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    1. Tech Foundry Named Citizens Bank 
Champion in Action

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 29 2016)

      Tech Foundry Named Citizens Bank 
Champion in Action

      Selected from a pool of more than 130 applicants, Tech Foundry was announced as the recent winner of the 2016 Champions in Action award by Citizens Bank. With the award comes a check for $35,000, as well as other support from Citizens Bank that will enhance the work of Tech Foundry. The award also includes significant exposure from New England Cable News.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    2. New Westfield State Leader Is Focused on Student Success

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 28 2016)

      New Westfield State Leader Is Focused on Student Success

      Ramon Torrecilha took the helm at Westfield State University in late January. Well before he arrived, he understood that the school and its many constituencies were poised to move forward and get to the next level. Since arriving, he’s only become more convinced that the institution is ready to make a positive leap. The challenge ahead is taking the ambitious goals that the school has put down on paper and making them reality.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Westfield State University   Westfield

    3. Community Pride Plays into Hampden’s Growth

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 28 2016)

      Community Pride Plays into Hampden’s Growth

      John Flynn is extremely proud of Hampden — so proud he can’t help talking at length about the close-knit atmosphere he claims pervades every section of town.
      “The word that best describes Hampden is ‘community’; it’s a place where people care about their neighbors,” said the chair of the Board of Selectmen. “I talk to people all the time who tell me they were surprised to find their neighbors went out of their way to meet them and bring them food when they moved to our town. It still happens here because we are all about community.”

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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Palmer

    4. Peter Rosskothen Steps to the Plate — Again

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 27 2016)

      Peter Rosskothen Steps to the Plate — Again

      Peter Rosskothen has compiled a quarter-century-long track record of entrepreneurial energy and daring — all of it in the broad realms of food and hospitality. He says it exists partly out of necessity in this highly competitive market, but also because he’s always looking for ways to do things differently — and better. His latest venture, which he describes as the cutting edge of food retail, is no exception.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Amherst   Northampton

    5. United Way Teams Up with Peter Pan, Six Flags to Stuff the Bus

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 26 2016)

      United Way Teams Up with Peter Pan, Six Flags to Stuff the Bus

      United Way of Pioneer Valley and Peter Pan Bus Lines will launch the annual Stuff the Bus campaign with a press-conference event on Friday, July 29 at 10 a.m. outside the Target store at the Holyoke Mall. The campaign will collect new school supplies from July 29 through Aug. 16. The supplies will be distributed in new backpacks to children who are homeless in Chicopee, Holyoke, Springfield, Westfield, West Springfield, and South Hadley. “Many children in our community facing homelessness don’t have the tools needed to excel in school. We want to make sure that these students begin ...

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      Mentions:   Comcast   West Springfield   Six Flags New England

    6. Advertising Club to Host Networking Event on Connecticut River

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 22 2016)

      Advertising Club to Host Networking Event on Connecticut River

      The Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts invites guests to network on the Connecticut River on the famous Lady Bea on Thursday, August 25, departing from event sponsor Brunelle’s Marina in South Hadley. Guests are invited to sip on a cocktail from the cash bar, enjoy light appetizers, and take in the scenery while mingling with writers, designers, printers, agency staff, photographers, web designers, marketers, and media from Western Mass.

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      Mentions:   Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts

    7. Health New England Appoints Michael Marrone Chief Financial Officer

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 22 2016)

      Health New England Appoints Michael Marrone Chief Financial Officer

      Health New England announced the recent appointment of Michael Marrone as chief financial officer. In this role, he will lead all aspects of financial strategy for the organization, aiming to provide cost-effective healthcare coverage while maintaining high-quality member care. Marrone is also responsible for accounting and financial reporting and also oversees provider operations. He joins Health New England’s executive leadership team and reports directly to President and CEO Maura McCaffrey. “Mike’s broad healthcare-industry experience and financial acumen make him a great asset to the company and a valuable addition to our executive team. We’re thrilled to welcome ...

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield   Health New England

    8. Center for EcoTechnology Marks 40 Years of Green Innovation

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 21 2016)

      Center for EcoTechnology Marks 40 Years of Green Innovation

      From its inception in 1976, the Center for EcoTechnology has always responded to the needs of businesses when it comes to being more energy-efficient and reducing waste. But in many ways, the nonprofit has also been an innovator, introducing green-business concepts years before they would be considered mainstream. At a time when energy supply and climate change remain serious concerns, CET’s leaders believe the pace of change in this field will be even more intense over the next 40 years — and they’re helping to raise the next generation to meet those challenges.

