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    1. YPS to Host Third Annual Santacon in Downtown Springfield

      YPS to Host Third Annual Santacon in Downtown Springfield

      The Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield (YPS) will hold its third annual Santacon in downtown Springfield on Friday, Dec. 6 from 4 to 11 p.m. This year’s event will begin with a bar crawl down Worthington Street where guests can show off their holiday costume best before jingling and jangling down Main Street to catch a Springfield Thunderbirds game. Santacon will wrap up at Nadim’s Mediterranean Restaurant after the game. “We are excited to kick off the holiday season with our Springfield Santacon,” YPS president Amie Miarecki said. “This event is unique in that it brings ...

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    2. Florence Bank Receives Award from U.S. Small Business Administration

      Florence Bank Receives Award from U.S. Small Business Administration

      Florence Bank was recently recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as the Western Massachusetts Third Party Lender of the Year for loans the bank administers to small businesses in the area. Michael Davey and Erin Couture, both vice presidents and commercial loan officers with the bank, accepted the award on Nov. 8 at an event held during SBA’s annual meeting at Clark University in Worcester. Davey explained that third-party loans, called SBA 504 loans, are offered by the bank in collaboration with certified development corporations such as Granite State Development Corp., Bay Colony Development Corp., and ...

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    3. GCAi Launches Union Station Campaign Targeting Thanksgiving Travelers

      GCAi Launches Union Station Campaign Targeting Thanksgiving Travelers

      Thanks to a new digital marketing campaign, Thanksgiving travelers at Union Station can learn more about the history of the building and its restoration. The Union Station Instant Experience campaign was designed and programmed by James Garvey and Mary Shea of Garvey Communication Associates Inc. (GCAi) and features two videos produced by Darcy Young. Initially, an Instant Experience ad looks like a normal promoted post on Facebook or Instagram. Once clicked on, however, it explodes into a full-screen mobile experience featuring a variety of videos, image slideshows, and more.

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    4. Dawn Creighton Wants to Be a Connector and Program Builder

      Dawn Creighton Wants to Be a Connector and Program Builder

      During her decade-long tenure as regional director for Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM), Dawn Creighton’s role was basically to support member businesses in the 413. “I went out and met with member companies, with their executive directors, and they would tell me what their biggest business challenges are, and I would try to find them a solution,” she told BusinessWest. “Sure enough, every single one of them said, ‘Dawn, if you could get me the bodies, I could double my workforce.’ No matter what the industry was, I’d meet with the HR person, and she’d say, ‘oh ...

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    5. Dress for Success Helps Women Boost Their Confidence in the Workplace

      Dress for Success Helps Women Boost Their Confidence in the Workplace

      Applying for jobs can be a daunting task, especially if one does not have the right tools or preparation to nail the interview. Dress for Success, an international not-for-profit organization, is working toward helping low- to middle-income women achieve economic independence by boosting confidence and providing valuable skills, a network of support, and the right suit to get the job done — literally.

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    6. Progress in Ludlow Extends Beyond Mills Project

      Progress in Ludlow Extends Beyond Mills Project

      For more than a decade now, the Ludlow Mills project, a 20-year initiative that is changing the face of that historic complex and bringing jobs, new businesses, and new places to live to this community, has been the dominant talking point when it comes to the subject of economic development here. But municipal officials are quick to point out that it’s just one of many intriguing stories unfolding in this town of around 21,000 people, the sum of which adds up to an intriguing, very positive chapter in the history of this community across the Chicopee River from ...

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    7. Westfield State University to Host Information Sessions for Three Graduate Programs

      Westfield State University to Host Information Sessions for Three Graduate Programs

      The College of Graduate and Continuing Education at Westfield State University (WSU) will host information sessions for master’s-degree programs in counseling, applied behavior analysis, and social work in early December. An information session for the university’s master’s degrees in both counseling and applied behavior analysis will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 11 a.m. at the Horace Mann Center, 333 Western Ave., Westfield. The session welcomes individuals interested in careers as behavior analysts, clinicians, family and marriage counselors, and guidance or adjustment counselors.

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    8. PeoplesBank Issues $50,000 Challenge to Financial Institutions in Support of Square One

      PeoplesBank Issues $50,000 Challenge to Financial Institutions in Support of Square One

      One of Square One’s largest and longest-standing donors, PeoplesBank, is taking the season of giving to a new level. The bank has made its annual gift of $10,000 in support Square One’s work with children and families. Now, the company’s leadership is encouraging their peers at other banks and credit unions to match their gift with a donation of their own. The goal for the challenge is to raise an additional $50,000 from others in the banking community this holiday season.

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    9. Free ‘Get on Board!’ Event to Connect Nonprofit Boards with Potential Volunteers

      Free ‘Get on Board!’ Event to Connect Nonprofit Boards with Potential Volunteers

      For people seeking greater community engagement and for nonprofit boards hoping to add fresh talent and diversity to their membership, the sixth biennial “Get On Board!” event happening Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Basketball Hall of Fame offers an opportunity to accomplish both goals. OnBoard is a volunteer-led nonprofit that connects talented individuals with organizations seeking to increase diversity on their boards and committees by expanding their governance capacity and enlisting women, people of color, and other underrepresented populations.

