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    1. Baystate Health Announces Completion of Noble Acquisition

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      Baystate Health Announces Completion of Noble Acquisition

      The trustees of Baystate Health and Noble Hospital announced that Noble and its affiliated entities are now part of Baystate Health. As of July 1, the hospital will be known as Baystate Noble Hospital and will join Baystate’s team of community hospitals in Greenfield, Palmer, and Ware. Ronald Bryant, currently president and CEO of Noble Hospital, will accept the position of president of Baystate Noble Hospital, in accordance with Baystate Health’s structure for its community-hospital leadership. 

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    2. United Personnel Honored with Champions of Hope Award

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      United Personnel Honored with Champions of Hope Award

      A local, woman-owned business, United Personnel has received various awards throughout its history, including Champions of Hope from United Way, Businesswoman of Distinction Award from Pioneer Valley Girl Scouts, Inner City 100 list by Inc. magazine, list of 500 Fastest-Growing Privately Held Companies in America by Inc. magazine, Super 60/Fabulous 50 Away by the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, and Top 100 Woman-Led Businesses in Massachusetts from Babson College and Commonwealth Institute.

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    3. A Matter of Perspective

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      A Matter of Perspective

      Meehan, who said he essentially put himself on a track for either of those pursuits, eventually became chancellor of UMass Lowell, where, by all accounts, he led a stunning resurgence at the school.  And last month, he was chosen to succeed Robert Caret as president of the entire university system, thus becoming the first UMass undergrad (he earned a degree in education and political science at the Lowell campus) and first chancellor within the five campuses to ascend to the president’s office.

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    4. Community Spotlight: Westfield

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      Community Spotlight: Westfield

      New buildings are under construction, while older ones that sat empty for as long as a decade are being transformed and repurposed. Phase I of the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail is underway, work is being done in the so-called Gaslight District, and other initiatives are becoming a reality.  “Fourteen years ago, Mayor [Richard] Sullivan showed me his plan for the city, and I saw what the future could be,” said Knapik, adding that this action plan and its prospects for becoming reality led him to seek election to the City Council, where he held a seat from 2001 to 2009 ...

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    5. Tighe & Bond Promotes Three Managers to Vice President

      Explore BusinessWest (Jun 29 2015)

      Tighe & Bond Promotes Three Managers to Vice President

      Following the firm’s annual stockholder meeting, Tighe & Bond announced the promotion of three of its veteran managers to vice president: Christopher Bone, Antonio da Cruz, and John McClellan.  Bone, who has 22 years of engineering experience and works out of Tighe & Bond’s Westfield office, joined the firm in 1999. Over the years, he has served as an environmental engineer and project manager for numerous high-profile wastewater and water-resources projects. He has overseen the design of numerous new treatment plants, and also has a history of finding innovative and cost-effective solutions for challenging upgrades at existing facilities. Currently, he ...

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    6. Delcie Bean Wins Continued Excellence Award at 40 Under Forty Gala | BusinessWest

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      Delcie Bean Wins Continued Excellence Award at 40 Under Forty Gala | BusinessWest

      Serial entrepreneur Delcie Bean IV took home BusinessWest’s inaugural Continued Excellence Award at last night’s ninth annual 40 Under Forty gala.  It was yet another honor for the owner of Paragus Strategic IT, who was named BusinessWest’s Top Entrepreneur for 2014. For the Continued Excellence Award, which will be awarded annually to a former 40 Under Forty honoree who has continued to expand his or her business accomplishments and community impact, Bean was among about 40 individuals nominated by their peers and judged by an independent panel.

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    7. Mohawk CEO Joins Neal to Discuss Future of Fine-paper Industry | BusinessWest

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      Mohawk CEO Joins Neal to Discuss Future of Fine-paper Industry | BusinessWest

      Thomas O’Connor Jr., chairman and CEO of Mohawk, will join U.S. Rep. Richard Neal to discuss the future of the fine-paper industry during the New England Paper Cluster’s annual conference today in Springfield.  The New England Paper Cluster, a regional, nonprofit trade association founded by the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, is comprised of New England-based businesses — including paper mills, packaging companies, and printing companies — that work to promote the regional paper industry.

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    8. United Way of Pioneer Valley Honors Community Leaders Today | BusinessWest

      Explore BusinessWest (Jun 17 2015)

      United Way of Pioneer Valley Honors Community Leaders Today | BusinessWest

      United Way of Pioneer Valley will present eight awards to local community leaders during its annual meeting and celebration today, starting at 5:15 p.m. at Chez Josef in Agawam.  The event is hosted by MassMutual Financial Group, Health New England, Excel Dryer, the Springfield Department of Health & Human Services, and Jennifer Endicott. Azell Cavaan, chief communications officer for Springfield Public Schools, and Waleska Lugo-DeJesus, director of the Healing Racism Institute of Pioneer Valley, will serve as emcees.

