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    1. Tracking Progress

      Explore BusinessWest (Apr 21 2015)

      Tracking Progress

      Union Station wouldn’t be the first Springfield landmark that Daniel O’Connell’s Sons has constructed — or reconstructed, as the case may be.  Indeed, the company handled the massive rehabilitation of the of the Memorial Bridge in the early ’90s, and it also handled the $60 million initiative to build a new federal courthouse on State Street, a three-year project that was completed in 2008. Aquadro served as project manager for the federal courthouse work, as he did for construction of the new, $80 million Taunton Trial Court, his most recent major assignment, and another endeavor that stretched through ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Amtrak   Springfield

    2. Anticipation Builds for 40 Under Forty Reveal, June 18 Gala | BusinessWest

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      Anticipation Builds for 40 Under Forty Reveal, June 18 Gala | BusinessWest

      The ninth annual 40 Under Forty award program, staged by BusinessWest, will be held at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House the evening of June 18.  The event honors the region’s most accomplished and civic-minded professionals under age 40, and this year’s class will be revealed and profiled in next week’s April 20 issue. This year’s winners represent virtually every sector of the economy — from financial services to manufacturing; retail to healthcare; technology to nonprofit management; education to law. They also show the seemingly innumerable ways people can give back to the community.

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    3. Florence Bank Names Henry Downey VP of Commercial Lending | BusinessWest

      Explore BusinessWest (Apr 14 2015)

      Florence Bank, a mutually owned savings bank serving the Pioneer Valley through nine branch locations, announced the appointment of Henry Downey to the position of vice-president of Commercial Lending.  Downey comes to Florence Bank with more than a decade’s banking experience, most recently at Chicopee Savings Bank, where he served as senior vice president and team leader in the Commercial Lending department. His duties there included managing a commercial-lending team and an extensive loan portfolio. His experience also includes serving as assistant vice president and commercial and loan officer at TD Bank in Springfield, and as an analyst at ...

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      Mentions:   TD Bank   Springfield   Chicopee

    4. Anne Paradis Honored as PWC Woman of the Year

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      Anne Paradis Honored as PWC Woman of the Year

      The Professional Women’s Chamber (PWC) has announced that Anne Paradis, chief executive officer for MicroTek Inc. in Chicopee, has been named the PWC 2015 Woman of the Year.  The award, given annually since 1954, is presented to a woman in the Western Mass. area who exemplifies outstanding leadership, professional accomplishment, and service to the community. A celebration in Paradis’s honor will be held on Tuesday, May 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Carriage House, Storrowton Tavern, 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield.  “We are thrilled with this year’s honoree — a truly inspiring and accomplished woman like ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   MicroTek

    5. Plain Speaking

      Explore BusinessWest (Apr 7 2015)

      Plain Speaking

      In her role as a credit analyst for TD Bank, Alicia Raymond spends most all of her time crunching numbers and helping to gauge risk. She’s not often interacting with clients or making presentations.  But with an eye toward the future, she knows that, to advance into commercial lending and one day have her own portfolio of clients, she must build confidence and improve her communication skills.  And those are the primary reasons why, nine months ago, she joined he downtown Springfield chapter of Toastmasters International, an organization that, as the name implies, has 313,000 members in 14 ...

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      Mentions:   TD Bank   MassMutual   Springfield

    6. Community Spotlight: Northampton

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      Community Spotlight: Northampton

      Northampton touts a new initiative called “Pleasant Futures,” which Narkewicz describes as a “community re-visioning process for Pleasant Street,” and a number of public meetings have been held to get input from residents in surrounding neighborhoods about what needs to be done to increase density and expand the downtown area in the neighborhood in a way that is pleasing to everyone.  It kicked off last May and is a collaborative effort between the Office of Planning and Sustainability and the Ward 3 Neighborhood Organization. “The concerns expressed in the meetings focused on pedestrian safety and vibrancy along the corridor,” Narkewicz ...

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      Mentions:   Northampton

    7. Planting Seeds

      Explore BusinessWest (Apr 6 2015)

      Planting Seeds

      “Harold’s vision is for college students to understand that entrepreneurship is not only a viable option, but also a prestigious one,” said Cari Carpenter, director of entrepreneurship initiatives at the Grinspoon Charitable Foundation.  “Over the past 12 years, we have engaged all 14 colleges in the Valley in an endeavor to collaborate to really support students exploring those career options,” she added. “I really think the fact that we have this intercollegiate collaboration, where each college has a faculty-member liaison on campus, and they encourage students to participate in our high-profile events, encourages business creation in the Pioneer Valley.”

