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    1. Reorganization Plan Creates Springfield Regional Chamber

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 25 2015)

      Reorganization Plan Creates Springfield Regional Chamber

      Jeff Ciuffreda says the ‘affiliated’ model for chambers is outdated, and the regional concept being proposed is more efficient. As he talked about what amounts to a long-discussed — and in many ways long-overdue — reorganization plan and renaming of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield (ACCGS), Jeff Ciuffreda, president of that organization, used several methods to explain why this move was deemed necessary.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Jeff Ciuffreda   Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield

    2. 2015 Diversity & Inclusion Workshop Set for Sept. 10

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 24 2015)

      2015 Diversity & Inclusion Workshop Set for Sept. 10

      Exploring unconscious bias will be the topic for discussion at the 2015 Diversity & Inclusion Interactive Workshop, sponsored by Baystate Health, to be conducted Sept. 10 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.  Open to the public, participants can select either the morning session from 7:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. or attend a repeated session from 1 to 5:45 p.m.  “At Baystate Health, we understand that diversity and inclusion are a business imperative. In alignment with our business and development goals, and in support of the community, we are pleased to offer hands-on education and best ...

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    3. Harpoon CEO Will Be Keynote Speaker at Expo Breakfast

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 19 2015)

      Harpoon CEO Will Be Keynote Speaker at Expo Breakfast

      The Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield announced today that Dan Kenary, CEO and co-founder of Boston-based Harpoon Brewery, will be the keynote speaker at the chamber’s November breakfast, the lead-off event for the fifth annual Western Mass. Business Expo, produced by BusinessWest and presented by Comcast Business on Nov. 4.

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      Mentions:   Comcast   Springfield   Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield

    4. Davis Educational Foundation Awards Grant to Bay Path University

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 17 2015)

      Bay Path University was awarded a $10,000 presidential grant for a study with the four other private institutions of the Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield on investigating collaborative purchasing to reduce expenses. The grant was received from the Davis Educational Foundation established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Stanton’s retirement as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets Inc.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    5. Thomas Senecal to Succeed Douglas Bowen as PeoplesBank President

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 17 2015)

      Thomas Senecal to Succeed Douglas Bowen as PeoplesBank President

      The PeoplesBank board of directors announced that bank President and CEO Douglas Bowen will retire in July 2016, to be succeeded by Thomas Senecal, currently executive vice president and chief operating officer.  The board’s leadership-succession plan calls for Senecal to become president at the bank’s annual meeting in February 2016. Bowen will become chairman and CEO at that time. Senecal will be named president and CEO in July 2016 upon Bowen’s retirement. During this transition period, Bowen will remain active in his position and the bank’s management and strategy implementation.

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    6. Attendance Surging, the Big E Looks to the Future - BusinessWest

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 12 2015)

      Attendance Surging, the Big E Looks to the Future - BusinessWest

      Since taking over as CEO of the Eastern States Exposition in 2012, Gene Cassidy has overseen record-setting attendance during the 17-day Big E fair and a robust series of year-round events that, together, generate nearly a half-billion dollars in economic impact. But that success is no fluke; it’s a result of year-round work and the ability to plan years down the road. That road will soon bring several challenges, from increased competition for dollars (notably from a Springfield casino) to a very worrisome highway reconstruction. But with a century of history behind it, the Big E seems poised for ...

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    7. Paragus IT Acquires Applied Software Technologies

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 11 2015)

      Paragus IT Acquires Applied Software Technologies

      Paragus IT has continued its pattern of active growth with its first acquisition: West Springfield-based Applied Software Technologies. Prior to the acquisition, AST provided IT services to businesses in the region and beyond for more than 20 years. “We are very happy to welcome the staff and clients of Applied Software Technologies into the Paragus family,” says Paragus CEO Delcie Bean. “They are a great company, and we’re excited that we will be able to give their clients the opportunity to maintain their relationships with the people they know while also having access to the resources we are able ...

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    8. Community Spotlight: Southwick, Mass.

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 11 2015)

      Community Spotlight: Southwick, Mass.

      After 12 years in business, Stephen and Todd Phillips decided it was time to own their own building.  They spent two years looking at sites in Springfield, Agawam, West Springfield, and Windsor, Conn. before they found the perfect location: Southwick Industrial Park.  “We were able to buy 3.1 acres on an industrial building lot for $30,000 per acre, which gave us plenty of room to expand; you can’t touch that price anywhere, and the double whammy was the town’s uniform tax rate. It was a huge incentive to come here,” Stephen said, adding that, prior to ...

