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    1. BusinessTalk with Peter Picknelly

      BusinessTalk with Peter Picknelly

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien has a lively, wide-ranging discussion with Peter Picknelly, chairman and CEO of Peter Pan Bus Lines. The two talk about everything from the ongoing workforce crisis to people getting back on the roads — finally; from the many challenges facing those in the restaurant business, to the loss of his good friend, business partner, and restaurant industry icon Andy Yee. 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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    2. North Adams Pursues Return to Normalcy - BusinessWest

      North Adams Pursues Return to Normalcy - BusinessWest

      While North Adams tries to return to familiar norms, many are prepared to adjust if new pandemic concerns arise.  That’s the perspective of Mayor Thomas Bernard, anyway, who said his community has slowly and cautiously taken steps to bring back the positive routines of daily life.  “The moment that stands out for me is our first concert at Windsor Lake in early to mid-June,” Bernard said. “There were people who hadn’t seen neighbors and friends for more than a year. The sound of kids laughing and playing, great music, the spirit was unbelievable.”


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    3. Dr. Lynnette Watkins Takes the Helm at Cooley Dickinson Hospital

      Dr. Lynnette Watkins Takes the Helm at Cooley Dickinson Hospital

      Dr. Lynnette Watkins says she is most definitely her father’s daughter. By that, she meant she is a second-generation ophthalmologist, following the lead set by her father, L.C. Watkins, who is one of the first African-Americans practicing in that specialty in St. Louis. “When I say that I stand on the shoulders of giants, I don’t take that lightly, and first and foremost is my dad,” she noted. “He’s been my biggest supporter, mentor, and point of light.”

       

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    4. Opportunities Abound for Graduates of Cybersecurity Programs

      Opportunities Abound for Graduates of Cybersecurity Programs

      Make no mistake, we live in an increasingly interconnected world, and the technology that makes that possible is always under threat from those who would mine, expose, and exploit data — often in life-altering ways. So while it’s no surprise that the cybersecurity field is rife with job opportunity, exactly how much opportunity (a half-million open jobs nationally, according to one study) may still raise eyebrows. Area universities with cybersecurity degree programs hope those statistics also raise interest in a challenging field that offers good pay and the chance to do some truly meaningful work.

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    5. BusinessTalk with John Garvey, president of Garvey Communication Associates

      BusinessTalk with John Garvey, president of Garvey Communication Associates

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien has a lively, wide-ranging discussion with John Garvey, president of Garvey Communication Associates. The two talk about Facebook’s long, difficult week, the testimony of a whistleblower, comparisons of social media to Big Tobacco, and cries that something should be done to control this industry. 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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    6. YMCA of Greater Springfield 2021 Golf Classic Raises More Than $70,000

      YMCA of Greater Springfield 2021 Golf Classic Raises More Than $70,000

      The YMCA of Greater Springfield held its 2021 Golf Classic on Sept. 20 at the Longmeadow Country Club, with local businesses coming together in a round of golf to support the mission of the YMCA. “It was a great day to be with so many supportive companies from the greater Springfield area. The community stepped up to be a part of helping us fulfill our mission,” said Dexter Johnson, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Springfield. “I am always truly amazed at how everyone comes together to support the community through the YMCA. We raised over $70,000 ...

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    7. UMass Amherst College of Nursing Receives $21.5 Million Donation

      UMass Amherst College of Nursing Receives $21.5 Million Donation

      Transformative. Allison Vorderstrasse acknowledged that this is a powerful word with specific meaning; it is not, or should not be, used arbitrarily. But when it comes to the $21.5 million donation from the Elaine Nicpon Marieb Foundation to UMass Amherst, and, more specifically, its College of Nursing — the largest single gift ever given to the school — that descriptive adjective certainly fits.