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      Mentions:   Greenfield Community College   Greenfield

    8. Quantum Leap

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      Quantum Leap

      Gareth Ross says a pipeline of data scientists, or people who possess skills related to the emerging field, is critical to the future of every company. But he also knows it’s difficult to find, attract, and retain qualified job candidates.  “It’s a very, very specialized area. The analytics involved are very complex and require a doctorate in statistics, computer science, or both,” said Ross, MassMutual’s senior vice president of Data Analytics and Target Markets.  Indeed, studies show there are not enough qualified individuals to analyze, interpret, explain, and make use of the enormous amounts of data spawned ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual

    9. The Next Chapter

      Explore BusinessWest (Apr 1 2015)

      The Next Chapter

      Having been a mayor, Richard Sullivan Jr. understands how city leaders think. But he wants them to broaden their horizons.  “Cities often don’t focus on the importance of regional development,” said Sullivan, the new president of the Western Mass. Economic Development Council (EDC). “I understand the parochialness; every community wants development they think is appropriate for their community first.

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    10. Chamber Leaders Head to Beacon Hill for Business Summit

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      Chamber Leaders Head to Beacon Hill for Business Summit

      Members of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield (ACCGS) will travel to Boston for the annual ACCGS Beacon Hill Summit on Wednesday, April 29. Sponsored by Baystate Health, Comcast, and WWLP-TV22, and presented in partnership with the ACCGS’s member chambers, the largest regional business summit at the State House provides an unencumbered opportunity for business and community leaders to hear from and speak with members of the Baker-Polito administration and members of the local legislative delegation.

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      Mentions:   Comcast   Baystate Health   Springfield

    11. WomenUpFront Accelerates Women Business Owners’ Growth

      Explore BusinessWest (Mar 18 2015)

      WomenUpFront Accelerates Women Business Owners’ Growth

      In support of the growth and success of Pioneer Valley women presidents and the businesses they own, WomenUpFront is launching a new monthly roundtable for women business owners whose annual revenues have passed the $200,000 mark but have not quite reached $1 million. 

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    12. PVPC Receives Award from PolicyLink to Advance Equity Agenda

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      PVPC Receives Award from PolicyLink to Advance Equity Agenda

      PVPC will use the funds to embed transit-equity principles into LiveWell Springfield, and will host local activities to engage, educate, and empower local leaders within communities of color to lift up the Equity Caucus agenda locally and federally. Specifically, PVPC is collaborating with Joseph Krupczynski and the Center for Design Engagement, Natalia Muñoz of Verdant Multicultural Media, and Evelín Aquino to expand the successful capacity-building sessions implemented in 2014 for emerging leaders in Springfield. (For a summary of this work, visit www.pvpc.org/content/new-video-building-skills-equity-and-engagement-planning).

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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Springfield

    13. Hampden Bancorp Stockholders Approve Berkshire Hills Merger | BusinessWest

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      Hampden Bancorp Stockholders Approve Berkshire Hills Merger | BusinessWest

      Hampden Bancorp Inc. announced that its stockholders have voted to approve the previously announced merger of Hampden with Berkshire Hills Bancorp Inc. The companies expect to complete the merger in April 2015, although there can be no assurance that the closing will occur then. Consummation of the merger is subject to approval by state and federal regulatory agencies.  On Nov. 4, Hampden and Berkshire announced that they had entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Berkshire will acquire Hampden and its subsidiary, Hampden Bank, in an all-stock transaction. Under the terms of the merger agreement, each outstanding share of ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    14. Grounds for Optimism

      Explore BusinessWest (Mar 12 2015)

      Grounds for Optimism

      The conference room in the Chemex manufacturing and distribution facility in Chicopee isn’t really serving the company in that capacity at this time — well, not only in that capacity, to be more precise.  Instead, while renovations continue at the plant on Veterans Drive, which the company moved into last summer, it is also acting as both storage area and museum of sorts, with all manner of material related to the famous Chemex coffeemaker — assembled on that site — and its inventor, Peter Schlumbohm.  “He was kind of a mad scientist — he had lots of inventions and lots of ideas,” Eliza ...

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    15. ACCGS April Business@Breakfast to Feature Mayors’ Forum

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      ACCGS April Business@Breakfast to Feature Mayors’ Forum

      The Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield (ACCGS) April Business@Breakfast will feature a Mayors’ Forum as the highlight of the event on Wednesday, April 1 from 7:15 to 9 a.m. at the Delaney House, 3 Country Club Road, Holyoke, sponsored by United Personnel Services.  Dave Madsen, managing editor and primary anchor for abc40, will moderate an informal discussion with West Springfield Mayor Edward Sullivan, Westfield Mayor Daniel Knapik, and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The discussion will provide attendees with an inside look at the personal and professional lives of these elected officials.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   United Personnel Services

    16. Community Spotlight: Chicopee

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      Community Spotlight: Chicopee

