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    1. Big Y invests up to $10 million in across-the-board raises for retail workers (Viewpoint)

      Big Y invests up to $10 million in across-the-board raises for retail workers (Viewpoint)

      Make no mistake, running a supermarket (or dozens of them) is a “people business.” That is one of the key lessons that Charles L. D’Amour can remember his late father, Gerald E. D’Amour, imparting to him over the years as he rose through the ranks to become president and CEO of the family-owned Big Y Foods.   Big Y, in business for 86 years, is all about people, from its hundreds of thousands of customers to its almost 11,000 employees. Close to a third of the workforce has more than 10 years of service, and more than half ...

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    2. Tornado-damaged Brookings Elementary School reborn as 42 units of affordable housing

      Tornado-damaged Brookings Elementary School reborn as 42 units of affordable housing

      The first time Terry Powe, principal of the Elias Brookings Elementary School, saw what was left of her school after the tornado got through with it, she began to cry.“I saw the glass and walls that were shattered. I was moved to tears.”  Eleven years to the date of the tornado that tore through Springfield, Powe said that being in her former school building, now fully restored and converted into affordable housing, she wanted to cry all over again.

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    3. MGM Springfield employee headcount up 23%; more hiring expected

      MGM Springfield employee headcount up 23%; more hiring expected

      MGM Springfield ended the first quarter of 2022 with 1,203 employees and it expects to keep hiring as it reopens operations and brings back 24/7 table games.But the hiring still lags the 2,500 employees MGM had in March 2020, before it shut down to comply with COVID regulations then spent the last 26 months rebuilding and recovering. As of now, table games like blackjack and roulette are closed from 4-10 a.m. daily. Slots are 24 hours.

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      Mentions: Springfield MGM
    4. Chicopee Chamber honors 4 with prestigious Shining Stars award

      Chicopee Chamber honors 4 with prestigious Shining Stars award

      Chicopee has four new Shining Stars sparkling over the city. The Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce has named the recipients of four awards in its prestigious Shining Stars Award program.  Billed as the Chamber’s premiere event of the year for the business committee, organizers named winners in four separate categories: Business of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Non-Profit organization of the year.

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      Mentions: Chicopee
    5. Western Massachusetts EDC chief says investment in technology key to region’s growth (Outlook 2022 viewpoint)

      Western Massachusetts EDC chief says investment in technology key to region’s growth (Outlook 2022 viewpoint)

      “Making It in Western Massachusetts” in 2022 and beyond, will certainly be centered on growth: Needed growth in population; a growth of the workforce; a growth in the number of active medium and small businesses operating in our communities; and a growth of the variety of sectors doing business in the region.

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      Mentions: Rick Sullivan
    6. OnBoard Matching Event draws organizations, individuals (photos)

      OnBoard Matching Event draws organizations, individuals (photos)

      The 2021 OnBoard Matching Event took place Tuesday, Dec. 7, at Valley Venture Mentors at 276 Bridge St. OnBoard, which merged last month with United Way of Pioneer Valley, connects talented individuals with organizations seeking to increase diversity on their boards and committees. United Way of Pioneer Valley helps matches connect, and offers training and mentoring support, to help ensure matches don’t just happen, but become fruitful partnerships.

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    7. Economic pathways coalition asks state to remove obstacles to economic opportunity

      Economic pathways coalition asks state to remove obstacles to economic opportunity

      Our economic recovery depends on workers being able to enter or re-enter the workforce, retain jobs, and earn increased wages – unfortunately, the Cliff Effect serves as a barrier for many workers to gain access to employment and career opportunities. Our working families need the commitment of the Commonwealth to provide them with a great chance to achieve economic stability and financial well-being.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    8. Springfield’s United Personnel Services sells to Worcester-based Masis Staffing Solutions

      Springfield’s United Personnel Services sells to Worcester-based Masis Staffing Solutions

      Worcester-based Masis Staffing Solutions, which does business in 18 states, has purchased United Personnel Services of Springfield. United Personnel’s President Patricia Canavan and Chief Financial Officer Dave Mazzucco will join the Masis executive team, the companies said Tuesday. Canavan, daughter of founders Mary Ellen Scott and the late Jay Canavan, said United has been collaborating with Masis. They’ve helped United recruit for a large client in Chelmsford, and United has helped Masis recruit in Western Massachusetts and in Connecticut.

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    9. Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts honor the late Tim Brennan; seek nominees for Exemplar Award - masslive.com

      Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts honor the late Tim Brennan; seek nominees for Exemplar Award - masslive.com

      Even though Tim Brennan would have wanted to step back from the spotlight, colleagues from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission and Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts have created an award honoring of the man they remember as the “face and voice for the region.”

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    10. Chez Josef, site of proms, luncheons and weddings for 54 years, is for sale

      Chez Josef, site of proms, luncheons and weddings for 54 years, is for sale

      The owners of Chez Josef have put the 54-year-old venue for proms, weddings, luncheons and banquets on the market for $2.5 million, citing a desire to move on to other business opportunities. General manager and current owner Marc Sparks bought Chez Josef in 2012 from the founding Skole family. At the time, he had worked at the venue for 21 years.

