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    1. 1Berkshire Launches Implementation Phase of Berkshire Blueprint 2.0

      1Berkshire Launches Implementation Phase of Berkshire Blueprint 2.0

      On Feb. 15, 1Berkshire launched the implementation phase of the Berkshire Blueprint 2.0, a strategic economic-development imperative. With more than 300 registered attendees packing the Colonial Theatre in downtown Pittsfield, 1Berkshire members, regional leaders, and elected officials from across the county shared this project, already two years in the making. The event was the culmination of more than 100 interviews, thousands of hours of work, and more than 20 months of planning and design. 1Berkshire President and CEO Jonathan Butler kicked off the primary outline during the launch by recognizing that $1 billion in regional investments have been made ...

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    2. Leadership Pioneer Valley Providing Board Basics Training

      Leadership Pioneer Valley Providing Board Basics Training

       Leadership Pioneer Valley (LPV) will offer monthly training and workshops programming focused on leadership and board development for nonprofits in the Pioneer Valley through its Leaders On Board program. On Tuesday, March 12, Leaders On Board will be providing a Board Basics training at Springfield Technical Community College from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The three-hour-long training, led by Beth Spong from Rainmaker Consulting, will cover what it means to sit on a board, roles and responsibilities, and how to be effective as a board member. The training is free to attend, and dinner is provided.

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    3. Lights on Art and Culture Days to Highlight Downtown Chicopee

      Lights on Art and Culture Days to Highlight Downtown Chicopee

      The Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Chicopee Cultural Council, MassDevelopment, and the City of Chicopee, will host the Lights on Art and Culture event on Friday, Feb. 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. An additional date has been added on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon to show appreciation to those who live, work, and play in the downtown area. To draw more attention to the event, three buildings — Lyman Mills, Old City Library, and SilverBrick Mills — will all be lit up in blue to attract everyone in the area, passing by ...

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    4. Florence Bank to Exceed $1.1M in Giving in Community Grants Program

      Florence Bank to Exceed $1.1M in Giving in Community Grants Program

      Ten years ago, a first-time mother struggled with the care of her newborn and later helped another mother having difficulty. Her efforts marked the grass-roots founding of It Takes a Village in Cummington. Today, a handful of part-time staff members and a committed team of volunteers for the nonprofit provide support — ranging from help with laundry and dishes to an extra set of hands at a doctor’s visit — for families in the hill towns with infants in their first year. The organization served 1,500 families last year and distributed more than $100,000 in diapers and other baby ...

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    5. Bay Path President Carol Leary to Receive Donna Shavlik Award

      Bay Path President Carol Leary to Receive Donna Shavlik Award

      The American Council on Education (ACE) announced that Carol Leary, president of Bay Path University and author of Achieving the Dream: A How-to Guide for Adult Women Seeking a College Degree, will receive the 2019 Donna Shavlik Award. The award will be presented ACE2019, ACE’s 101st annual meeting in Philadelphia, during the Women’s Leadership Dinner on Saturday, March 9.   ACE President Ted Mitchell noted that “2018 was a critical year for women in higher education. Carol Leary not only met its challenges head-on with her leadership of Bay Path, but she also widened opportunity for her students and ...

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    6. Callaway’s Chicopee Plant Doubles Workforce Since 2017 - BusinessWest

      Callaway’s Chicopee Plant Doubles Workforce Since 2017 - BusinessWest

      The Callaway golf-ball-manufacturing facility in Chicopee has borrowed a famous page from the Chicago Cubs’ playbook.  When the Cubs win, a white flag with a large blue ‘W’ is flown atop the legendary hand-operated scoreboard in center field. Back to Callaway. When a member of its team — comprised of players on the various professional tours who play Callaway balls and clubs — posts a win, a flag with a large script ‘C’ (the same one used for the Callaway brand) flies underneath the American flag on the pole outside on the facility on Meadow Street.

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    7. Study Shows Economic Impact of Westover Air Show

      A UMass Amherst economic impact study released today estimates that the two-day Great New England Air Show (GNEAS) held at Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee in July 2018 generated $4.3 million in direct and induced local spending. The project was completed by the Hospitality and Tourism Management Department of the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst.  The overall economic significance including respondents’ expenditures both within and outside the region of the air show for 2018 was estimated to be $4.02 million. However, when local attendees were removed, the direct economic expenditures from non-locals was estimated to ...

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    8. City, Chamber to Host ‘New Wave’ Economic Development Event

      The city of Springfield and the Springfield Regional Chamber will co-host “The New Wave,” on March 19, at 4 p.m. at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The event will feature an overview of the new wave of economic development, including updates on projects in progress, and an introduction to upcoming initiatives in Springfield. A reception with light fare and a cash bar at 5 p.m., following the presentation. The presentation will be led by the city’s chief development officer, Kevin Kennedy.

