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    1. SSO to Produce Eight Concerts for 2022-23 Season

      SSO to Produce Eight Concerts for 2022-23 Season

      The Springfield Symphony Orchestra (SSO) has announced a 2022-23 season that will include six classical performances and two “pops” concerts. The first concert in the new season will be presented on Saturday, October 22 featuring world-renowned conductor JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. “We are extremely pleased to announce this compelling and dynamic season that will include a remarkable series of conductors who we know will bring joy and beautiful music to concert lovers with a combination of six classical concerts and two pops concerts,” said Interim SSO Director Paul Lambert. “We are pleased and excited by ...

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    2. Country Bank Donates Its Former Headquarters to the Town of Ware

      Country Bank Donates Its Former Headquarters to the Town of Ware

      Country Bank recently introduced a new marketing slogan — ‘Made to Make a Difference.’ There have been myriad examples of that mindset over the bank’s 172-year history, but perhaps none bigger than the recent announcement that the bank would gift its former headquarters property on Main Street, valued at more than $3 million, to the town, with the intention of it becoming the site of a new police station and perhaps home to other town offices.

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    3. BusinessTalk with Charlie Epstein, senior vice president of HUB International and Epstein Financial

      BusinessTalk with Charlie Epstein, senior vice president of HUB International and Epstein Financial

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien talks with Charlie Epstein, senior vice president of HUB International and Epstein Financial. The two discuss his upcoming show at Holyoke Community College — Yield of Dreams — and how it brings together his twin passions — acting and educating people about not just saving for retirement, but realizing their dreams. 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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    4. AIC’s New President is Focused on Creating Opportunities, Pathways

      AIC’s New President is Focused on Creating Opportunities, Pathways

      Hubert Benitez is a dentist by trade. He got into that field because he wanted to serve people — and because he wanted to make a difference. He eventually left dentistry for academia because … well, he still wanted to serve people and make a difference, but in an even more profound way, by creating pathways to higher education. This focus has become a passion, one that he brings to his new role as president of American International College.

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    5. BusinessTalk with Mark Keroack, president and CEO of Baystate Health

      BusinessTalk with Mark Keroack, president and CEO of Baystate Health

       BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien talks with Mark Keroack, president and CEO of Baystate Health, about the fifth COVID surge, what he and his team are seeing, and what they are projecting. The numbers are rising, he said, but this surge won’t be like those that preceded it, and for many reasons. 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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    6. For Mentors of Entrepreneurs, There are Many Kinds of Rewards

      For Mentors of Entrepreneurs, There are Many Kinds of Rewards

      There are many components to the region’s entrepreneurship ecosystem, perhaps none more important than the small army of mentors who are passing on what they know to a growing number of people looking to work for themselves instead of someone else. They impart to these entrepreneurs everything from the importance of understanding a spreadsheet to the notion that failure is … well, not unexpected and something to be learned from.

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    7. Kenny Lumpkin Brings His Passions Together at Dewey’s Lounge - BusinessWest

      Kenny Lumpkin Brings His Passions Together at Dewey’s Lounge - BusinessWest

      Kenny Lumpkin doesn’t like to use that word ‘club’ when it comes to his establishment on Worthington Street, Dewey’s Jazz Lounge. He prefers ‘restaurant, bar, and music venue,’ which really says it all. Those are his passions — in life and now in business. A year after opening, he’s off to a solid start and now looking to make an even greater impact on Springfield’s dining and entertainment scene.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    8. New Businesses Punctuate Amherst’s Recovery - BusinessWest

      New Businesses Punctuate Amherst’s Recovery - BusinessWest

      If business openings are any indication, Amherst is poised for a strong rebound from a pandemic that has been very rough on its mostly tourism-and-hospitality-based economy.  Gabrielle Gould, executive director of the Amherst Business Improvement District (BID) said that, by the end of August by her estimation, at least 13 new businesses will have opened in downtown Amherst.

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      Mentions: Amherst
    9. D.A. Sullivan Builds on a 125-year Legacy of Excellence - BusinessWest

      D.A. Sullivan Builds on a 125-year Legacy of Excellence - BusinessWest

      It started with a few people building a home in Williamsburg in 1897. And over the past 125 years, the firm that came to be known as D.A. Sullivan & Sons Inc. has expanded in every way a construction firm can. Its vast portfolio of projects includes construction and renovation of schools, libraries, hospital facilities, dormitories, churches, and much more. While there are many keys to the success of the firm, it’s fourth-generation president says it all comes down to relationship-building.

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      Mentions: Northampton
    10. Summer Jobs Program Expands Its Horizons

      Summer Jobs Program Expands Its Horizons

      David Cruise is more than familiar with the vast potential of Hampden County’s young people and their importance to the region’s business community. As the president and CEO of MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board, he administers a program called YouthWorks, a state-funded summer-employment program that helps teens and young adults gain the skills and experience needed to not only find and keep jobs, but to begin to design a path toward success. He’s watched over the years as the program has helped introduce young people to the world of work while also assisting area cities, towns, non-profits ...

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    11. BusinessTalk with Andrew Michael, manager of Dave DiRico’s Golf in West Springfield

      BusinessTalk with Andrew Michael, manager of Dave DiRico’s Golf in West Springfield

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien talks with Andrew Michael, manager of Dave DiRico’s Golf in West Springfield. The two discuss the surge that the game — and business — of golf have seen since the start of the pandemic and its prospects for continuing in the 2020 season. They also delve into supply chain issues,  inflation, and the many other challenges facing course owners and managers. 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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    12. New JA Initiative Will Recognize Young Leaders in the Community

      New JA Initiative Will Recognize Young Leaders in the Community

      Jennifer Connelly says that, in many ways, the new recognition program created by Junior Achievement (JA) of Western Massachusetts was inspired by the pandemic and a recognized need to bring attention to the manner in which young people, who were impacted by COVID-19 in many different ways, stepped up and displayed true leadership and community involvement at a turbulent time.

