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    1. Merger of Coldwell Banker, Goggins, Creates New Dynamic in the Market - BusinessWest

      Merger of Coldwell Banker, Goggins, Creates New Dynamic in the Market - BusinessWest

      Pat Goggins and Brian Megliola say the talks concerning an acquisition and merger of their companies began more than a year ago. They started — and then continued to a successful conclusion — because of similar philosophies and the shared belief that a union made sense on many different levels. The new company, with two divisions based in Northampton, will emerge and “be right at the top of the agencies in this area,” said Goggins.

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    2. Springfield’s Union Station to Host Music Videos on July 4th

      Springfield’s Union Station to Host Music Videos on July 4th

      Springfield Union Station is again hosting a music video of The Star-Spangled Banner sung by local talent Vanessa Ford, who is known as “The Songstress of Springfield.” Also this 4th of July, is a music video by Kayla Staley, a student at the Springfield Conservatory of the Arts. Staley performs America the Beautiful in her video, which also includes interior drone video of historic Springfield Union Station.

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    3. Amherst BID Announces 2022 Friday Summer Music on The Common

      Amherst BID Announces 2022 Friday Summer Music on The Common

      The Amherst Business Improvement District has announced the lineup for the second annual Friday Night Summer Concert Series on the South Common. The series is sponsored by Encharter Insurance. On July 22, the BID presents local artists Dawn Lepere and Jeff Starns opening for blues singer-songwriter Eric Lee (LINK). On July 29, UMass will return to the Common for the second year of Jazz in July in downtown Amherst, an event featuring UMass staff, students, and a couple of ‘ringers.’ On August 5, the Grammy-winning Children’s performer MISTER G will take the stage before The Soul Magnets appear. Wrapping ...

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    4. State Maintains R&D Leadership, Says New Innovation Economy Index

      State Maintains R&D Leadership, Says New Innovation Economy Index

      The echoes of the COVID-19 global health crisis were apparent in the latest edition of The Index of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy, a report that tracks the strength of the Commonwealth’s tech and innovation sectors. Even with net job losses in nine of 11 key tech sectors in 2020, the Massachusetts tech and innovation economy continued to be a top state in terms of total R&D investment ($36 billion in 2018, second only to California), record venture capital investment ($15.8 billion in 2020), and increased investment in higher education per student (up 29.4% since 2015 ...

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    5. BusinessTalk with Diana Szynal, the incoming president of the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce

      BusinessTalk with Diana Szynal, the incoming president of the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien talks with Diana Szynal, the incoming president of the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce. The two discuss her new appointment, the business scene in Greater and Springfield, and the challenges and opportunities facing chambers of commerce today. It’s all must listening, so join us for BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest in partnership with Living Local and sponsored by PeoplesBank.

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    6. Pare Corporation Opens Facility in Holyoke

      Pare Corporation Opens Facility in Holyoke

      Pare Corporation, a multi-disciplinary engineering firm, recently staged a well-attended grand opening for its facility in Holyoke, its third office in the Northeast. “The Pioneer Valley is very community-focused and I appreciate the warm welcome the leaders of the Holyoke community have given us,” said Pare Vice President David Loring. “Because Holyoke is a hub point to the region, it is a perfect location for our new office. We look forward to meeting additional members of the community now that the office is open.”

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    7. New Report Predicts Drop in College-educated Workers

      New Report Predicts Drop in College-educated Workers

      MassINC’s latest report, ‘Sizing Up Massachusetts’ Looming Skilled-Worker Shortage,’ projects the state’s working-age, college-educated labor force will decline by approximately 10% from current levels, creating a larger decrease than expected. “There are simply no more college-educated workers to come by,” said Ben Forman, MassINC’s research director. “Each year we’ll have fewer than the previous, unless Massachusetts does a far better job helping students through higher education and building housing that they can afford.”

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    8. East Longmeadow Continues Pattern of Growth

      East Longmeadow Continues Pattern of Growth

      Roughly 60 years ago, McGill Hose and Coupling opened on Benton Drive in East Longmeadow. About six months ago, it moved into a new building around the corner on Industrial Drive that is more than double the size of its old location. McGill is a custom fabricator of hoses and tubes for a wide variety of industries, everything from fuel delivery to food and beverage to pharmaceuticals. In short, any industry that requires hoses and tubing can be served by the company. Alex McGill, vice president at McGill, said the pandemic and supply chain challenges have caused some hiccups, but ...