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    10. United Personnel Named Among Top 100 Women-led Businesses In Massachusetts

      United Personnel Named Among Top 100 Women-led Businesses In Massachusetts

      United Personnel announced it has been named one of  the top 100 women-led businesses in Massachusetts by the Commonwealth Institute, a nonprofit that supports female business owners. The list, published in the Boston Globe, was developed based on revenue, number of full-time employees in the state, team diversity, and innovation. The rankings feature a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, business services, healthcare, education, human services, and retail. United Personnel was number 75 on the list, and was one of only two companies based in Western Mass. represented.

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    11. Wilbraham Looks to Revive Key Parts of Town - BusinessWest

      Wilbraham Looks to Revive Key Parts of Town - BusinessWest

      Revival by its very definition suggests an improvement in the condition or strength of something. It means giving new life to what already exists, an upgrade of sorts.  This is what elected officials in Wilbraham plan to do in several places around town, for a number of reasons.  One of the most valuable assets the town of Wilbraham has to offer both residents and visitors is the array of businesses and attractions on Route 20, and Jeff Smith says that artery is getting a serious upgrade.

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    12. James Garvey Earns Digital Marketing Certificate from Cornell University

      James Garvey Earns Digital Marketing Certificate from Cornell University

      Garvey Communication Associates Inc. (GCAi) announced that James Garvey, a digital marketing analyst with the company, has recently earned a digital marketing certificate from Cornell University’s online certification program. “I viewed it as a retreat of sorts where I could isolate the tactical and focus on overall strategy development,” Garvey said. “In turn, our emphasis has now become working with our clients to identify the key performance indicators (KPIs) prior to planning the tactical considerations. It sounds simple, but tactical is always the shiny object. Which platform to use and what creative often takes precedent over what the actual ...

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    13. Holyoke Gas & Electric Recognized as Smart Energy Provider

      Holyoke Gas & Electric Recognized as Smart Energy Provider

      Holyoke Gas & Electric (HG&E) has earned a Smart Energy Provider (SEP) designation from the American Public Power Assoc. for demonstrating commitment to and proficiency in energy efficiency, distributed generation, and environmental initiatives that support a goal of providing low-cost, quality, safe, and reliable electric service. Chris Van Dokkumburg, planning analyst at ‎Holland Board of Public Works and chair of the Energy Services Committee in Michigan presented the designations on Oct. 29 during the association’s annual Customer Connections Conference held in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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    14. STCC Dedicates Tuohey Family Welcome Center at Campaign Launch

      STCC Dedicates Tuohey Family Welcome Center at Campaign Launch

      At the launch of the college’s first major-gifts campaign in more than a decade, Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) President John Cook announced the naming of the Tuohey Family Welcome Center at the Student Learning Commons. Brian Tuohey, a generous supporter of STCC, beamed with delight after hearing the news. His family, including his five children and 12 grandchildren, made a surprise appearance at the kickoff event on Oct. 22.

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    15. Colony Hills Capital Purchases Windfield Senior Estates, Windfield Family Estates

      Colony Hills Capital Purchases Windfield Senior Estates, Windfield Family Estates

      Colony Hills Capital (CHC), based in Wilbraham, announced it recently purchased Windfield Senior Estates and Windfield Family Estates, a combined 160-unit multi-family apartment community located in nearby Hadley. It was purchased for $14,035,000 on Oct. 23. Built in 2002, the property consists of 80 independent senior apartments and 80  family apartments. The property was originally developed and financed using the LIHTC (Low Income Housing Tax Credit) program and currently has income and rent restrictions on 80% of the units. The community is located just off Route 9 in close proximity to UMass Amherst. It is also within a ...

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    16. Colleges, Organizations Strive to Advance Women in STEM - BusinessWest

      Colleges, Organizations Strive to Advance Women in STEM - BusinessWest

      Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs have historically been labeled careers for men. Those stereotypes, along with unfair treatment of women in STEM, have dissuaded many from beginning or furthering such careers. Luckily, women in STEM are becoming less of an exception, and thanks to the hard work and dedication of many colleges and organizations, women now have more resources than ever to follow their STEM dreams.

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    17. Springfield’s Educare Facility Is State-of-the-art in Every Respect

      Springfield’s Educare Facility Is State-of-the-art in Every Respect

      Nikki Burnett says Springfield’s Old Hill neighborhood and those surrounding it certainly need the gleaming new $14 million Educare facility constructed next door to the Elias Brookings Elementary School on Walnut Street. More to the point, though, she told BusinessWest, they deserve this facility, which can only be described with that phrase state-of-the-art when it comes to everything from its programs to its play areas to its bathrooms.

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    18. Kim Robinson Takes the Helm at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

      Kim Robinson Takes the Helm at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

      Kim Robinson, who has worked with planning and development agencies in Detroit and Nevada, has been chosen to fill the large shoes left by Tim Brennan, who recently retired as director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission after more than four decades in that position. Robinson is focused on a number of short- and long-term priorities — everything from the upcoming census to east-west rail service.

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    19. Way Finders Awards Two Congressman John W. Olver Scholarships

      Way Finders Awards Two Congressman John W. Olver Scholarships

      NeighborWorks America, through its affiliate Way Finders, has awarded Congressman John W. Olver Scholarships to two individuals — Melissa Fales, program manager for Quaboag Valley Community Development Corp., and Kerry Homstead, community facilitator for the Treehouse Foundation — to attend the NeighborWorks America Training Institute (NTI). The scholarships provide travel, lodging, and tuition to a catalogue of more than 100 topic- and skill-focused courses. NTI creates an opportunity to network with other community-development organizations from across the country to share ideas and learn best practices in their field. Two scholarships are awarded annually to NTI attendees.

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