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    1. HCC Campus Center to Launch $43.5 Million Renovation

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      HCC Campus Center to Launch $43.5 Million Renovation

      Holyoke Community College (HCC) is about to embark on a two-year, $43.5 million renovation project that will transform the look, feel, and organization of the campus. The HCC Campus Center is scheduled to close Feb. 3, 2017, and construction will begin soon after. When it reopens in 2019, college officials say, the building will be a place that truly lives up to its name. Originally known as G Building, the sloping, three-story concrete structure sits in the middle of the campus between an intermittent stream choked with invasive plants and the HCC Courtyard. Since it opened in 1980, the ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Holyoke

    2. Elms College President Talks Leadership with Young Professionals

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      Elms College President Talks Leadership with Young Professionals

      Elms College hosted a leadership luncheon for the Young Professional Society (YPS) of Greater Springfield on Dec. 7. The keynote speaker at the event was the college’s president, Mary Reap. In her lecture, Reap discussed the importance of recognizing opportunities, even unexpected or perhaps at-first unwelcome ones, and taking advantage of them to further one’s career goals. She also talked about developing diplomacy and perseverance, banishing self-doubt, and learning from mistakes.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Elms College

    3. Holyoke Medical Center Earns 2016 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award

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      Holyoke Medical Center Earns 2016 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award

      The Leapfrog Group announced that Holyoke Medical Center (HMC) has been named a Top Hospital for the second time in three years. Widely acknowledged as one of the most prestigious distinctions a hospital can receive in the U.S., the recognition showcases HMC’s commitment to patient safety and quality. “It is with great pride Holyoke Medical Center accepts the Top Hospital award for the second time. Being one of only two hospitals in Massachusetts to receive this distinction demonstrates how truly hard our team is focused on providing high-quality care in a safe environment, close to home. I extend ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Medical Center   Holyoke

    4. Dakin Hires Stacey Price as Director of Development and Marketing - BusinessWest

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      Dakin Hires Stacey Price as Director of Development and Marketing - BusinessWest

      Stacey Price has been hired as director of development and marketing at Dakin Humane Society, according to Executive Director Carmine DiCenso.  Price will oversee development and marketing efforts for the organization, which has two adoption centers in Leverett and Springfield, as well as a community spay/neuter clinic at the latter location. She will focus on donor and community relations and pursue strategic partnerships that will enable Dakin to continue to innovate while serving the needs of animals and the people who care for them in Western Mass. and beyond. The organization is 100% self-sustaining.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    5. Dora Robinson to Step Down at United Way of Pioneer Valley

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      Dora Robinson to Step Down at United Way of Pioneer Valley

      United Way of Pioneer Valley (UWPV) announced that the organization’s president and CEO, Dora Robinson, will retire effective June 30, 2017, starting an orderly leadership transition over the next six months. The board of trustees named Jeffrey Ciuffreda as the organization’s interim president and CEO, effective immediately. Robinson will continue to serve UWPV as president emeritus. Robinson’s decision will bring to a close a career of moren than 40 years of nonprofit leadership in the Greater Springfield community, the last seven with UWPV.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Jeff Ciuffreda

    6. Greater Holyoke Chamber Names 2016 Ambassador of the Year

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      Greater Holyoke Chamber Names 2016 Ambassador of the Year

      The Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce gave its 2016 Chamber Ambassador of the Year Award to Katherine Buckley, personal customer service representative at Goss & McLain Insurance. “It is our privilege to honor Katie Buckley for her volunteer efforts on behalf of the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce,” said Kathleen Anderson, chamber president. “We value her enthusiasm, energy, and the support she brings to the chamber ambassador committee. Katie goes over and above her role as an ambassador in welcoming people to our events and networking opportunities.”

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      Mentions:   Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce   Kathleen G. Anderson   Springfield

    7. Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy Thrives in a Shifting Law Landscape

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      Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy Thrives in a Shifting Law Landscape

      When four respected attorneys came together 49 years ago to form Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy, they had solid ideas about where they would focus their practice. But in the decades since, this Springfield-based institution, while still true to its corporate and litigation roots, has become far more nimble, specialized, and adaptable to changes in the legal field driven by regulatory shifts, technological advances, and evolving client needs. In doing so, it has forged one of the region’s true local success stories.

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      Mentions:   American International College   Springfield   Northampton

    8. O’Reilly, Talbot & Okun Associates Finds Cost Efficient Environmental Solutions

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      O’Reilly, Talbot & Okun Associates Finds Cost Efficient Environmental Solutions

      The firm known colloquially as OTO has been involved in most of the major building projects that have taken place across the region in the past few decades — everything from the major addition at Baystate Medical Center to construction of a subway-car manufacturing plant in Springfield’s east end. But much of the company’s work goes unnoticed, because it takes place before the heavy machinery arrives. To say their work is important, though, would be to only, well, scratch the surface.

