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    1. Mass. Gaming Commission awards grants to 2 Springfield organizations to promote small business growth | masslive.com

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      Mass. Gaming Commission awards grants to 2 Springfield organizations to promote small business growth | masslive.com

      The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has awarded a $20,000 grant to the Association of Black Business and Professionals and a $10,000 grant to the Springfield Regional Chamber to assist small businesses in the city.  Both organizations will partner with the city of Springfield to bring the 'Interise' program to the city, expected to begin in September, 'to assist businesses in growing and ramping up for future opportunities,' according to a news release from the office of Mayor Domenic J. Sarno.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield

    2. MGM Springfield awards parking garage contract to New York firm along with Fontaine Bros. of WMass | masslive.com

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      MGM Springfield awards parking garage contract to New York firm along with Fontaine Bros. of WMass | masslive.com

      MGM Springfield announced Thursday that it has awarded a contract to Tishman Construction of New York, in partnership with Fontaine Bros. Inc., of Springfield to erect a seven-level parking garage as part of its $950 million casino project. Construction is slated to begin this month, with the new garage providing 3,400 parking spaces for the casino visitors and general public. Construction of the garage at Union and East Columbus Avenue is expected to be completed in approximately 20 months, according to MGM Springfield

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    3. Business leaders: Springfield poised for renaissance, but only if region seizes opportunities | masslive.com

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      Business leaders: Springfield poised for renaissance, but only if region seizes opportunities | masslive.com

      In the next few months, the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts hopes to roll out an integrated public relations campaign touting the region as a good place to live, to work, locate a business and visit on vacation.  The EDC also hopes to soon get a $500,000 Working Cities Grant from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston to train residents for in-demand careers and to get the discouraged people who have dropped out of the labor pool back to work.  It's all designed, said EDC president and CEO Rick Sullivan, to answer the region's demand for ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Boston Fed   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    4. Valley Venture Mentors announces 12 finalists for $250,000 in accelerator funding | masslive.com

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      Valley Venture Mentors announces 12 finalists for $250,000 in accelerator funding | masslive.com

      The companies are of wide-ranging backgrounds, Valley Venture said in a press release. Six are run by women and three by people of color. Five are tech companies and seven make physical products. Nine are from the Pioneer Valley, four are from Springfield and others are considering moving to the city.  And on May 26, Valley Venture -- which runs a mentorship program for local entrepreneurs, and will be a primary tenant of the upcoming Springfield Innovation Center -- will kickstart some of those businesses. A panel of angel investors and venture capitalists will allocate $250,000 in funding to the businesses ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Valley Venture Mentors

    5. Mercedes-Benz dealership in Chicopee moving ahead with Planning Board approvals | masslive.com

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      Mercedes-Benz dealership in Chicopee moving ahead with Planning Board approvals | masslive.com

      Peter Wirth, managing partner of Springfield Automotive Partners Inc., plans to tear down the vacant Plantation Inn and build an $11.8 million, about 35,000 square foot Mercedes-Benz dealership on that property on Burnett Road. Wirth also owns a dealership in New York.  While he initially hoped to close on the sale at the end of February and begin construction in early spring, the complicated nature of the property has delayed both, said John Henry, a civil engineer for BETA Group, Inc. of Springfield which is working on the project.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee

    6. Bank of America branch in downtown Springfield to close | masslive.com

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      Bank of America branch in downtown Springfield to close | masslive.com

      The Bank of America branch in Monarch Place is expected to close this August.
      MassLive obtained a copy of a notice sent to bank clients, saying the branch will shut down on Aug. 16. Branches in West Springfield and on Carew Street will remain open, the notice said.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Bank of America

    7. Farmington Bank commits $5M to small business lending in Western Massachusetts | masslive.com

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      Farmington Bank commits $5M to small business lending in Western Massachusetts | masslive.com

      Farmington Bank has announced the availability of up to $5 million in low-interest rate loans for qualified small businesses in Western Massachusetts.  The program aims to target new and existing small businesses in Springfield, West Springfield and East Longmeadow, according to a news release from the bank.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield

    8. Eversource: Summer may bring a 26 percent drop in WMass electricity rates | masslive.com

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      Eversource: Summer may bring a 26 percent drop in WMass electricity rates | masslive.com

      Eversource said also effective July 1 will be an increase in the rate used to fund statewide energy efficiency programs. The increase of 0.957 cents per kilowatt-hour will add $5.74 to the average monthly bill.  The combined effect of the changes in the supply and energy efficiency charges will result in an overall decrease of $10.57 a month. Total monthly residential bills for 600 kilowatt-hours of electricity will decrease to $112.20 for summer 2016 from $122.77 at this time, or 8.6 percent.

