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    1. AIC to Host Information Session on Doctoral Low Residency Programs

      AIC to Host Information Session on Doctoral Low Residency Programs

      American International College (AIC) will host an information session for doctoral low residency programs on Saturday, Aug. 26 beginning at 11 a.m. in the Dining Commons on the AIC campus located at 1000 State St. in Springfield. Participants will have an opportunity to sit in on AIC’s low residency weekend to see what it is like to be a doctoral candidate in this program. Lunch will be provided. The information session is for working professionals and is designed to give prospective students access to all the information they need while providing an opportunity to meet faculty, staff, and ...

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    2. Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival Slated for Aug. 12

      Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival Slated for Aug. 12

      The Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival is expected to bring more than 10,000 people together in Court Square on Saturday, Aug. 12 to celebrate a shared love for music, food, and community. Now in its fourth year, the festival will offer a festive atmosphere featuring locally and internationally acclaimed musical artists, including Lizz Wright, Miles Mosley, Rebirth Brass Band, Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Christian Scott, Zaccai Curtis & Insight, Natalie Fernandez, Jeremy Turgeon Quintet, Community Grooves, and many more.

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    3. Eastfield Mall to Host Dress for Success Tag Sale Aug. 18-20

      Eastfield Mall to Host Dress for Success Tag Sale Aug. 18-20

      In keeping with its mission to empower women to be more confident in their personal and professional lives, Dress for Success of Western Massachusetts is hosting a tag sale at the Eastfield Mall to raise funds and awareness, while also working to meet the needs of women throughout the community. The sale has moved from its original location at the Holyoke Mall.

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    4. Paradise City Festival Has Become a Regional Success Story

      Paradise City Festival Has Become a Regional Success Story

      It’s tough to make a living as an artist, and no one knows that better than Linda and Geoffrey Post, who made a go of it for 20 years, much of it on the art-show circuit, before deciding, in 1994, to switch gears. That’s when they founded the Paradise City Arts Festival.  Geoffrey Post, a fiber artist, and Linda Post, a painter, say they took an enormous leap of faith when they started the festival at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton. They gathered work from fellow artists, put notices in local newspapers, and set up in the ...

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    5. Town Officials Say Wilbraham Is Open for Business

      Town Officials Say Wilbraham Is Open for Business

      Ask Wilbraham Selectman Bob Russell what his town’s main business is, and he’ll tell you: quality of life.  The town of nearly 15,000, located about 12 miles northeast of Springfield, has an abundance of protected open space, parks, recreation facilities, and other features that can be enjoyed by its residents, and a small-town feel that hearkens back to its origins as a close-knit farming community.  “It’s a bedroom community,” Russell said, and townspeople revel its neighborly activities, like summertime concerts and community-wide flea markets held at Fountain Park, gatherings of moms and dads and their young ...

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    6. Elms College to Host Information Session on New MBA Programs

      Elms College to Host Information Session on New MBA Programs

      Elms College has continued to grow its MBA program and add new concentrations, with its flexible/hybrid education model allowing students a way to connect and interact with classmates and professors. To explain all this and more, Elms will host an information session on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 5:30 p.m. in the MBA Office on the third floor of Berchmans Hall. The session will bring together a panel of Elms College MBA graduates from a mix of concentrations and career paths including healthcare, accounting, and management.

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    7. PV Squared Named Among Top 500 Solar Contractors in U.S.

      Solar Power World, the leading publication covering solar technology and development, published its annual Top Solar Contractors list in July. PV Squared, a local solar-installation company and worker-owned cooperative, was listed prominently among other top solar contractors and developers across the country. PV Squared is a local leader in the field of solar design, installation, and maintenance. A worker-owned cooperative, the company has provided renewable-energy solutions to a range of clients, including business owners, commercial property owners, farmers, and homeowners since 2002. PV Squared currently employs 42 people, 19 of whom are co-owners of the business. In 2016, it completed ...