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      Mentions:   American International College   Smith College   Springfield College

    9. Maureen Sullivan Joins Springfield Regional Chamber Team

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      Maureen Sullivan Joins Springfield Regional Chamber Team

      The Springfield Regional Chamber announced that Maureen Sullivan has been named its director of marketing and communications, effective Dec. 1. Sullivan will be responsible for the strategic direction, development, management, and implementation of all aspects of marketing, public relations, social media, media relations, and communications efforts. She replaces Nancy Creed, who assumed the role of chamber president in August. Sullivan comes to the chamber with extensive marketing and communications experience, most recently as president of the Maureen Sullivan Media Group, an advertising and marketing firm focused on developing branding, marketing strategies, advertising, and event marketing.

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    10. At the Gaudreau Group, Women Have Thrived in Non-traditional Roles

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      At the Gaudreau Group, Women Have Thrived in Non-traditional Roles

      The Gaudreau Group in Wilbraham is like most other insurance and financial service agencies in terms of the products and services it offers to clients. It is different, though, in the fact that an extraordinarily large number of high-level positions have been filled by women. This development wasn’t exactly planned, but then again, it wasn’t really an accident, either.  Jules Gaudreau has been in the financial services field for more than three decades, more than enough time to know that this industry has moved well beyond that old catch-phrase ‘the insurance man.’

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Western New England University   Springfield

    11. SSO Moves Offices to 1441 Main St.

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      SSO Moves Offices to 1441 Main St.

      Now offering its patrons a more convenient location and validated parking, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra has moved its Administrative and Box Offices to 1441 Main St., Springfield and, at the same time, has gained greater visibility and modern, expanded new space.  The SSO invites all subscribers, volunteers and patrons, as well as everyone in the downtown area, to its official Grand Opening of the new space, centrally located across from Tower Square on the ground floor level in the TD Bank Building, on Nov. 29 from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. in the lobby of the TD Bank building ...

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      Mentions:   TD Bank   Springfield   Springfield Symphony Orchestra

    12. Bay Path to Present ‘Work-life Balance for Women in STEM
’ - BusinessWest

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      Bay Path to Present ‘Work-life Balance for Women in STEM
’ - BusinessWest

      Dr. Marlene Belfort, distinguished professor in the Departments of Biological Sciences and Biomedical Sciences, UAlbany, SUNY, will give a free and open-to-the-public presentation describing her STEM research journey over three continents while raising three sons. Work-life Balance for Women in STEM will take place on Nov. 30, at 5:30 p.m., at Bay Path University in Mills Theatre at Carr Hall on the Longmeadow campus.


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    13. Community Foundation Awards Two Tighe & Bond Scholarships

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      Community Foundation Awards Two Tighe & Bond Scholarships

      The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts recently announced the recipients of two Tighe & Bond college scholarship awards. These scholarships honor several of Tighe & Bond’s former leaders and provide support for local college students pursuing engineering degrees. Founded in 1991, the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts administers more than 550 charitable funds, which have been created either by or for the benefit of Pioneer Valley residents. Tighe & Bond established its first memorial scholarship fund in 1996 to honor past President George McDonnell, and in 1999 set up another scholarship to honor past President Edward Bayon. In 2006, the firm established ...

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Westfield   Tighe & Bond

    14. Conference Gives Young Entrepreneurs Resources, Inspiration

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      Conference Gives Young Entrepreneurs Resources, Inspiration

      As the founder of FEAT Socks, Parker Burr sells hundreds of thousands of socks worldwide, and expects to top $2 million in sales next year. But one of his fondest memories is selling his cozy footwear, one pair at a time, from behind a table at an Amherst bus stop.  “The key is to go out and sell something,” he told an audience of young entrepreneurs this month at the 12th annual Grinspoon, Garvey & Young Entrepreneurship Conference. “Everyone wants to know how to get from zero to a hundred million dollars. But don’t be afraid of humble beginnings, because ...

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      Mentions:   American International College   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College

    15. Tessa Murphy-Romboletti Named New SPARK Program Manager

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      Tessa Murphy-Romboletti Named New SPARK Program Manager

      effrey Sullivan, chairman of the Greater Holyoke Chamber Centennial Foundation, announced that Tessa Murphy-Romboletti was chosen to lead the Foundation’s entrepreneurship program, known as SPARK. She was chosen by a committee made up of Holyoke’s entrepreneurial ecosystem partners, including Hilda Roque of Nuestra Raices, Maria Pagan of the Holyoke Public Library, Harry Montalvo of Easthampton Savings Bank, Jeffrey Hayden of Holyoke Community College, board chairman Jeffrey Sullivan, and Kathleen Anderson, president of the Chamber Foundation. “As the new SPARK program manager, Ms. Murphy-Romboletti will oversee the Co-starter Launch Class, develop programming for entrepreneurs and small businesses to help ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Kathleen G. Anderson   Holyoke

    16. TechSpring Succeeds in Connecting Technology with Healthcare

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      TechSpring Succeeds in Connecting Technology with Healthcare

      When TechSpring opened two years ago in downtown Springfield, its leaders knew they were flying blind, at least at first. That’s how uncharted this territory was. But the concept — connecting technology companies, large and small, with the region’s largest health system to solve pressing problems — proved a compelling one, and today, TechSpring has numerous success stories to tell. It’s a conversation, they say, that needs to continue.  Eric Harry says genomics is one of those “sexy” areas of healthcare, and scientists are certainly engaged in exciting work to learn how genes influence disease.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Massachusetts Life Sciences Center   Baystate Health

    17. Federal Grant Will Help STCC Students Achieve STEM Degrees

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      Federal Grant Will Help STCC Students Achieve STEM Degrees

      Arlene Rodriguez says people who apply for a grant of any type need to have a compelling story about why the money is important. The vice president of Academic Affairs at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) knows developing the story is something that takes time, energy, dedication, and great attention to detail, which are all elements that were incorporated into a recent grant application the college submitted to the U.S. Department of Education. The year of work that went into its preparation was well worth it, however, as the story met with unparallelled success: STCC was recently awarded one ...