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    9. United Personnel Wins ClearlyRated’s 2019 Best of Staffing Client And Talent Awards

      United Personnel Wins ClearlyRated’s 2019 Best of Staffing Client And Talent Awards

      United Personnel announced it has won the Best of Staffing Client and Talent Awards from ClearyRated, formerly known as Inavero. These awards were granted to United Personnel for the second year in a row for providing superior service to its clients and placed talent. Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing winners have proven to be industry leaders in service quality based entirely on ratings by their clients and the candidates they’ve helped find jobs. On average, clients of winning agencies are 2.2 times more likely to be completely satisfied, and candidates who have been ...

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    10. Bay Path Invites Women to Ask ‘Why Not Me?’ at 24th Women’s Leadership Conference

      Bay Path Invites Women to Ask ‘Why Not Me?’ at 24th Women’s Leadership Conference

      In celebration of women everywhere knocking down doors and breaking through glass ceilings, Bay Path University will host its 24th annual Women’s Leadership Conference (WLC) on Friday, March 29 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. This one-day event, which has become the region’s prime women’s leadership event for professional networking and enrichment, will challenge women seeking to make career or life changes to look at the power within to make their dreams a reality, and to dare to ask “why not me?” instead of “why me?”

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    11. Columnist Margaret Carlson to Keynote Springfield Regional Chamber Outlook Luncheon

      Columnist Margaret Carlson to Keynote Springfield Regional Chamber Outlook Luncheon

      Margaret Carlson, columnist for the Daily Beast, will be the keynote speaker at the Springfield Regional Chamber’s annual Outlook luncheon on Monday, March 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 pm. at the MassMutual Center, 1277 Main St., Springfield. Presented by Health New England, the Springfield Regional Chamber Outlook is the area’s largest legislative event, attracting more than 700 guests and presenting expert speakers on local, state, and federal issues. The event is sponsored by platinum sponsors Eastern States Exposition, Eversource, MassMutual Financial Group, and United Personnel; and gold sponsors Bulkley Richardson and Berkshire Bank. Program ...

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    12. Bay Path to Host Free Virtual Event to Help Women Find Their Power Voice

      Bay Path to Host Free Virtual Event to Help Women Find Their Power Voice

      Women far and wide will virtually gather together on Monday, Feb. 11 at noon as Bay Path University’s Strategic Alliances hosts a virtual roundtable with guest Angela Lussier. Lussier, an award-winning speaker, six-time author, two-time TEDx presenter, and CEO and founder of the Speaker Sisterhood, will teach women how to find the strength in their voice, how to avoid losing their power, and how to create confidence and strength in the moments when they need it most.

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    13. Gov. Charlie Baker Declares Feb. 11 as 211 Day in Massachusetts

      Gov. Charlie Baker Declares Feb. 11 as 211 Day in Massachusetts

      On Monday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m., Springfield Mayor Dominic Sarno will hold a news conference at the United Way of Pioneer Valley headquarters, located at 1441 Main St., to declare that day 211 Day in Massachusetts. He will read a proclamation by Gov. Charlie Baker. “The mayor is committed to raising awareness of Mass211, which receives more than 130,000 calls annually and responds to over 250,000 web inquiries from people in the Commonwealth seeking resources. Over 41% of all inquiries to Mass211 come from the Pioneer Valley area,” said Paul Mina, CEO of Mass211. Callers can ...

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    14. Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce Executive Director to Retire

      Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce Executive Director to Retire

      After 27 years of service to the Pioneer Valley, Suzanne Beck announced that she will retire as the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce’s executive director. She cited the completion of the chamber’s strategic plan as the ideal time to pass the baton. “I could not be more excited about the chamber’s future,” Beck said. “The strategic plan is a forward-thinking response to the area’s growth and change. With a new generation of business and community leaders, I strongly believe that the best way to move the chamber forward is to have a leader representative of that ...

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    15. Bradley Continues to Grow Its Routes — and Its Amenities

      Bradley Continues to Grow Its Routes — and Its Amenities

      It’s no secret that the air-travel industry is a competitive one. But Kevin Dillon said it’s doubly so for the airports themselves. “We’re competing with many regional airports for passengers, but we’re also competing with every airport in the country for limited assets — meaning aircraft,” he told BusinessWest. “Airlines will put aircraft where they get the best return. So we have to provide the best customer service possible, along with keeping operating costs low for airlines. Airports that can do both will be very successful.” By any standard, Bradley International Airport has been exactly that in ...

