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    1. Baystate Health Selects Premier Inc. to Support Innovation Center

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 21 2014)

      Baystate Health Selects Premier Inc. to Support Innovation Center

      Baystate Health has been a member of Premier and its predecessor companies for 30 years, leveraging both its performance and supply-chain services. Last fall, the health system deployed PremierConnect Enterprise to quickly and more efficiently access, integrate, and interpret its clinical, financial, and operational data. Seeing the positive results, the Innovation Center signed a separate, multi-year agreement to use PremierConnect Enterprise to integrate payer, provider, and other healthcare data from participating innovators within a structured collaborative environment. By leveraging PremierConnect Enterprise’s platform and unique healthcare-data model, innovators will easily access and manipulate data for testing and scaling new HIT ...

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield

    2. ERC5, ACCGS Team Up for Millfest After 5

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      ERC5, ACCGS Team Up for Millfest After 5

      Ludlow Mills on State Street in Ludlow will be the site of Millfest, the first After 5 of the chamber season, on Sept. 10 from 5 p.m. to dusk. The event will be presented by the East of the River Five Town Chamber of Commerce (ERC5), an affiliate of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield (ACCGS), in partnership with the ACCGS. The rain date is Sept. 11.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield

    3. A New Reality?

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      A New Reality?

      Andre Mayer says business owners who are still waiting for what would be considered a real economic recovery should probably stop waiting.  That’s because, in his view, this is about as real as it’s going to get.  “At this point, we’re really past the recovery phase; the recession ended five years ago,” said Mayer, senior vice president for communications and research at Associated Industries of Massachusetts. “We never had the recovery we were hoping for and expecting — that big burst of growth where GDP goes up quickly and rejoins the prior trend line. It never happened.”  And ...

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts

    4. Communty Spotlight: Westfield

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      Communty Spotlight: Westfield

      This summer, Westfield was ranked as a “City on the Rise” and one of the “Best Cities to Live in Massachusetts” on different websites. Officials are pleased by the accolades, and believe they reflect a number of dramatic changes that are attracting people to its shops, restaurants, and year-round events.  “It’s an exciting time for us due to new developments at the airport and the continued growth and revitalization of our downtown,” said Peter Miller, the city’s director of Community Development, who noted everything from a number of new restaurants in the central business district to a growth ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   General Dynamics   Westfield State University

    5. Center of Attention

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 13 2014)

      Center of Attention

      William Dávila wasn’t looking to leave Springfield’s Gandara Center. In fact, he was quite happy in his role as director of Outpatient Services for the facility, which provides mental-health, substance-abuse, and preventive services for children, adults, and families across Western Mass.  But when he was informed that UMass Amherst was looking for someone to manage the center it was building within Tower Square in downtown Springfield, he saw an opportunity he couldn’t resist.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    6. Facebook Executive to Keynote Bay Path Cybersecurity Summit

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      Facebook Executive to Keynote Bay Path Cybersecurity Summit

      Jennifer Lesser Henley, director of Security Operations for the social-media giant Facebook, will be the keynote speaker at Bay Path University’s second annual Cybersecurity Summit, “Security: Changing the Game,” on Sept. 5 in the Blake Student Commons. Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m., with the lecture immediately following at 8 a.m. The conference will address security in the world of social media and how everyone plays a role in keeping people safe and making the Internet a more secure place — and, particularly, how Facebook, the acknowledged game changer in social media, is approaching the new world of ...

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    7. Jeffrey LaValley Joins Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity | BusinessWest

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      Jeffrey LaValley Joins Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity | BusinessWest

      LaValley’s primary responsibility is the development and execution of strategies to increase awareness and financial support of the affiliate’s mission. LaValley will play a pivotal role in implanting the organization’s capacity-building efforts, specifically the 30 in 3 campaign, the affiliate’s vision to serve 30 families in three years. He also will oversee Habitat’s annual resource-development plan, including outreach efforts to foster a positive identity for the affiliate in the community.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    8. Fallon Health Appoints
 Jack Dill to Board of Directors

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 7 2014)

      Fallon Health Appoints
 Jack Dill to Board of Directors

      Fallon Health, a nationally recognized healthcare-services organization, announced the appointment of B. John “Jack” Dill to its board of directors. Dill is president and CEO of Colebrook Realty Services Inc., a privately owned, full-service commercial real-estate firm headquartered in Springfield. Dill oversees commercial real-estate development, management, finance, brokerage, and consulting. Prior to this role, Dill was executive vice president of SIS Bancorp and SIS Bank (now TD Bank).

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    9. Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Seeks to Fund Projects | BusinessWest

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      Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Seeks to Fund Projects | BusinessWest

      The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center announced the launch of the fourth round of an open solicitation for life-sciences-related capital projects. The solicitation covers capital projects for academic/research institutions (including two- and four-year colleges), business incubators, and other not-for-profit organizations in the Commonwealth.  The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center will invest in high-potential economic-development projects across the state that promise to create jobs and make a significant contribution to the state’s life-sciences ecosystem. The MLSC has allocated up to $35 million in capital dollars for this solicitation.

