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    1. Training and Workforce Options to Host Financial Industry Forum

      Training and Workforce Options to Host Financial Industry Forum

      Training and Workforce Options (TWO), a partnership between Holyoke Community College and Springfield Technical Community College (STCC), will host an employer-engagement forum focused on the financial-services industry on Thursday, May 3 from 8 to 10 a.m. at STCC’s Scibelli Hall, Rooms 701 and 702. The forum will provide financial professionals with information on workforce-development training opportunities and related services offered by experienced trainers from HCC and STCC. TWO representatives also will discuss how regional businesses can secure Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund Grants to enhance training efforts for their workers.

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    2. Grand Opening of Hcc Mgm Culinary Arts Institute Set for April 12

      Grand Opening of Hcc Mgm Culinary Arts Institute Set for April 12

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito will be the first featured speaker at a grand-opening celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute on Thursday, April 12. The Holyoke Community College event will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the institute at 164 Race St. on the corner of Appleton Street. Other special guests and speakers will include Massachusetts Secretary of Education Jim Peyser, Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, HCC President Christina Royal, HCC board of trustees Chair Bob Gilbert, MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis, and HCC Foundation board of directors Chair Paul Boudreau.

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    3. Local Chambers to Present ‘A Taste of Commerce’ on April 11

      The public is invited to “A Taste of Commerce,” a chamber of commerce collaboration consisting of the Greater Holyoke, Greater Easthampton, Greater Chicopee, Greater Northampton, South Hadley and Granby, and Quaboag Hills chambers coming together to showcase local businesses in the region. The event is set to take place on Wednesday, April 11 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Holyoke Community College Bartley Center. Previously known as the Table Top Expo, “A Taste of Commerce” seeks to retain its original business-to-business initiative, while inviting the public to take part in the show and get a taste of ...

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    4. Social Innovation Conference to Take Place April 7

      Social Innovation Conference to Take Place April 7

      The Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship will present its 2018 Social Innovation Conference on Saturday, April 7 at the UMass Integrative Learning Center. Registration is free and includes two keynote speakers, three panel discussions, a design workshop, breakfast, lunch, and refreshments. Attendees will learn about trends in innovation and how social entrepreneurship is transforming traditional business. The day will begin with Bill Baue, CEO of Reporting 3.0, a business that is changing systems of reporting, along with a panel of entrepreneurs discussing the role social impact takes in their business.

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    5. Dress for Success to Host Annual Gala on April 12

      Dress for Success to Host Annual Gala on April 12

      Thursday, April 12 will be an evening of inspiration and celebration when hundreds of people gather at CityStage to celebrate the work of Dress for Success of Western Massachusetts. “This evening is about realizing what truly empowers women’s greatest,” said Dawn Creighton, board president of Dress for Success. “It’s so much more than suits and shoes. When young women dream about who they want to be, they see much more than clothes, and so do we. We see bright futures, fulfilling careers, and healthy families. We see leaders.” This year’s event will feature an artistic visual representation ...

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    6. Unify Against Bullying to Hold Launch Party for 2018 Fashion Show

      Unify Against Bullying to Hold Launch Party for 2018 Fashion Show

      Unify Against Bullying and Robert Charles Photography will host a rally on Monday, March 26 at 6 p.m. in the third-floor community room located at One Financial Plaza, 1350 Main St., Springfield. The event is the official kickoff for the annual Unify Fashion Show, scheduled to take place on Tuesday, May 15 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke. The tickets to the event go on sale that evening. The show has been sold out the last four years, taking just three weeks to sell out last year.

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      Mentions: Springfield Holyoke
    7. Tech Foundry Offers Excel Skill Training to Regional Workforce

      Tech Foundry Offers Excel Skill Training to Regional Workforce

      Tech Foundry will offer a four-day Excel skill training the week of May 14-18 (every day but May 16) from 9 a.m. to noon at 1391 Main St., ninth floor, Springfield. Because its first Excel class offered to area companies and their employees was such a success, Tech Foundry is eager to meet the Excel needs of more area employers and their employees. Hundreds of workers in the Pioneer Valley alone use Excel on a daily basis, yet only a small fraction have the training and skill needed to maximize job success and productivity.

