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    1. 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

    2. PVPC Receives Award from PolicyLink to Advance Equity Agenda

      Explore BusinessWest (Mar 17 2015)

      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

    3. Hampden Bancorp Stockholders Approve Berkshire Hills Merger | BusinessWest

      Explore BusinessWest (Mar 13 2015)

      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

    4. 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

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

      Explore BusinessWest (Mar 11 2015)

      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

    6. Community Spotlight: Chicopee

      Explore BusinessWest (Mar 11 2015)

      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

    7. 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.

    8. EASTEC Coming to Big E May 12-14

      Explore BusinessWest (Mar 9 2015)

      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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    9. Lou Kornet Achieves Association Executive Certification

      Explore BusinessWest (Mar 3 2015)

      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

    10. ACCGS Releases Legislative Agenda for 2015

      Explore BusinessWest (Mar 2 2015)

      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

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

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 26 2015)

      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

    12. 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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    13. Community Spotlight: Amherst

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 24 2015)

      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

    14. 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

    15. Economic Leaders, Employers, Students Converge for Career Jam

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 20 2015)

      Economic Leaders, Employers, Students Converge for Career Jam

      The region’s premier economic luminaries, employers, and Mount Holyoke students will converge at Mount Holyoke College today, not for a career fair, but for a meeting of the minds.  Among the planned attendees at Career Jam are Suzanne Beck, executive director of the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce; Dianne Doherty, regional director of the Massachusetts Small Business Center; Dawn Creighton, Western Massachusetts director of Associated Industries of Massachusetts; and Lora Wondolowski, executive director of Leadership Pioneer Valley. Employers including Bay Path University, Arise for Social Justice, Peoples Bank, and Paragus Strategic IT will also be represented.

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      Mentions:   Mount Holyoke College   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Northampton

    16. The Spa Opens for Business in Westfield

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 20 2015)

      The Spa Opens for Business in Westfield

      New England Dermatology & Laser Center announced the opening of the Spa, a med spa located at 57 Union St. The new med spa at New England Dermatology & Laser Center boasts a peaceful, rejuvenating atmosphere and a complete menu of services designed to relax and revitalize.  “The Spa provides restorative and nourishing treatments, including your favorite spa services and products, in addition to a complete line of medically supervised esthetic procedures,” said Dr. Stanley Glazer, a board-certified physician with over 40 years experience in dermatology.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    17. HCC, STCC Offer Manufacturing Production Technician Training Program

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 18 2015)

      Holyoke Community College, in collaboration with Springfield Technical Community College, is offering a free manufacturing production technician training program beginning Monday, March 16.  The 10-week, accelerated manufacturing training program is being offered through Training and Workforce Options (TWO), a joint effort between HCC and STCC, with support from Massachusetts Community Colleges and the Workforce Development Transformation Agenda, which is funded through a $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    18. Gaming Face

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 12 2015)

      Gaming Face

      Ask Seth Stratton for his job description, and he’s likely to respond, “which day?”  “I don’t know the answer, and that’s the exciting part of this job,” said Stratton, who was recently named vice president and general counsel for MGM Springfield, making him only the company’s second full-time hire, after President Michael Mathis.  “This is a unique development,” Stratton said of the $800 million resort casino expected to open in 2017. “Western Massachusetts has never seen this type of development, and the statute [legalizing casinos] poses legal questions that haven’t been addressed yet in Massachusetts ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    19. Community Spotlight: Greenfield

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 11 2015)

      Community Spotlight: Greenfield

      Greenfield has a contract with Peregrine Energy Group to develop the innovative initiative, which will not only bring lower-cost electricity to the community, but includes measures to procure it from renewable sources.  “Our price is fixed and is about .0125 per kilowatt hour,” Martin said, adding that the variable rate from Western Mass. Electric was about .014 per kilowatt hour at the time of the interview. “Although it may not seem like much of a difference, it adds up when you factor in millions of kilowatt hours,” he explained.

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      Mentions:   Comcast   Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc.   William Martin

    20. Difference Makers: The Class of 2015 | BusinessWest

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 10 2015)

      Difference Makers: The Class of 2015 | BusinessWest

      While each of the first six classes of Difference Makers was diverse, and effectively showed just how many groups and individuals are worthy of that phrase, the group being honored this year probably sets a new standard.  It includes the region’s only Fortune 100 company, three nonprofit agencies — one committed to fostering and nurturing entrepreneurship, another focused on improving quality of life in Greater Springfield through a host of family-centered events, and the third created to raise funds for childhood cancer facilities in the name of a spirited 11-year-old who succumbed to the disease — and an assembled team of ...

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    21. Stronger Businesses Program Slated for March 20 | BusinessWest

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 4 2015)

      Stronger Businesses Program Slated for March 20 | BusinessWest

      The Stronger Businesses Program will begin on March 20 at the Business Growth Center at Springfield Technology Park. Designed for business owners who are focused on growth and want to take a fresh look at their markets, revenues, and operations, this workshop meets for five mornings over a seven-week period and includes two private technical-assistance sessions, one price for up to three people per company, and peer-mentoring sessions over breakfast.  “It is specifically designed not to be Business 101,” said Karen Utgoff, co-founder and facilitator of the program. “The series emphasizes active learning and immediate application of specific tools and ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    22. Baystate Begins Registration for Mini-Medical School | BusinessWest

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 4 2015)

      Baystate Begins Registration for Mini-Medical School | BusinessWest

      Baystate Medical Center’s Mini-Medical School, which begins its spring session on March 19, will give area residents a reason to come out of hibernation from the long, cold, snowy winter and join others interested in the expanding field of medicine.  Mini-Medical School program is an eight-week health education series featuring a different aspect of medicine each week. Classes this spring will include sessions on various medical topics, such as surgery, emergency medicine, anesthesiology, pathology, and several others. Many of the ‘students,’ who often range in age from 20 to 70, participate due to a general interest in medicine and ...

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    23. Gov. Charlie Baker to Headline Outlook 2015

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 3 2015)

      Gov. Charlie Baker to Headline Outlook 2015

      Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker will give his first major address to the Greater Springfield business community at the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield’s (ACCGS) Outlook 2015 on Friday, Feb. 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the MassMutual Center, 1277 Main St., Springfield. Outlook is the area’s largest legislative event, attracting more than 700 guests and presenting expert speakers on local, state, and federal issues. Area elected officials will also be in attendance to participate in this discussion of front-burner issues. The event is presented by Health New England and sponsored ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield   Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield

    24. AIC to Host Interactive Program on Leadership Skills

      Explore BusinessWest (Jan 29 2015)

      AIC to Host Interactive Program on Leadership Skills

      Leadership is a position, a perspective, and a process. In today’s fast-paced, global environment, leaders need to be equipped with proven tools and techniques for leading their organizations’ teams. Successful leaders are masterful in crafting a vision, building alignment, and championing execution. Research shows there are proven best practices that leaders can develop.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

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