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    1. I-91 Viaduct Project Will Provide Concrete Benefits

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 24 2017)

      I-91 Viaduct Project Will Provide Concrete Benefits

      In May 2015, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation signed a $148 million contract with the Joint Venture of JF White-Schiavone to overhaul the 1-91 viaduct in Springfield. The project is immense in scope, and although it has inconvenienced drivers, especially during peak hours, it is ahead of schedule and brings concrete benefits for the local economy and area businesses that manufacture or provide products needed for the repair and reconstruction of the 45-year-old section of highway.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Westfield

    2. DevelopSpringfield to Host Celebrate Springfield Dinner Event

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 23 2017)

      DevelopSpringfield to Host Celebrate Springfield Dinner Event

      DevelopSpringfield will host its sixth annual Celebrate Springfield dinner event on Wednesday, March 15 in celebration of Springfield and the many accomplishments the community has achieved over the past year along with exciting new initiatives underway. The event will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. Festivities will include a reception with live music by the Eric Bascom Trio, networking, a cash bar, and hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner and a fun, informative panel conversation and award presentations. Panelists will include Secretary Jay Ash, Executive Office of Housing and Economic ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   MassMutual   MassMutual Center

    3. Bay Path Signs Agreement with WNEU School of Law

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 23 2017)

      Bay Path University and Western New England University’s School of Law recently signed a 3+3 articulation agreement that allows undergraduate students attending Bay Path to apply for admission to the law school and begin their legal education during their senior year. This could shorten the time for students to earn both their bachelor’s and JD degrees from seven years to six years. “We are so proud to offer this opportunity for our students to pursue JD degrees,” said Bay Path Provost Melissa Morriss-Olson. “The 3+3 program not only enhances the strength of the existing partnership between ...

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield

    4. AIC Announces 100% Pass Rate for Occupational Therapy Program

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 23 2017)

      American International College (AIC) announced that its master’s-level occupational therapy pass rate for 2016 is 100%, as designated by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Inc. (NBCOT). NBCOT is a not-for-profit credentialing agency that provides certification for the occupational-therapy profession, setting a world-class standard for certification of occupational-therapy practitioners. It also works with state regulatory authorities and employers, providing information on credentials and professional conduct. NBCOT develops, administers, and continually reviews its certification process based on current and valid standards that provide reliable indicators of competence for the practice of occupational therapy.

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      Mentions:   American International College   Springfield

    5. Tech Foundry Recruits a More Diverse Student Body

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 23 2017)

      Tech Foundry Recruits a More Diverse Student Body

      When it was founded in 2013, Tech Foundry, a program conceived to create a steady pipeline of workers for the IT sector, focused primarily on area high-school students. But research — and experience — revealed that these young people were choosing other destinations (especially area colleges) rather than area technology firms. So today, the classrooms feature a much more diverse group of students.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    6. FHREB Announces One-stop Career Center Service Provider

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 22 2017)

      The Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board (FHREB) announced that the Franklin Hampshire Employment and Training Consortium (FHETC) in Greenfield has been selected to provide one-stop career-center services to Franklin and Hampshire counties and the North Quabbin region for the next four years, through June 2022. The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act requires that resources to serve disadvantaged adults, dislocated workers, and youth through public employment centers be put out to bid every four years. Prospective providers must submit a detailed plan for marketing, recruitment, assessment, training, and placement of job seekers, as well demonstrate solid and successful experience working ...

