1. Articles from Joseph Bednar

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    1. New Cybersecurity Project at Union Station Could Have Broad Impact

      New Cybersecurity Project at Union Station Could Have Broad Impact

      By now, Mary Kaselouskas says, the vast majority of people understand the importance of cybersecurity. “Everyone is fully aware of the threats out there, how people become victims of cybercrime and the impact on an organization that’s involved in a breach,” said Kaselouskas, vice president ands chief information officer at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC). What they might not know, she added, is the critical shortage in the cybersecurity workforce, with an estimated 20,000 more professionals needed in Massachusetts alone, not to mention about 1 million in the U.S. and 3 million around the world. That’s ...

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    2. Women Innovators & Trailblazers Helps Grow the Women-led Economy

      Women Innovators & Trailblazers Helps Grow the Women-led Economy

      Lenore Abare was familiar with Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) and even attended one of its events when she was dabbling with the idea of becoming an entrepreneur a few years ago. “It all stayed in the back of my mind,” she said. “Now that I’m full-blown running my own consulting business, I knew it would be really important to align with other like-minded women who are hopefully beyond me, and learn from other people’s experiences.” So she reached out to Women Innovators & Trailblazers, a VVM-affiliated program that matches professional women in mentor-mentee relationships. She was accepted into the ...

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    3. Super 60 to Be Celebrated After Two-year Hiatus

      Super 60 to Be Celebrated After Two-year Hiatus

      The Super 60, the Springfield Regional Chamber’s annual celebration of thriving companies in Western Mass., was riding high in 2019, when the program marked its 30th year.
      Since then … well, you know the story. A pandemic and a wave of economic impacts not only curtailed live events in 2020 and 2021, but created anything but a festive environment for local businesses. But the program is back this year, and chamber members are ready to celebrate success — and each other.

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    4. BusinessTalk with Ann Kandelis, Springfield Works and the Working Cities Challenge Initiative

      BusinessTalk with Ann Kandelis, Springfield Works and the Working Cities Challenge Initiative

      Creating opportunities to thrive. That’s the underlying goal of Springfield Works and the Working Cities Challenge Initiative. Ann Kandelis leads that program, and she is the guest on the next installment of BusinessTalk. Kandelis and BusinessWest Editor talk about Springfield Works, a $400,000 Community Empowerment and Reinvestment Grant, and ongoing work to address the needs and goals of those who are justice-system involved. It’s must listening, so join us for BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest  and sponsored by PeoplesBank.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    5. Worthington Assembly Inc. Receives Manufacturing Leadership Award

      Worthington Assembly Inc. Receives Manufacturing Leadership Award

      On Friday, Sept. 30, state Sen. Jo Comerford and state Rep. Natalie Blais will celebrate Worthington Assembly Inc. (WAi) in Deerfield for its outstanding leadership in the manufacturing industry. Comerford and Blais nominated WAi for the Massachusetts Legislative Manufacturing Caucus’ annual Manufacturing Award. Originally founded in 1976, WAi is an electronics contract manufacturing company specializing in producing printed circuit-board assemblies and small final box build assemblies. WAi services and produces assemblies for clean technologies, additive manufacturing, semiconductor manufacturing, high-speed communication, the medical field, and advanced robotic manufacturers.

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    6. South Hadley Utility’s Fiber Business Is a Fast-developing Story

      South Hadley Utility’s Fiber Business Is a Fast-developing Story

      ‘Ahead of schedule and under budget.’ Those are the words that any business owner or board of directors would love to hear regarding a specific project or undertaking. They are not heard often, to be sure, and they are being heard even less frequently, if at all, in these days of soaring inflation, supply-chain issues, and a workforce crisis. But that phrase can certainly be applied to the ongoing work of the South Hadley Electric Light Department (SHELD) to provide commercial and residential customers in that community with fiber internet service, a project that had the additional challenge of being ...

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    7. BusinessTalk with Gabrielle Gould, executive director of the Amherst Business Improvement District

      BusinessTalk with Gabrielle Gould, executive director of the Amherst Business Improvement District

      Downtown Amherst was among the regions hardest hit by the pandemic. With more than 30,000 students, faculty, staff, and more gone from the equation, it became, in many respects, a ghost town. But it’s staging a strong comeback as the students and everyone else return and many new businesses open their doors. Gabrielle Gould, executive director of the Amherst Business Improvement District, talks about these developments with BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien on the next installment of the BusinessTalk podcast. It’s must listening, so join us for BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest  and sponsored by PeoplesBank.

