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    1. Monson and Its Businesses Remain Resilient

      Monson and Its Businesses Remain Resilient

      In many ways, Monson is a sleepy New England town with a small Main Street lined with shops, as well as small and medium-sized businesses located throughout the town, in many different industries. But years ago, Monson was a big mill town known for its granite quarries. As mill owners sought employees, the population grew. And it’s been a resilient community through decades of change, from the decline of the quarries to a tornado that cut through the center of town 2011, causing almost $12 million in property damage. So, even though the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out plenty of ...

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    2. New Cybersecurity Project at Union Station Could Have Broad Impact

      New Cybersecurity Project at Union Station Could Have Broad Impact

      By now, Mary Kaselouskas says, the vast majority of people understand the importance of cybersecurity. “Everyone is fully aware of the threats out there, how people become victims of cybercrime and the impact on an organization that’s involved in a breach,” said Kaselouskas, vice president ands chief information officer at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC). What they might not know, she added, is the critical shortage in the cybersecurity workforce, with an estimated 20,000 more professionals needed in Massachusetts alone, not to mention about 1 million in the U.S. and 3 million around the world. That’s ...

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    3. Bob Bolduc’s Next Chapter Is a Focus on Helping Others Achieve Sustainability

      Bob Bolduc’s Next Chapter Is a Focus on Helping Others Achieve Sustainability

      As he talked about the foundation he created with some of the proceeds from the sale of Pride Stations and Stores — the business he started more than 40 years ago — and the many difficult societal problems it will address, Bob Bolduc summoned an often-paraphrased quote from John F. Kennedy. It went this way: “The great French Marshal Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow-growing and wouldn’t reach maturity for 100 years. The Marshal replied, ‘in that case, there is no time to lose — plant it this afternoon!’” Bolduc recalled ...

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    4. UMass Amherst to Build UMass Service Workers Honor Pavilion, Funded by Major Gift

      UMass Amherst to Build UMass Service Workers Honor Pavilion, Funded by Major Gift

      UMass Amherst has received a $7 million gift from an anonymous donor to build a UMass Service Workers Honor Pavilion, recognizing the vital contributions provided to the university community by these dedicated employees. The pavilion will be constructed on land adjacent to the Arthur F. Kinney Center for Renaissance Studies off East Pleasant Street. The open-air facility will be a valuable community asset, open for quiet contemplation as well as gatherings. The pavilion is being designed by architect Sigrid Miller Pollin, UMass professor emerita, who is donating her time and expertise. Construction will begin soon, with the facility expected to ...

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    5. The Importance of Talent Optimization in Today’s Workforce

      The Importance of Talent Optimization in Today’s Workforce

      Mike Zani says creating a community is important for workplace culture. With 3.5% unemployment and a continuing recession, the pressure to build a collaborative, productive, and happy workplace is greater than ever. “We all benefit on the business side from productivity, engagement, and performance. But more importantly, for every person in this room and every person you’ve ever worked with, is their act two: not work, but going home,” Mike Zani said. “And if you send them home more energized, happier, more fulfilled with purpose, then you’ve sent home a happier spouse, a better parent, better siblings ...

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    6. Women Innovators & Trailblazers Helps Grow the Women-led Economy

      Women Innovators & Trailblazers Helps Grow the Women-led Economy

      Lenore Abare was familiar with Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) and even attended one of its events when she was dabbling with the idea of becoming an entrepreneur a few years ago. “It all stayed in the back of my mind,” she said. “Now that I’m full-blown running my own consulting business, I knew it would be really important to align with other like-minded women who are hopefully beyond me, and learn from other people’s experiences.” So she reached out to Women Innovators & Trailblazers, a VVM-affiliated program that matches professional women in mentor-mentee relationships. She was accepted into the ...

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    7. Pittsfield Is Transforming Its Economy

      Pittsfield Is Transforming Its Economy

      It’s called ‘Site 9.’ This is a 16-acre parcel within the William Stanley Business Park, created at the site of the massive General Electric transformer manufacturing complex in Pittsfield, which closed nearly 30 years ago. The site has been available for development for more than two decades now, said Linda Tyer, Pittsfield’s mayor for the past seven years, but there have been no takers because, in a word, this site is ‘intimidating.’ “Every time we host a business and we identify this as a potential location, they look at it, and they’re instantly intimidated because of the ...