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    9. Tighe & Bond Acquires New Hampshire-based Waterfront Engineers | BusinessWest

      Explore BusinessWest (Jun 17 2015)

      Tighe & Bond Acquires New Hampshire-based Waterfront Engineers | BusinessWest

      Waterfront Engineers LLC, a New Hampshire-based firm known for providing specialized engineering services for shoreline challenges and waterfront facilities, joined forces this week with Tighe & Bond, a New England leader in engineering and environmental services.  Tighe & Bond acquired Waterfront Engineers to offer its clients additional expertise and targeted solutions for complex and challenging coastal projects. Tighe & Bond’s Portsmouth, N.H. office will serve as the hub for these expanded services.

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    10. State of Urgency | BusinessWest

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      State of Urgency | BusinessWest

      Chris Geehern says he didn’t contrive the phrase (or this particular application of it) — attribution belongs to a Baystate business owner requesting anonymity — but he certainly puts it to work liberally as he talks about the Commonwealth’s innumerable business regulations and the manner in which they are enforced.  “He called it the ‘bad-waiter syndrome,’” Geehern, executive vice president for the Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM), said of the individual in question. “He said doing business in Massachusetts is like going to a restaurant where you really like the food, the atmosphere is terrific, and the dessert and drinks ...

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    11. Greening the Gateway Cities Program Expands to Chicopee, Revere | BusinessWest

      Explore BusinessWest (Jun 16 2015)

      “The Greening the Gateway Cities Program is not only an important tool in our overall urban forestry plan, but will be an engine for job creation and energy sustainability in these communities,” said DCR Commissioner Carol Sanchez. “DCR is proud to continue the long-standing partnership between the Bureau of Forestry and the cities of Chicopee, Revere, Chelsea, Holyoke, and Fall River. With the help of local community and grass-roots organizations, GGCP will pay dividends in these high-density urban communities where green space is needed most.”

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    12. Greater Holyoke Chamber to Celebrate 125 Years of Service

      Explore BusinessWest (Jun 9 2015)

      Greater Holyoke Chamber to Celebrate 125 Years of Service

      The Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, a business association devoted to promoting and improving the region through economic progress, public advocacy, and workforce development, will host an anniversary gala to celebrate 125 years of commitment to growing local prosperity.  The event will take place on Friday, June 19 from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Log Cabin in Holyoke. The celebration will kick off at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour on the patio, featuring a presentation of historic photos and images of the city of Holyoke and the chamber. A cash bar, complimentary guest photos, and music ...

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    13. AIM to Honor Begrowicz, Berkshire Health, SABIC at Centennial

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      AIM to Honor Begrowicz, Berkshire Health, SABIC at Centennial

      Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) will celebrate its 100th anniversary on June 11 by honoring three people and organizations shaping the Berkshire County economy — manufacturing entrepreneur Patricia Begrowicz, Berkshire Health Systems, and SABIC Innovative Plastics.  The largest employer association in Massachusetts will present three Next Century awards during a centennial reception at the Crane Model Farm in Dalton from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts

    14. Growth Opportunities

      Explore BusinessWest (Jun 3 2015)

      Growth Opportunities

      Joe Shoenfeld calls it “an attitudinal shift.”  That’s how he chose to describe a movement, for lack of a better term, that has made terms like ‘fresh,’ ‘healthy,’ ‘organic,’ ‘sustainable,’ and especially ‘local’ not just adjectives that dominate the lexicon — and also the marketing materials — of those who grow, sell, and prepare food, but also part of this region’s culture

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    15. Community Spotlight: Palmer

      Explore BusinessWest (Jun 2 2015)

      Community Spotlight: Palmer

      Dave Golden was proudly showing off artwork created by Palmer public-school students in a room in the North Brookfield Savings Bank in Three Rivers.  The exhibit has been on display only several weeks, but it has already sparked interest, and other artists have approached Golden, the branch manager, to ask if they could exhibit their own work there. He says the art show is part of a collaborative effort to transform Three Rivers into a thriving center for the arts.  “I’ve partnered with organizations that are working together to bring arts to the village; we want to beautify Main ...