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    10. Community Spotlight: Hadley | BusinessWest

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      Community Spotlight: Hadley | BusinessWest

      The town of Hadley has always strived to achieve a balance between open land, agricultural enterprise, and retail business. But over the past year, special efforts have been made to enhance commercial opportunity along the 13-mile stretch of Route 9 that runs through the town. The effort includes proactive measures, partnerships, and infrastructure improvements.  “We admire and respect people who are trying to establish and maintain a business. It’s a very difficult thing to do and takes a lot of sacrifice,” said Town Administrator David Nixon. He added that building lots are available on Route 9 and the town ...

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    11. Vision Quest | BusinessWest

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 30 2014)

      Vision Quest | BusinessWest

      This would be a comprehensive conversion of the former Country Squire Furniture Shop on Main Street in Agawam into a home for a host of small, and complementary, businesses — a project that is far from complete, but has advanced to the point where Gourde feels comfortable spending much more time at Cooper’s, which is located directly behind the landmark named after Ensign Thomas Cooper, the Civil War naval hero who once lived there.  Only a few small spaces in the 14,000-square-foot building on Main Street in Agawam are not occupied, and plans are emerging for those rooms as ...

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    12. Promising Venture | BusinessWest

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      Promising Venture | BusinessWest

      In addition, MassMutual will invest more than $1.5 million over the next three years in a startup accelerator managed by Valley Venture Mentors (VVM), an entrepreneur-mentoring network based in Springfield. The first class of the accelerator will feature 30 startups to be selected through a competitive application process later this summer. DevelopSpringfield, a nonprofit dedicated to revitalizing the city, has been tasked with building out the physical location for the accelerator in the Tower Square building downtown.  “We’re building off a mentorship program that we’ve been running now for three and a half years,” said Scott Foster ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Nick Fyntrilakis

    13. Drawing on Experience | BusinessWest

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      Drawing on Experience | BusinessWest

      Raf Anzovin, president of Northampton-based Anzovin Studio, has discovered that success in the animation industry comes to those who push their businesses to the edge — the cutting edge of technology.  Dedicated to supplying an array of services to clients while regularly improving the tools with which they create their products, the Anzovin Studio staff has mastered an ingenious two-pronged approach. Even when business is thriving, the company challenges itself to refine its practices and streamline its productivity, which serves to benefit both artists and clients.

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      Mentions:   Northampton

    14. Meeting Expectations | BusinessWest

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 18 2014)

      Meeting Expectations | BusinessWest

      The recipe for success at the Hotel Northampton, which hosts about 1,000 meetings and conventions every year, contains ingredients that are difficult to replicate.
      First, there is the old-fashioned historic charm of the hotel itself, which was built in 1927 with great attention to detail and an elegant ballroom designed for formal affairs. Next is the advanced technology available to meeting planners, including state-of-the-art sound systems and audio-visual equipment.  Then there’s a third fundamental — the hotel’s location.  It is set in the heart of Northampton’s thriving downtown, which allows people who attend business retreats, meetings, and ...

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      Mentions:   Smith College   Northampton

    15. Community Spotlight: East Longmeadow | BusinessWest

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      Community Spotlight: East Longmeadow | BusinessWest

      Paul Federici says East Longmeadow has undergone a growth spurt over the past several years, and the trend is continuing.  “The town has been fortunate to have new developments in both our residential and commercial areas,” said the clerk of the Board of Selectmen. “Real estate has picked up tremendously in terms of new construction as well as sales of existing homes, and there has also been a steady increase in commercial growth.”  He attributes the upswing to the availability of property, East Longmeadow’s favorable business climate, and the town’s many amenities. “Businesses and individuals like what we ...

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    16. Change Agent | BusinessWest

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      Change Agent | BusinessWest

      Dena Hall was talking about some of the many things that have changed since she was promoted to Western Mass. regional president at United Bank roughly a month ago. She said her phone calls are being returned more frequently and more promptly now. Meanwhile, she’s taking more calls, including some from people who want to know if the attractive positions that once dominated her business card — senior vice president of marketing and community relations and president of the United Bank Charitable Foundation, are “up for grabs.” They are not — she’ll still have those duties.