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      Mentions: Amherst
    8. Innovation in Health/Wellness, The Elaine Marieb Center for Nursing and Engineering Innovation

      Innovation in Health/Wellness, The Elaine Marieb Center for Nursing and Engineering Innovation

      Intravenous (IV) infusion pump systems are among the most recognized technologies in healthcare, used by about 90% of hospital patients. They’re also hopelessly out of date, Karen Giuliano said. “The design has been around a long time, and hospitals don’t buy one; they buy an entire fleet. They have to invest in training, service contracts, and IT infrastructure. To install a platform is a huge investment and effort.” And that has led to stagnation, she added. “Over 80% of pumps are really old platforms and don’t do the job they need to do. They’re not developed ...

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    9. Fresh Paint Springfield Mural Festival Begins This Weekend

      Fresh Paint Springfield Mural Festival Begins This Weekend

      The Fresh Paint Springfield mural festival will begin this weekend with the painting of seven new murals downtown and in Mason Square, kicking off with two Paint Parties open to the community on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Mason Square Library, 765 State St., and on Sunday, Sept. 11 from noon to 2 p.m. at Gerena Elementary School, 200 Birnie Ave. The 2022 Fresh Paint festival will run from Sept. 10 to Sept. 18. Two of the murals being painted are recreations of murals by the late Nelson Stevens, AfriCOBRA member, who directed ...

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      Mentions: Springfield
    10. Failing to Prepare for Cyberthreats Can Prove Costly

      Failing to Prepare for Cyberthreats Can Prove Costly

      When hackers gained access to a large retailer’s computer network through scam emails to employees, more than 900 store locations were affected, and 2 million customers were impacted before the company was alerted by a security blogger six months later. That led to several class-action lawsuits against the company, attorney generals in multiple states opened investigations, and the affected credit-card companies issued fines.

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    11. BusinessTalk with with Jeff Daley, president and CEO of Westmass Area Development Corp.

      BusinessTalk with with Jeff Daley, president and CEO of Westmass Area Development Corp.

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien has a lively discussion with Jeff Daley, president and CEO of Westmass Area Development Corp. about the agency’s most ambitious, project to date, redevelopment of the massive Ludlow Mills complex. Daley recounts the latest developments and talks about how the project has turned a critical corner. It’s all must listening, so join us for BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest  and sponsored by PeoplesBank.

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    12. Despite Rising Construction Costs, Architects Remain Busy

      Despite Rising Construction Costs, Architects Remain Busy

      The big story in the construction and renovation world is the high cost of … well, everything. But Kerry Bartini says that isn’t deterring people from pursuing her architectural services. “Business has been super strong, especially in the Berkshires. During the pandemic, we had people calling from all over the U.S. wanting to relocate to the Berkshires. That was a big trend for us,” said Bartini, principal with Berkshire Design Inc. in Pittsfield.

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      Mentions: Chicopee
    13. Tighe & Bond Continues Impressive Trajectory

      Tighe & Bond Continues Impressive Trajectory

      To say Tighe & Bond is a growing company would be an understatement. From 2006 to 2016, the Westfield-based engineering firm increased its workforce from 170 to 270, but since then, the tally has expanded to 450, due to a combination of geographic expansion across the Northeast, enhancements to specialized services, and organic growth. “We like to say it’s still manageable growth — robust, but manageable for us,” said Robert Belitz, who was hired by Tighe & Bond as chief financial officer in 2014 and took the reins as president and CEO three years later. “Our strategic planning process, which we go ...

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    14. Big Y’s Downtown Springfield Project Is a Different Kind of Venture

      Big Y’s Downtown Springfield Project Is a Different Kind of Venture

      Big Y Foods will soon begin the process of transforming the former CVS location in Tower Square into its latest market. The chain has been operating for nearly 80 years now and has expanded its footprint well beyond its roots at that now-famous intersection in Chicopee where the converging roads formed a ‘Y.’ But this venture is something completely different in terms of scale — and just about everything else.

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    15. New Downtown Mural Connects Springfield’s History with Its Future

      New Downtown Mural Connects Springfield’s History with Its Future

      Khali Hernandez descended the wall, stood back, and reflected on his long day’s work. “This mural is more than just a mural because of the things that are associated and attached to it,” said Hernandez, a local painter who got involved with the mural painting at 241 Worthington St., facing Stearns Square. “A big part of history is being plastered on this wall. Essentially, what’s happening is the legacy of Springfield is being visually painted, whether people know it or not. You can pick out iconic things that people know about around the world. Springfield is the birthplace ...

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    16. ArtsHub of Western Mass Is Proving to Be a Needed Resource

      ArtsHub of Western Mass Is Proving to Be a Needed Resource

      ArtsHub of Western Mass is a website, but for the region’s artist community, Lisa Davol and Dee Boyle-Clapp say, it’s so much more. “Like the steampunk aesthetic, Bruce Rosenbaum thrives on paradox. His artwork is a blend of gilded era opulence, modern functionality, and futuristic aspiration,” author Daniel Hales recently wrote about the Palmer-based artist who specializes in creating steampunk-inspired objects. “Similarly, Bruce himself is simultaneously an unapologetic dreamer — an artist building fanciful castles in the clouds out of very heavy materials — and also a very pragmatic and successful businessman.”

