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    1. Old Chapel at UMass Amherst Receives LEED Gold Certification

      Old Chapel at UMass Amherst Receives LEED Gold Certification

      The renovation of the historic Old Chapel at UMass Amherst has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The LEED rating system is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. Built in 1885, the Old Chapel is the most iconic and significant historic building on the UMass Amherst campus. Designed by Steven C. Earle in the Richardsonian Romanesque style, the building originally housed a library, auditorium, natural history collections and classrooms. It was later used ...

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    2. Tour of HCC’s new Culinary Arts Center Slated

      Tour of HCC’s new Culinary Arts Center Slated

      The public is invited to tour HCC’s new Culinary Arts and Hospitality education and training center during the city’s Celebrate Holyoke festival on Aug. 26. When it opens this fall, the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute will occupy the first and second floors of the Cubit Building, a square, four-story, red-brick former factory in Holyoke’s Innovation District on the corner of Appleton and Race streets, directly across from the city’s new Canal Walk, adjacent to the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, and down the block from Gateway City Arts. “It’s a great building in ...

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    3. WNEU To Host New England Regional College Fair

      WNEU To Host New England Regional College Fair

      Western New England University will host a northeast regional college fair sponsored by the New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC), on Sept. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Alumni Healthful Living Center, 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA. Representatives from more than 127 colleges and universities will be available to speak with local high school students and their parents, about their respective institutions and the college admission process.

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    4. Springfield Regional Chamber Slates Season’s First Breakfast

      Springfield Regional Chamber Slates Season’s First Breakfast

      The Springfield Regional Chamber will present its first Business@Breakfast of the 2017-2018 season on Sept. 6, 7:15-9 a.m. at the Springfield Sheraton. Pam Victor, president and Head of Happiness at Happier Valley Comedy, will be the keynote speaker. The breakfast is sponsored by series sponsor, United Personnel Services and Coffee Bar sponsor, FIT Staffing.

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    5. Christine Maiwald to Lead Unify Against Bullying

      Christine Maiwald to Lead Unify Against Bullying

      Edward Zemba, president of Unify Against Bullying, has announced that Christine Maiwald of Agawam has been named executive director of the nonprofit agency. Maiwald, who assumes the position immediately, had been a member of the Unify Board of Directors for the past two years.
      “Chris brought a tremendous amount of passion, energy and heart to Unify the first day she became involved,” said Zemba. “To have her fill the position of executive director represents a transformative step forward for our young and ambitious organization. With Chris at the forefront of Unify, our potential to make a difference in the lives ...

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    6. MassEcon Announces Finalists for Economic Impact Awards

      MassEcon Announces Finalists for Economic Impact Awards

      Nineteen companies from across the state have been selected as finalists for the 2017 Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards, awarded annually by MassEcon for their outstanding contributions to the Massachusetts economy.

      This year, there are three finalists based in Western Mass.:

      • Avista Pharma Solutions Inc., in Agawam, a leading U.S.-based contract testing, development, and manufacturing organization for the pharmaceutical industry;
      • Interprint USA Inc., in Pittsfield, a global company and a leading designer and décor printer for the laminate industry; and
      • Tsubaki, in Chicopee, a Leading manufacturer and supplier of automotive parts and designer of driving systems.
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    7. Greater Westfield Chamber Announces Award Winners

      Greater Westfield Chamber Announces Award Winners

      The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce recently announced its annual awards.   The three award winners will be recognized at the Greater Westfield Chamber’s Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet on Nov. 15. There will be a cocktail hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a program from 6:30 to 8:30. The event is hosted by East Mountain Country Club, located at 1458 East Mountain Road, Westfield. The Event Sponsor is Baystate Noble Hospital.

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    8. Holyoke Chamber, HCC Announce Leadership Holyoke 2017 Series

      Leadership Holyoke is a comprehensive community-leadership and board-development program of the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce. The series utilizes a combination of classes and practical experiences to help local business people develop their leadership skills, increase their knowledge of the community, and acquire the skills needed to serve as board members and community leaders. The 2017-18 Leadership series begins on Sept. 22, consists of a weekly series of eight seven-hour sessions, and concludes on May 2 with a graduation ceremony at Holyoke Community College (HCC) with a specialty luncheon prepared by the college’s culinary program students. All sessions will ...

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    9. Workshop Offers ‘Storytelling Strategies to Engage and Influence’

      Workshop Offers ‘Storytelling Strategies to Engage and Influence’

      Even the greatest content needs a powerful delivery method to reach its target audience. “Storytelling Strategies to Engage and Influence,” an interactive workshop to be held Thursday, Aug. 24, will introduce participants to the value and power of storytelling as an influence tool. Lisa Lipkin will lead the workshop, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bay Path University’s Philip H. Ryan Center, 1 Denslow Road, East Longmeadow.

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    10. Square One Goes Back in Time for This Year’s Tea Party

      Square One Goes Back in Time for This Year’s Tea Party

      On Thursday, Oct. 5, Square One will draw inspiration from the early days of the Square One Tea Party. “Our annual tea party began 11 years ago in a classroom with tiny tables and a big dream,” said Joan Kagan, Square One president and CEO. “This year’s theme brings us back to the event’s roots. We’ll be celebrating all the success that this event has helped us achieve over the years.” The 12th annual Square One Tea is expected to draw 400 supporters who will celebrate the work the provider of early-learning and family services is providing ...

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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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