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      Mentions:   Raytheon   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    18. Bay Path and Its President Take a Lead Role in Homeland Security

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      Bay Path and Its President Take a Lead Role in Homeland Security

      At first, Carol Leary thought the e-mail she received in September was spam, and was wondering why it didn’t go into that particular folder. It was from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), she said, and was essentially an inquiry, with the sender alerting Leary, the long-time president of Bay Path University in Longmeadow, that she had been nominated for a position on the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council, or HSAAC, and asking if she was interested in learning more and possibly serving. This was an acronym that Leary admits she had never heard of — “I didn’t know ...

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      Mentions:   Carol A. Leary

    19. MSBDC’s Samalid Hogan Wants to Cement Relationships

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      MSBDC’s Samalid Hogan Wants to Cement Relationships

      Samalid Hogan takes the reins at the Mass. Small Business Development Center at a time when entrepreneurial energy is high in the region, fueled by the growth of programs aiming to help fledgling ventures succeed. It’s an energy that excites and inspires her in this latest challenge in an intriguing, wide-ranging career. Whenever someone suggests that Samalid Hogan has big shoes to fill — and that’s a common occurrence, to say the least — she’s ready with a witty response.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Springfield

    20. Berkshire Bank Foundation Supports Community Development Corp. - BusinessWest

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      Berkshire Bank Foundation Supports Community Development Corp. - BusinessWest

      The Berkshire Bank Foundation has made a $10,000 donation to the Community Development Corp. (CDC) of South Berkshire in support of the nonprofit’s work in providing affordable housing at 100 Bridge St., Great Barrington. The grant will support the construction of 45 new, safe, highly energy-efficient apartments in the center of town for generations to come, enabling residents to walk to work, shopping, and the adjoining 1.5 acres of public park along the Housatonic River.

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    21. Springfield Regional Chamber Speed Networking Returns Nov. 29

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      Springfield Regional Chamber Speed Networking Returns Nov. 29

      The Springfield Regional Chamber will hold its ever-popular Speed Networking event on Tuesday, Nov. 29 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Colony Club, 1500 Main St., Springfield. The event provides attendees with a quick and entertaining opportunity to introduce themselves and pitch their company to the other attendees. The core concept to speed networking is the ‘elevator speech,’ a short summary of an individual, business, organization, product, or service — a summary that a person could deliver in the time span of a short elevator ride. Attendees will be divided into two groups, seated across from each other ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    22. Country Bank Expands Its Presence in More Ways Than One - BusinessWest

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      Country Bank Expands Its Presence in More Ways Than One - BusinessWest

      Country Bank’s sheer scope in Eastern and Central Mass. — it now boasts 15 branches, almost $1.4 billion in assets, and a loan portfolio approaching $1 billion — positions it among the larger banks in its footprint. But even during a time of financial growth, President Paul Scully is equally committed to growing the bank’s community ties, through an ever-evolving series of initiatives that engage employees, customers, and area residents alike. After all, a bank’s success, he believes, shouldn’t be reflected simply on the bottom line.

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      Mentions:   Palmer   Paul Scully   Country Bank

    23. OMG RhinoBond System Leaving Tracks in Europe

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      OMG RhinoBond System Leaving Tracks in Europe

      OMG’s RhinoBond System, the leading induction-based technology for installing single-ply roofing systems, has left marks across Europe with more than 125 completed projects and many more in the pipeline. Collectively, these projects represent more than 300,000 square meters (3.2 million square feet) of single-ply roofing. “In last two years, the RhinoBond System has really started to take off across Europe, as more roofing contractors have seen the simplicity, labor savings, and superior roof-performance benefits that the system can offer,” said Web Shaffer, vice president of marketing for OMG Roofing Products. “We have completed projects across Europe, and ...

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    24. Greater Holyoke Chamber to Network for a Cause Nov. 16

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      Greater Holyoke Chamber to Network for a Cause Nov. 16

      The Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly networking event on Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Homewood Suites by Hilton on 375 Whitney Ave. in Holyoke. The Holyoke Chamber is hosting a shoe drive at the event to provide Dress for Success Western Massachusetts clients with gently used or new shoes. Handbags, jewelry, and scarves to accessorize interview suits and dresses are also welcome. Donations will help empower area women and inspire them to take charge of their lives. Bring your business cards, bring your gently worn shoes (secured by a rubber band ...

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      Mentions:   Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce   Holyoke

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