1. Articles from BusinessWest Staff

    1-24 of 619 1 2 3 4 ... 24 25 26 »
    1. BusinessWest Announces 2019 Women of Impact Keynote Speaker: Lisa Tanzer, President of Life is Good

      BusinessWest Announces 2019 Women of Impact Keynote Speaker: Lisa Tanzer, President of Life is Good

      BusinessWest announced that the keynote speaker for the 2019 Women of Impact luncheon will be Lisa Tanzer, president of Life is Good. Tanzer has more than 25 years of consumer brand experience. Prior to becoming president, Lisa served as the company’s head of Marketing after spending more than 20 years on the board of directors of the Life is Good Kids Foundation. She’s held executive positions in the entertainment, ecommerce, and education sectors. Earlier in her career, she held marketing and strategy roles at Hasbro, Staples, The Gillette Company, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. She received her BA from Tufts University ...

      Read Full Article
    2. SPARK EforAll Seeks Volunteer Mentors

      SPARK EforAll Seeks Volunteer Mentors

      SPARK EforAll Holyoke is actively seeking volunteers to participate as mentors in this winter’s business accelerator program. Accelerator mentors come from a variety of backgrounds and use their business and leadership experience to guide new entrepreneurs through the process of turning their idea into a growing business. Mentors work in teams of three and are matched with an entrepreneur based on schedule availability and the desire to work together.

      Read Full Article
    3. WNEU Teams Up with Comcast to Offer ‘Xfinity On Campus’ for Its Students

      WNEU Teams Up with Comcast to Offer ‘Xfinity On Campus’ for Its Students

      Comcast has announced that it will be bringing its Xfinity On Campus service to Western New England University, allowing students to watch live TV, On Demand and recorded content on their IP-enabled devices, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones. The service is included with room and board for students living in on-campus housing. Xfinity On Campus offers more than 100 live channels including every major broadcast network, as well as channels like AMC, Bravo, ESPN, FX and MTV through Comcast’s Xfinity Stream app and portal. The service also includes access to thousands of current season TV shows and hit movies ...

      Read Full Article
    4. People’s United Community Foundation grant helps Junior Achievement Summer Program

      People’s United Community Foundation grant helps Junior Achievement Summer Program

      Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts (JAWM), which provides workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy programs to K–12 youth, recently received a $5,000 grant from the People’s United Community Foundation to support its Summer BEE (Business and Entrepreneurial Exploration) program for middle and high school students. The funds will be used to provide out-of-school educational experiences for youth from 6th to 12th grades focusing on financial literacy, entrepreneurship and career exploration/work readiness and STEM education

      Read Full Article
    5. Cooley Dickinson Urgent Care Now Open in Southampton - BusinessWest

      After years of planning and preparation, Cooley Dickinson Health Care has opened a second Urgent Care location at 12 College Highway in Southampton.  Situated directly adjacent to the long-established Cooley Dickinson Rehabilitation Clinic in the Big Y Plaza, the location straddles the Southampton/Easthampton line and serves members of both communities as well as other nearby towns including Westfield and Westhampton.

      Read Full Article
    6. The Creative Strategy Agency Celebrates 10 Years - BusinessWest

      The Creative Strategy Agency Celebrates 10 Years - BusinessWest

      The Creative Strategy Agency Inc. (tCSA), a local digital marketing and advertising agency, celebrates its 10th anniversary today. Started by Alfonso Santaniello on Aug. 9, 2009, tCSA has grown into a fully staffed agency servicing local and national clients in social-media marketing, advertising, and search-engine marketing.  “It wasn’t always easy,” said Santaniello, pesident and CEO. “I was 24 when I started my business. I thought I knew everything. Boy, was I wrong.”

      Read Full Article
    7. Bay Path University to Hold Three Open-house Events

      Bay Path University to Hold Three Open-house Events

      August is back-to-school month for many families, and that includes students ready to embark on — or continue — their college career. For some students, that may mean attending college for the first time as a freshman, while for others, it may mean transferring to a new school, re-igniting a degree program that was previously put on hold, or returning to school to obtain an advanced degree.

      Read Full Article
    8. STCC Wins State Career Pathways Grant for Early-childhood Education

      STCC Wins State Career Pathways Grant for Early-childhood Education

       Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) will apply a $296,904 state grant to support a new, affordable professional-development program for early-childhood educators. The funding will allow STCC to roll out its Child Development Associate Plus program this fall. The program will help early-childhood educators obtain certification and become better-qualified to teach infants and toddlers as well as preschool-aged children. STCC announced in July that the college received the Early Childhood Education Career Pathways Grant, funded through the state Department of Early Education and Care.

      Read Full Article
    9. PV Squared Solar Recognized as a 2019 Top Solar Contractor in the U.S.

      PV Squared Solar Recognized as a 2019 Top Solar Contractor in the U.S.