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    16. New Ownership Group Exudes Confidence on the Future of Tower Square

      New Ownership Group Exudes Confidence on the Future of Tower Square

      Both the office/retail complex known as Tower Square and the hotel that sits on the property would be considered somewhat risky investments, given their recent history. But the investment group Springfield Hospitality believes otherwise — in both cases. The new ownership group has announced an ambitious plan to get the Marriott flag back on the hotel, and it is confident about gaining a wide range of new tenants on the retail side of the equation.

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    17. 9 Sales and Marketing Tips for Startups

      Marketing done right can be an incredible boon for your business’s net income. Done wrong, however, it can feel like throwing money into a raging bonfire. Because small business owners have to be whatever their small business needs — all the time — it can be difficult to master all the nuances that go into sales or marketing. If you’re not a natural salesperson, it can be even more difficult. Fear not, the following nine marketing tips for startups can help you make more sales, market better and waste less money.

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    18. Paragus IT Announces Three Additions to Board of Directors - BusinessWest

      Paragus IT CEO Delcie Bean announced the addition of three new board members. On Jan. 1, Nicole Nakashian, Michelle Abdow, and Scott Webster joined Randy Krotowski, Scott Foster, and John Drake on the board of the fast-growing IT firm.
      Nakashian currently serves as executive vice president at InvestCloud Inc. She helped launch Agio, an IT managed-service provider, and was responsible for building a client-centric progressive culture in addition to growing and managing the operations. .

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    19. Dena Hall to Chair Baystate Health Foundation Board of Trustees - BusinessWest

      Dena Hall, who has served as Baystate Health Foundation’s vice chair for the past two years, has succeeded Jean Deliso as the foundation’s chair.  “Jean has left an indelible stamp on the foundation over the past two years, and we are incredibly proud of all that we’ve achieved together under her leadership,” said Scott Berg, vice president of Philanthropy for Baystate Health and executive director of Baystate Health Foundation. “We are grateful for the gift of Jean’s talents and thrilled that she will be passing the baton to someone as accomplished and committed as Dena.”

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    20. Asnuntuck’s Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program Offers Opportunities for Free Tuition, Wage Reimbursement

      Starting in March, Asnuntuck Community College is offering a new, free apprenticeship program that will provide employers an opportunity to both enhance their employees’ skills and receive wage reimbursements of up to $13,000 per participant. This two-year program has a $3,750 value per participant but will be entirely free for Connecticut businesses. The time commitment will be three hours per week (Mondays from 6 to 9 p.m.), with breaks for holidays and summer, and classes will occur evenings at Asnuntuck Community College.

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    21. Eastern States Exposition Touts Its Heritage and Continued Impact - BusinessWest

      Eastern States Exposition Touts Its Heritage and Continued Impact - BusinessWest

      When people think of the Eastern States Exposition, they often think immediately of the Big E, the 17-day fair that dominates the tourism landscape at the start of each fall. But Eastern States is much more than that, as reflected by its diverse array of events, both large and small, and the resulting economic impact on the region — not to mention its important mission of keeping its agricultural heritage alive for future generations.

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    22. Leadership Pioneer Valley Welcomes Rosemary Manu as LEAP Program Coordinator

      Leadership Pioneer Valley Welcomes Rosemary Manu as LEAP Program Coordinator

      Leadership Pioneer Valley (LPV) announced that Rosemary Manu has joined the LPV team as the LEAP program coordinator. She will hold various responsibilities in this position, including assisting in the planning, coordination, and execution of Leadership Pioneer Valley’s nine-month leadership-development program, in addition to helping recruit future LEAP program participants. Manu returned to Springfield last spring after obtaining a master’s degree from George Washington University in international development studies with a concentration in energy. Prior to this, she earned her bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Connecticut. Most recently, she worked as a consultant ...

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    23. HCC Secures Grant to Create Hotel Training Lab

      HCC Secures Grant to Create Hotel Training Lab

      Holyoke Community College (HCC) secured a $35,000 grant to establish a hotel training lab on the second floor of the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute. The award, announced by Gov. Charlie Baker and other administration officials, comes from the Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant Program, which funds the purchase of new equipment for educational initiatives linked to workforce needs. The lab will be set up like a hotel reception area with front desk and adjoining guest room and equipped with up-to-date technology and software. It will be used for non-credit workforce-training programs as well as credit-based associate degree and certificate ...

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    24. Greenfield Presents Blend of Familiar and New - BusinessWest

      Greenfield Presents Blend of Familiar and New - BusinessWest

      Greenfield could now be considered 4/20-friendly, said M.J. Adams, the city’s director of Community Development and Economic Development, adding that there is already a medical marijuana dispensary, Patriot Care, located within the community, and it is poised to become a recreational dispensary next month. And there are many other parties expressing interest in establishing different forms of cannabis-related businesses within Franklin County’s largest community.

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