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    1. SPARK EforAll Holyoke to Celebrate Summer Accelerator Graduates on Sept. 17

      SPARK EforAll Holyoke to Celebrate Summer Accelerator Graduates on Sept. 17

      SPARK EforAll Holyoke will celebrate graduates of its 2019 Summer Accelerator Program and award $5,000 in prize money at its upcoming Showcase & Celebration on Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. on at Wistariahurst, 238 Cabot St. in Holyoke. Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) began its second Accelerator Program in the Pioneer Valley this past May, and this second cohort will graduate from the intensive, 12-week program at the Showcase and Celebration ceremony. This cohort will continue to meet with their mentors for the rest of the year and meet with EforAll quarterly to compete for more cash.

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    2. Greater Westfield Chamber Announces Keynote Speaker for September Breakfast

      Greater Westfield Chamber Announces Keynote Speaker for September Breakfast

      The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce will welcome Katie Holahan, vice president of Government Affairs for Associated Industries of Massachusetts, as keynote speaker at its quarterly business breakfast on Friday, Sept. 20 from 7 to 9 a.m. at the 104th Fighter Wing Air National Guard Base, 175 Falcon Dr., Westfield. Holahan will talk about paid family and medical leave, potential debate in the Legislature on transportation, K-12 funding, healthcare cost containment, and general tax reform. There will also be time for questions and answers. She would like to hear what the attendees are most concerned about, what are the ...

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    3. Kresge Foundation Awards $100,000 to Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts

      Kresge Foundation Awards $100,000 to Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts

      The Kresge Foundation awarded the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts a $100,000 grant to advance policy solutions aimed at improving climate resilience and equitably reducing health risks in low-income communities. The Springfield Climate Justice Initiative, a new project of the Live Well Springfield coalition convened by the Public Health Institute, is one of 15 community-based collaborations nationwide receiving grant funding as part of the planning phase of Kresge’s Climate Change, Health and Equity initiative.

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    4. Greater Westfield Chamber Announces 2019 Award Winners

      Greater Westfield Chamber Announces 2019 Award Winners

      Each year, the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce solicits nominations from the membership for three awards. This year’s recipients are: Business of the Year: Westfield G&E and Whip City Fiber; Nonprofit of the Year: Westfield 350 Committee; and Lifetime Achievement Award: Sister Elizabeth “Betty” Oleksak of Genesis Spiritual Life and Conference Center. “The chamber is very excited to announce this year’s recipients, as they are all so deserving of these recognitions,” said Kate Phelon, executive director. “It is never an easy decision, and I know the board governance committee made their recommendations to the full board with ...

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    5. PeoplesBank Internship Program Named to Top-100 List in the U.S.

      PeoplesBank Internship Program Named to Top-100 List in the U.S.

      PeoplesBank joined Google, Facebook, BMW, Southwest Airlines, and more top companies on the 2019 WayUp Top 100 Internship Programs list. WayUp is a professional networking application that connects college students and recent graduates to career opportunities with reputable employers. According to WayUp, the bank was selected because “PeoplesBank interns not only get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to operate a bank, they also get hands-on experience to work on passion projects like Habitat for Humanity’s Build Days.” The list is determined by a panel of industry experts who consider everything from public votes to internship-program highlights. More ...

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    6. TD Bank Names Steve Webb Regional President for Southern New England

      TD Bank Names Steve Webb Regional President for Southern New England

      TD Bank named Steve Webb regional president for Southern New England. In this role, Webb will lead commercial and retail banking teams in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Upstate New York, and Connecticut. “Steve’s leadership and strategic mindset are widely recognized at TD Bank and within the New England business community, making him a clear choice to lead this region,” said Chris Giamo, head of Commercial Bank. “We are confident that Steve, along with the entire Southern New England TD team, will continue to drive growth and market share in this important geography.”