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      Mentions:   Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc.   Northampton   Greenfield

    7. STCC Offers ‘Fast Track’ Customer-service Training

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 9 2017)

      STCC Offers ‘Fast Track’ Customer-service Training

      Springfield Technical Community College will offer a 16-week “fast track” customer-service certificate training program this spring that is designed to help students develop a range of skills, from interview techniques to job-hunting strategies. The fast track option allows students to earn 24 college credits over two eight-week sessions that begin March 20. They can apply these credits directly to an associate degree in business administration. Four courses are offered per session, and classes are held Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. An STCC fast-track customer-service certificate allows people to become eligible for jobs in a number of different ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    8. Pathlight Fellows to Develop Tech Concepts Through VVM Accelerator

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 8 2017)

      Pathlight Fellows to Develop Tech Concepts Through VVM Accelerator

      As the two entrepreneurs chosen to serve as Pathlight fellows in Valley Venture Mentors’ (VVM) four-month, intensive Accelerator program, Dwight and Landry have the opportunity to develop their new technology, which will best serve people with intellectual disabilities but will also serve the wider population. Pathlight, headquartered in Springfield, has served people with developmental and intellectual disabilities throughout Western Mass. since 1952. Meanwhile, Valley Venture Mentors offers support to business startups. The two nonprofits collaborated on the Pathlight Challenge to encourage entrepreneurs to consider people with disabilities when designing new products. The Pathlight Challenge is supported in part by a ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton   Westfield

    9. Holyoke Medical Center to Unveil New ER This Spring

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 3 2017)

      Holyoke Medical Center to Unveil New ER This Spring

      The numbers alone speak to Holyoke Medical Center’s need for a new Emergency Department, with the current ER designed for 25,000 visits per year but actually logging almost 43,000. But HMC’s new facility, set to open this spring, will do much more than better handle the traffic; it will also call on cutting-edge ideas in design and workflow — not to mention an innovative, dedicated behavioral-health area — to reflect a truly 21st-century vision of emergency care.

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Holyoke Medical Center   Holyoke

    10. SRC Breakfast on March 1 to Present ‘8 Languages of Money’

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 3 2017)

      SRC Breakfast on March 1 to Present ‘8 Languages of Money’

      Liz Dederer, founder of Selling With Service and co-creator of the 8 Languages of Money, will present “Speak Your Value with the 8 Languages of Money” at the Springfield Regional Chamber’s March Business@Breakfast. The breakfast will be held Wednesday, March 1 from 7:15 to 9 a.m. at the Colony Club, Tower Square, 1500 Main St., Springfield. In this lively and engaging presentation, Dederer will share powerful strategies to close the sale through stronger conversations. She will explain what the 8 Languages of Money are, and how people can use them to build relationships and business.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield   Holyoke

    11. Berkshire Bank Foundation Awards Nearly $1.9 Million to Nonprofits

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 3 2017)

      Berkshire Bank Foundation Awards Nearly $1.9 Million to Nonprofits

      Berkshire Bank Foundation announced that it awarded a total of $1,862,265 in grants to nonprofit organizations operating in the bank’s footprint in 2016. The giving represents a 3% increase in contributions compared to 2015. The grants supported a variety of education and community-development initiatives, as well as health and human service and cultural programs. “Our philanthropic investments impacted millions of individuals in 2016, helping to enhance economic opportunities and improve the quality of life for members of our community,” said Lori Gazzillo, vice president and director of the Berkshire Bank Foundation. “We are so pleased to continue ...

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    12. Women’s Fund Announces Innovative Public-private Partnership

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 2 2017)

      Women’s Fund Announces Innovative Public-private Partnership

      The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts is announcing a groundbreaking public-private partnership aimed at driving economic prosperity for young women in Springfield. MassMutual Foundation Inc. — a dedicated corporate foundation established by MassMutual, and a representative from state Treasurer Deb Goldberg’s Office of Economic Empowerment will be available to comment on their commitment to be lead corporate and government partners for the project. The MassMutual Foundation will also announce it is awarding $150,000 to the Women’s Fund to support the launch of an innovative project called the Partnership for Young Women’s Progress: Springfield (YWP). As part ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield

    13. Bay Path to Present ‘Why Mentoring Matters for Success in STEM’

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 2 2017)

      Bay Path to Present ‘Why Mentoring Matters for Success in STEM’

      The Center of Excellence for Women in STEM at Bay Path University will welcome Dr. Becky Wai-Ling Packard to the Women in STEM Speaker Series for a talk and interactive session on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m. at Breck Suite on the university’s Longmeadow campus. Packard is a professor of Psychology and Education at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, where she also directs the Weissman Center for Leadership. She will take a closer look at professional mentoring from both the mentor and mentee perspective during her presentation, “Why Mentoring Matters for Success in STEM.”