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    8. Berkshire Insurance Group Announces Sale to Brown & Brown - BusinessWest

      Berkshire Insurance Group Announces Sale to Brown & Brown - BusinessWest

      Berkshire Hills Bancorp Inc. and Brown & Brown Inc. recently announced the execution of a definitive agreement for the sale of the assets and operations of Berkshire Insurance Group Inc. (BIG), a subsidiary of Berkshire Hills, to Brown & Brown of Massachusetts, LLC, a subsidiary of Brown & Brown. The transaction is subject to customary conditions and is expected to be completed in the third quarter.  BIG has been providing insurance coverage to customers across the Northeast since its inception in 2000, growing into one of the largest insurance agencies in Western Mass. It provides personal and commercial property and casualty insurance solutions.

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    9. Western New England University to Host NEACAC Regional College Fair on Oct. 5

      Western New England University to Host NEACAC Regional College Fair on Oct. 5

      Western New England University (WNE) will host a college fair sponsored by the New England Assoc. for College Admission Counseling on Tuesday, Oct. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Caprio Alumni Healthful Living Center located at 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield. Representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities will be available to speak with high-school students and their parents about their respective institutions and the college-admission process. The event is free and open to the public. Masks are currently required.

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    10. Funding Secured for Dress for Success Workforce-development Program

      Funding Secured for Dress for Success Workforce-development Program

      State Sen. Eric Lesser recently joined state Sen. Adam Gomez, state Reps. Carlos Gonzalez and Orlando Ramos, and Margaret Tantillo, executive director of Dress for Success Western Massachusetts, to announce $25,000 in funding for the organization’s workforce-development program. As lead budget sponsor, Lesser secured this earmark in the FY22 budget that was passed by the Senate and House and signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker in July.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    11. BusinessTalk with Delcie Bean, CEO of Paragus Strategic IT

      BusinessTalk with Delcie Bean, CEO of Paragus Strategic IT

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien has a lively discussion with Delcie Bean, CEO of Paragus Strategic IT and the presenter for a recent BusinessWest Webinar, sponsored by Comcast Business, called ‘Automation: The Time is Now.’ The two talk about the many ways businesses can benefit from automation of processes, everyday tasks, and more — especially during the ongoing workforce crisis — and how to get started. It’s must listening so join us on BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest in partnership with Living Local.

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    12. Questions Persist About Labor Market and When Things Might Turn Around - BusinessWest

      Questions Persist About Labor Market and When Things Might Turn Around - BusinessWest

      For months now, business owners and elected officials have pinned the region’s mounting labor woes and all those ‘help wanted’ signs on too-generous federal unemployment assistance. Now that those benefits have expired for more than 3 million Americans, we’ll soon find out just how much of a factor those benefits were. Many involved in economic development and workforce matters say the problem has much deeper roots and that it might be some time before there is a return to anything approaching normal — whatever that is.

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    13. Amid Challenges, Cultural Sites in the Berkshires Have Learned Key Lessons

      Amid Challenges, Cultural Sites in the Berkshires Have Learned Key Lessons

      It may not stack up to Edith Wharton’s best novels, but it’s a compelling story. “We’ve had an incredibly good season, despite the challenge of staying in compliance with the latest CDC and local health recommendations regarding COVID,” said Susan Wissler, executive director of the Mount, Wharton’s former estate in Lenox that is now a hub for all kinds of arts, nature, and cultural programming. In fact, Wissler said, this year’s visitorship has doubled that of 2020 — maybe not a striking statistic in itself, given the economic shutdown of that spring and a hesitancy among ...

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    14. North Adams Chamber to Build Public Outdoor Dining Space

      North Adams Chamber to Build Public Outdoor Dining Space

      MassDevelopment has awarded a $10,000 grant to the North Adams Chamber of Commerce to transform the Center Street parking lot at 55 Veterans Memorial Dr. in North Adams into a seasonal public dining corridor dubbed Mohawk Plaza. The organization will use funds to add outdoor seating, a sidewalk surface mural, wayfinding signage, ambience lighting, and landscape work. The chamber will also crowdfund this summer and fall; if the organization reaches its $7,850 goal, it will receive an additional $7,850 matching grant from MassDevelopment.

