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    1. Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Melissa Breor as Executive Director

      Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Melissa Breor as Executive Director

      The Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce announced Melissa Breor as its new executive director. “It brings me great joy to return to the city where I grew up, sharing my passion and skills to continue to create new opportunities for and strengthen the Chicopee business community,” Breor said. “I have always been confident that, in whatever work I’m doing, I want to support other people thriving in what they do and create community around it.

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    2. Massachusetts Gaming Commission Awards $10.6 Million in Community Grants

      Massachusetts Gaming Commission Awards $10.6 Million in Community Grants

      The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) recently approved awards of more than $10.6 million in Community Mitigation Fund grants to numerous municipalities and other eligible entities across Massachusetts. Since 2015, the MGC has awarded approximately $37.7 million in grants from the Community Mitigation Fund. The fund, established by the state’s gaming law, helps host and surrounding communities and other qualified applicants to offset costs related to casino construction and operation. Grant awards support a range of community needs, including education, transportation, infrastructure, housing, environmental issues, public safety, and emergency services.

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    3. Help Stuff the Bus by Filling the Fiat for United Way of Pioneer Valley

      Help Stuff the Bus by Filling the Fiat for United Way of Pioneer Valley

      United Way of Pioneer Valley announced the return of the Fiat at 1441 Main St., Springfield, in the interior rotunda. This time, anyone interested can stop by and make donations of school supplies to fill the Fiat as part of United Way’s Stuff the Bus initiative. Stuff the Bus provides backpacks filled with school supplies for students who are homeless throughout Hampden County, Granby, and South Hadley. United Way works with McKinney-Vento representatives in each school district to gather the number of students K-12 who are homeless. This year, more than 2,000 students are in need. United Way ...

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    4. Chase Bank to Open First Springfield Branch

      Chase Bank to Open First Springfield Branch

      Chase Bank plans to open its first Springfield branch next year at 1391 Main St. in downtown Springfield. There are plans to add at least three more locations in the Greater Springfield area over the next few years. The expansion is part of the bank’s recently announced plans to more than double its presence in Massachusetts by 2025. The firm opened its first Massachusetts branch in Boston in 2018 and now has 36 statewide. Beyond Springfield, Chase will open its first branch in Worcester next month. “Springfield is a great city with a rich economic, cultural, and educational environment ...

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    5. Andrew Sullivan Promoted to Assistant Vice President at Freedom Credit Union

      Andrew Sullivan Promoted to Assistant Vice President at Freedom Credit Union

      Freedom Credit Union recently announced the promotion of Andrew Sullivan from commercial loan officer to assistant vice president, member business lending. Sullivan has been with Freedom since 2019 and is based in the main office in Springfield. He will continue his role providing financing for new and existing business members along with managing the existing commercial-loan portfolio. “Andrew joined our team with experience as a small-business lender and portfolio manager and quickly showed his value to our members in his role as a commercial-loan officer,” Freedom Credit Union President Glenn Welch said. “This well-deserved promotion will allow him to continue ...

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    6. Elm Electrical Creates Program to Educate Teenagers About Electrical Careers

      Elm Electrical Creates Program to Educate Teenagers About Electrical Careers

      Elm Electrical has created a new program for high-school students interested in the electrical field. The students, in grades 10-12, were recommended by their teachers or Elm employees to attend this free, four-day training seminar. These prospective co-op students, or Elm Futures, were then invited to join Elm educators learn new skills as well as showcase their own talents at the First Steps Training Seminar.

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    7. Baystate Medical Center, Roca Springfield Create Hospital-based Violence-intervention Program

      Baystate Medical Center, Roca Springfield Create Hospital-based Violence-intervention Program

      Baystate Medical Center and Roca Springfield are launching a first-in-the-region hospital-based violence-intervention program called Better Tomorrow to serve as a vital public-health response to violence in local communities. Funded with a $1 million U.S. Department of Justice grant through the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program, the joint effort will combine medical staff and community-based service providers to intervene with victims of violence in hospital settings, connect them with community services, and reduce further victimization and violent behaviors.

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    8. Aclarity Seeks to Bring Its Unique Water-treatment Technology to the Next Level

      Aclarity Seeks to Bring Its Unique Water-treatment Technology to the Next Level

      They’re called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. But they’re known by a much simpler, and more troubling, moniker. “They’re nicknamed the ‘forever chemicals’ because they don’t break down in nature,” said Orren Schneider, chief science officer at the Hadley-based startup known as Aclarity. “The bonds in them are so strong that essentially nothing natural breaks them down. Maybe if you hit them with lightning, they’ll break down.”

