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    1. Are you a local vendor specializing in furniture, fixtures, equipment and other listed supplies?

      Are you a local vendor specializing in furniture, fixtures, equipment and other listed supplies?

      MGM Springfield is seeking vendors, including minority-, woman- and veteran-owned businesses, for project-related furniture, fixtures and equipment purchases and other supplies listed. MGM Springfield representatives will host an informational session in the morning to explain the scope of upcoming purchases, the prequalification process and MGM Springfield’s policy on vendors and purchasing. There will also be an overview of the project’s diversity requirements. Vendors will also have the opportunity to participate in round table meetings with members of the MGM Resorts procurement team during the afternoon session. Pre-registration is required.

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    2. Welcome to West Mass: Experts hope new brand name for region catches on more than Pioneer Valley did

      Welcome to West Mass: Experts hope new brand name for region catches on more than Pioneer Valley did

      Decades ago, those attempting to lure tourists and industry to communities in western Massachusetts hit upon the descriptor Pioneer Valley, a way to honor and recognize those who had settled the region centuries earlier. Pioneer Valley made a lot of sense as a way to market the Connecticut River Valley to the Boston area, said Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce President Tim O’Brien, during an era before many highways and interstates were built and putting the state capital three or more hours away.

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    3. Bradley International Airport Escape Lounge

      Bradley International Airport Escape Lounge

      As you know, we are pleased to have recently opened a new lounge at Bradley International Airport. Escape Lounge Bradley is a common-use airport lounge, which means that you can utilize the lounge for a daily fee without needing to travel on any particular airline, use a specific credit card, or be a member of any special frequent flyer program. Lounge access includes complimentary food and beverage, high-speed WiFi, and a comfortable, relaxing environment away from the busy terminal complex. Escape Lounge Bradley is open to all and works with corporate travel bookers and regular business travelers, offering preferential rates ...

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    4. Winter Reliability Efforts Go Only So Far

      ISO NEW ENGLAND, the operator of the region’s power system, recently announced that electricity supplies should be sufficient to meet the region’s demand for electricity this winter barring “unexpected resource outages or fuel delivery constraints.”  For those who expect affordable, reliable electricity 24/7, this should be a cause for concern. Natural gas generates about half of the region’s electricity.  It is also used to heat about 40 percent of all households and remains the heating fuel of choice for new homes in New England.  In addition, some 260,000 businesses and manufacturers rely on natural gas ...

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    5. The Importance of Being Entrepreneurial - Innovation in Nonprofits- Webinar

      The Importance of Being Entrepreneurial - Innovation in Nonprofits- Webinar

      Women who think like entrepreneurs will be more successful in leading tomorrow’s non-profits. Many non-profits are launching entrepreneurial ventures in order to increase earned revenue, rather than relying only on philanthropic gifts. These leaders find ways to look and act like a for-profit entity, by using entrepreneurial techniques to generate mission-driven revenue that inspires community and individual action, engagement and financial support. This webinar will bring together innovative women who understand how non-profit leaders need to think and act differently. They will share what works and what is not a fit for non-profits to explore.

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    6. Negotiating Your Way to Success: Free Webinar

      Negotiating Your Way to Success: Free Webinar

      One of the biggest challenges people face in negotiation is how to strategically approach the process and how to follow a sequential progression that will guide them through ebbs and flows. In this webinar, participants will be introduced to negotiation methods they can apply to real workplace scenarios. Session led by Dr. Joshua Weiss, Program Director, MS Leadership and Negotiation, Bay Path University

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    7. Bay State Business Link

      Bay State Business Link

      We are reaching out to ask that you consider attending the second Bay State Business Link forum hosted by the Office of House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce as part of a joint economic development initiative. The Bay State Business Link was created to spur B2B collaboration across all regions of the Commonwealth and provide opportunities for small and new businesses to connect with established Boston-based companies. Our partners in this initiative are the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council, MassChallenge, and the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership. 

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    8. Shopping in a Winter Wonderland

      Shopping in a Winter Wonderland
       

      The Springfield Business Improvement District is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Downtown Springfield Holiday Market!