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    9. Friendly's sells retail ice cream and manufacturing, new owner promises to keep Wilbraham factory | masslive.com

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      Friendly's sells retail ice cream and manufacturing, new owner promises to keep Wilbraham factory | masslive.com

      Friendly's Ice Cream announced Monday night that it has sold its retail ice cream and manufacturing business to Dallas, Texas-based Dean Foods Company for $155 million in cash.  Friendly's Ice Cream had $166 million in net sales of ice cream to supermarkets in 2015, Dean Foods said.  Together with its franchisees, Friendly's has system-wide sales of over $500 million, Friendly's said.

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      Mentions:   Friendly's Ice Cream Corporation

    10. MGM Springfield launches online job portal | masslive.com

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      MGM Springfield launches online job portal | masslive.com

      MGM Springfield has launched an online job portal, allowing jobseekers to check how their skills match up with the thousands of positions that will be filled as the casino nears its Fall 2018 opening date.  The portal, viewable here, features listings ranging from card dealers to chefs to financial analysts. About 80 of the more than 100 anticipated job classifications are currently online, said MGM Springfield Director of Training and Workforce Development Marikate Murren.

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    11. Springfield 'Renaissance' business breakfast set | masslive.com

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      Springfield 'Renaissance' business breakfast set | masslive.com

      The Springfield Regional Chamber and the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council will host a panel discussion, 'Creating a Western Massachusetts Renaissance,' from 7:15 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, at the MassMutual Center, 1277 Main St.  The theme will be the state of the Massachusetts economy and how communities across the commonwealth can work together to create a broader and more robust business climate, according to a news release.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    12. Gov. Baker names new team to head 'last mile' broadband project in Western Massachusetts | masslive.com

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      Gov. Baker names new team to head 'last mile' broadband project in Western Massachusetts | masslive.com

      The administration of Gov. Charlie Baker has named a new team to lead the state's Last Mile Broadband Project, an effort to bring high-speed Internet service to dozens of unserved or underserved rural towns in Western Massachusetts.
      According to a May 5 press release from Baker's Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, Peter J. Larkin will serve as special adviser to EOHD and will oversee planning and strategy for the project. Larkin will chair the Board of Directors at MBI, the quasi-public entity at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative.

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    13. Amy Cahillane, Downtown Northampton Association's new executive director, wants to help attract more visitors to city | masslive.com

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      Amy Cahillane, Downtown Northampton Association's new executive director, wants to help attract more visitors to city | masslive.com

      Cahillane, 44, is an attorney specializing in estate and tax law. She is also co-president of the Northampton Education Foundation, and has served on its board since 2011.  Cahillane will be responsible for programming strategy, fundraising initiatives, special events, finances and cultivating community and business partnerships.  She will be paid a salary of $40,000 a year, Wolf said, and will be expected to work about 30 hours a week. Cahillane will have an office at Click Workspace on Market Street.

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    14. Visitors Bureau names Springfield Armory as Howdy Spotlight winner | masslive.com

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      Visitors Bureau names Springfield Armory as Howdy Spotlight winner | masslive.com

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau has chosen the Springfield Armory National Historic Site as the winner of its 2016 Spotlight Award, part of the Howdy Awards for Hospitality Excellence.  The award recognizes individuals or organizations that have made a significant positive contribution to the tourism industry in Western Massachusetts, according to a news release.


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      Mentions:   Springfield   Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau

    15. State Rep. Nick Boldyga talks up tourism, economy with Mass. economic development chief at Six Flags in Agawam | masslive.com

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      State Rep. Nick Boldyga talks up tourism, economy with Mass. economic development chief at Six Flags in Agawam | masslive.com

      Ash said that Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito are focused on drawing more tourists to Massachusetts in general, and to the Pioneer Valley in particular. Six flags is a major regional employer and pays a large amount taxes, making it a valuable asset to Agawam and the commonwealth as a whole, according to Ash.  'Six Flags New England brings tourists and locals to the area, supporting local vendors and economic growth,' Ash said. 'The Baker-Polito administration is committed to working with local and regional officials, including Rep. Boldyga, to leverage unique local assets and drive economic development and job ...

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      Mentions:   Six Flags New England

    16. Massachusetts employer confidence flat in April | masslive.com

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      Massachusetts employer confidence flat in April | masslive.com

      Associated Industries of Massachusetts released its May Business Confidence Index Tuesday. A statewide Business Advocacy group, Associated Industries harvests data from a questionnaire it distributes to member companies each month.
       The Business Confidence Index was 56.2 points on a 1- to 100-point scale, where 50 is neutral. The index has remained above 50 since October 2013.  This 56.2 point reading was 2.9 points below confidence levels of a year ago.

