidity than usual and are anxious to lend it out.

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    20. BusinessTalk with Tim Netkovick, a partner with the Royal Law Firm

      BusinessTalk with Tim Netkovick, a partner with the Royal Law Firm

      George O’Brien has a lively, wide-ranging discussion with Tim Netkovick, a partner with the Royal Law Firm. The two talk about COVID, vaccines, and especially the mandates ordered by the Biden administration and what they will mean for area businesses already struggling with the pandemic, a workforce crisis, inflation, and a host of other issues. It’s a compelling discussion and must listening, so join us on BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest in partnership with Living Local.

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    21. Leadership Luncheon on Nov. 16 to Feature PeoplesBank’s Matt Bannister

      Leadership Luncheon on Nov. 16 to Feature PeoplesBank’s Matt Bannister

      On Tuesday, Nov. 16, the Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield (YPS) will present a Leadership Luncheon at Venture X Holyoke, sponsored by Elms College. The featured speaker will be Matt Bannister, senior vice president of Marketing & Corporate Responsibility for PeoplesBank. He will discuss his career, share his advice for young professionals, and offer an opportunity for questions from the audience. He will also highlight the importance of community involvement and how it can increase brand awareness, establish a positive reputation, and help grow a business.

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    22. Springfield’s Historic Trolley Barn Finds a New Life

      Springfield’s Historic Trolley Barn Finds a New Life

      Springfield’s Trolley Barn, the property at the corner of Main and Carew streets, has had an important place in the city’s history since it opened back in 1897. It was long home to the Springfield Street Railway Co. and, later, Peter Pan’s Coach Builders operation. Today, it has a new life as home to J.D. Rivet, a roofing and sheet-metal company, thus ensuring that this link to the past will have a place in the city’s future.

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    23. Stockbridge Looks Forward, Honors Its Heritage

      Stockbridge Looks Forward, Honors Its Heritage

      One of Norman Rockwell’s most famous paintings depicts a snow-covered Main Street in Stockbridge. The painting “Home for Christmas” was intended to celebrate small towns all over America, but these days, it’s nearly impossible for modern-day photographers to recreate the artist’s vision without including a constant stream of traffic. While that might frustrate photographers, Margaret Kerswill is encouraged by all the activity she has seen this summer and into the fall.

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    24. BusinessTalk with Tony Cignoli, president of ther A.L. Cignoli Company

      BusinessTalk with Tony Cignoli, president of ther A.L. Cignoli Company

      George O’Brien has a lively, wide-ranging discussion with Tony Cignoli, president of the A.L. Cignoli Company. The two talk about everything from Smith & Wesson’s recent decision to move its headquarters to Tenessee to redistricting and what it means for the region, to the pandemic and the lessons learned from it. It’s a compelling discussion and must listening, so join us on BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest in partnership with Living Local.

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