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    8. Holiday Arts Market Slated for Nov. 12 at the Mill District in North Amherst

      Holiday Arts Market Slated for Nov. 12 at the Mill District in North Amherst

      Locally made gifts by more than 40 artists and makers will be the main attraction at the second annual Holiday Arts Market, to be held at the Mill District General Store and Local Art Gallery on Saturday, Nov. 12 from noon to 4 p.m. in North Amherst. “This will be fun for everyone, with even more exhibitors than last year. We’ve got a really diverse group of area artisans attending, showing locally crafted items including jewelry, pottery, candles, and cards,” Mill District Director of Placemaking Hannah Rechtschaffen said. “They’ll be presenting outdoors under tents, and our retail ...

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    9. HCC Again Named One of State’s Top Women-led Businesses

      HCC Again Named One of State’s Top Women-led Businesses

      For the second year in a row, Holyoke Community College (HCC) has been named one of the top women-led businesses in Massachusetts by Boston Globe Magazine and the Women’s Edge, formerly the Commonwealth Institute, a nonprofit that supports top female executives. “They run healthcare companies, universities and colleges, financial institutions, nonprofits, construction firms and more — they’re the women power players of the Bay State,” says the introduction to the 22nd annual Top 100 list. “Responsible for thousands of employees and billions in revenue, the women featured here drive the Massachusetts economy. Taken together, the 100 companies on this ...

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    10. State Awards Nearly $1.5M for Cyber Range and Security Operation Center at Union Station

      State Awards Nearly $1.5M for Cyber Range and Security Operation Center at Union Station

      U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means, celebrated the recent announcement by the Baker-Polito administration and the MassCyberCenter at the MassTech Collaborative regarding a new initiative to promote the development of a diverse cybersecurity workforce and improve local cyber resiliency in the Commonwealth that will bring $1,462,995 to Springfield. This funding will allow Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) to establish a security operation center, or SOC, at Springfield Union Station that will provide threat monitoring and other cybersecurity services for Commonwealth municipalities and small business/nonprofit customers. The funds will also ...

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    11. BusinessTalk with Serial Entrepreneur Peter Rosskothen

      BusinessTalk with Serial Entrepreneur Peter Rosskothen

      Serial entrepreneur Peter Rosskothen has seen just about everything there is to see in business over the past four decades. But he admits that the past few years have been something altogether different. They have changed the way business is done, and these changes are likely permanent. These are just some of his observations in a hard-hitting discussion with BusinessWest editor George O’Brien on the next installment of BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest in partnership with Living Local and sponsored by PeoplesBank.

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    12. Congressman Richard Neal Announces $450,000 for Urban League of Springfield

      Congressman Richard Neal Announces $450,000 for Urban League of Springfield

      Together with Urban League of Springfield Inc. President and CEO Henry Thomas III, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means, announced a $450,000 earmark for the Urban League’s Camp Atwater located on Lake Lashaway in North Brookfield. The allocation was made possible through congressional directed spending from the departments of Housing and Urban Development. Neal included funding for this project in the FY 2022 spending bill that was signed into law earlier this year.

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    13. Bay Path University to Present Innovative Thinking & Entrepreneurship Lecture

      Bay Path University to Present Innovative Thinking & Entrepreneurship Lecture

      Bay Path University’s biennial 2022 Innovative Thinking & Entrepreneurship Lecture will take place on Thursday, Nov. 3 at the Blake Student Commons on the university’s Longmeadow campus. The doors will open for registration, networking, and refreshments from 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., followed by the lecture and Q&A, then a reception at 5:30 p.m. This is an in-person event, open to the public and handicap-accessible. Registration is required prior to the event by clicking here. The title for this year’s lecture is “The Science of Dream Teams: How Talent Optimization Drives ...

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    14. Super 60 to Be Celebrated After Two-year Hiatus

      Super 60 to Be Celebrated After Two-year Hiatus

      The Super 60, the Springfield Regional Chamber’s annual celebration of thriving companies in Western Mass., was riding high in 2019, when the program marked its 30th year.
      Since then … well, you know the story. A pandemic and a wave of economic impacts not only curtailed live events in 2020 and 2021, but created anything but a festive environment for local businesses. But the program is back this year, and chamber members are ready to celebrate success — and each other.

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    15. Amherst Area Chamber to Celebrate A+ Awardees on Nov. 17

      Amherst Area Chamber to Celebrate A+ Awardees on Nov. 17

      The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce will present its 2022 A+ Awards on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the UMass Student Ballroom at UMass Amherst, with returning presenting sponsor Peoples Bank and major supporting sponsor UMass Amherst. Each year, the Amherst Area Chamber bestows A+ Awards to individuals and organizations that enrich the life of the community through their work in business, education, and civic engagement across the area that the chamber serves: Amherst, Belchertown, Hadley, Leverett, Pelham, Shutesbury, Sunderland, and the Pioneer Valley as a whole.