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    17. Westfield and Worcester manufacturing students featured at Mfg4 trade show in Hartford | masslive.com

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      Westfield and Worcester manufacturing students featured at Mfg4 trade show in Hartford | masslive.com

      Manufacturing vocational students from Westfield Technical Academy and from Worcester Technical Academy will get a chance to show off their skills today when they take a featured role at the mammoth Mfg4 manufacturing trade show.  The Mfg4 show returns this week, Tuesday through Thursday at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. The show, expected to draw 200 exhibitors, is a sister show to the Eastec manufacturing show at the Eastern States Exhibition Grounds in West Springfield.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Westfield

    18. Berkshire Bank completes purchase of 44 Business Capital | masslive.com

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      Berkshire Bank completes purchase of 44 Business Capital | masslive.com

      Berkshire Bank has completed its purchase of 44 Business Capital, LLC of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, and Parke Bank of Sewell, New Jersey, under which Berkshire Bank has acquired the business model of 44 Business Capital and certain other assets of Parke Bank's Small Business Administration (SBA) 7(a) loan program operations.  44 Business Capital is now operating as a direct small business lending division of Berkshire Bank reporting up through the Bank's already established Small Business line of business, and originating SBA loans for Berkshire Bank.

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    19. 'Special sauce already here': Top Massachusetts official touts Springfield Innovation Center potential at groundbreaking | masslive.com

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      'Special sauce already here': Top Massachusetts official touts Springfield Innovation Center potential at groundbreaking | masslive.com

      The Springfield Innovation Center now taking shape inside what had been an abandoned building at 270-280 Bridge St. downtown could end up producing the next MassMutual Financial Group or the next Smith & Wesson.  According to Jay Ash, Massachusetts secretary of Housing and Economic Development, that's just some of the potential success the center could breed. Ash spoke Friday at a ceremonial groundbreaking -- in reality they smashed plasterboard with a hammer -- for the Innovation Center facing Steiger Park.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield

    20. Peter Pan bus Lines adds new Hyannis-to-Boston and Logan Airport service | masslive.com

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      Peter Pan bus Lines adds new Hyannis-to-Boston and Logan Airport service | masslive.com

      Peter Pan Bus Lines will add new daily express service for Cape Cod running between Hyannis, Boston and Logan International Airport.  The new bus route starts Monday, May 2.  The bus will originate from the Hyannis Transportation Center. The route will also service the Barnstable and Sagamore park-and-ride lots, which offer free commuter parking.  Peter Pan's website, peterpan.com, advertises fares as low as $8.50 with buses departing Hyannis at 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. The bus is expected to arrive at Logan one hour and 50 ...

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    21. Massachusetts economy grows in first quarter; but some unemployment measures still troubling | masslive.com

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      Massachusetts economy grows in first quarter; but some unemployment measures still troubling | masslive.com

      The real gross domestic product in Massachusetts grew at an annual rate of 2.3 percent in the first quarter of 2016, handily beating the national average.  The national economy grew at an annual rate of of 0.5 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.  MassBenchmarks, a regular study of the state's economy prepared by the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute, indicated Thursday that the the pace of economic growth in Massachusetts picked up in the first three months of 2016 after slowing in the second half of 2015.

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    22. Seen@ the Dress For Success Common Threads 2016 gala | masslive.com

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      Seen@ the Dress For Success Common Threads 2016 gala | masslive.com

      Western Massachusetts Dress For Success's 2016 Common Threads gala brought workplace fashion and inspiring stories to the Carriage House in West Springfield on Thursday, April 28.  Dress For Success, a Springfield-based organization that supplies women with the tools and clothes they need to pursue employment, used the event to honor several alumni from the program, who walked the gala's red carpet in business attire. The night's programing, which was hosted by WWLP's Kait Walsh, also featured short speeches by successful women, including Senator Gale Candaras, MassLive President Allison Werder and Baystate Health's Jennifer Endicott.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Baystate Health   Springfield

    23. Photos: Seen@ 2016 Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Awards ceremony in Holyoke | masslive.com

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      Photos: Seen@ 2016 Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Awards ceremony in Holyoke | masslive.com

      The Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation's Entrepreneurship Initiative honored 78 Pioneer Valley college and university students n Wednesday for their entrepreneurial spirit by launching a business or developing an exceptional business concept. The evening showcased 56 businesses and services as part of the Grinspoon Class of 2016. 

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    24. State labor Sec. Ronald Walker praises Tech Foundry training program | masslive.com

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      State labor Sec. Ronald Walker praises Tech Foundry training program | masslive.com

      Massachusetts Sec. of Labor and Workforce Development Ronald Walker toured the workforce training nonprofit Tech Foundry on Monday and came away impressed, he said.  'I like the model. The model is collaborative. It includes the businesses and the training directly for the jobs available, and the hands on training really makes sense,' Walker said in an interview.  Tech Foundry, a nonprofit that partners with organizations and corporations including Baystate Health, Crocker Communications, the Davis Foundation and the Beveridge Family Foundation, offers job skills training for Western Mass. residents trying to enter the information technology or coding fields. The program graduated ...

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health

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