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    11. Facemate property in Chicopee to be redeveloped for indoor sports facility, brewery, apartments

      Facemate property in Chicopee to be redeveloped for indoor sports facility, brewery, apartments

      A New York developer has been selected to build a 102-unit apartment building, a multi-sport indoor facility and a brewery and restaurant on a four-acre parcel of land that once was home to the Facemate factory complex. City officials announced on Wednesday that Singing Bridge, LLC. was chosen as the preferred developer for the 4.05-acre site on West Main Street, after a long negotiating process that began in January 2020 when the city requested proposals from developers interested in building on the land.

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    12. Hiring of disabled workers results in lower turnover, higher production for Chicopee distribution company

      Hiring of disabled workers results in lower turnover, higher production for Chicopee distribution company

      Jocelyn Rodriguez hadn’t worked in five years because she suffers from problems with her hands and mental health illnesses, but when she found a job eight months ago at J. Polep she quickly became a star employee. The Springfield resident has been working at the company as a selector — locating and items ordered by convenience stores and packing them for delivery — and has consistently been a top performer in the division.

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    13. People in Business: Jean M Deliso, CFP® named to New York Life’s Chairman’s Council

      People in Business: Jean M Deliso, CFP® named to New York Life’s Chairman’s Council

      Jean M. Deliso, CFP® has been named a member of the 2020 Chairman’s Council of New York Life. Members of the Chairman’s Council rank in the top three percent of New York Life’s elite sales force of more than 12,000 licensed agents in sales achievement. Ms. Deliso has accomplished this level of achievement for nine consecutive years.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    14. People in Business: Darcy Young Appointed to Executive Committee of The Children’s Study Home

      People in Business: Darcy Young Appointed to Executive Committee of The Children’s Study Home

      The Children’s Study Home recently appointed Board of Directors member Darcy (Fortune) Young to its Executive Committee. Ms. Young has been a member of the board since 2018 serving on the Communications Committee. She has consulted on everything from fundraising to digital marketing and, most recently, was part of the board effort to transition to a new executive director for the 155-year old agency.

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    15. Chicopee sets aside $2 million to reduce taxes, $1 million to beef up ‘conservative’ budget - masslive.com

      Chicopee sets aside $2 million to reduce taxes, $1 million to beef up ‘conservative’ budget - masslive.com

      The city will reduce the amount it will ask homeowners and businesses to pay in taxes in the upcoming year by using $2 million from the free cash account.  It will also set aside $1 million from free cash to supplement accounts that were slashed when the budget for this fiscal year was adopted in late June.

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      Mentions: Chicopee
    16. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to announce COVID recovery plan with $115 million in new funding for small businesses, main streets - masslive.com

      Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to announce COVID recovery plan with $115 million in new funding for small businesses, main streets - masslive.com

      Gov. Charlie Baker plans to announce Thursday a $775 million plan to support small businesses and stimulate the state economy, mostly through a mix of existing programs and $115 million in new funding.  The new funding is expected to cover grants to small businesses and Main Streets hit hard by COVID-19, offering resources to small business owners and job seekers who seek training and connections.

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      Mentions: MassDevelopment
    17. Chicopee laser company, 2 Springfield colleges to create research and education facility with $2.5 million state grant

      Chicopee laser company, 2 Springfield colleges to create research and education facility with $2.5 million state grant

      A local business that specializes in creating and supplying high-tech lasers will partner with Westfield New England University to establish a research and development center and strengthen the school’s education program with the help of a $2.5 million state grant.

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    18. Hartford Courant to be printed by The Republican in Springfield

      Hartford Courant to be printed by The Republican in Springfield

      The Hartford Courant announced Monday that its daily newspaper will now be printed by The Republican in Springfield. The Republican’s two presses at 1860 Main St. already produce a number of daily newspapers including the Westfield News, Waterbury Republican, Journal Inquirer and Meriden Record Journal, as well as many weekly publications.

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    19. Economy will hurt for some time, legislators tell West Springfield, Agawam business leaders

      Economy will hurt for some time, legislators tell West Springfield, Agawam business leaders

      When the public health threat of COVID-19 subsides, repairing the economic damage could take several years, legislators told the West of the River Chamber of Commerce on Thursday. In a morning question-and-answer session with chamber members, four local lawmakers said the state will likely depend for years on federal assistance to balance its budget, and may have to reexamine some of its economic regulations, including 2018’s “grand bargain” on paid leave and the minimum wage.

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    20. Former Friendly’s in Forest Park sells for $600K

      Former Friendly’s in Forest Park sells for $600K

      A Norwood real estate company purchased the closed Friendly’s property near Forest Park at the end of September for $600,000 and the boarded-up restaurant is now advertised for lease. The sale is detailed in papers field Sept. 30 at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds and appears to be a part of a portfolio of old Friendly’s locations sold by the chain’s corporate parent. The location is at 65 Sumner Ave.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    21. White Lion begins brewing in Springfield Tower Square (photos)

      White Lion begins brewing in Springfield Tower Square (photos)

      White Lion began brewing beer this week in its new Tower Square location. The space will be a full production brewery, said White Lion Brewing President Ray Berry. It will allow the company to brew, package and distribute beer from Tower Square, 1500 Main St., to accounts across Massachusetts. It also will have a tap room, commercial kitchen and private event room.

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