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    16. United Way of Pioneer Valley to Present Family-friendly Boo Bash on Oct. 30

      United Way of Pioneer Valley to Present Family-friendly Boo Bash on Oct. 30

      United Way of Pioneer Valley (UWPV) invites the public to a scary good time at its annual Boo Bash. This year, it will be held in Tower Square Park, next to the TDBank building in Springfield, on Sunday, Oct. 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children and their families will enjoy music with a local DJ, pumpkin decorating, glitter tattoos, face painting, local food trucks, live animals from the Zoo in Forest Park (sponsored by NAI Plotkin), a magician, community tabling, and more.

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    17. Congressman Richard Neal Announces $740,000 Earmark for Agawam

      Congressman Richard Neal Announces $740,000 Earmark for Agawam

      At a press conference outside Agawam Town Hall, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means, announced a $740,000 earmark to the town’s Main Street Sewer Main and Slope Stabilization project alongside Agawam Mayor William Sapelli. The allocation was made possible through congressionally directed spending (CDS) from the Department of the Interior and the Environment. Neal submitted funding for this project in the FY 2022 spending bill that was signed into law earlier this year.

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    18. Breeze Airways to Expand at Bradley International Airport in 2023

      Breeze Airways to Expand at Bradley International Airport in 2023

      The Connecticut Airport Authority announced that Breeze Airways is launching four new destinations from Bradley International Airport, including non-stop service to Vero Beach, Fla., and Phoenix, Ariz., starting from $79 and $99 one-way, respectively; and one-stop/no-plane-change ‘BreezeThru’ flights to Provo, Utah, and San Bernardino, Calif, starting from $99.

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    19. Latino Economic Development Council Wants to Transform Employees into Employers

      Latino Economic Development Council Wants to Transform Employees into Employers

      The Latino Economic Development Council recently opened the doors to its new facility on Fort Street in Springfield. More importantly, it is off to a fast and impactful start as it works to open doors — and keep them open — for business owners and entrepreneurs, especially those in the large, and growing, Latino business community. It will offer microgrants and facilities for meetings and co-working opportunities, but most importantly, it will provide much-needed coaching in subjects ranging from finance to human resources to mental wellness.

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    20. Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce to Hold Legislative Luncheon on Oct. 21

      Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce to Hold Legislative Luncheon on Oct. 21

      The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce will hold its Legislative Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Tucker’s Restaurant, 625 College Highway, Southwick. Legislators and elected officials attending include Westfield Mayor Mike McCabe; state Sen. John Velis; and state Reps. Kelly Pease, Michael Finn, and Nicholas Boldyga. “The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce is focused on advocating for local businesses,” said Eric Oulette, the chamber’s executive director. “This event provides our members with an opportunity to interact in an open discussion with our local legislators. Attendees will have the ...

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    21. Country Bank Earmarks $10 Million to Support Affordable Housing

      Country Bank Earmarks $10 Million to Support Affordable Housing

      Country Bank has introduced a new affordable-housing program featuring no down payment for first-time homebuyers. The first-of-its-kind program will assist low- to moderate-income families in purchasing a home. Country Bank has pledged $10 million to the program to help make a difference for these first-time homebuyers. This program is designed to help those who need it most by offering 100% financing for single-family homes or condominiums and 95% financing for two-family properties, with no down payment. In addition, the bank will cover 100% of the private mortgage insurance (PMI) that traditionally adds to the monthly payment, saving the borrower hundreds ...

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    22. New Valley Bank & Trust to Cut Ribbon on West Springfield Branch on Oct. 7

      New Valley Bank & Trust to Cut Ribbon on West Springfield Branch on Oct. 7

      New Valley Bank & Trust will cut the ribbon on its newest full-service branch at 333 Elm St., West Springfield, on Friday, Oct. 7 at 11:30 a.m. Joining the bank’s board chair, Frank Fitzgerald, will be West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt, state Sen. John Velis, and state Rep. Michael Finn. Refreshments will be served featuring local vendors from West Springfield. “We are delighted to be a part of the West Springfield community. Our bank is committed to being accountable,” Fitzgerald said. “We see our customers every day and appreciate the direct feedback and opportunity for all of our ...

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    23. MassHire Holyoke to Present All-abilities Career Fair on Oct. 12

      MassHire Holyoke to Present All-abilities Career Fair on Oct. 12

      The first MassHire Holyoke All-abilities Career Fair highlighting National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Vcare Holyoke, located at 200 High St. Businesses and community resources will be available for job seekers. Reflecting a commitment to a robust and competitive Massachusetts labor force, each October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.

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