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    13. The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts Moves Closer to a New Home

      The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts Moves Closer to a New Home

      While it manages an impressive flow of food from numerous sources to the people who need it most, in recent years, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has been doing that job in a space that’s not sufficient for the work. That will change with the opening, in 2023, of a new headquarters in Chicopee that will more than double the organization’s space and allow it to serve more people with more food and more nutrition and educations — in effect, expanding the menu of what’s possible at a time when the need is great.

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      Mentions: Chicopee
    14. bankESB Parent Continues to Expand Through Acquisition

      bankESB Parent Continues to Expand Through Acquisition

      A “survival tactic.” That’s one of the phrases Matt Sosik, CEO of Hometown Financial Group Inc., the parent of bankESB, used to describe Hometown’s announced plans to acquire Randolph Bancorp Inc., the latest in a series of moves by Hometown to expand through acquisition. Elaborating, Sosik said this acquisition will certainly give Hometown, the multi-bank holding company for Abington Bank as well as bankESB, a larger, stronger footprint on the state’s South Shore. Indeed, Randolph Bancorp is the holding company for Envision Bank, which will merge with and into Abington Bank to create a $1.4 billion ...

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    15. Now Part of the Edc, Vvm Continues to Evolve and Grow

      Now Part of the Edc, Vvm Continues to Evolve and Grow

      Valley Venture Mentors has long had a singular but multi-faceted mission — to promote entrepreneurship in the region and provide various forms of assistance to help business owners take their venture to the next stage. Through a new and broader affiliation with the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council, the agency has an opportunity to become, in the words of its director, even more of an advocate, a champion, and a “convener” within the region’s broad, and growing, entrepreneurship ecosystem.

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    16. Yankee Candle and Its Deerfield Village Remain Powerful Draws

      Yankee Candle and Its Deerfield Village Remain Powerful Draws

      Yankee Candle has long been a national and even global powerhouse in the scented-candle business, but the company will always have special appeal in Western Mass., where Michael Kittredge launched it more than a half-century ago. That appeal is partly — perhaps largely — due to Yankee Candle Village, which has become a significant attraction over the years, one that continues to raise the profile of Deerfield and other Franklin County destinations.

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    17. Region’s Cultural, Recreational Destinations Anticipate a Strong 2022

      Region’s Cultural, Recreational Destinations Anticipate a Strong 2022

      For the region’s large and very important tourism and hospitality sector, the past 24 months have been a long, grueling slog marked by COVID-forced restrictions, new variants impacting attendance, a workforce crisis, and large doses of uncertainty about what will come next. Pivoting has been the order of the day, and normalcy has been an elusive goal. But as winter turns to spring, with summer right on its heels, leaders of area attractions are talking optimistically about a year that seems loaded with promise. For this issue’s focus on tourism, we spoke with four of them — a casino ...

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    18. BusinessTalk with Julie Quink, managing partner at Burkhart Pizzanelli, P.C.

      BusinessTalk with Julie Quink, managing partner at Burkhart Pizzanelli, P.C.

      On the next installment of BusinessTalk, BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien has a lively, wide-ranging discussion with Julie Quink, managing partner of the West Springfield-based accounting firm Burkhart Pizzanelli, P.C. It’s tax season, so the two talk about new tax laws and what they mean to businesses and individuals, but they also discuss what has been called the ‘never-ending tax season’ and the many challenges facing accounting firms today. 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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    19. Bay Path’s Women’s Leadership Conference Makes Its Return April 1

      Bay Path’s Women’s Leadership Conference Makes Its Return April 1

      In many respects, the Bay Path University Women’s Leadership Conference that will unfold on April 1 at the MassMutual Center is the same one that was put together for early spring 2020 and then canceled by COVID-19 — and then canceled again amid a surge in early 2021. Indeed, most all the speakers, including keynoter Tyra Banks, the model and media maven, are the same as those originally scheduled probably 30 months ago. But the day-long event, expected to bring more than 1,300 people to downtown Springfield, simply can’t be the same as the one blueprinted back in ...

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    20. Community Spotlight

      Community Spotlight

      Aaron Vega says there are many cannabis-related businesses now operating in Holyoke, and many more in the pipeline. Joshua Garcia, Holyoke’s first Puerto Rican mayor and a lifelong resident of this historic community, says that, in many respects, history is repeating itself in the city. Elaborating, he said that for the better part of a century, the paper and textile mills on the canals were a symbol of strength, a source of jobs, and, in many ways, the city’s identity  It wasn’t that way through the latter half of the 20th century as most of the mills ...

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    21. 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
    22. 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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    23. The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts

      The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts

      Convene and connect. Those are the two words you hear most often when it comes to the mission of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, and how the agency carries it out. Together, those words explain how and why this organization — one of hundreds of community foundations across the country — does much more than write checks to nonprofits and provide scholarships and interest-free loans to students — although those are certainly parts of what it does.

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    24. Eastworks at 25

      Eastworks at 25

      Back in 1997, Will Bundy and his wife, Paula, had a vision for the sprawling vacant mill in downtown Easthampton that had most recently been home to Stanley Home Products — to not only lease space to wide array of businesses, but create both a destination and a community. That vision has become reality, but this canvas, known as Eastworks, is still being filled in.

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      Mentions: Easthampton
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