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    8. New England Knowledge Corridor Issues 2017 Business Survey

      New England Knowledge Corridor Issues 2017 Business Survey

      Massachusetts and Connecticut business leaders are being surveyed about their companies’ outlook, methods to recruit and retain talent, and thoughts on how to address the region’s most pressing transportation issues. The 2017 Business Survey is once again being conducted by the New England Knowledge Corridor (NEKC), an interstate partnership of regional development, planning, business, tourism, and educational institutions working together to advance the region’s economic progress.

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    9. Unlocking Potential: Five Successful Secrets to Motivating Employees

      As a business, your most valuable assets are your employees. When your staff is happy and motivated, they’re more likely to perform at the highest levels. “The best way to create this type of environment is by giving everyone a sense of ownership,” said Margaret Lenihan, senior vice president, Cash Management at PeoplesBank. In other words, get all your employees to think like entrepreneurs. “If your employees don’t feel they own their own spaces, they will constantly wait for your day-to-day directions and expect you to solve every problem,” Lenihan added.

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      Mentions: Holyoke
    10. Dress for Success to Host Tag Sale Aug. 18-20

      Dress for Success to Host Tag Sale Aug. 18-20

      In keeping with its mission to empower women to be more confident in their personal and professional lives, Dress for Success of Western Massachusetts is hosting a tag sale at the Holyoke Mall to raise funds and awareness, while also working to meet the needs of women throughout the community. The sale is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 19 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 20 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Customers may peruse through the racks of new and gently used ...

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      Mentions: Holyoke
    11. HCC Gateway to College Program Again Earns National Honors

      HCC Gateway to College Program Again Earns National Honors

      For the second year in a row, the Gateway to College program at Holyoke Community College has received national recognition for exemplary performance. The Gateway to College National Network, based in Portland, Ore., honored HCC with its 2017 Gateway Program Excellence Award at a conference in Providence, R.I. last month. Gateway is a second-chance, dual-enrollment program for students who have either left high school or are at risk for dropping out. Gateway students take college classes and earn college credits while also working toward their high-school diplomas.

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    12. Springfield College Athletic Training Program Earns Accreditation

      Springfield College Athletic Training Program Earns Accreditation

      The Springfield College Athletic Training Program has been granted 10 years of continuing accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The Springfield College Athletic Training Class of 2017 earned a 100% first-time pass rate on the Board of Certification (BOC) examination. Accreditation by CAATE is focused on student and program outcomes, including board of certification exam first-time passing rates and student placement in graduate-level programs. Accreditation is important because, in order to be eligible to sit for the board of certification exam for athletic training, a student must graduate from an accredited athletic-training education program.

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    13. Planning for Small Business Growth: Strategies to Hit the Next Level

      After creating your business plan, raising capital, and opening your doors, your next task is to make a profit. But once the money is coming in and your operation is sustaining itself, you want to start thinking about growth. How do you achieve growth? The answer is to plan for it, and it is never too early to start, said Jay Seyler, vice president of Business Banking at PeoplesBank.

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      Mentions: Holyoke
    14. Pathlight Fellows Advance Tech Concepts Through VVM Accelerator

      As she worked as a Pathlight fellow in Valley Venture Mentors’ (VVM) accelerator program this spring on technology designed to offer fire-safety guidance to individuals with intellectual disabilities, Lili Dwight learned she needed to tweak some components of her product. Having access to test audiences provided by Pathlight, VVM and other organizations were key in the learning, she said. An entrepreneur and a founder of Galactic Smarties in Deerfield, Dwight’s app was originally called Fire Drill, and it was intended to tell the user such things as where the fire is and the best route to safety. As part ...

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    15. United Way, Peter Pan Launch Annual Stuff the Bus Program

      United Way of Pioneer Valley and Peter Pan Bus Lines will launch the annual Stuff the Bus campaign with a press conference event on Friday, July 28, 2017 at 10 a.m. outside the Target store at the Holyoke Mall. The campaign will collect new school supplies from July 28 to Aug. 16. The supplies will be distributed in new backpacks to children who are homeless in Chicopee, Holyoke, Springfield, Westfield, West Springfield, and South Hadley. “All children in our community deserve to enter school feeling confident, proud, and equipped to learn. Yet, in our community, hundreds of children are ...

