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    1. Across the Generations

      Explore BusinessWest (Sep 29 2014)

      Across the Generations

      Rebecca Caplice laughed when asked whether Greenfield Savings Bank had seen growth of its online and mobile services among younger customers.  “You’d be surprised at the acceptance across the board,” said Caplice, the bank’s president. “My father is 87 years old, and he’s on Facebook and Twitter every day. It’s really not just young people asking for these things; we are all attached to those mobile devices. I can hardly remember what it was like when someone in a group of people had a question, and no one knew the answer. Now we just look it ...

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      Mentions:   Greenfield   Greenfield Savings Bank

    2. UMass Moves Up in Ranking of Public Universities

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      UMass Moves Up in Ranking of Public Universities

      UMass Amherst now ranks among the nation’s top 30 public universities, moving up 10 spots during the past year in the 2015 Best Colleges guide released recently by U.S. News & World Report. There are more than 600 public, four-year colleges in the country, and U.S. News ranks the top 122. The Commonwealth’s flagship campus, led by Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy, earned its highest ranking ever in the prestigious national universities category. Since 2010, when UMass Amherst ranked 52nd among public schools, the university’s standing has steadily improved, reaching 40th last year before advancing to 30th for ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Kumble Subbaswamy

    3. Community Spotlight: South Hadley | BusinessWest

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      Community Spotlight: South Hadley | BusinessWest

      Two years ago, South Hadley won a Communities by Design award from the American Institute of Architects, or AIA. In addition to the accolades, it earned town leaders a visit from a sustainable-design assessment team, which created a revitalization plan for the Falls section of town.  The committee that crafted the winning proposal is called the Rise of the Falls Facilitation Group, and part of its work involves implementing recommendations put forth in the report.  It has been updated with new ideas and adjustments, but the vision of a rebirth of the industrial neighborhood, which had fallen into a state ...

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    4. Big Picture | BusinessWest

      Explore BusinessWest (Sep 23 2014)

      Big Picture | BusinessWest

      There’s an art and science to marketing commercial real estate. In some cases, lots of art.  Take 1350 Main Street, or One Financial Plaza, in downtown Springfield, which was recently branded the MassLive Building after its newest tenant, which is leasing 11,000 square feet of space and paying for the right to emblazon the tower with its logo. MassLive is among several companies and colleges that have recently forged deals at 1350 Main, drawn by its location, its noteworthy art galleries (more on that later), and what Evan Plotkin describes as a palpable “vibe” at the site.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    5. Berkshire Healthcare Communities Earn 20 National Awards | BusinessWest

      Explore BusinessWest (Sep 22 2014)

      Of the select few long-term-care and senior-living providers in Massachusetts recognized this year by National Research Corp. for exceptional customer and employee satisfaction, more than half of the Massachusetts winners are Berkshire Healthcare communities.  “We are very honored to award these exemplary locations of Berkshire Healthcare for their excellent quality of care, resident experiences, and staff engagement, as recognized by their customers and employees,” said Mary Oakes, vice president of Post-Acute at National Research. “Every day, Berkshire Healthcare is making a difference in the lives of residents and caregivers across all facets of the long-term-care and senior-living spectrum to ensure ...

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    6. Attain Therapy + Fitness Open for Business in Westfield

      Explore BusinessWest (Sep 19 2014)

      Attain Therapy + Fitness announced the hiring of Michael Fall, who will act as the facility manager and treating physical therapist at the recently acquired facility at 65 Springfield Road in Westfield.  Fall has been practicing orthopedic physical therapy for more than 30 years. He has owned, built, and subsequently sold two private practices in Connecticut. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Quinnipiac University in 1983, a master’s degree in orthopedic physical therapy in 1992, and his Ph.D. in biomechanics from the University of Connecticut in 2001. In 2013, he was accepted into the prestigious ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Westfield

    7. Caring Health Center to Be Named Richard E. Neal Complex

      Explore BusinessWest (Sep 19 2014)

      Caring Health Center to Be Named Richard E. Neal Complex

      Caring Health Center / Community Health Center (CHC), located at 1049 Main St., will be named the Richard E. Neal Complex at a dedication ceremony to be held on Monday, Sept. 22 at noon.  CHC was just beginning construction on its Main Street location when the building was ravaged by the June 2011 tornado, causing $1.2 million in damages. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal has been instrumental in guiding fund-raising efforts, securing federal appropriations and grants to help CHC complete the project. “Congressman Neal has completely dedicated himself to this cause,” said Tania Barber, president and CEO of Caring Health ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Congressman Richard E. Neal

    8. Scaling Up | BusinessWest

      Explore BusinessWest (Sep 12 2014)

      Scaling Up | BusinessWest

      Elizabeth Barajas-Román says there are a number of reasons why she actively pursued the position of CEO for the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts (WFWM).  For starters, there was the opportunity to work in an attractive, challenging position much closer to her home in Northampton — she had been “commuting” to the nation’s capital for her work with the Pew Charitable Trusts as a campaign manager. There was also the chance to continue what had become a career in what she calls “high-impact philanthropy” (much more on her working definition of that term later).

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      Mentions:   Daily Hampshire Gazette   Greenfield Community College   Northampton

    9. State Unveils One-stop Web Portal for Municipal Grants

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      State Unveils One-stop Web Portal for Municipal Grants

      Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration has unveiled a new web portal for cities and towns to easily identify grant opportunities that could benefit their communities. The Municipal Grant Finder (mass.gov/municipalgrants) is a one-stop web shop for local officials and residents to learn about grant opportunities across state government, regardless of which state agency manages a grant program. The web portal will highlight what resources exist and where to find them, as management of these grants and resources is decentralized among a multitude of state government agencies. The Municipal Grant Finder will help them navigate state government by succinctly ...

