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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. $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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. UMass Amherst Launches Effort to be Carbon Zero by 2032

      UMass Amherst Launches Effort to be Carbon Zero by 2032

      UMass Amherst chose Earth Day to announce an ambitious effort to convert the power systems for the entire campus to renewable energy by 2032. UMass Carbon Zero puts the university at the “vanguard of a big idea,” according to UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy who added that the project will have ramifications far beyond the campus.

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    18. Work Opportunity Center Receives Grant

      Work Opportunity Center Receives Grant

      Work Opportunity Center Inc. announce that it is a recipient of a grant to help purchase a wheelchair-accessible minivan.  The Beveridge Family Foundation Inc. contributed $8,000 towards obtaining this important means of transportation for program participants of the Community Based Day Services program (CBDS). The program will use the funds to obtain a wheelchair-accessible vehicle that will bring people to activities in the community, which will positively impact the organization’s participants who need this type of vehicle to access the community. They will be able to use generic resources such as the library, stores, fitness centers, and museums ...

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    19. PeoplesBank CEO Tom Senecal Appointed to MBA Board of Directors

      PeoplesBank CEO Tom Senecal Appointed to MBA Board of Directors

      The Massachusetts Bankers Association (MBA), a multi-faceted banking trade group representing more than 120 banks that manage an aggregate $27 trillion in assets under custody, has named Tom Senecal, president and CEO of Holyoke-based PeoplesBank, to its board of directors.  “The Massachusetts Bankers Association provides critical and timely assistance to its member banks to better serve customers and navigate ever-changing regulations,” said Senecal. “It helps us to advise, educate and inform customers on how best to manage their financial lives. An educated consumer is, in fact, a better customer, and, as such, both customers and banks prosper. As a board ...

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      Mentions: Holyoke
    20. BusinessTalk with Ted Mendoza, a capital projects manager at UMass Amherst

      BusinessTalk with Ted Mendoza, a capital projects manager at UMass Amherst

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien talks with Ted Mendoza, a capital projects manager at UMass Amherst about the school’s recently announced ‘carbon-zero’ project, a bold initiative to power the campus with 100% renewable energy within the next decade or so. The two discuss the coming steps in the process, the challenges and potential obstacles, and the hope that by reaching this ambitious goal, UMass may set a standard for others to follow. 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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    21. MCLA to Present Virtual Info Session on Continuing Education and Graduate Programs May 3

      MCLA to Present Virtual Info Session on Continuing Education and Graduate Programs May 3

      MCLA’s Division of Graduate and Continuing Education (DGCE) will stage a virtual information session at 5 p.m. on May 3 for community members interested in the college’s Master of Education (MEd) and teacher licensure programs, master of Business Administration (MBA), graduate certificate in Business Administration, master of Education program, Leadership Academy, and bachelor’s degree completion programs.

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    22. Girls Inc. of the Valley names Dream Maker Awardees ahead of Spirit of Girls 2022

      Girls Inc. of the Valley names Dream Maker Awardees ahead of Spirit of Girls 2022

      Girls Inc. of the Valley has named nine recipients of its first-ever Dream Maker Award ahead of the agency’s Spirit of Girls event on May 5.  During the past two years, several members of the community have stepped up to provide high-quality learning opportunities for youth, advocate for funding for Girls Inc. programs, and volunteer their time, talents, and treasure to benefit  Girls Inc. of the Valley. Girls Inc. is awarding the following people the Dream Maker Award.

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    23. Winners of Elevator Pitch Competition, Alumni Award Announced

      Winners of Elevator Pitch Competition, Alumni Award Announced

      Before an audience of more than 200 guests, including college presidents, faculty, entrepreneurs, and students, three students among 12 contestants from area colleges were selected as winners of the annual Live Elevator Pitch Contest on Wednesday at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House.  The event, featuring a 90-second pitch, was part of the Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Initiative “Celebration of Entrepreneurial Spirit.”  

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      Mentions: Holyoke
    24. Leaders Call for Western Mass. Passenger Rail Authority  - BusinessWest

      Leaders Call for Western Mass. Passenger Rail Authority  - BusinessWest

      Gov. Charlie Baker and Congressman Richard Neal are calling for a Western Mass. Passenger rail authority that would apply for federal funds for east-west commuter rail and administer such a program.  The joint call for a rail authority came after what Neal called a “historic meeting” Tuesday on east-west rail attended by Baker, Neal, Congressman James McGovern, and most all members of the Western Mass. legislative delegation to Beacon Hill.

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