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    9. BusinessTalk with Anthony Gleason II, president and co-founder of the Gleason-Johndrow Companies

      BusinessTalk with Anthony Gleason II, president and co-founder of the Gleason-Johndrow Companies

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien talks with Anthony Gleason II, president and co-founder of the Gleason-Johndrow Companies and winner of BusinessWest’s Alumni Achievement Award for 2022. The two talk about the phenomenal growth of his company and the many facets of his work within the community.  It’s all must listening, so join us on BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest in partnership with Living Local and sponsored by PeoplesBank.

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    10. EforAll Berkshire County Awards Prizes to Accelerator Companies

      EforAll Berkshire County Awards Prizes to Accelerator Companies

      Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) Berkshire County awarded nearly $10,000 in prizes to the Spring 2022 Business Accelerator Cohort at a recent awards ceremony held on Zoom. The celebration and gala began with remarks from state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, who emphasized the robust public-private partnership that supports EforAll’s regional efforts and lauded the efforts of the 12 businesses that completed the program.

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    11. Baystate Wing Hospital Awards $30,000 in Grants

      Baystate Wing Hospital Awards $30,000 in Grants

      Baystate Wing Hospital has announced an investment of $30,000 in grants to benefit local community-based nonprofit organizations. The grant awards were given to the Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation, the Quaboag Connector to support local transportation in the region, the Ware Fire Department to support Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and paramedic training, and to the Ware Regional Recovery Center to increased access to support and expand knowledge about recovery support services and resources in the region.

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    12. Mercy Medical Celebrates 4th Consecutive ‘A’ Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

      Mercy Medical Celebrates 4th Consecutive ‘A’ Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

      Mercy Medical Center colleagues gathered Thursday to celebrate the hospital’s fourth consecutive “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for spring 2022. This national distinction recognizes Mercy Medical Center’s achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and error in the hospital. Members of Mercy executive leadership team and board of directors congratulated colleagues and medical staff on the achievement.

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    13. 40 Under Forty Gala Set for Tonight

      40 Under Forty Gala Set for Tonight

      BusinessWest will celebrate its 40 Under Forty Class of 2022 tonight at its annual gala at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House. The event will also feature the announcement of the Alumni Achievement Award winner for 2022. The sold-out event begins with a VIP hour at 4 p.m. for invited guests, honorees, and sponsors only. The doors for general admission open at 5:30, and the program begins at 6:30.

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    14. Freedom Credit Union Employee Named One of the Top 5 Credit Union Lenders

      Freedom Credit Union Employee Named One of the Top 5 Credit Union Lenders

      A member of  Freedom Credit Union’s mortgage lending team was recently honored as one of the Top Five Credit Union Lenders in Western Mass. Senior Loan Originator/Sales Manager Lisa Mish was honored by Banker & Tradesman for her work during 2021. Mish was number-four in the categories “Credit Unions Western MA Top Loan Originators by Volume” with $27,654,707 and “Credit Unions Western MA Top Loan Originators by Number of Loans” with 173 loans.

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    15. SSO to Produce Eight Concerts for 2022-23 Season

      SSO to Produce Eight Concerts for 2022-23 Season

      The Springfield Symphony Orchestra (SSO) has announced a 2022-23 season that will include six classical performances and two “pops” concerts. The first concert in the new season will be presented on Saturday, October 22 featuring world-renowned conductor JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. “We are extremely pleased to announce this compelling and dynamic season that will include a remarkable series of conductors who we know will bring joy and beautiful music to concert lovers with a combination of six classical concerts and two pops concerts,” said Interim SSO Director Paul Lambert. “We are pleased and excited by ...

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    16. Plans Announced for Andy Yee Palliative Care Unit

      Plans Announced for Andy Yee Palliative Care Unit

      State and local officials, leaders at Mercy Medical Center, and friends and family of the late Andy Yee gathered at the medical center Tuesday for the announcement of plans to create a palliative care unit that will bear Yee’s name. The unit, which is expected to open before the end of the year, will be located on the fifth floor of Mercy Medical Center and will be overseen by Dr. Philip Glynn, medical director of the Mercy’s Sister Mary Caritas Cancer Center, and Laurie Loiacono, M.D., Chief of Critical Care. The unit will be designed to provide ...