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      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   MassMutual   Stop & Shop

    9. Elms Unveils Its Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 21 2016)

      Elms Unveils Its Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

      Isiah Odunlami is an accountant by trade, currently handling audit and tax work for Springfield-based Moriarty & Primack. He enjoys the work, and, like most in this field, finds the ability to help clients grasp issues and solve specific problems quite rewarding. But while he’s obviously an accomplished ‘numbers guy,’ ‘bean counter,’ or whatever else one chooses to call those in this field, he believes he has other talents — as a leader, role model, and motivator. He’s done a few motivational talks, including some before young people in his hometown of Providence, R.I., and recently pieced together a ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Elms College

    10. An Inspiring Public-private Partnership

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 21 2016)

      An Inspiring Public-private Partnership

      There are a number of intriguing economic-development projects underway across the Pioneer Valley, but perhaps none more compelling — and for a number of reasons — than the initiative taking shape in a building in downtown Holyoke known as the Cubit. There, a public-private partnership on several levels has materialized, bringing to reality an endeavor that will create momentum in realms ranging from job creation to the revitalization of Holyoke’s central business district. The facility being created on the structure’s first and second floors is called the MGM Resorts HCC Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts at Holyoke. That’s ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield   Holyoke

    11. Basketball Hall of Fame to Host Annual Kids Safety Expo on July 30

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 19 2016)

      Basketball Hall of Fame to Host Annual Kids Safety Expo on July 30

      In 2015, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) assisted law enforcement with more than 13,700 cases of missing children. Seeing the worth of increased awareness of the importance of safety for children, businesses throughout the Pioneer Valley have teamed up to produce an educational event.  The eighth annual Kids Safety Expo, slated for Saturday, July 30, will be free and open to the public. Event organizers include Market Mentors, LLC; 94.7 WMAS; Sports Radio 1450 the Hall; and the Masonic Youth Child Identification Program. Additionally, the event will feature complimentary bicycle helmets for the first 500 ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame

    12. Springfield College Professor Talks Entrepreneurship in China

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 18 2016)

      Springfield College Professor Talks Entrepreneurship in China

      Springfield College Professor of Management and U.S. Fulbright grant recipient Robert Fiore recently traveled to China to collaborate with faculty and students at Hong Kong Baptist University in the academic area of entrepreneurship. Fiore assisted in the development of research and curriculum in China’s new initiative mandating the development of entrepreneurial courses to be offered at all universities.  During his visit, Fiore presented his entrepreneurial and international business publications fostering cross-cultural discussions on entrepreneurial issues; research about company formulation, feasibility analysis, and ways to enhance success rates; the U.S. perspective on capital formation; the capital-allocation process; financing ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield College   Springfield

    13. That’s What Drives Continued Growth at Greenfield Savings Bank

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 15 2016)

      That’s What Drives Continued Growth at Greenfield Savings Bank

      Blocking and tackling.  Those are the fundamentals of winning football at any level, or so most coaches would say. But John Howland uses that phrase often as he talks about banking.  He uses it, as those on the gridiron do, in reference to maintaining a keen focus on the basics, the things one has to do right in order to achieve success. And in the case of financial institutions, that list includes some things that most would consider obvious — everything from good customer service to attractive products and services; from having competitive rates on those products to giving back within ...

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Northampton   Greenfield

    14. Commercial Construction Work Steady, but Highly Competitive

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 15 2016)

      Commercial Construction Work Steady, but Highly Competitive

      The building industry has travelled a tough road in its efforts to recover from the Great Recession, with mostly modest improvements in business volume amid ever-mounting competition for available work. But in recent months, the skies have become brighter, and most builders are expressing real optimism that the better times are real and have some staying power.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Smith College   Amherst College

    15. Big E’s 100th Is Cause for Celebration, Reflection

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 14 2016)

      Big E’s 100th Is Cause for Celebration, Reflection

      The Eastern States Exposition turns 100 this year. For organizers of the 17-day fair every fall and a host of other events during the year, planning such a celebration comes easily. But the centennial is in many ways more than a party — it’s an opportunity to reflect on the Big E’s history, its place in the region, and the many challenges that stand in the way of continuing this tradition for the generations to come

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Westfield

    16. Nominations Sought for Springfield Regional Chamber Super 60

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 13 2016)

      Nominations Sought for Springfield Regional Chamber Super 60

      The Springfield Regional Chamber is seeking nominations for its annual Super 60 awards program. Now in its 27th year, the awards program celebrates the success of the fastest-growing privately owned businesses in the region, which continue to make significant contributions to the strength of the regional economy. Each year, the program identifies the top-performing companies in revenue growth and total revenue. Last year, total-revenue winners combined for revenues of more than $1 billion, with only-third of winners exceeding revenues of $30 million. All winners in the revenue-growth category had growth in excess of 20% while one-third experienced growth in excess ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    17. Springfield One of Three Cities to Launch Futurecity Massachusetts

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 12 2016)