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    8. Florence Bank to Present Customers’ Choice Community Grants

      Florence Bank to Present Customers’ Choice Community Grants

      Florence Bank will present the awards in its 16th annual Customers’ Choice Community Grants Program at an event slated for Wednesday, March 21. Contributions through the program will reach the $1.05 million mark in terms of grants made to community nonprofits over almost two decades. Representatives from 57 nonprofits receiving funds will be present at the Garden House at Look Park from 5 to 7 p.m. to accept the grants, view photographs and displays from previous Customers’ Choice events, and sample hors d’oeuvres by Seth Mias Catering. The grant amounts will be announced that evening. The Customers ...

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    9. Emmy Winner to Headline Bay Path Women’s Leadership Conference

      Emmy Winner to Headline Bay Path Women’s Leadership Conference

      Lena Waithe, the actor, producer, and writer who, in 2017, became the first African-American woman to win an Emmy Award for comedy writing, will be interviewed during Bay Path University’s 23rd annual Women’s Leadership Conference (WLC) on Friday, April 6. The one-day event has become the region’s prime women’s leadership event for professional networking and enrichment. “Lena creates characters who inspire curiosity and is dedicated to empowering other women to develop the tools to follow her,” said Carol Leary, Bay Path University president, who is set to interview Waithe during this year’s conference. “Given that ...

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    10. Thornes Marketplace to Renovate Front Entrance on Main Street

      Thornes Marketplace to Renovate Front Entrance on Main Street

      Thornes Marketplace will begin a major renovation of its front entrance on Main Street the first week in April to make practical improvements as well as aesthetic ones that are historically accurate. Richard Madowitz, Thornes owner and property manager, stressed that work on the entryway — one of the last phases of a multi-year capital-improvement project — will be conducted from 9:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. The front entrance will remain open daily during regular business hours.

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    11. Knowledge Corridor to Present Mayors’ Economic Forum on April 26

      Knowledge Corridor to Present Mayors’ Economic Forum on April 26

      “Mayors Meet Millennials” is the title of the 2018 New England Knowledge Corridor Mayors’ Economic Forum, set for Thursday, April 26 at Goodwin College in East Hartford, Conn. The program begins with coffee and conversation from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., followed by the conference program from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Participating mayors include Domenic Sarno (Springfield), Richard Kos (Chicopee), Marcia Leclerc (East Hartford), Erin Stewart (New Britain), and Luke Bronin (Hartford). Registration options and more information will be available soon.

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    12. Pioneer Cold Names Bryan Hedge President

      Pioneer Cold Names Bryan Hedge President

      The board of directors at Pioneer Cold announced that Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Bryan Hedge has been elected president. He joined Pioneer in 2007 as vice president of Operations, and was promoted to chief operating officer in 2012. Hedge will be responsible for all areas of Pioneer, including customer and employee satisfaction. A major part of his job will be to set priorities in strategy, asset utilization, and revenue growth, and to ensure operational excellence across the company. As COO, Hedge was the operations leader and delivered consistent improvement in all areas, including safety, capacity planning and utilization ...

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    13. Global Health Advocate to Speak at Elms College Commencement

      Global Health Advocate to Speak at Elms College Commencement

      Elms College announced that global health leader Dr. Louise Ivers will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary degree at the 87th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 19. Ivers is a longtime leader in global health, engaging in global policy and advocacy work to improve health equity. She currently serves as the executive director of the Center for Global Health at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and sits on the board of directors of the St. Boniface Haiti Foundation, which is dedicated to providing essential health services to the people of Southern Haiti, especially the most vulnerable. Her work ...

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    14. CareerPoint Announces Three Upcoming Events

      CareerPoint Announces Three Upcoming Events

      CareerPoint, the Holyoke-based one-stop career center, announced three events for the coming week. The public is invited to a ribbon cutting for the grand reopening of its College and Career Center at Westfield High School on Wednesday, March 7 at 9 a.m. Westfield Public Schools has engaged in a partnership with CareerPoint to coordinate the center’s activities. The focus of the center is to provide career and job services to students, and to help make connections for students between their academics and their future career options. Rosalin Acosta, state secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, and other state ...

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    15. HCC Raises Last Beam in $43.5 Million Campus Center Renovation

      HCC Raises Last Beam in $43.5 Million Campus Center Renovation

      For now, it’s still, in the top left corner of the Campus Center roof. But soon, that white steel beam will be hidden behind the building’s new façade. And there it will remain as long as the building stands, covered with the names of all the Holyoke Community College (HCC) students, faculty, staff, and construction workers who marked it before the beam was raised to its permanent home. “Having the opportunity to sign this beam represents the last piece of the building that we’re erecting, the highest point,” said HCC President Christina Royal, “and while you ...