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    17. Our Annual Guide to Summer Activities in Western Mass. - BusinessWest

      Our Annual Guide to Summer Activities in Western Mass. - BusinessWest

      It’s really happening. After a 2020 summer season in which most recreational and cultural venues were shuttered, and a 2021 that made halting progress toward normalcy, with a mix of in-person and virtual offerings, most area attractions are planning a 2022 summer season with few, if any, restrictions, worrying less about COVID this year than the gas prices tourists will be paying to visit them. For those willing to brave the pump, Western Mass. offers a whole lot to do, from live music to theater and dance; from sporting events to Fourth of July festivities; from agricultural fairs to ...

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    18. Link to Libraries, Wellfleet, White Lion to Host Fundraiser

      Link to Libraries, Wellfleet, White Lion to Host Fundraiser

      Link to Libraries, Wellfleet and White Lion Brewing Company announced that they will be hosting a fundraising event at White Lion Brewing Company in Springfield on June 21 at 5 p.m., to toast the official start of summer and to raise much needed funds to purchase books for underserved children and families across the region. There will be food, live music and raffle prizes at the event. Proceeds from the sale of a signature “Cool Cats Shandy,” sponsored by Wellfleet and brewed by White Lion Brewing Company, will be donated to Link to Libraries. “Cool Cats Shandy” will also ...

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    19. As High Season Arrives, Lenox Exudes Energy - BusinessWest

      As High Season Arrives, Lenox Exudes Energy - BusinessWest

      Jennifer Nacht describes the beginning of the summer season in Lenox as a light switch that clicks on to a time of “happy mayhem.”  Unofficially, the season begins after Memorial Day weekend, but Nacht, executive director of the Lenox Chamber of Commerce, noted that the weekends leading up to the holiday were plenty busy, as well. In fact, as early as January she first began to see a vibrant summer on the horizon for Lenox.

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    20. BusinessTalk with Amy Roberts, executive vice president and chief Human Resources officer at PeoplesBank

      BusinessTalk with Amy Roberts, executive vice president and chief Human Resources officer at PeoplesBank

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien talks with Amy Roberts, executive vice president and chief Human Resources officer at PeoplesBank. The two discuss the ongoing workforce crisis and the adjustments area business owners and managers should make if they want stand out in this marketplace and effectively attract and retain talented individuals. Her best advice?  “Meet people where they are.” It’s all must listening, so join us for BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest in partnership with Living Local and sponsored by PeoplesBank.

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    21. Matt Flink Named President of Appleton Corporation

      Matt Flink Named President of Appleton Corporation

      James Sullivan, president of The O’Connell Companies Inc., announced that the board of directors has named Matt Flink president of Appleton Corporation. Flink, who will be based in the firm’s Holyoke office, succeeds Paul Stelzer. Prior to joining Appleton in 2012, Flink worked in the real estate development and construction industry in Colorado and Florida. He has developed management services accounts in the transportation industry, and coordinated projects for The O’Connell Companies real estate portfolio of multi-family and commercial assets.

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    22. United Way of the Franklin & Hampshire Region Presents Awards

      United Way of the Franklin & Hampshire Region Presents Awards

      United Way of the Franklin and Hampshire Region staged its annual meeting last week, offering two awards in partnership with the Daily Hampshire Gazette and three awards from the United Way. The United Way’s Kay Sheehan Spirit of the Community Award was presented to It Takes a Village, a nonprofit in Huntington. The Community Champion Award went to Dr. Martin Wohl, a dentist from Northampton, and the 2022 Workplace Champion Award was presented to Greenfield Savings Bank.

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    23. HNE, PeoplesBank Donate $20,000 to Gardening the Community

      HNE, PeoplesBank Donate $20,000 to Gardening the Community

      PeoplesBank and Health New England have partnered to donate $20,000 to Gardening the Community (GTC) of Springfield. The money will support the non-profit’s urban garden, farm store, youth leadership program, and other programs. The companies’ collaborative donation came about as representatives from each were discussing needs in the Springfield community and the non-profit organizations each supports. Both support GTC and, knowing that more than 15% percent of children in Hampden County are food insecure, the two companies agreed to help.

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    24. HCC Offering Free Manufacturing Training at the End of June

      HCC Offering Free Manufacturing Training at the End of June

      Holyoke Community College is offering a free training program that provides entry-level knowledge and skills for jobs in manufacturing. Classes start June 21 and run through June 30. All classes meet in person from 9 a.m. to noon at HCC’s downtown location, the Picknelly Adult & Family Education Center, above the Holyoke Transportation Center. The program will provide entry-level knowledge and skills for employment in the manufacturing sector in the Holyoke area. Classes are geared for students already employed by area companies or looking to gain entry to the industry.

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