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    1. Small Business Administration to hold expo in Holyoke to help merchants beat sluggish economy

      There will be seminars featuring Reginald A. Nunnally, executive director of the Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office; Allan W. Blair, president and chief executive officer of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council; Dianne Fuller Doherty, regional director of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center and Richard Forgay II, chapter chairman for SCORE, a volunteer group that advises start-up business executives.
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    2. Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame scores with earlier enshrinement date

      Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame scores with earlier enshrinement date
      That sentiment is as sweet as a nothing-but-net jumpshot to officials at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and city business leaders who moved the hoop hall’s enshrinement from September to August – when more children are out of school and families are taking their summer vacations.
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    3. Downsizing at Callaway Golf will not cripple economy of Chicopee, city officials say

      Downsizing at Callaway Golf will not cripple economy of Chicopee, city officials say
      It will take time, but Blair said he believes Chicopee will attract other businesses. “Chicopee has done a lot of the right things. It is making major improvements in the infrastructure, the tax rate is under control and it has a pro-business government,” Blair said.
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    4. Experts weigh in on potential economic impact of Holyoke high performance computing center

      Experts weigh in on potential economic impact of Holyoke high performance computing center
      Allan W. Blair, president and chief executive officer of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, said attracting those spin-offs will be challenging because its power can be accessed from afar. But that can be overcome by selling the same assets that lured the center to Holyoke in the first place, especially the city’s abundance of hydroelectric power.
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    5. Study by National Skills Coalition, SkillWorks and the Workforce Solutions Group shows shift toward "middle skill" jobs

      Study by National Skills Coalition, SkillWorks and the Workforce Solutions Group shows shift toward "middle skill" jobs
      The next step is getting people trained to work the machine and making sure there is a pool of potential workers capable of grasping the high-tech skills required to operate an increasingly sophisticated array of machinery in area factories, says Joseph L. Peters, Universal Plastics’ president.
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