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    9. Valley Fest Organizers Raise a Toast to Springfield and the Region

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 11 2015)

      Valley Fest Organizers Raise a Toast to Springfield and the Region

      White Lion will present Valley Fest on Aug. 29 in Court Square in downtown Springfield, expecting to draw some 2,000 beer enthusiasts to sample more than 100 different offerings of beer and hard cider made by more than 50 craft brewing companies from throughout the region — and well beyond.  “This is about the city of Springfield, about the region, but it also revolves around craft beer,”  White Lion is actually the first one of those brewers based in the City of Homes, and Berry hopes the festival — which will also feature culinary fare from local restaurants, live music, and ...

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    10. Healthcare Workforce Partnership Aligns Education, Workplace - BusinessWest

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 11 2015)

      Healthcare Workforce Partnership Aligns Education, Workplace - BusinessWest

      Dramatic changes are expected to take place in the field of healthcare and the way it is delivered over the next five years. But graduates from local colleges should be well prepared to fill the needs of regional employers, thanks to the Healthcare Workforce Partnership of Western Mass., an arm of the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, or REB.  “Our partners come together to think through strategies to respond to ever-changing workforce needs,” said David Cruise, the REB’s president and CEO. “Part of the challenge is to be forward-thinking, innovative, and able to anticipate and balance supply versus ...

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    11. OnBoard Encourages Nonprofits to Take Park in Networking Event

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 7 2015)

      OnBoard Encourages Nonprofits to Take Park in Networking Event

      OnBoard, a Springfield-based nonprofit organization that matches qualified individuals and area boards of directors, is inviting local organizations and businesses to participate or become a sponsor in the “Get On Board!” event in October.  The event, to be held Thursday, Oct. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, will connect local organizations with individuals looking to increase their community involvement.

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    12. Finalists Announced for Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 4 2015)

      Finalists Announced for Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards

      Twenty-one companies from across the state, including three from Western Mass., have been selected as finalists for the 2015 Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards, awarded annually by MassEcon.  These finalists, representing companies from Boston to the Berkshires, will present one-minute elevator pitches describing their growth in the Bay State to a panel of judges and business leaders on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at Nutter McLennen & Fish LLP in Boston.

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    13. Applied Industrial Technologies Acquires Atlantic Fasteners

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 4 2015)

      Applied Industrial Technologies Acquires Atlantic Fasteners

      Cleveland-based Applied Industrial Technologies announced it has acquired Atlantic Fasteners, a distributor of C-class consumables located in Agawam. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. “Atlantic Fasteners provides the market presence, products, and capabilities to further enhance our applied maintenance supplies and solutions (applied MSSSM) offering to a broad array of industrial customers,” said Neil Schrimsher, president and CEO of Applied. “They are an ideal fit with our business strategy and growth plans.”

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    14. REB Receives Grant from PeoplesBank to Support Talk/Read/Succeed

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 3 2015)

      REB Receives Grant from PeoplesBank to Support Talk/Read/Succeed

      The Regional Employment Board of Hampden County (REB) received a $2,500 grant award from PeoplesBank to support the work of the Talk/Read/ Succeed (TRS) program. Talk/Read/Succeed is a place-based holistic program and currently serves 150 low- to moderate-income families at two Springfield Housing Authority (SHA) developments in Springfield. The goal of TRS is to have all children enter kindergarten ready to learn and go on to read proficiently by fourth grade. The $2,500 grant award is part of PeoplesBank’s Community Care Program and will be used to support parent-education programs at the SHA sites ...

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    15. State Economy Expands Robustly in Q2, UMass Journal Reports

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 31 2015)

      State Economy Expands Robustly in Q2, UMass Journal Reports

      Massachusetts real gross domestic product grew at an estimated annual rate of 5.4% in the second quarter of 2015 according to the MassBenchmarks Current Economic Index, released today by MassBenchmarks, the journal of the Massachusetts economy published by the UMass Donahue Institute in collaboration with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. U.S. real gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 2.3%, according to the advance estimate of the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Based on the latest available information, it’s estimated that, in the first quarter of 2015, the state economy expanded at ...

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    16. AIC Puts a Unique Focus on First-generation Students

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 30 2015)

      AIC Puts a Unique Focus on First-generation Students

      AIC has a strategic plan for growth that is focused on three areas, said Maniaci. “Our first goal is to build the demand curve — we need to give parents and students a better reason to come here, give them a reason to borrow money or pay out of pocket for schooling; education is expensive, and they need to know what the return on their investment will be,” he explained, adding that students and their families need to understand that in addition to the fact that college graduates earn $1 million more over their lifetime than non-graduates, valuable lessons result from ...

