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    1. U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern to be Featured Speaker at UMass Amherst Commencement

      U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern to be Featured Speaker at UMass Amherst Commencement

      U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern, who represents the 2nd District of Massachusetts, will be the featured speaker at the UMass Amherst undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 13 at McGuirk Alumni Stadium.   The congressman will address an anticipated crowd of about 20,000 family members, friends and other guests as approximately 7,000 undergraduates receive their bachelor’s degrees at the Commonwealth’s flagship campus  “Congressman McGovern has been a champion for human rights, an influential legislator in the fight to end food insecurity in America, and a tireless advocate for the people of Massachusetts,” said UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy ...

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    2. Greater Springfield CVB Names 2022 Howdy Award Finalists

      Greater Springfield CVB Names 2022 Howdy Award Finalists

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (GSCVB) has announced 50 Finalists for the upcoming 2022 Howdy Awards for Hospitality Excellence.  The Howdy Awards, as they are also known, celebrate workers in visitor-facing roles across Western Mass who deliver outstanding guest service, create loyal customers for their businesses and help make a positive impact upon the region’s hospitality economy.   “Every guest interaction is a chance to create quality customer service impressions, which reflect back on Western Mass as a region,” said Howdy Committee Chair Michael Hurwitz from Uno’s Pizzeria & Grill. “We’re tremendously proud to have so many ...

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    3. $7 Million in State Grants Announced for Western Mass. Farms, Food Businesses

      $7 Million in State Grants Announced for Western Mass. Farms, Food Businesses

      Western Massachusetts farms and food businesses are about to receive some much-needed support from the state. The Mass. Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program (FSIG) has announced $22.5 million in awards, $7 million of which is coming to the four counties of Western Mass. CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture) helped 18 of those recipients secure $3.6 million in funding.

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    4. STCC Connects with Hispanic American Institute to Offer Courses for Entrepreneurs

      STCC Connects with Hispanic American Institute to Offer Courses for Entrepreneurs

      The Hispanic American Institute, in partnership with Springfield Technical Community College, will offer two free courses to support Latino and minority entrepreneurs in Springfield by providing education and tools which will help them achieve economic prosperity.  The two courses are “English for Entrepreneurs,” starting today and “Basic Computer Skills Classes,” starting April 26.  STCC’s Workforce Development Center will offer the two courses for HAI. Learn more about the classes at stcc.edu/wdc.

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    5. BusinessTalk with Andrew Michael, manager of Dave DiRico’s Golf in West Springfield

      BusinessTalk with Andrew Michael, manager of Dave DiRico’s Golf in West Springfield

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien talks with Andrew Michael, manager of Dave DiRico’s Golf in West Springfield. The two discuss the surge that the game — and business — of golf have seen since the start of the pandemic and its prospects for continuing in the 2020 season. They also delve into supply chain issues,  inflation, and the many other challenges facing course owners and managers. 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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    6. Entrepreneurship Program Seeking Volunteers for Summer

      Entrepreneurship Program Seeking Volunteers for Summer

      The Pioneer Valley’s local entrepreneurship program EforAll is actively seeking volunteers to mentor aspiring entrepreneurs as part of the summer Business Accelerator program.  Accelerator mentors come from a variety of backgrounds and use their business and leadership experience to guide new entrepreneurs through the process of turning their idea into a growing business.

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      Mentions: Holyoke
    7. UMassFive College Credit Union Earns Gold Award for Civic Involvement

      UMassFive College Credit Union Earns Gold Award for Civic Involvement

      UMassFive College Federal Credit Union (UMassFive) was the recent recipient of a 2022 Gold Community Champion Award from Banking Northeast magazine in the category of Civic Involvement. The award recognizes the Credit Union’s overall philanthropic efforts.  Banking Northeast established the Community Champion Awards to highlight credit unions and community banks that create unique community partnerships, go beyond the call of duty to aid their community in special times of need, and demonstrate what their institution’s cumulative effort means to their communities.

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    8. Ad Club of Western Mass. Extends Deadline for Annual Scholarship

      Ad Club of Western Mass. Extends Deadline for Annual Scholarship

      The Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts has extended the deadline for submissions to April 29 for its annual merit-based scholarship.  The Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts, the premier organization for all marketing and communications professionals in Western Mass. and Northern Conn., launched its annual scholarship to support future generations of creative professionals. Western Massachusetts seniors who plan to attend an accredited college or technical school to study advertising, communications, marketing, or graphic arts and will be attending in September 2022 are encouraged to apply. The scholarship must be applied against tuition and fees at the school.

