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    1. UMass System Research Hits $752 Million

      UMass System Research Hits $752 Million

      The five-campus University of Massachusetts system research enterprise grew to $752 million in fiscal year 2021, compared to a previous high of $687 million set in 2020.   “Research is a critical component of the UMass mission,” said UMass President Marty Meehan. “The discoveries being made on each of our campuses today will power the Massachusetts innovation economy of tomorrow while confronting challenges ranging from public health to climate change.”  

       

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    2. Invitation-only 40 Under Forty Meet-and-Greet Event Slated for Friday

      Invitation-only 40 Under Forty Meet-and-Greet Event Slated for Friday

      Mercedes Benz of Springfield will host a meet-and-greet event Friday for members of BusinessWest’s Forty Under Class of 2022 — as well as the alumni of the 15 previous classes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=el0wDEuYbWU  The festivities, which will include food and beverages provided by Log Rolling Catering, begin at 5 p.m. with a networking hour for members of the Class of 2022, which was introduced in BusinessWest’s May 2 edition: https://businesswest.com/issues/may-2-2022/#p=1.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    3. United Way of Pioneer Valley to Stage 100th Anniversary Luncheon

      United Way of Pioneer Valley to Stage 100th Anniversary Luncheon

      In honor of its 100th anniversary, United Way of Pioneer Valley will be recognizing area businesses at a luncheon to take place on June 2, from noon to 2 p.m., at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel.  The luncheon will serve as a thank-you to the businesses and individuals of Pioneer Valley who have helped United Way fulfill its mission to serve the Commonwealth through services like feeding the hungry, youth development programs, mental health and substance use treatment, and more. Awards will go to the following companies and individuals: 

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    4. Marcus Camby, White Lion Expand Partnership

      Marcus Camby, White Lion Expand Partnership

      In January, UMass and NBA star Marcus Camby and Springfield’s White Lion Brewing Company formed a strategic partnership and launched Marcus Camby New England IPA. This fall, Camby and the team at White Lion will focus efforts on downtown Amherst, bringing White Lion’s strong community culture to the greater Amherst community.  Our brand is built on the community’s fabric, creating a diverse, inclusive, and fun place to be in downtown Springfield,” said White Lion Brewing Company business partner and head brewer Mike Yates. “We look to replicate much of that exciting vibe in downtown Amherst. As a ...

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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. ‘Together HCC’ Raises $192,000 for Scholarships, Student Aid

      ‘Together HCC’ Raises $192,000 for Scholarships, Student Aid

      Alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of Holyoke Community College led a historic day of giving last month, raising more than $192,000 for student support programs during its one-day “Together HCC: Drive to Change Lives” campaign.  Organizers had set a goal of 300 donors for the 24-hour, April 26, fund drive. The final tally was 418, a 41% increase from 2021.    “The ‘Together HCC’ campaign has proven to be one of the best examples of how much this community cares about the success of HCC students,” said Patrick Carpenter, HCC director of Institutional Advancement. “When we come together and give ...

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    7. Mercy Medical Center Earns Fourth Consecutive ‘A’ Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

      Mercy Medical Center Earns Fourth Consecutive ‘A’ Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

      Mercy Medical Center has received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for spring 2022. This national distinction recognizes Mercy Medical Center’s achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and error in the hospital. This latest recognition marks Mercy’s fourth consecutive “A” safety grade from Leapfrog.   “This notable accomplishment is the result of the tremendous team effort of our colleagues at every level of the hospital,” said Deborah Bitsoli, M.B.A., C.P.A., President, Mercy Medical Center and Trinity Health Of New England Medical Group. “I am deeply grateful to all affiliated and employed primary care providers ...

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    8. 1Berkshire Launches ‘Best Foot Forward’ Facade Improvement Program

      1Berkshire Launches ‘Best Foot Forward’ Facade Improvement Program

      1Berkshire announced the launch of a pilot micro-grant program to support downtown business facade improvements throughout the region going into the summer season of 2022. Funded through a one-time grant received by 1Berkshire, at least 30 micro-grants ranging from between $500 and $1,000 will be made available to small for-profit and non-profit businesses and organizations located in downtown business districts across the Berkshires. 

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    9. Amherst Extends Digital Info Sign Pilot for Second Year

      Amherst Extends Digital Info Sign Pilot for Second Year

      The town of Amherst partnered this spring with the UMassFive College Federal Credit Union (UMassFive), the Amherst Business Improvement District, and the Amherst Area Chamber to extend its pilot of three solar powered digital information signs in the downtown Amherst area. The partnership ushered in a fresh look for the signs by highlighting local business information and featuring the new What’s Next? Greater Amherst destination campaign.  The signs are powered by Massachusetts based company Soofa, and feature a neighborhood newsfeed for all including real time and emergency information from the town, transit information, and local news and events all ...