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      Mentions:   Mount Holyoke College   Holyoke

    14. Valley Venture Mentors Graduates Manufacturing Cohort

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 1 2017)

      Valley Venture Mentors Graduates Manufacturing Cohort

      This week, Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) celebrated the graduation of participants in its Massachusetts Manufacturing Accelerator. The graduation ceremony took place at VVM World Headquarters at Tower Square in front of a crowd of nearly 100 friends, supporters, and members of the political and business communities. The Manufacturing Accelerator delivered intensive and immersive training sessions to seven small precision manufacturers over four months to help them identify new revenue streams and connect them with new industries and customers.

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Springfield   Valley Venture Mentors

    15. Women’s Fund Names Monica Borgatti Director of Philanthropy

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 1 2017)

      Women’s Fund Names Monica Borgatti Director of Philanthropy

      The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts named experienced fund-raiser Monica Bogatti the foundation’s new director of Philanthropy. Borgatti comes to the Women’s Fund with a strong fund-raising background, including experience creating and coordinating strategic fund-raising plans, special-event planning, and planned-giving campaigns. In addition, she has been a long-time volunteer for the Women’s Fund, serving on several of the organization’s committees, including the grant-making committee, which has awarded more than $3 million since 1997.

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      Mentions:   Easthampton

    16. BHN Awarded $100K Mutual Impact Grant from MassMutual

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 1 2017)

      BHN Awarded $100K Mutual Impact Grant from MassMutual

      Behavioral Health Network Inc. (BHN) has been awarded a $100,000 Mutual Impact Grant by MassMutual through the company’s Mutual Impact community-investment program. BHN will use this grant to bring the Elizabeth Freeman Center’s Money School program model to Springfield. These Mutual Impact funds will offer Money School to survivors of domestic or sexual violence who are also in recovery from addiction. BHN will provide participants with the skills and supports necessary to move out of poverty. Participants will be given individually tailored financial and career mentoring as well as intensive advocacy and support for their addiction recovery ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield

    17. Colleges Respond to Growing Demand for Healthcare Professionals

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 1 2017)

      Colleges Respond to Growing Demand for Healthcare Professionals

      Many students work hard to earn a college degree, then find there are no jobs that match their credentials.  But the demand for people to work in healthcare settings continues to rise, and high-school graduates or individuals seeking a career change are likely to be hired quickly after graduating from a certificate or degree program in any of several fields.  “Each year, we graduate 125 to 150 students from our healthcare programs, and they walk into jobs within months of passing their exams,” said Julia Chevan, dean of Springfield College School of Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Studies. “In the past ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield College   Springfield Technical Community College

    18. United Financial Bancorp Posts Record Earnings in Fourth Quarter

      Explore BusinessWest (Jan 30 2017)

      United Financial Bancorp Posts Record Earnings in Fourth Quarter

      United Financial Bancorp Inc., the holding company for United Bank, announced results for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2016. The company reported net income of $14.6 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, for the quarter, compared to net income for the linked quarter of $14.2 million, or $0.28 per diluted share. The company reported net income of $9.9 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2015. “In the fourth quarter of 2016, the United Financial Bancorp Inc. team delivered record revenue, record earnings per share, and strong loan growth ...