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    9. An Educational Assistance Program Can Bring Many Benefits

      An Educational Assistance Program Can Bring Many Benefits

      Educational assistance programs provide access to learning opportunities for staff members to gain new skills and maintain up-to-date knowledge in their field with financial assistance from their employer. This is a commonly offered employer benefit, but not all business owners might be aware of the current opportunity to expand this offering. The CARES Act of 2020 included an expansion of Section 127, which allows employers to expense payments to employee student loans in addition to previously allowed payments on tuition, fees, books, and supplies. This expansion was extended through Dec. 31, 2025 by the Taxpayer Certainty and Disasters Tax Relief ...

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    10. Michelle Schutt Takes the Helm at GCC with a Focus on Diversity, Inclusion

      Michelle Schutt Takes the Helm at GCC with a Focus on Diversity, Inclusion

      Michelle Schutt says that, while it may seem like Greenfield, Mass. is a long way from Twin Falls, Idaho (3,160 miles, to be exact), it’s really not. At least when it comes to the issues and challenges facing the institutions that now comprise the top lines on her résumé — College of Southern Idaho (CSI), where she was vice president of Community and Learner Services, and Greenfield Community College (GCC), where she started just a few weeks ago as the school’s 11th president — and their overall missions.

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    11. New Valley Bank Grows by Staying True to Its Philosophy

      New Valley Bank Grows by Staying True to Its Philosophy

      When BusinessWest spoke to Jeff Sullivan in late 2019, about six months after New Valley Bank & Trust opened in downtown Springfield — the first Springfield-based bank to open in more than a decade — he talked about focusing on smaller commercial loans than larger banks prefer to take on, and quick turnaround times as well. The driving philosophy, amid a landscape of ever-larger mergers and acquisitions in banking, was to serve small to medium-sized businesses in a high-touch way they don’t necessarily experience at large institutions. That philosophy is still true today — and it works, to judge by the growth of ...

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    12. Monson Savings Celebrates 150 Years — and its Place in the Community

      Monson Savings Celebrates 150 Years — and its Place in the Community

      Monson Savings Bank has been commemorating its 150th birthday in many different ways, from a time capsule to assembling and donating $15,000 worth of bicycles to several area charities. Through all these efforts, the bank is celebrating its continuity and its commitment to a community that is now much larger then when it took its first deposit back in 1872.

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    13. BusinessTalk with Jennifer McGrath, communications manager at Six Flags New England in Agawam

      BusinessTalk with Jennifer McGrath, communications manager at Six Flags New England in Agawam

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien has a lively discussion with Jennifer McGrath, communications manager at Six Flags New England in Agawam. The two discuss everything from the pandemic and its impact on the popular attraction to a surge in tourism this summer to the latest additions at the popular amusement park. It’s all must listening, so join us for BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest  and sponsored by PeoplesBank.

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    14. MCLA to Host Virtual Information Session on Continuing Education and Graduate Programs

      MCLA to Host Virtual Information Session on Continuing Education and Graduate Programs

      Community members interested in pursuing MCLA’s master of business administration (MBA) degree or completing a bachelor’s degree are encouraged to join the MCLA Division of Graduate & Continuing Education (DGCE) for a virtual information session on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. MCLA’s degree-completion programs are designed for adult learners seeking accelerated, non-traditional pathways to completing bachelor’s degrees. Each program uses a cohort-style learning format, in which students begin their courses of study in groups with their peers and proceed through the program together.

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    15. Tech Foundry Among Three Recipients of State Tech Talent Diversity Grants

      Tech Foundry Among Three Recipients of State Tech Talent Diversity Grants

      Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy announced three new grants from the Commonwealth’s Tech Talent Diversity Initiative, an effort aimed at boosting diversity hiring and training opportunities for diverse candidates. The three grants, totaling $494,947, were awarded to Tech Foundry in Springfield, Hack.Diversity in Boston, and Benjamin Franklin Cummings Institute of Technology in Boston.

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    16. Sam Skura Named President of Baystate Medical Center, SVP at Baystate Health

      Sam Skura Named President of Baystate Medical Center, SVP at Baystate Health

      Sam Skura, MPH, MBA, a healthcare professional with more than 25 years of clinical leadership experience, has been named president of Baystate Medical Center and senior vice president of Hospital Operations for Baystate Health. His appointment becomes effective Sept. 12.  In his new role, Skura will join the senior leadership team and serve as a member of the president’s cabinet, reporting directly to Marion McGowan, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Baystate Health.