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick

    10. Community Spotlight: West Springfield

      Explore BusinessWest (Sep 9 2014)

      Community Spotlight: West Springfield

      Mayor Edward Sullivan says the city of West Springfield has changed its tactics toward economic development, and is moving forward “like a battleship,” which is a significant development.  “In the past, we moved like an aircraft carrier,” he said, meaning more deliberately. “But we are no longer sitting back on our heels. Instead, we have taken a proactive approach and are moving from a passive role to an active role. We’re doing a better job of marketing through our website and collaborations with regional agencies and commercial brokers. Nothing happens overnight, but we’ve laid the groundwork and put ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   West Springfield   Springfield

    11. Women’s Professional Chamber Names Carol Campbell Woman of Year

      Explore BusinessWest (Sep 9 2014)

      Women’s Professional Chamber Names Carol Campbell Woman of Year

      The Professional Women’s Chamber, a division of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield, recently honored Carol Campbell, president of Chicopee Industrial Contractors, as its 2014 Woman of the Year. The annual Woman of the Year Banquet was held at the Castle of Knights in Chicopee. The award is presented to a woman in the Greater Springfield area who exemplifies outstanding leadership, professional accomplishment, and service to the community.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Chicopee

    12. Menck Windows Chairman to Keynote ACCGS Breakfast

      Explore BusinessWest (Sep 5 2014)

      Menck Windows Chairman to Keynote ACCGS Breakfast

      Menck Windows, a joint venture of Menck USA Inc. and Menck Fenster GmbH, of Hamburg, Germany, a 130-year-old, fourth-generation business that provides custom windows and doors in Europe, the Far East, and the U.S., recently opened the doors to its first U.S. manufacturing operation here in Western Mass.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield

    13. Dadanco Opens New Facility in Westfield | BusinessWest

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      Dadanco Opens New Facility in Westfield | BusinessWest

      Dadanco, a manufacturer of commercial hydronic-based heating and cooling products, including active chilled beams, induction units, and induction diffusers, announced the grand opening of its Luxton-Reed Center, with an open house to be held on Sept. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The Luxton-Reed Center is aptly named after two industry pioneers for heating and cooling technologies: professor Russell Luxton of Australia, the co-founder of Dadanco, and John Reed of Westfield, the founder of several hydronic heating companies, including Sterling Residential & Commercial Hydronics, which are divisions of Mestek Inc., the largest manufacturer of finned-tube baseboard radiation ...

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    14. PeoplesBank Offers Support to Women Business Owners

      Explore BusinessWest (Sep 2 2014)

      PeoplesBank Offers Support to Women Business Owners

      In support of the growth and success of women business owners, PeoplesBank is partnering with WomenUpFront to host a monthly, ongoing roundtable for women who have ownership and leadership responsibility and want to grow toward $1 million in annual revenue.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    15. Explosion of Potential

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 29 2014)

      Explosion of Potential

      The good news, Hively noted, is that the innovation district has plenty going for it already, from the neighborhood’s pre-existing geographic assets to economic-development success stories such as the Baystate Innovation Center, a business accelerator that creates an anchor and partner for health technology startups; the entrepreneurial support system of entities like Valley Venture Mentors, Springfield Angels, and River Valley Investors; and Tech Foundry, which acts as a training ground for building career skills and filling job openings.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    16. Advance Welding Relocates to Springfield

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 27 2014)

      Advance Welding Relocates to Springfield

      After more than 36 years of doing business in West Springfield, Advance Welding will relocate to Brookdale Drive in Springfield on Sept. 2. “As our capabilities and customer base continue to grow, this move will improve our ability to process our customers’ work,” said Advance Welding President Christopher Kielb.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield

    17. Filling the Gap | BusinessWest

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 26 2014)

      Filling the Gap | BusinessWest

      Specifically, STCC’s associate-degree program in precision machining doubled in size last September from 40 to 80 students, thanks to a $2 million upgrade of the school’s Smith & Wesson Technology Applications Center. “We have all new CNC machines, computers, high-end computer workstations, and software. We also hired two new faculty members as well as technicians,” said STCC President Ira Rubenzahl, adding that there will be a total of about 250 students in non-credit and for-credit manufacturing-related programs this fall.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    18. What's in a Name? | BusinessWest

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 26 2014)

      What's in a Name? | BusinessWest

      Carol Leary was asked about her institution’s decision to call itself a university, rather than a college, and the reasons behind that move. But before going there, she took a few minutes — actually, more than a few — to chronicle and explain the many times over the past 117 years that the name over the school’s front door has changed.  It began as Bay Path Institute, when it was located in downtown Springfield and focused on training men and women for roles in business and accounting, she noted, adding that it became Bay Path Secretarial School in 1945 after ...

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      Mentions:   Carol A. Leary

    19. State, MassChallenge Launch Government Innovation Competition

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 22 2014)

      MassIT, the Commonwealth’s lead state agency for technology across the executive branch, announced a first-of-its-kind MassIT Government Innovation Competition, with a $50,000 prize for the winning project. MassIT will partner with MassChallenge, a start-up accelerator that supports high-impact, early-stage entrepreneurs, on this initiative. The goal of the MassIT Government Innovation Competition is to provide high-quality startups with incentives to develop innovative solutions that can help the state government meet constituent needs more efficiently and at lower cost to taxpayers. For the first time, the Commonwealth will have access to entrepreneurs focused on improving the constituent-government relationship. The Commonwealth ...

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    20. 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

    21. ERC5, ACCGS Team Up for Millfest After 5

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 15 2014)

      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

    22. A New Reality?

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 13 2014)

      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

    23. Communty Spotlight: Westfield

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 13 2014)

      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

    24. 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

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