      Mayor Richard Kos is taking a multi-pronged approach to economic development in Chicopee.  Rather than focusing strictly on new initiatives, he and other city officials are taking steps to preserve and repair existing infrastructure, while preparing for the future.  “Balance is important. People like to see things that are different, but we also have to take care of what we have,” said Kos, citing a wide variety of projects that will help revitalize the downtown area, promote pride in home ownership, and pave the way for ambitious undertakings on sites once used for military housing, as well as the former ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Chicopee

    17. Sound Business Practices

      Explore BusinessWest (Mar 10 2015)

      Sound Business Practices

      Stanley Kowalski III says filters will soon become obsolete.  “They will never be needed in anything again — during manufacturing, in automobiles, airplanes, furnaces, faucets — anything you can possibly think of,” Kowalski, chairman of the board at Wilbraham-based FloDesign Inc., told BusinessWest, adding that he and his team at FloDesign Sonics, a spinoff venture, are developing technology that will use sound waves for that work.

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      Mentions:   FloDesign Wind Turbine Corp.

    18. EASTEC Coming to Big E May 12-14

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      EASTEC Coming to Big E May 12-14

      EASTEC is recommended for professionals in industries such as aerospace, defense, medical, automotive, commercial machinery, electronics, fabricating, and plastics. The event is nearly sold out, so SME encourages companies to reserve exhibit space before it’s too late. To learn more about EASTEC, view full conference and exhibit details, or register, visit easteconline.com.

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    19. Lou Kornet Achieves Association Executive Certification

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      Lou Kornet Achieves Association Executive Certification

      Lou Kornet, vice president and chief of staff at the Markens Group Inc. (TMG), has been designated as a certified association executive (CAE).  Conferred by the American Society of Association Executives, the certification is the highest professional credential in the association industry. To be designated as a certified association executive, an applicant must have five years experience in nonprofit-organization management, complete a minimum of 100 hours of specialized professional development, pass a stringent examination, and pledge to uphold a code of ethics.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    20. ACCGS Releases Legislative Agenda for 2015

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      ACCGS Releases Legislative Agenda for 2015

      The Affiliated Chamber of Commerce of Greater Springfield (ACCGS) has released its 2015 legislative agenda, addressing the major legislative issues intended to strengthen business competitiveness, lower business costs, and stimulate growth in the Greater Springfield region.  The agenda touches upon key issues in the areas of tax policy, workplace ethics, healthcare, and workforce development. The ACCGS will continue to update the legislative agenda throughout the session so to stay current with the evolving nature of the region. With revenues growing at a 4.5% rate, the chamber will focus on how those revenues are prioritized and spent in the areas ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield

    21. ACCGS Program Explores High-speed Rail from Springfield to Boston

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      ACCGS Program Explores High-speed Rail from Springfield to Boston

      State Sen. Eric Lesser and Tim Brennan, executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC), will discuss Lesser’s recently filed feasibility bill requiring the Mass. Department of Transportation to conduct a study on the viability of high-speed rail access between Springfield and Boston. They will also address the need for this service and how it can positively impact Western Mass. economies.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield

    22. FloDesign Sonics Adds Michael Harsh to Board of Directors

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 25 2015)

      FloDesign Sonics Adds Michael Harsh to Board of Directors

      FloDesign Sonics is currently commercializing its first products — a system to separate and clarify cell culture used in the manufacturing of protein-therapeutic drugs. FloDesign Sonics closed a $10 million Series A round in March 2014. It has also been awarded multiple grants from both the National Science Foundation and National Institute of Health totaling more than $2 million. It has used the proceeds to perform more than 100 trials with leading biopharmaceutical companies while building six prototypes.

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    23. Community Spotlight: Amherst

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      Community Spotlight: Amherst

      Town Manager John Musante says a plan to position downtown Amherst as a center for innovation is gaining momentum.  “One of the keys is to make it an attractive place where people can live, play, and start and grow a business,” he told BusinessWest, adding that the town is doing all it can to redevelop its downtown and strengthen its relationships with UMass Amherst, Amherst College, and Hampshire College.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst College   Hampshire College

    24. Getting the Jobs Done

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 24 2015)

      Getting the Jobs Done

      “The economic imperative for aligning the workforce needs of Massachusetts with the needs of students attending community colleges is powerful and growing. Massachusetts is at a crossroads in its capacity to compete — and the ability of its residents to fully participate in the current economy and the rewards that employment brings. For the Commonwealth to flourish going forward, a high priority must be placed on training the workforce that is needed by the industries that are driving the Massachusetts economy. That responsibility falls squarely on the Commonwealth’s public higher-education system, most predominately the 15 community colleges.”

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Holyoke Community College   MassMutual

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