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    7. AHA Recognizes Trinity Health for Collaboration for Healthier Communities

      AHA Recognizes Trinity Health for Collaboration for Healthier Communities

      In 2016, Trinity Health selected a new community health project at Mercy Medical Center as a recipient of a grant under its Transforming Communities Initiative (TCI), a program that has resulted in the creation of a successful partnership between Mercy and Live Well Springfield (LWS), a multi-sector, community-based coalition that includes over 26 organizations working in the city. This partnership has seen extraordinary results in several areas, such as school nutrition improvements, Complete Streets infrastructure, and tobacco-use prevention.

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    8. Dress for Success to Host Tag Sale at Eastfield Mall Sept. 6-8

      Dress for Success to Host Tag Sale at Eastfield Mall Sept. 6-8

      Dress for Success Western Massachusetts will host a clothing tag sale, sponsored by MassMutual, at the Eastfield Mall to raise funds and awareness of its mission of helping women achieve their goal of creating a better life. Women may choose from an extensive array of clothing, shoes, accessories and more. These new and gently used items include selections from name-brand fashion houses such as Anne Klein, Evan Picone, Ellen Tracy, and many more. Customers can fill a shopping bag for only $25.

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    9. Educare Springfield Hires Bernitta Burnett as Executive Director

      Educare Springfield Hires Bernitta Burnett as Executive Director

      The nation’s 24th Educare early-education center will be led by Springfield native Bernitta “Nikki” Burnett, who has been hired as Educare Springfield’s first executive director. Burnett was raised in the nearby Mason Square neighborhood, attended neighborhood public schools, and earned her undergraduate degree in leadership and organizational science from Bay Path University. She will be completing her master’s degree in leadership and negotiation from Bay Path in 2020.

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    10. STCC, Bay Path University Announce Psychology Transfer Agreements

      Officials from Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) and Bay Path University will sign two agreements today at 1 p.m. creating an affordable pathway for female students with an associate degree from STCC to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bay Path. Under one articulation agreement, students who receive an associate degree in liberal arts/general studies (applied psychology option) can pursue a bachelor of arts in psychology from Bay Path.

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    11. STCC Gateway to College Program Receives National Recognition

      STCC Gateway to College Program Receives National Recognition

      The Gateway to College program at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) received a Program Excellence Award in recognition of exceeding all four benchmarks used to assess the performance of Gateway to College programs nationwide. Through Gateway to College, students who have dropped out of high school or who are significantly off track complete their high-school diplomas in college-based programs while simultaneously earning credits toward a post-secondary credential. STCC has hosted a Gateway to College program since 2013, and the program enrolled 67 students during the academic year when it received the award.

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    12. Digital Design Tools Course to Be Offered at Greenfield Community College

      Digital Design Tools Course to Be Offered at Greenfield Community College

      Tina Stevens, adjunct faculty at Greenfield Community College and principal of Stevens Design, will teaching a class on digital design tools on Tuesdays from Sept. 17 to Dec. 20, from 4:10 to 6:50 p.m. This introduction to digital design is open to the public, as well as enrolled students. It focuses on the use of the Adobe Creative tools Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Topics include getting started using the Adobe interface, photo image preparation and manipulation, drawing artwork for logos and illustrations, and designing documents and marketing materials.

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    13. Holyoke Medical Center Expands Services in Westfield

      Holyoke Medical Center Expands Services in Westfield

      Holyoke Medical Center announced expanded healthcare services in Westfield, including family medicine, women’s services, gastroenterology, walk-in care, and more. Holyoke Medical Group Family Medicine, an affiliate of Holyoke Medical Center, has relocated to 140 Southampton Road in Westfield. The office offers care for the entire family, including pediatrics, adult primary care, women’s health, and geriatric care. Dr. Thomas Graziano and Deborah Pisciotta, MS, PA-C, are accepting new patients. The office is open weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. To make an appointment, call (413) 535-4800.