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      Mentions: Palmer
    17. Aclarity Seeks to Bring Its Unique Water-treatment Technology to the Next Level

      Aclarity Seeks to Bring Its Unique Water-treatment Technology to the Next Level

      They’re called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. But they’re known by a much simpler, and more troubling, moniker. “They’re nicknamed the ‘forever chemicals’ because they don’t break down in nature,” said Orren Schneider, chief science officer at the Hadley-based startup known as Aclarity. “The bonds in them are so strong that essentially nothing natural breaks them down. Maybe if you hit them with lightning, they’ll break down.”

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    18. An Educational Assistance Program Can Bring Many Benefits

      An Educational Assistance Program Can Bring Many Benefits

      Educational assistance programs provide access to learning opportunities for staff members to gain new skills and maintain up-to-date knowledge in their field with financial assistance from their employer. This is a commonly offered employer benefit, but not all business owners might be aware of the current opportunity to expand this offering. The CARES Act of 2020 included an expansion of Section 127, which allows employers to expense payments to employee student loans in addition to previously allowed payments on tuition, fees, books, and supplies. This expansion was extended through Dec. 31, 2025 by the Taxpayer Certainty and Disasters Tax Relief ...

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    19. New Valley Bank Grows by Staying True to Its Philosophy

      New Valley Bank Grows by Staying True to Its Philosophy

      When BusinessWest spoke to Jeff Sullivan in late 2019, about six months after New Valley Bank & Trust opened in downtown Springfield — the first Springfield-based bank to open in more than a decade — he talked about focusing on smaller commercial loans than larger banks prefer to take on, and quick turnaround times as well. The driving philosophy, amid a landscape of ever-larger mergers and acquisitions in banking, was to serve small to medium-sized businesses in a high-touch way they don’t necessarily experience at large institutions. That philosophy is still true today — and it works, to judge by the growth of ...

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    20. Monson Savings Celebrates 150 Years — and its Place in the Community

      Monson Savings Celebrates 150 Years — and its Place in the Community

      Monson Savings Bank has been commemorating its 150th birthday in many different ways, from a time capsule to assembling and donating $15,000 worth of bicycles to several area charities. Through all these efforts, the bank is celebrating its continuity and its commitment to a community that is now much larger then when it took its first deposit back in 1872.

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    21. BusinessTalk with Eugene Cassidy, president and CEO of the Eastern States Exposition

      BusinessTalk with Eugene Cassidy, president and CEO of the Eastern States Exposition

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien has a lively discussion with Eugene Cassidy, president and CEO of the Eastern States Exposition. The two talk about everything from what’s on tap for this year’s Big E, to what’s happening within the ‘fair’ industry, to the Big E’s impact on the local economy and its business community. It’s all must listening, so join us for BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest in partnership with Living Local and sponsored by PeoplesBank.

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    22. FORGE Continues to Connect Innovators and Manufacturers

      FORGE Continues to Connect Innovators and Manufacturers

      Kevin Moforte has traveled an intriguing road to his new role as Western Mass. director of FORGE. Before serving as executive director for EforAll Lynn, a nonprofit that mentors entrepreneurs on Massachusetts’ North Shore, he taught classes about entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainable development at colleges in Chile. He spent his early career working in community development and emergency housing in slums across Latin America, particularly in Colombia and the Caribbean. And in 2015, he founded Esperanza Soaps, a company based out of Las Malvinas in the Dominican Republic, bringing good jobs to the women of a impoverished community.

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    23. Matt Flink Takes the Helm at Appleton Corp.

      Matt Flink Takes the Helm at Appleton Corp.

      Matt Flink was recently named president and CEO of Appleton Corp., the real-estate and property-management arm of the O’Connell Companies. He brings with him considerable experience in this field — and the football field, as a coach. He intends to lean on both as he takes the helm of the company with a solid foundation and opportunities for growth in a number of established niches.

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    24. BusinessTalk with Nate Costa, president of the Springfield Thunderbirds

      BusinessTalk with Nate Costa, president of the Springfield Thunderbirds

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien talks with Nate Costa, president of the Springfield Thunderbirds. The two discuss the team’s strong finish last season (an Eastern Conference championship), it’s lengthy playoff run, and how the team intends to build on all the momentum built during its surge to the top of the standings. It’s all must listening, so join us for BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest in partnership with Living Local and sponsored by PeoplesBank.

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