      Springfield One of Three Cities to Launch Futurecity Massachusetts

      On Friday, July 15, the Springfield Central Cultural District (SCCD) will be one of three statewide districts to launch Futurecity Massachusetts, a new approach to transforming cities that puts art, culture, and creativity at the center of redevelopment and revitalization. Futurecity Mass is a joint initiative of the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and the Boston Foundation. Futurecity Massachusetts will work with mayors, urban planners, and arts and business leaders in Boston, Worcester, and Springfield on key real-estate projects in state-designated cultural districts in the three cities, targeting areas ready for development and job growth.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield

    18. Union Station Project Chugs Toward Its Destination

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 11 2016)

      Union Station Project Chugs Toward Its Destination

      As he talked about the massive, $88.5 million Union Station redevelopment project, Richard Fairbanks made early and frequent references to its many stages, the critical sequencing of its various components, and the formidable challenge of handling this work while partnering with — and dealing with — a veritable alphabet soup of agencies and stakeholders. They range from CSX, the transportation giant that runs trains through the facility, to the SRA (Springfield Redevelopment Authority), which owns the property, to MassDOT (Mass. Department of Transportation), which is essentially calling most of the shots.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Holyoke

    19. Ludlow Mills Projects Create Added Momentum

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 11 2016)

      Ludlow Mills Projects Create Added Momentum

      Brian Mannix stood at the foot of Ludlow’s new riverwalk behind Ludlow Mills and talked about a future he could clearly picture. “Think of what it would be like to clear away some of this greenery and have a restaurant with seats facing the river and boutique shops with benches outside,” said Mannix, chair of the town’s Board of Selectmen, as he spoke about Ludlow Mills, the projects underway on its campus, and the unlimited potential the property will hold for years to come. Eric Nelson says Mannix’s vision may become reality. “We have one building now ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   HealthSouth   Ludlow Mills

    20. Springfield Regional Chamber Business Leaders to Head to Capitol Hill

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 8 2016)

      Springfield Regional Chamber Business Leaders to Head to Capitol Hill

      The Springfield Regional Chamber will hold its biannual Washington Symposium on September 21-23 hosted by U.S. Rep. Richard Neal.  This popular event brings the region’s business leaders to Washington, D.C. to listen to and question some of the country’s most influential leaders, including members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, top federal policy makers, and members of the Obama Administration in its last months in office.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Congressman Richard E. Neal

    21. AIC, New England Public Radio Announce Partnership

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 5 2016)

      American International College (AIC) and New England Public Radio (NEPR) announced a new partnership intended to benefit students at the college and enhance coverage for NEPR. WAIC 91.9 FM has become the newest station to join the NEPR News Network, providing Hampden County with a 24-hour public-radio news service on the FM dial. New England Public Radio’s programming partners include National Public Radio, American Public Media, and Public Radio International, among others, presenting programs like Morning Edition, Here & Now, All Things Considered, Fresh Air, On Point, and the BBC World Service.

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      Mentions:   American International College   University of Massachusetts   Springfield

    22. Elms College Receives Nearly $300,000 Grant

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 1 2016)

      Elms College Receives Nearly $300,000 Grant

      The College of Our Lady of the Elms has received a grant of $263,817 from the Davis Educational Foundation for the college’s new ASPIRE (Academic Success Program Impacting Retention and Engagement) program. Central to Elms College’s mission is a commitment to ensure educational success for all students, including those who are traditionally underserved. The main goal of ASPIRE is to help all students successfully finish their degrees by offering dedicated resources and support throughout their studies at Elms College. “ASPIRE is designed to provide the most critical resources for a comprehensive approach to student success,” said Joyce ...

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Elms College

    23. Owners, Manager Craft a Business Plan to Enable Thunderbirds to Soar

      Explore BusinessWest (Jun 29 2016)

      Owners, Manager Craft a Business Plan to Enable Thunderbirds to Soar

      Nate Costa had what most people would consider an attractive position with the American Hockey League — with the operative word being had.  As a member of the AHL’s Team Business Services Department, Costa had a broad job description, but essentially he worked with all 30 of the league’s teams to improve revenues and attendance and deploy best practices to help their organizations run more efficiently and profitably. It was a job that took him across the country, to cities ranging from San Diego to Grand Rapids, Mich., to Utica, N.Y., and provided a host of learning opportunities ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield Falcons   Springfield

    24. PVPC Releases Economic Development Strategy

      Explore BusinessWest (Jun 28 2016)

      PVPC Releases Economic Development Strategy

      The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) recently released its 2016 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) annual update, as part of its larger Plan for Progress, a 10-year blueprint for economic development in the region. The CEDS features a description of regional economic development conditions and sets forth goals and objectives for the future, as well as a list of projects seeking the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) Public Works funding in the next year.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

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