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    9. HCC opens registration for summer and fall

      HCC opens registration for summer and fall

      Registration is now open for summer and fall classes at Holyoke Community College.  Summer classes at HCC begin May 24 and run in two, consecutive seven-week sessions: Summer Session I (May 24-July 8); Summer Session II (July 11-Aug. 26).    The fall 2022 semester begins on Sept. 6. Full 15-week semester classes begin Sept. 6. HCC will also be running three accelerated flex start sessions: Flex Start I classes also begin Sept. 6 and run for seven weeks; Flex Start II classes begin Sept. 26, and run for 12 weeks; Flex Start III classes begin Oct. 31, and run for seven ...

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    10. Lora Wondolowski Joins the Peace Development Fund as Director of Advancement and Communications

      Lora Wondolowski Joins the Peace Development Fund as Director of Advancement and Communications

      Lora Wondolowski has joined the Peace Development Fund’s (PDF) Amherst-based staff as the new director of Advancement & Communication.    Wondolowski comes to PDF with an extensive background in leadership training, environmental advocacy, fundraising, organization building, and voter education, throughout her career working for the National Audubon Society, League of Conservation Voters, the Mass. League of Environmental Voters, and most recently leading Leadership Pioneer Valley in Springfield.  

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      Mentions: Amherst
    11. BusinessTalk with State Rep. Joseph Wagner of Chicopee

      BusinessTalk with State Rep. Joseph Wagner of Chicopee

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien engages in provocative discussion with State Rep. Joseph Wagner of Chicopee, who recently announced he will not seek re-election. Wagner looks back on more than 30 years in the House and what might come next for him, and also offers his thoughts on a range of pressing matters, from East-West rail to the state of the casino industry to the prospects for sports betting.

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    12. AIM to Present 2022 Vision Award to Andrew Dreyfus

      AIM to Present 2022 Vision Award to Andrew Dreyfus

      Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) announced that it will present its 2022 Vision Award to Andrew Dreyfus, president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, for his decades-long efforts to create a sustainable and equitable health-care system in Massachusetts.  Dreyfus, who has announced his intention to step down at the end of 2022, has been at the forefront of developing national models for both value-based payment systems for medical care and health-reform measures that have extended coverage to large segments of Massachusetts residents.

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    13. Northampton Jazz Festival’s ‘Jazz Artists in the Schools’ Program Returns to Northampton High School

      Northampton Jazz Festival’s ‘Jazz Artists in the Schools’ Program Returns to Northampton High School

      After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Elliot Ross Memorial Jazz Artists in the Schools program has returned to Northampton High School with five guest musicians teaching four sessions to students in the Jazz and Rock Improvisation Workshop.  The visiting musician teaching program is solely funded through donations from family and friends of the late Elliot Ross, a musician and graduate of the high school. Ross died at age 21 in November 2018. By request of the Ross family, the Northampton Jazz Festival established the Jazz Artists in the Schools program at Northampton High School the following year.

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      Mentions: Northampton
    14. Baystate Health Awards $1 Million in Better Together Grants

      Baystate Health Awards $1 Million in Better Together Grants

      Baystate Health has awarded $1 million in Better Together Grants to five community initiatives with partner organizations as part of its Community Benefits Program.    “Baystate Health is proud to invest our Determination of Need (DoN) Community Health Initiative (CHI) funding in the communities served by our four hospitals. It is an honor to partner with these very deserving local non-profit organizations over the next three years,” said Annamarie Golden, director, Community Relations for Baystate Health

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    15. State Awards $30 Million to STCC to Relocate Health Programs

      State Awards $30 Million to STCC to Relocate Health Programs

      Springfield Technical Community College has received $30 million in state funding to move healthcare programs out of an aging building on campus that has outlived its usefulness. Gov. Charlie Baker announced the award on Wednesday. College officials in December asked the state for the maximum amount of $30 million to vacate Building 20, which houses 18 degree and certificate allied health programs as well as the acclaimed SIMS Medical Center. STCC has secured $11.5 million from other sources for the $41.5 million project.

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    16. YPS of Greater Springfield Slates Third Thursday Networking Event

      YPS of Greater Springfield Slates Third Thursday Networking Event

      The Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield (YPS) will host its signature Third Thursday event series at Smokin’ Scoops in West Springfield on April 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The networking event will support and encourage young professionals to become more involved and invested in their local communities.  April’s Third Thursday event will feature Smokin’ Scoops’ signature offering, Nitro Ice Cream, made from scratch and mixed at 320 degrees Fahrenheit, as well as its popular Boozy Milkshakes, networking with fellow young professionals, food from Springfield’s The Saucy Mama food truck, and more.