      This month long shopping event begins Friday, November 25th and will run through Friday, December 23rd.   Located at The Shops at Market place, 1341 Main Street and participating vendors at Tower Square, 1500 Main Street. The Downtown Holiday Market will be open Monday through Wednesday 11am – 6pm, Thursday & Friday 11am- 7pm and Saturday’s 10am -2pm.


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    9. Thunderbirds Pre and Post Game Tailgate on Market Street

      Thunderbirds Pre and Post Game Tailgate on Market Street

      The Springfield Business Improvement District & the Springfield Thunderbirds are pleased to announce the Pre and Post game Tailgate

      This Pre and Post game programming will run from November 11th through December 16th and is scheduled in conjunction with all Thunderbirds Friday evening home games, November 11th, November 25, December 2nd and December 16th.  We will be programming The Marketplace located in the rear at 1341 Main street and will be offering a myriad of holiday cheer, including light fare and beverages provided by The Student Prince, Hot cocoa, cookies and other sweet treats from TLS ...

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    10. Bay State Business Link - State House - December 16, 2016 Event

      Bay State Business Link - State House - December 16, 2016 Event

      The Bay State Business Link is a joint partnership between the House and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce aimed at spurring B2B collaboration across all regions of the Commonwealth and identifying opportunities for small and new business to connect with established, Boston-based companies. The December forum will focus on the intersection of innovation, manufacturing and clean-tech industries. We will be joined by BSBL partners Western Mass Economic Development Council, MassChallenge and the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership, as well at Greentown Labs.

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    11. MGM Springfield Career Launch

      MGM Springfield Career Launch

      We are excited to announce that the MGM Springfield Career Launch will kick off at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 5 at the MassMutual Center. This will be the first of many scheduled sessions that are not to be missed by anyone hoping to be working at MGM Springfield when we open the doors in September 2018. You will receive important information on MGM Springfield’s recruitment process and skill requirements.

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    12. “Manufacturing Day” on October 6 at Eastworks in Easthampton

      “Manufacturing Day” on October 6 at Eastworks in Easthampton

      The Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board (FHREB) will host a “Manufacturing Day” event on Thursday, October 6 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm in Easthampton, to celebrate the diverse range of manufacturing enterprise in Hampshire County.  The event takes place at the Eastworks Building, 116 Pleasant Street in Easthampton at the West End Suite (#160) across from Riff’s Café. At least a dozen Hampshire County manufacturers will be present to share information about their products, production process and companies.  The event theme is “Quality, Technology, Innovation.”  Admission is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.

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    13. VVM Manufacturing Accelerator

      VVM Manufacturing Accelerator

      Valley Venture Mentors (VVM), a nonprofit recognized by the Governor’s office as one of the strongest entrepreneurship programs in the Commonwealth, in partnership with MassDevelopment, the Western Massachusetts chapter of the National Tooling & Machining Association, and the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, is launching the nation’s first manufacturing accelerator.  

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    14. Aer Lingus Winter Travel Promotion

      Aer Lingus Winter Travel Promotion

      Great Savings on travel to Europe

      This offseason Aer Lingus, Ireland’s national airline is welcoming guests to the Emerald Isle and Europe with extra low fares, equating to seven months of savings! Take advantage of fares to Europe starting at $499* roundtrip. Sale ends on Thursday, July 21, 2016, 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Fares are available for travel on Aer Lingus’ scheduled, direct transatlantic services November 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017. Seats are limited.

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    15. Development Associates Co-brokers purchase of 80,000 SF industrial facility

      Development Associates Co-brokers purchase of 80,000 SF industrial facility

      Development Associates of Agawam, MA has co-brokered the purchase of the former Dow Jones mail facility with the sellers agent: MacMillan & Sons of Springfield, MA and the Fischer Co. of Dallas, TX. The property known as 102 First Avenue in Chicopee, MA is strategically located at the intersection of I-90 (MA Turnpike) and I-291.

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