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      Mentions:   Palmer

    16. Author, Radio Host Howie Carr to Keynote ERC5 Annual Meeting | BusinessWest

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      Author, Radio Host Howie Carr to Keynote ERC5 Annual Meeting | BusinessWest

      The East of the River Five Town Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, June 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Blake Commons Dining Hall, Bay Path University, Longmeadow. The keynote speaker will be talk-show host and bestselling author Howie Carr, discussing politics, crime, and entertainment.

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    17. Being Entrepreneurial

      Explore BusinessWest (May 27 2015)

      Being Entrepreneurial

      When Katie Stebbins talks with those involved in efforts across the state to create and expand what are coming to be known as ‘entrepreneurial ecosystems,’ she speaks with a good deal of perspective — and experience. Indeed, the Commonwealth’s recently named assistant secretary for Technology, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, within the Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development.

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    18. Finding a Unicorn

      Explore BusinessWest (May 21 2015)

      Finding a Unicorn

      Traction.  Webster has many definitions for that noun, including ‘the adhesive friction of a body on the surface on which it moves’ — and that’s why it’s used frequently, and often with accompanying adjectives, by companies selling tires.
      That’s also, although more loosely, why it’s part of the lexicon among those who launch new businesses — and, perhaps more importantly, those who sometimes help finance them.   So, in many ways, the first annual Accelerator Awards, staged recently by Valley Venture Mentors, represented a highly competitive contest of traction — which of the 30 companies in the first cohort of ...

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    19. Community Spotlight: Great Barrington

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      Community Spotlight: Great Barrington

      Main Street in downtown Great Barrington has always been an interesting place with lots to do. These days, it still fits that description, but for many more — and quite intriguing — reasons.  A few weeks ago, for example, a crowd of people outfitted in western clothing, including cowboy hats, gathered in front of the coffee shop known as Fuel for what became a Wild West flash-mob gathering.

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    20. Holding the Line

      Explore BusinessWest (May 19 2015)

      Holding the Line

      Rick Sullivan acknowledged the obvious: No one likes paying more for heating their home.  “It’s a very real pocketbook issue. The average resident saw what happened to their electric bill this winter; it went up drastically because of the availability and price of natural gas,” said Sullivan, president of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council (EDC). “Right now, natural gas is setting the price for power in this region.”  But, on a larger scale, it’s also setting back the region’s economic-development potential at a time when Western Mass. is starting to see signs of growth and recovery.

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      Mentions:   Kenn Delude   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts   Rick Sullivan

    21. Star Search

      Explore BusinessWest (May 8 2015)

      Star Search

      The company’s professional job-matching service has led to a bevy of long-time and new clients who include sole proprietors that need someone part-time, manufacturers in need of temporary employees throughout the year, and businesses seeking to fill permanent positions. And United has done well despite the ebb and flow of the economy over the past three decades. Business is currently booming in its offices, which employ a total of 30 people.  “As the economy improves and things pick up, many of our customers find they need an extra pair of hands, but are not yet ready to commit to ...

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    22. Decade Declarations | BusinessWest

      Explore BusinessWest (May 7 2015)

      Decade Declarations | BusinessWest

      The key opportunities, meanwhile, involve “leveraging new connections that significantly enhance the region’s economic competitiveness” — a reference to everything from enhanced rail service to broadband networks; “leading the Commonwealth’s clean-energy transformation while moving the region toward a balanced and diversified energy portfolio”; and “harnessing the economic-development potential of the New England Knowledge Corridor.” That’s something Brennan says both Western Mass. and Northern Conn. have essentially failed to do since the corridor was conceptualized 15 years ago.

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      Mentions:   Timothy W. Brennan

    23. Community Spotlight: West Springfield

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      Community Spotlight: West Springfield

      West Springfield is a city on the move, Mayor Edward Sullivan says, and the Memorial Avenue corridor is exhibit A.  “We’re excited about the work that will be done and think there will be some great multi-purpose opportunities along the corridor,” he told BusinessWest. “It has needed work for years, and the redesign we’re planning will make it a pretty special place to own a business. It’s close to major highways, and the MGM casino in Springfield will increase traffic.”

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   MGM

    24. Introducing the Class 2015

      Explore BusinessWest (Apr 30 2015)

      Introducing the Class 2015

      Diverse.  That’s a word that could be used to describe any of BusinessWest’s classes of 40 Under Forty winners. But with the class of 2015 (see the list below), an adverb like ‘very’ or ‘extremely’ would sem to be necessary.  That’s because this group of winners represents virtually every sector of the economy — from financial services to manufacturing; retail to healthcare; technology to nonprofit management; education to law.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

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