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      Mentions: Amherst
    10. Lee Bank Foundation Distributes $83,750 in First Grant Funding Round of 2022

      Lee Bank Foundation Distributes $83,750 in First Grant Funding Round of 2022

      Lee Bank Foundation has awarded $83,750 to 12 Berkshire area organizations and an additional grant to Pittsfield Public Schools in its first-round of 2022 community funding.  Recipients were awarded grants ranging from $1,000 to $16,000 to support their local programming. Included in the awards are a series of Arts Access Grants for arts and culture organizations to expand access to programming for under-served audiences.

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    11. Free Line-cook Training Course Starts June 6 at HCC

      Free Line-cook Training Course Starts June 6 at HCC

      This summer, Holyoke Community College will be running a free, one-month, intensive line-cook training course at the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute.  The course runs Monday through Friday, June 6 to July 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.    The HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute is located at 164 Race St. in downtown Holyoke.   The program is designed for those already in the restaurant industry who want to upgrade their skills as well as unemployed or underemployed individuals interested in starting a new career in the restaurant industry.   “This may be a perfect option for anyone who loves cooking ...

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    12. HNE Offers $100,000 in Grants for DEIB in Maternal/Infant Health

      HNE Offers $100,000 in Grants for DEIB in Maternal/Infant Health

      Health New England is offering $100,000 in grants for non-profit organizations that address inequities to improve maternal and infant health. The company’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) grants will award up to $10,000 per organization.  The DEIB grants will fund non-profits whose programs address health equity and focus on engaging at least one social determinant of health (SDOH). SDOHs are conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age that affect health, quality of life, and life expectancy. These may include socioeconomic status, food insecurity, education, access to health care, safe housing, discrimination, violence ...

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    13. Community Foundation Leader to Step Down from Role

      Community Foundation Leader to Step Down from Role

      The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts announced today that President and CEO Katie Allan Zobel intends to transition out of her role, concluding 17 years of service and a decade-long tenure as executive leader at the foundation. Zobel will continue to serve in her role while engaged in continued succession planning with the Foundation Trustees through September 2022.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    14. Westfield Sees Progress on Several Fronts

      Westfield Sees Progress on Several Fronts

      By Mark Morris

      Mayor Mike McCabe says he’s gained needed feedback from his visits with business owners and monthly coffee hours.

      Four months into his new job, Westfield Mayor Michael McCabe says he loves his work.

      “I’m able to make an impact in areas that I wouldn’t have thought I could; the job requires a lot of problem-solving, something I’m used to doing,”said McCabe, who, after serving for 36 years in various capacities with the Westfield Police Department, unseated incumbent Donald Humason in last November’s election.

      The same two men squared off in 2019 ...

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    15. The Important Work of Mentoring

      The Important Work of Mentoring

      Over the years, we’ve written many times about the entrepreneurship ecosystem in this region and its importance to economic development in the four western counties. This is an area dominated by small businesses, and it always will be, with growth coming organically, rather by recruiting the likes of a General Electric (bad example, given what’s happened to that company) or a Smith & Wesson (OK, that’s another bad example and a rather sore subject.) But you get the point. This is a region that needs to consistently encourage entrepreneurship, but also providing a support system for those inspired ...

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    16. 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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    17. BusinessTalk with U.S. Rep. Richard Neal about the prospects for momentum on east-west rail in the Commonwealth

      BusinessTalk with U.S. Rep. Richard Neal about the prospects for momentum on east-west rail in the Commonwealth

      Editor George O’Brien talks with U.S. Rep. Richard Neal about the prospects for momentum on east-west rail in the Commonwealth. The congressman believes the stars are aligned on this matter, and explains why Gov. Charlie Baker’s endorsement of the project is just another of many pieces now falling into place. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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
    20. 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
    21. $1M in Grants Awarded to Community Health Centers

      $1M in Grants Awarded to Community Health Centers

      MassDevelopment has awarded grants totaling $1,056,010 to 22 community health centers across Massachusetts through its Community Health Center Grant Program. The program offers grants of up to $50,000 each to fund capital improvement projects including construction, renovation, equipment, furniture, technology-related projects, as well as facility needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    22. Marriott Brand Restored on Downtown Springfield Hotel

      Marriott Brand Restored on Downtown Springfield Hotel

      he Marriott brand has been restored to a downtown Springfield hotel in preparation for a planned September opening.  The Marriott ‘M’ logo was attached to the Tower Square Hotel this week, a milestone in a nearly four-year-long effort to restore a brand name that was lost in 2017.  Extensive renovations of the property, projected to cost $40 million, are ongoing, with a grand reopening planned for this fall.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    23. HCC to Mark 75th Anniversary with May 5 Celebration

      HCC to Mark 75th Anniversary with May 5 Celebration

      Holyoke Community College will mark its 75th anniversary on Thursday with events that celebrate its past, present, and future as the Commonwealth’s oldest community college.   Festivities begin as early as 9 a.m. with special programming from the college radio station, continue throughout the day with student presentations, program tours, exhibitions, open houses, demonstrations, alumni panels, food, music, and dancing, and culminate with a community reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute on Race Street.  All events are free and open to the public. 

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