      With renewable energy expected to be the fastest-growing source of U.S. electricity generation for the foreseeable future, local solar installer and worker-owned cooperative PV Squared Solar is contributing toward this period of energy transition. The company has once again been recognized by Solar Power World magazine and was listed prominently among other solar contractors and developers across the country in the magazine’s 2019 Top Solar Contractors list.

      Read Full Article
    10. UMass Amherst Economists Examine Impact of Minimum-wage Increases on Jobs

      UMass Amherst Economists Examine Impact of Minimum-wage Increases on Jobs

      AMHERST — Economists at UMass Amherst, along with colleagues from University College London and the Economic Policy Institute, have found that the overall number of low-wage jobs remained essentially unchanged over the five years following increases to the minimum wage, and that affected low-wage workers overall saw a wage gain of 7% after a minimum-wage increase.

      Read Full Article
    11. Restored Brewer-Young Mansion Set to Begin Its Next Chapter

      Restored Brewer-Young Mansion Set to Begin Its Next Chapter

      In its heyday, the Brewer-Young mansion was the center of Longmeadow’s social scene. Those who don’t remember those days know it more as an eyesore alongside the town green, after a string of owners over the past 30 years were unable to maintain the decaying structure. Enter a trio of investors with a commercial vision for the property, one that would pump economic vitality into the building while restoring its original architecture — and historic importance.

      Read Full Article
    12. Greenfield Community College Receives Continuation of Title III Grant Funding

      Greenfield Community College Receives Continuation of Title III Grant Funding

      In October 2016, Greenfield Community College (GCC) was awarded a $1.6 million Title III grant from the U.S. Department of Education, to be disbursed over five years. This grant is part of the Strengthening Institutions Program, which helps institutions expand their capacity to serve low-income and at-risk students. This academic year will mark the fourth year of continued funding of GCC’s Title III grant. The aim of GCC’s Title III grant is to integrate academic-success coaching and career exploration into a structured first-year experience that supports students who have been shown to be most at risk ...

      Read Full Article
    13. Easthampton: It’s Not the ‘New Northampton’

      Easthampton: It’s Not the ‘New Northampton’

      It was the food that brought Cynthia West to Easthampton. Well, sort of. It was the food, in the form of weekly visits to restaurants like Galaxy, Kisara, and others that gave West … well, a flavor of Easthampton and, eventually, the opinion that this was the place to bring a business she had been thinking about and dreaming about for some time. It’s called Sonnet & Sparrow, a “curated thrift store” she operates with her daughter, McKenzie West, in space that was once part of the historic, yet also somewhat notorious, Majestic Theater on Cottage Street. Notorious because 30 years ...

      Read Full Article
    14. Tighe & Bond Again Named PSMJ Circle of Excellence Member

      Tighe & Bond Again Named PSMJ Circle of Excellence Member

      Tighe & Bond has been named as a member of the PSMJ Resources Inc. 2019 Circle of Excellence for second year in a row. The Circle of Excellence highlights successfully managed firms that demonstrate outstanding achievements in areas such as profitability, overhead management, cash flow, productivity, business development, and staff growth. “To be recognized as a member of PSMJ’s Circle of Excellence for the second consecutive year is a high honor. Tighe & Bond has always strived to create an outstanding client- and employee-focused firm that adheres to exceptional business practices and delivers sustainable business results,” said Bob Belitz, president and ...

      Read Full Article
    15. Hampshire Colleges Hires President, Charts New Course - BusinessWest

      Hampshire Colleges Hires President, Charts New Course - BusinessWest

      When asked whether he thought Hampshire College could not only maintain its accreditation but forge a long-term future, Ed Wingenbach, the recently named president of the beleaguered institution, didn’t hesitate in his response and spoke with a voice brimming with confidence.  “Yes; do you need me to say more?” he replied as the question was posed at a press conference to announce his appointment on July 18.

      Read Full Article
    16. Merger of Aerospace Giants Creates Uncertainty, but Perhaps Opportunity   - BusinessWest

      Merger of Aerospace Giants Creates Uncertainty, but Perhaps Opportunity   - BusinessWest

      Since the announcement last month that defense and aerospace giants Raytheon and United Technologies will merge into one firm based in Eastern Mass., few other details have emerged, and questions remain about the impact on the companies’ workforce, particularly those currently based at UTC’s Connecticut plant. But some see potential growth in the merger, which may bode well for the many Western Mass. machine shops — and their 5,000 employees — that make components for those companies.

      Read Full Article
    17. American Benefits Group CEO and Founder Bob Cummings Reelected as President of NAPBA

      Bob Cummings has been re-elected to serve as president of The National Association of Professional Benefits Administrators (NAPBA). A  NAPBA trustee since 2007, Cummings was first elected NAPBA president in 2015, and has been an instrumental force in the emergence of the consumer directed healthCare industry over the past 20 years, orchestrating the growth of NAPBA as the primary compliance standards and best practice organization for third party employee benefits administrators serving the consumer directed healthcare industry.