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      Mentions:   United Bank

    19. West of the River Chamber to Host Legislative Breakfast Event Feb. 22

      Explore BusinessWest (Jan 30 2017)

      West of the River Chamber to Host Legislative Breakfast Event Feb. 22

      The West of the River Chamber of Commerce announced its Legislative Breakfast event, which brings members and non-members together for a morning of breakfast and legislative updates. The event will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 7 to 9 a.m. at Springfield Country Club in West Springfield. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with local business people over breakfast, and later will enjoy an informational session, emceed by Anthony Cignoli and presented by a panel of legislators, including State Sens. Don Humason and James Welch, stat Reps. Nicholas Boldyga and Michael Finn, Agawam Mayor Richard Cohen, and ...

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Six Flags New England   Springfield

    20. New HCC President Sees Growth Opportunities for Herself and Her Students

      Explore BusinessWest (Jan 27 2017)

      New HCC President Sees Growth Opportunities for Herself and Her Students

      Christina Royal recently took the helm at Holyoke Community College. She brings with her a phrase, or saying, that she contrived and uses often as she talks about higher education and her approach to it: “it takes a village to raise a student.”  Before accepting the position of provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at Inver Hills Community College just outside the Twin Cities in Minnesota, Christina Royal first turned down an offer to become president of a school in Texas.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield Technical Community College   Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce

    21. VVM Announces 36 Startups Accepted into 2017 Accelerator

      Explore BusinessWest (Jan 26 2017)

      VVM Announces 36 Startups Accepted into 2017 Accelerator

      Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) announced the 2017 Startup Accelerator cohort this week. The 36 startups, chosen from more than 200 applicants received from around the world, represent high-quality, early-stage startups across more than eight industries, including technology, beauty, healthcare, transportation, and publishing. “We are excited by the diversity of industries represented in this cohort,” VVM CEO Liz Roberts said. “We are honored that they are choosing to invest their time in our accelerator. They will get intensive training, mentorship, and resources to take their startups to the next level.” Sixty-five percent of this year’s startups are led by women ...

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   MassMutual   MassMutual Center

    22. Square One Awarded $100,000 Mutual Impact Grant by MassMutual

      Explore BusinessWest (Jan 25 2017)

      Square One Awarded $100,000 Mutual Impact Grant by MassMutual

      Square One has been awarded a $100,000 grant by MassMutual through the company’s Mutual Impact community-investment program. Mutual Impact is funded by MassMutual employees through the company’s annual employee-giving program and matched by the MassMutual Foundation, a dedicated corporate foundation established by MassMutual. This is the second year that Square One has received a Mutual Impact grant. “We are so incredibly grateful to the MassMutual team for their belief in our mission and long-standing, generous support for our work,” said Kristine Allard, chief development & communications officer for Square One. “The funds we receive through this grant will ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield

    23. Dress for Success Names Margaret Tantiallo Executive Director

      Explore BusinessWest (Jan 24 2017)

      Dress for Success Names Margaret Tantiallo Executive Director

      For the first time since the organization was founded in 2005, Dress for Success of Western Massachusetts will have a full-time executive director to lead the organization and expand its impact in the region. Margaret Tantiallo brings more than 20 years of experience and proven success in nonprofit management. Her past employment includes a senior leadership position for a nonprofit organization with more than 65,000 members and an $11 million budget. She is experienced in strategic planning, philanthropy, governance, board relations, and program management. “We are beyond thrilled to welcome Margaret to the Dress for Success team,” said Dawn ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield College   Springfield

    24. Tickets Available for Difference Makers Celebration on March 30

      Explore BusinessWest (Jan 24 2017)

      Plenty of good seats are available for the ninth annual Difference Makers award program, staged by BusinessWest, to be held on Thursday, March 30 at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House in Holyoke. The winners, profiled in the Jan. 23 issue and at businesswest.com, are the Community Colleges of Western Mass. (Berkshire Community College, Greenfield Community College, Holyoke Community College, and
Springfield Technical Community College); Friends of the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round; Denis Gagnon Sr., president and CEO of Excel Dryer Inc.; Junior Achievement of Western Mass.; and Joan Kagan, president and CEO of Square One.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Greenfield Community College   Springfield

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