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    16. HCC’s Christina Royal Appointed to Regional, National Boards

      HCC’s Christina Royal Appointed to Regional, National Boards

      Holyoke Community College President Christina Royal has been appointed to the board of directors of the United Way of Pioneer Valley and the American Assoc. of Community Colleges’ Commission on College Readiness. Her appointment to the United Way board was unanimously approved at the regional nonprofit’s 95th-anniversary celebration and annual meeting on May 31. She began her three-year term on July 1.

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    17. Berkshire Bank Lends Support to Square One

      Berkshire Bank Lends Support to Square One

      Square One was awarded $10,000 by Berkshire Bank in support of its Adopt-a-Classroom program. “We are excited to continue our ongoing support of Square One’s Adopt-a-Classroom initiative program,” says Jim Hickson, senior vice president, commercial regional president. “Berkshire Bank is committed to making a difference in the lives of local children and their families.”

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    18. Northampton Facility Offers Affordable Space for Creatives

      Northampton Facility Offers Affordable Space for Creatives

      It’s been four long years since the Northampton Center for the Arts had a place to call home. But that’s about to change.  In September, the center will become the first tenant of a building at 33 Hawley St. in Northampton, purchased in 2013 by Northampton Community Arts Trust, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve space for use by artists. It was conceived on the principle of a land trust, in which land is purchased with a particular intention, such as preservation.

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    19. Brownfield Funding Aims to Promote Economic Redevelopment

      The U.S. Envirommental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded 14 communities in Massachusetts — most of them in Western Mass. — grants totaling $4.92 million for brownfield site revitalization and technical assistance. These communities are among 172 across the country to receive EPA brownfields funding.  Nationwide, a total of $56.8 million has been awarded by EPA to fund selected recipients for brownfield site assessment and cleanup as initial steps toward redeveloping vacant and unused properties, transforming them to productive reuse that will benefit communities and local economies.

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      Mentions: Chicopee
    20. Hampden Grows While Retaining Its Character

      Hampden Grows While Retaining Its Character

      In many ways, the town of Hampden seems like a throwback to an earlier way of life.  The Western Mass. community of just over 5,000 is just east of East Longmeadow and less than a 20-minute drive from the bustling metropolis of Springfield. But with its rural feel, old-fashioned New England charm, mom-and-pop businesses, and neighborly sensibility, it seems worlds away. There’s not even a traffic light in town. “Heck, the bear population is exploding now; there are sightings every day,” said John Flynn, chairman of the town’s three-member Board of Selectmen. “Once people are in this ...

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    21. Elms College Offers New Business-focused Degree-completion Options

      Elms College Offers New Business-focused Degree-completion Options

      Elms College Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership announced new bachelor’s degree completion programs that will prepare students for success in the worlds of entrepreneurship, accounting, and management and marketing. Business has long been an exciting career option. Startups were beginning to resurge in the U.S. in 2015, but the need for more entrepreneurs is vital to economic growth and job creation, according to a Kaufman Foundation survey. A 2014 Forbes survey found that 90% of startups fail, and 42% said the reason they fail is a lack of market need for their products. Elms is looking to make business-degree ...

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    22. Bay Path, Girls Inc. of Holyoke Partner for STEM Summer Event

      Bay Path, Girls Inc. of Holyoke Partner for STEM Summer Event

      A group of 15 second-year students from Girls Inc. of Holyoke will participate in “Eureka! Too Fast, Too Furious: the Physics of Car Racing” at Bay Path University today, July 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Led by Bay Path faculty and students, participants from Girls Inc. will have the opportunity to perform hands-on scientific activities and take a tour of campus. They will learn about what Bay Path University has to offer and how it differs from other universities they have been exposed to.

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