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    17. HCC’s Gateway to College Program Earns National Award

      HCC’s Gateway to College Program Earns National Award

      Gateway to College at Holyoke Community College (HCC), an alternative high-school program for dropouts and students at risk for dropping out, has been recognized with a national award for its outstanding graduation rate. The award for Graduation Achievement was presented to HCC Gateway staff in June at Achieving the Dream’s K-12 Partnerships Institute in Portland, Ore. Achieving the Dream oversees the national Gateway to College network. The award recognizes participating Achieving the Dream institutions that exceed the graduation benchmark of 50% established by the Gateway to College national network. HCC’s three-year (2019-21) graduation rate was 88%. The network ...

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    18. PeoplesBank Named Top Charitable Contributor by Boston Business Journal

      PeoplesBank Named Top Charitable Contributor by Boston Business Journal

      PeoplesBank’s record-setting charitable contributions in 2021 earned recognition from the Boston Business Journal, as the bank secured a spot on the region’s Top Corporate Charitable Contributors list for the 15th year in a row. In 2021, while focusing on food insecurity, housing, and literacy, PeoplesBank announced record donations reaching $1,315,000, with a total of close to $11 million donated since 2011. The bank has doubled its donations in the last five years. “It is a big part of who we are as an organization, our employees, and how they volunteer in the community,” said Tom Senecal ...

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      Mentions: Holyoke
    19. BusinessTalk with Eugene Cassidy, president and CEO of the Eastern States Exposition

      BusinessTalk with Eugene Cassidy, president and CEO of the Eastern States Exposition

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien has a lively discussion with Eugene Cassidy, president and CEO of the Eastern States Exposition. The two talk about everything from what’s on tap for this year’s Big E, to what’s happening within the ‘fair’ industry, to the Big E’s impact on the local economy and its business community. It’s all must listening, so join us for BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest in partnership with Living Local and sponsored by PeoplesBank.

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    20. AHL Names Springfield Thunderbirds Team of the Year with President’s Award

      AHL Names Springfield Thunderbirds Team of the Year with President’s Award

      The American Hockey League (AHL) announced the Springfield Thunderbirds as the winner of the President’s Award for the 2021-22 season during the Board of Governors’ annual meeting in Hilton Head Island, S.C. Bestowed upon the team that demonstrates overall excellence both on and off the ice, the Thunderbirds captured Team of the Year honors following a historic season that set team records across a wide range of business categories, including average attendance (5,375), season tickets sold, overall ticket revenue, and corporate sales revenue. The T-Birds achieved these milestones while winning the AHL’s Eastern Conference Championship. This ...

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    21. Julie Copoulos to Step Down as Executive Director of Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce

      Julie Copoulos to Step Down as Executive Director of Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce

      Julie Copoulos, executive director of the Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce, announced that she will step down from the organization on Aug. 19. “Since 2019, I have been supported and challenged by an adaptable and sharp board of directors, cohesive membership, and motivated municipal partners,” Copoulos said. “Together we have served the Chicopee business community in a meaningful and measurable way. I am humbled to have been in your service.”

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    22. Berkshire United Way Renews More Than $1 Million in Funding to 40 Programs

      Berkshire United Way Renews More Than $1 Million in Funding to 40 Programs

      Berkshire United Way (BUW) announced renewal funding of $1,029,500 for 40 programs across 24 community partner organizations, providing a much-needed additional year of support. This funding will be for a one-year period, from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023, and will continue to stabilize BUW’s three main community-impact areas: early childhood development, positive youth development, and economic prosperity. Visit www.berkshireunitedway.org/our-impact to learn more about the 40 programs.

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    23. Nicole Acevedo Joins Eastern States Exposition as Communications & Social Media Manager

      Nicole Acevedo Joins Eastern States Exposition as Communications & Social Media Manager

      Eastern States Exposition (ESE) announced that Nicole Acevedo is the newest addition to the organization’s Marketing department as Communications & Social Media manager. Acevedo graduated from Western New England University in May 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing. Over the course of her collegiate career, she served as assistant editor of the Westerner, the university’s newspaper; served as hospitality chair for Spring Event, the campus’s largest music festival; wrote and voiced two scripts for WAMC Northeast Public Radio; and was a two-time winner of the BOLD Media Festival’s written category for her prose poems.

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    24. Bay Path University Promotes Michael Giampietro to Senior Vice President

      Bay Path University Promotes Michael Giampietro to Senior Vice President

      Bay Path University announced the promotion of Michael Giampietro to senior vice president for Finance and Administrative Services. Giampietro joined Bay Path in 2006 as vice president for Finance and Administrative Services following a 16-year career at Holyoke Community College. A member of the university’s executive staff since arriving at Bay Path, he oversees significant areas of the university, including budget development, human resources, student financial services, facilities and capital planning, the bursar’s and controller’s offices, campus public safety, procurement, auxiliary services, and enterprise risk management. He also serves as staff liaison to a number of Bay ...

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