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      Mentions:   United Bank

    17. More Investments in the Future | BusinessWest

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      More Investments in the Future | BusinessWest

      he East Columbus Avenue project is the latest — and probably the last, “at least for now” — for the company in Western Mass., said Balise, noting that every dealership in the regional portfolio has been replaced or substantially renovated over the past eight years, with investments totaling more than $30 million.  The project list includes new facilities for Balise Toyota, Balise Lexus, and Balise Honda, all on Riverdale Street in West Springfield; Balise Chevy Buick GMC on West Columbus Avenue in Springfield; and Balise Ford on Boston Road in Wilbraham. Meanwhile, the Balise Mazda facility, also on Riverdale Street, has been ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Balise Motor Sales

    18. Berkshire Bank Provides Grant to MSBDC

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      Berkshire Bank Provides Grant to MSBDC

      Berkshire Bank has announced that its foundation has provided a $1,500 grant to support the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC). The grant funds will go directly to support the MSBDC’s business-advisory services and other programs throughout Western Mass. “Berkshire Bank and its foundation have been long-time supporters of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center,” said Jason Rivera, vice president, Business Banking at Berkshire Bank. “We recognize the vital role the MSBDC plays in assisting small businesses throughout the Commonwealth.”

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      Mentions:   Berkshire Bank   The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center

    19. Bay Path Is Now Officially a University

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      Bay Path Is Now Officially a University

      Bay Path faculty, staff, and students celebrated July 1 as the official first day as a university — and the first women’s university in the Commonwealth. Before a crowd of more than 250 members from the Bay Path community, President Carol Leary said, “we are enthusiastic about becoming Bay Path University, as it more appropriately reflects the complexity, drive, and bold dreams of this institution. Our three campuses have been expanded by a location in downtown Springfield, bringing us back to our roots, that boasts the first online college in the country exclusively for women. Soon, we will have a ...

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      Mentions:   Carol A. Leary

    20. Transit Transformation | BusinessWest

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      Transit Transformation | BusinessWest

      Timothy Brennan calls the return of passenger rail service to the Pioneer Valley a “new frontier.”  That’s a phrase that has been used in other cities across the nation where revitalization has occurred as a result of the introduction or expansion of commuter rail service, which caters to the growing demand among young people and Baby Boomers for housing in downtowns complete with shops, restaurants, entertainment, and a good transportation system. And Brennan, executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, believes it applies here.  Next year, after more than a decade of planning and infrastructure work, Amtrak’s ...

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      Mentions:   Timothy W. Brennan

    21. MassMutual Invests Big in Springfield’s Future

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      MassMutual Invests Big in Springfield’s Future

      At the Western Mass. Developers Conference last Thursday, MassMutual President, CEO, and Chairman Roger Crandall announced that the corporation will be investing $6.5 million in initiatives to assist fledgling businesses in Springfield. This is a major step forward in the ongoing efforts to promote entrepreneurship and job creation in Springfield, and a commitment that could create considerable momentum in a city that needs some. The company announced that it will create a $5 million Springfield Venture Fund (SVF) to invest in high-potential startups in Springfield, and also commit $1.5 million over the next three years to support the ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield

    22. Powerful Statement | BusinessWest

      Explore BusinessWest (Jun 27 2014)

      Powerful Statement | BusinessWest

      When Patrick Quinlan and Bill Stein went about the task of assigning a name to the company they started in 2012 to design, build, and service small wind turbines, they quickly settled on ‘Black Island.’  That phrase may not mean much to most people — Quinlan joked that many who hear it think it has something to do with pirates — but it does resonate with those who know their geography. Or their wind power.  Black Island, so named because of a distinct lack of snow — there is also a White Island nearby that obviously has some — is in the Ross Archipelago ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Greenfield   Clean Energy Center

    23. Local Plastics Manufacturer Pioneering New Technology

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      Local Plastics Manufacturer Pioneering New Technology

      Meredith-Springfield Associates Inc., a plastics manufacturer specializing in extrusion blow molding and injection stretch blow molding, is pioneering the use of new technology to manufacture sustainable plastic packaging for major brands like Mrs. Dash, owned by B&G Foods. “An analysis of the Mrs. Dash packaging process revealed the need to create a more sustainable bottle,” said Mel O’Leary, Jr., president and CEO of Meredith-Springfield. “While sustainable packaging has become a point of interest for manufacturers with regards to environmental benefits, significant cost-savings can also be realized. Sustainable package innovation offered by advanced plastic molding technology minimizes packaging costs ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    24. Baystate Health Appoints Leaders of Regional Community Hospitals | BusinessWest

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      Baystate Health Appoints Leaders of Regional Community Hospitals | BusinessWest

      Baystate Health announced three leadership appointments for its regional community hospitals. Effective July 1, Steven Bradley will succeed Chuck Gijanto as president of Baystate Franklin Medical Center and the Baystate Northern Region. And effective immediately, Dennis Chalke has been named senior vice president of Community Hospitals for Baystate Health, an expansion of his current role as chief financial officer and treasurer, in which he will continue. Dr. M. Shafeeq Ahmed will continue in his role as chief operating officer and chief medical officer for Baystate Mary Lane Hospital, and will also serve as acting president of Baystate Mary Lane Hospital ...

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield

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