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    14. Chicopee’s Downtown; a Developing Story

      Chicopee’s Downtown; a Developing Story

      our years ago, a $7,500 grant from MassDevelopment helped to fund the first annual Downtown GetDown block party in Chicopee. Mayor Richard Kos understands why that was a good investment. “They like the idea of people coming downtown, because when they do, it gives other people impetus to want to develop the downtown,” he told BusinessWest. In that first year, he went on, “the block party really removed a lot of question marks. People say there’s no parking downtown. Well, we had 15,000 people over a weekend, and no one complained about parking. It was not an ...

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    15. SPARK EforAll Seeks Volunteer Mentors

      SPARK EforAll Seeks Volunteer Mentors

      SPARK EforAll Holyoke is actively seeking volunteers to participate as mentors in this winter’s 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. Mentors work in teams of three and are matched with an entrepreneur based on schedule availability and the desire to work together.

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    16. BusinessWest Announces 2019 Women of Impact Keynote Speaker: Lisa Tanzer, President of Life is Good

      BusinessWest Announces 2019 Women of Impact Keynote Speaker: Lisa Tanzer, President of Life is Good

      BusinessWest announced that the keynote speaker for the 2019 Women of Impact luncheon will be Lisa Tanzer, president of Life is Good. Tanzer has more than 25 years of consumer brand experience. Prior to becoming president, Lisa served as the company’s head of Marketing after spending more than 20 years on the board of directors of the Life is Good Kids Foundation. She’s held executive positions in the entertainment, ecommerce, and education sectors. Earlier in her career, she held marketing and strategy roles at Hasbro, Staples, The Gillette Company, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. She received her BA from Tufts University ...

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    17. People’s United Community Foundation grant helps Junior Achievement Summer Program

      People’s United Community Foundation grant helps Junior Achievement Summer Program

      Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts (JAWM), which provides workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy programs to K–12 youth, recently received a $5,000 grant from the People’s United Community Foundation to support its Summer BEE (Business and Entrepreneurial Exploration) program for middle and high school students. The funds will be used to provide out-of-school educational experiences for youth from 6th to 12th grades focusing on financial literacy, entrepreneurship and career exploration/work readiness and STEM education

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    18. WNEU Teams Up with Comcast to Offer ‘Xfinity On Campus’ for Its Students

      WNEU Teams Up with Comcast to Offer ‘Xfinity On Campus’ for Its Students

      Comcast has announced that it will be bringing its Xfinity On Campus service to Western New England University, allowing students to watch live TV, On Demand and recorded content on their IP-enabled devices, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones. The service is included with room and board for students living in on-campus housing. Xfinity On Campus offers more than 100 live channels including every major broadcast network, as well as channels like AMC, Bravo, ESPN, FX and MTV through Comcast’s Xfinity Stream app and portal. The service also includes access to thousands of current season TV shows and hit movies ...

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    19. Cooley Dickinson Urgent Care Now Open in Southampton - BusinessWest

      After years of planning and preparation, Cooley Dickinson Health Care has opened a second Urgent Care location at 12 College Highway in Southampton.  Situated directly adjacent to the long-established Cooley Dickinson Rehabilitation Clinic in the Big Y Plaza, the location straddles the Southampton/Easthampton line and serves members of both communities as well as other nearby towns including Westfield and Westhampton.

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    20. The Creative Strategy Agency Celebrates 10 Years - BusinessWest

      The Creative Strategy Agency Celebrates 10 Years - BusinessWest

      The Creative Strategy Agency Inc. (tCSA), a local digital marketing and advertising agency, celebrates its 10th anniversary today. Started by Alfonso Santaniello on Aug. 9, 2009, tCSA has grown into a fully staffed agency servicing local and national clients in social-media marketing, advertising, and search-engine marketing.  “It wasn’t always easy,” said Santaniello, pesident and CEO. “I was 24 when I started my business. I thought I knew everything. Boy, was I wrong.”

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