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    17. Monson Savings Launches 150 Build-a-Bike Campaign

      Monson Savings Launches 150 Build-a-Bike Campaign

      The celebratory planning for Monson Savings Bank’s 150th anniversary continues, with the bank pledging to show extra support to nonprofits and have an extra level of community participation throughout the year. A large and very fun part of that support comes in the form of the Monson Savings Bank 150 Build-a-Bike Campaign.  For this campaign, MSB will be purchasing more than $20,000 worth of children’s bicycles and helmets from the Family Bicycle Shop in East Longmeadow, with guidance from the shop’s owner Ray Plouffe. 

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    18. HCC Offering New Round of Free Hotel Job Training

      HCC Offering New Round of Free Hotel Job Training

       Interested in jumpstarting a career in the hospitality industry? Holyoke Community College is running a free, seven-week hotel training program starting April 26.   The hands-on, in-person classes for hotel front-desk workers and hotel room attendants will take place in HCC’s hotel training lab on the second floor of the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute on Race Street in downtown Holyoke. The program runs on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 5:30-8:30 p.m., April 26 through June 9.

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    19. Big Y Express Launches New Downtown Format

      Big Y Express Launches New Downtown Format

      Big Y has announced plans to build a new concept Big Y Express Fresh Market at 1500 Main St. as part of Tower Square in Springfield. The new, 10,000-square-foot Big Y Express Fresh Market will be tailored to fit the needs of the city’s downtown community. Currently, there are workers and area residents who are eager to have access to delicious, nutritious and affordable offerings that are not currently available in a convenient way, said Colin D’Amour, senior director of Big Y Express. “Between the UMass classrooms, YMCA daycare, area office workers and downtown residents, many are ...

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    20. New JA Initiative Will Recognize Young Leaders in the Community

      New JA Initiative Will Recognize Young Leaders in the Community

      Jennifer Connelly says that, in many ways, the new recognition program created by Junior Achievement (JA) of Western Massachusetts was inspired by the pandemic and a recognized need to bring attention to the manner in which young people, who were impacted by COVID-19 in many different ways, stepped up and displayed true leadership and community involvement at a turbulent time.

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    21. The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts Moves Closer to a New Home

      The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts Moves Closer to a New Home

      While it manages an impressive flow of food from numerous sources to the people who need it most, in recent years, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has been doing that job in a space that’s not sufficient for the work. That will change with the opening, in 2023, of a new headquarters in Chicopee that will more than double the organization’s space and allow it to serve more people with more food and more nutrition and educations — in effect, expanding the menu of what’s possible at a time when the need is great.

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      Mentions: Chicopee
    22. bankESB Parent Continues to Expand Through Acquisition

      bankESB Parent Continues to Expand Through Acquisition

      A “survival tactic.” That’s one of the phrases Matt Sosik, CEO of Hometown Financial Group Inc., the parent of bankESB, used to describe Hometown’s announced plans to acquire Randolph Bancorp Inc., the latest in a series of moves by Hometown to expand through acquisition. Elaborating, Sosik said this acquisition will certainly give Hometown, the multi-bank holding company for Abington Bank as well as bankESB, a larger, stronger footprint on the state’s South Shore. Indeed, Randolph Bancorp is the holding company for Envision Bank, which will merge with and into Abington Bank to create a $1.4 billion ...

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    23. There’s a Developing Story in Palmer

      There’s a Developing Story in Palmer

      Three years ago, when Ryan McNutt took the job as Palmer’s town manager, he observed that, when people entered town from Mass Pike exit 8 (now exit 63), they encountered a Big Y World Class Market, a McDonald’s, a couple of other businesses, and lots of empty parcels all around them on Thorndike Street. “You don’t typically see this near a turnpike exit; it’s usually built out with commercial real estate,” he said, adding that town residents — and those passing through — may soon see the landscape change in a meaningful way.

       

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    24. Now Part of the Edc, Vvm Continues to Evolve and Grow

      Now Part of the Edc, Vvm Continues to Evolve and Grow

      Valley Venture Mentors has long had a singular but multi-faceted mission — to promote entrepreneurship in the region and provide various forms of assistance to help business owners take their venture to the next stage. Through a new and broader affiliation with the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council, the agency has an opportunity to become, in the words of its director, even more of an advocate, a champion, and a “convener” within the region’s broad, and growing, entrepreneurship ecosystem.

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