      Read Full Article
    18. Nominations Close August 2 for Super 60

      Nominations Close August 2 for Super 60

      The Springfield Regional Chamber is seeking nominations for its annual Super 60 awards program, presented by Health New England, with platinum sponsor People’s United Bank. Marking its 30th year, the awards program recognizes the success of the fastest-growing and privately-owned businesses in the region, which continue to make significant contributions to the strength of the regional economy. Each year, the program identifies the top-performing companies in revenue growth and total revenue. Last year, Total Revenue winners combined for more than $750 million in revenues, with 25% of these winners exceeding revenues of $40 million. All winners in the Revenue ...

      Read Full Article
    19. PIP in East Longmeadow Receives Franchise Top 10 Award

      PIP in East Longmeadow Receives Franchise Top 10 Award

      PIP in East Longmeadow recently received a Top 10 Sales Volume award recognizing the business as one of the top 10 in the entire PIP franchise network. The award is based on 2018 annual sales revenue and was announced at the annual PIP Convention, staged July 17-20, at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio in Texas. PIP in East Longmeadow is owned by Michael and Vicki Tarby and Bob and Claudia Pelzek.

      Read Full Article
    20. Women of Impact 2019

      Women of Impact 2019

      BusinessWest has consistently recognized the contributions of women within the business community and has now created the Women of Impact awards to honor women who have the authority and power to move the needle in their business; are respected for accomplishments within their industries; give back to the community; and are sought out as respected advisors and mentors within the field of influence.

      Read Full Article
    21. MassDevelopment Provides $310,000 for Real-estate Projects Across Massachusetts

      MassDevelopment announced up to $310,000 in funding for 10 projects through its Real Estate Technical Assistance program. Under this program, through a combination of in-house expertise and contracts with consultants, MassDevelopment works with municipal officials, planners, local stakeholders, and others to address site-specific and district-wide economic-development challenges. The technical-assistance funds will support a range of projects, from feasibility studies to master-planning efforts. Locally, the town of Greenfield will use one of the awards to prepare a market assessment and operational analysis of proposed uses in the First National Bank and Trust building. This follows a feasibility study that consultant ...

      Read Full Article
    22. STCC Students Land Internships at MIT Lincoln Laboratory

      Two Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) students are working as interns this summer at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Defense research and development center in Lexington. MIT Lincoln Laboratory selected Douglas Bednarczyk and Shane Richardson, students from the Optics and Photonics Technology program at STCC. They are interning at the Lexington facility through August. Richardson earned his associate degree from STCC in May, but will return this fall to take additional classes. Bednarcyzk finished his first year in the two-year Optics and Photonics Technology program and hopes to earn his associate degree in spring 2020.

      Read Full Article
    23. Bay Path’s Strategic Alliances Partners with Area Employers

      Bay Path’s Strategic Alliances Partners with Area Employers

      The ever-changing workforce environment is a continuous challenge for employers seeking qualified people to fill their positions. However, not all employers are looking for people with a college degree. In fact, the World Economic Forum reported recently that skills are in higher demand in the labor market than occupations and degrees. This is one of the many reasons why Bay Path University started a new division on campus — Strategic Alliances, which provides customized training and learning experiences for area employees, as well as the latest online certifications and recertifications.

      Read Full Article
    1-24 of 619 1 2 3 4 ... 24 25 26 »
  1. Categories

    1. Industry Clusters:

      Aerospace/Defense, Business Development, Creative Economy, Education, Energy, Entrepreneurship, Financial Services, Green Region, Health Care, Information Technology, Life Sciences, Logistics, Manufacturing, Medical Devices, Paper Manufacturing, Plastics, Retail, Tourism, Transportation, Workforce
  2. Topics in the News

    1. (317 articles) Springfield
    2. (153 articles) Holyoke
    3. (74 articles) University of Massachusetts
    4. (74 articles) Amherst
    5. (67 articles) Chicopee
    6. (61 articles) Westfield
    7. (59 articles) Holyoke Community College
    8. (55 articles) Northampton
    9. (46 articles) Springfield Technical Community College
    10. (33 articles) Elms College
  3. Popular Articles

  4. Picture Gallery

    Western Mass. Business Expo Will Focus on the Future Super 60 Honorees Reflect a Region on the Rise - BusinessWest Before You Launch, Run Through This Checklist SSO Moves Offices to 1441 Main St. STCC to Offer ‘Green’ Major State Adds More Than 6,300 Clean-energy Jobs November Unemployment Rate Drops to 2.9% PeoplesBank Announces Key Promotions Chamber Program Focuses on ‘Success, Happiness, and Humor Popular Springfield lunch spot Nosh adds liquor license, to introduce dinner menu BusinessWest Announces 2019 Women of Impact Keynote Speaker: Lisa Tanzer, President of Life is Good SPARK EforAll Seeks Volunteer Mentors