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    16. New Prosthetic Center Serves Amputees with Innovative Technology

      New Prosthetic Center Serves Amputees with Innovative Technology

      O & P Labs recently opened the doors to the Prosthetic Center at 3500 Main St. in Springfield. The local prosthetic company has been serving Western and Central Mass., Northern Conn., and Southern Vermont for more than 30 years. Co-owners Jim Haas and Blaine Drysdale hosted Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and state Rep. Carlos González, along with team members, patients, medical care providers, friends, and family for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Feb. 15. González presented a citation to recognize O & P Labs’ “30 years of healthcare service to the people of Springfield, Mass. and your innovative assistance for patients ...

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    17. Springfield Regional Chamber Event to Feature Secretary Jay Ash

      Springfield Regional Chamber Event to Feature Secretary Jay Ash

      At its Business@Breakfast event on Wednesday, March 7, the Springfield Regional Chamber will host Jay Ash, state secretary of Housing and Economic Development, who will talk about “Unlocking Economic Development,” and his priorities to grow jobs, help communities realize their economic-development initiatives, connect citizens to new economic opportunities, and build prosperity across Massachusetts. The event takes place from 7:15 to 9 a.m. at Chez Josef, 176 Shoemaker Lane, Agawam. The cost is $25 for members ($30 at the door), or $35 general admission ($40 at the door).

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    18. Baystate Academy Charter Public School Receives STEM Grant

      Baystate Academy Charter Public School Receives STEM Grant

      Baystate Academy Charter Public School received a grant to offer high-quality science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs from Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. More than 10,500 schools across the country offer PLTW programs to millions of students. According to Tim Sneed, executive director of Baystate Academy, “these funds will allow us to expand our biomedical sciences programs as we prepare students to enter the field of healthcare.”

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    19. Bay Path University and Partners to Present On the Move Forum

      Bay Path University and Partners to Present On the Move Forum

      In honor of Women’s History Month in March and International Women’s Day on March 8, Bay Path University will present the On the Move Forum in partnership with the Professional Women’s Chamber, the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, the Pan African Historical Museum USA (PAHMUSA), and Enchanted Circle Theater. The event will be held at CityStage in Springfield on Thursday, March 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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    20. United Personnel Wins Inavero’s 2018 Best of Staffing Awards

      United Personnel Wins Inavero’s 2018 Best of Staffing Awards

      United Personnel announced it has won Inavero’s Best of Staffing Client and Talent Awards for providing superior service to clients and job seekers. Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, Inavero’s Best of Staffing winners have proven to be industry leaders in service quality based entirely on ratings by their clients and the employees they have helped find jobs. On average, clients of winning agencies are 2.3 times more likely to be completely satisfied. Job seekers who work with winning agencies are 1.7 times more satisfied with the services provided compared to those working with non-winning agencies.

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    21. Community Music School Receives Grant from MDRT Foundation

      Community Music School Receives Grant from MDRT Foundation

      The Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) Foundation awarded a $5,000 grant to Community Music School of Springfield (CMSS) through its Quality of Life Grant Program in honor of Jeanmarie Deliso, CFP. Through its global grants programs, the MDRT Foundation is committed to building stronger families and communities around the globe. This year, the MDRT Foundation will award more than $1 million in MDRT member-endorsed grants to more than 200 charitable organizations worldwide. Representing the MDRT Foundation, Deliso will present this grant to Community Music School of Springfield on March 23 at its board meeting.

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    22. Dress for Success, Thunderbirds Partner for Hockey ‘N Heels

      Dress for Success, Thunderbirds Partner for Hockey ‘N Heels

      Dress for Success of Western Massachusetts will host its second annual Hockey ‘N Heels night before the Springfield Thunderbirds game against the Utica Comets on Saturday, March 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. Baystate Health and Health New England will sponsor “Pink in the Rink” as part of the game. Attendees are invited to put on their best heels and join a fun ladies’ night. A donation of $50 buys entrance to the pre-game reception, as well as admission to the Thunderbirds game, starting at 7:05 p.m. The $50 also includes ...

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    23. HCC president first speaker in Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series

      HCC president first speaker in Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series

      Holyoke Community College president Christina Royal will be the first featured speaker in a monthly Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series hosted this spring by the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce.  The four-part series kicks off March 7, with Royal’s talk, “Managing Up.”  All the events will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the new HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute, 164 Race St. The lunches will be prepared and served by students in the HCC Culinary Arts program.

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