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    15. Southwick Emphasizes Balance for the Community

      Southwick Emphasizes Balance for the Community

      When they talk about managing their town into the future, officials in Southwick emphasize the word “balance.” In order for the town to remain a desirable place to live, said Karl Stinehart, chief administrative officer, there needs to be a combination of housing and recreation areas as well as commercial and industrial development. “We like to point out that Southwick is a recreational community,” he noted. “We also want to make sure our zoning allows for commercial and industrial developments because the taxes they contribute will keep our town an affordable place to live.”

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    16. BusinessTalk with Dr. Robert Roose

      BusinessTalk with Dr. Robert Roose

      On the next installment of BusinessTalk, BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien has a lively discussion with Dr. Robert Roose, chief medical officer for Mercy Medical Center. The two discuss the changing scene with COVID-19, the emergence of the Delta variant, the outlook for the fall — and beyond, and the many factors that will determine the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is must listening, so join us on BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest in partnership with Living Local.

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    17. Home Show Fills Need for Contractors, Consumers - BusinessWest

      Home Show Fills Need for Contractors, Consumers - BusinessWest

      In the old days — prior to the pandemic — when homeowners wanted to make improvements to their property, they called several contractors for competitive bids. Once a contractor was selected, the job would start shortly after that.  Since the pandemic, those days are long gone. Contractors are busier than ever, and building materials have been affected by worldwide supply shortages and price hikes. Now, homeowners seeking a contractor can leave a phone message, but may not receive a call back.

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    18. Bruce Stebbins Moves from Gaming to the Front Lines of Cannabis

      Bruce Stebbins Moves from Gaming to the Front Lines of Cannabis

      Bruce Stebbins remembers the time during his tenure on the Massachusetts Gaming Commission when that body was essentially subleasing some of its space on Federal Street in Boston to the recently formed Cannabis Control Commission (CCC), charged with overseeing an industry then — and in most all ways still — in its infancy. While the two entities had separate quarters, the commissions and their staffs would cross paths often, he said, adding that there were lively discussions and some sharing of ideas between the two very different worlds.

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    19. BusinessTalk with Mary Flahive Dickson, chief development officer and chief medical officer for Golden Years Homecare Services

      BusinessTalk with Mary Flahive Dickson, chief development officer and chief medical officer for Golden Years Homecare Services

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien has a lively discussion with Mary Flahive Dickson, chief development officer and chief medical officer for Golden Years Homecare Services. The two talk about what has become a very serious workforce crisis in healthcare, the reasons behind it, the impact on area healthcare providers, and the outlook for the future. It’s must listening so join us on BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest in partnership with Living Local.

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    20. BusinessTalk with Tara Brewster, Vice President of Business Development for Greenfield Savings Bank

      BusinessTalk with Tara Brewster, Vice President of Business Development for Greenfield Savings Bank

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien has a lively discussion with Tara Brewster, Vice President of Business Development for Greenfield Savings Bank and one of five finalists for BusinessWest’s coveted 40 Under Forty Alumni Achievement Award. The two talk about her work, but especially her involvement in the community, her latest assignment as radio talk host, and her life as a self-described “recovering entrepreneur.” It’s must listening so join us on BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest in partnership with Living Local.

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      Mentions: Greenfield
    21. Hiring Pros Reveal What They Like to Ask — and Why - BusinessWest

      Hiring Pros Reveal What They Like to Ask — and Why - BusinessWest

      At a time when most companies and nonprofit institutions in the region are hiring, or trying to, many area business owners, managers, and HR directors are sitting across the table from job candidates trying to determine if that individual is the proverbial ‘right one.’  Given this climate, BusinessWest asked a number of area business leaders to identify one of their favorite, most effective interview questions. We asked them to explain why they ask that question and what it reveals to them about the candidate.

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    22. Today’s Tech Devices Boost Health, Efficiency, and Fun

      Today’s Tech Devices Boost Health, Efficiency, and Fun

      An on-the-go society demands on-the-go technology, and today’s array of high-tech devices — available at all price points — offer users new ways to make their home lives more efficient, manage their work, boost their health, and, well, just have fun in more eye-popping, ear-tickling ways than ever. In its annual look at some of the hottest tech items available, BusinessWest dives into what the tech press is saying about some of 2021’s buzziest items.

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