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    17. Community Spotlight: Agawam Builds on its Family Friendly Character

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 30 2015)

      Community Spotlight: Agawam Builds on its Family Friendly Character

      The fifth-largest Hampden County community in population (neck and neck with West Springfield at around 28,000), Agawam has long endured the image of a town dominated by industrial parks, condos, strip malls, farms, golf courses (there are four of them), and, of course, the largest amusement park in New England. But is is fast becoming known for much more.  Indeed, while Cohen places great value in the town’s fully occupied Agawam Industrial Park, and in the town’s measures to preserve open farm space, his enthusiasm level rises to a new height when he talks about Agawam’s ...

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    18. Hotel on North Is “Putting the Berkshires on the Map” Honoree

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 28 2015)

      Hotel on North Is “Putting the Berkshires on the Map” Honoree

      1Berkshire, the countywide economic development organization, announced today that The Hotel on North project has been chosen as the 2015 “Putting the Berkshires on the Map” honoree in recognition of the substantial contribution it is making to the overall image of the Berkshires. This recognition will be presented at the fifth annual Celebrate the Berkshires event on Sept. 10 at the Stationery Factory in Dalton.  Hotel on North creates a unique modern experience that also pays homage to the building’s historic character. The hotel has been called a game-changer for downtown Pittsfield because of its potential as a catalyst ...

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    19. The Mill District Builds on the Cowls Family’s Legacy

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 28 2015)

      The Mill District Builds on the Cowls Family’s Legacy

      “The vision for the Mill District is for an eats, arts, and entertainment destination, built with respect for our industrial and agricultural past and reflecting that history,” she explained. “This is where history and opportunity meet; it would be a place where you would have unique experiences not found on the Internet, a destination for not just college students, but people of all ages.”  For this issue and its focus on commercial real estate, BusinessWest talked with Jones and Mollye Wolahan, vice president of Real Estate and Commercial Development for W.D. Cowls Inc. about the Mill District and how ...

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    20. Chicopee’s New Development Czar, Mike Vedovelli, Gets Down to Business

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 28 2015)

      Chicopee’s New Development Czar, Mike Vedovelli, Gets Down to Business

      In April, Mike Vedovelli found himself in a place he wasn’t expected to be — the market for a new job. But just as the Baker administration has gone in a new direction with the Mass. Office of Business Development, which Vedovelli served as Western Mass. liaison, he has gone in one as well. He’s the new director of the Community & Economic Development for Chicopee, and believes he’s in the right place at the right time, from a career-challenge perspective. 

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    21. Common Threads

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 20 2015)

      Common Threads

      As the bank celebrates its milestone anniversary this year, it is not marking that number or another figure ($2 billion in assets, which the institution just passed), as much as it is highlighting those traits it still has in common with Skinner, he explained.  “If William Skinner were to look at the bank today, he would see that, in some ways, nothing has changed, and in another way, everything has changed,” said Bowen, now in his 10th year at the helm of the Holyoke-based institution.  Certainly, the figures on the ledger sheet have changed. The bank, which opened on St ...

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    22. Hitting Its Stride

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 17 2015)

      Hitting Its Stride

      As Guy Antonacci remembers things, it was supposed to be just a “facelift.”  That was the term he used to describe what his family, owners of USA Hauling and a number of other business ventures, intended to do with Hampden Country Club when they acquired it at auction in early 2012.  The initial plan was to take a club, opened in 1973 and that was, by most accounts, tired — an adjective that could be applied to the course, clubhouse, and practically every other aspect of the operation — and make it far less so.  They started with the sand traps, eventually ...

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    23. Facing a Talent Crisis

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 14 2015)

      Facing a Talent Crisis

      That means he’s always looking for people like him, who at some point discover a love for computers and information technology and are skilled at it. But finding those people has not been easy.  “Technology encompasses such a vast range of jobs,” he told BusinessWest. “Programmers and coders are a completely separate thing from people who do what we do, providing managed services, managing people’s networks … and that’s totally different from, say, web design.”  By all accounts, opportunities in those fields and many others in the IT realm are only growing. Yet, at the same time, the ...

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    24. Community Spotlight: East Longmeadow

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 14 2015)

      Community Spotlight: East Longmeadow

      East Longmeadow businessman John Maybury, president of Maybury Material Handling, located in the Denslow Road Industrial Park since 1981, echoes Federici’s comments about East Longmeadow’s commercial economy.  “The industrial park is just about completely filled,” said Maybury, “although there still may be a couple of buildable parcels left. The Deer Park industrial area just south of Denslow is also growing nicely, and all of these companies are doing very well. And, of course, we still have the big ones, Hasbro and Lenox, which has invested $60 million in the plant since its purchase by Newell Rubbermaid in 2003 ...

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